2018 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards open for submissions

The wait is finally over. Today we open the submissions for the fifth Mixcloud Online Radio Awards, marking a fresh new direction for the annual event.

The 2018 edition of the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards, which are free to enter, features an entirely new look and feel, including a brand new Listener’s Choice Award that will be open to the public. We’re also proud to announce that this year’s awards will also feature more great partners than ever before, from acclaimed magazines to global brands in music.

Submissions for the awards will remain open through Thursday, April 26, during which DJs, radio presenters, Podcasters and stations can nominate themselves for an award, while fans can also nominate their favorite show station or personality to be shortlisted. The final shortlists will be announced on Thursday, May 10. To submit entries, please visit www.mora.fm.

The 2018 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards include 29 categories, which are split into “Best Online Music Show”, “Best Online Talk Show”, “Best Online Radio Station” and “Best Online Radio Personality”.

Founded in 2014, the awards are the world’s biggest celebration of online radio, with more than 10,000 entries submitted in 2017 — making it the awards’ biggest year yet.

The entries were whittled down to a series of shortlists before an expert panel of industry judges selected the winners, which included 2 Dope Queens – which recently went on to launch as a limited series on HBO – for “Best Online Talk Show: Comedy,” the electronic music radio show The Cookout for “Best Online Music Show: EDM / Big Room,” and Rinse France for “Best Online Radio Station: Europe.”

“Online radio has gone through so much change and growth since we launched the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards in 2014, and so much of that has been in the last year alone,” said Nico Perez, Co-Founder of Mixcloud. “From talk shows on important political and cultural issues to the hottest DJ mixes to the funniest comedy out there, these awards make for an annual who’s-who of online radio, and with the help of our amazing judges and partners, we can’t wait to find out where things stand this year.”

This year’s partners include Chalk & Blade, Crack Magazine, Crooks & Castles UK, Discobelle, Discogs, DJ Mag, Dummy Magazine, EDM.com, gal-dem, Groove Magazine, Hype Machine, London’s Live Comedy, MAEKAN, Magnetic Magazine, MISSBISH, Resident Advisor, Roland, The Quietus, The Vinyl Factory and Wormfood.

Judges for the 2018 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards include WIRED’s Miranda Katz, The Allusionist’s Helen Zultzmann, Ignition’s Stephanie Ng, WHYR-FM’s Marc Cohn and Mixcloud’s David Zhou.

Find out more about the awards at www.mora.fm.

5 Steps to get started as a Radio Station on Mixcloud

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Join the largest community of radio stations online such as KCRW (LA), Absolute Radio (London), Brooklyn Radio (NYC), and reach a new audience online through Mixcloud!

1. Create a profile for your station, and ask your presenters to create their own profiles

Go to http://www.mixcloud.com, click sign up and follow the easy steps. Remember to add a photo and description. Our top profile design tips are here.

2. Connect your social media accounts

This helps make it very easy for your fans to find you everywhere on the web. Your connections will show up in your description area.

Plus – if you connect Twitter, your uploads will be automatically tweeted, and listens + favorites by your listeners will automatically be tweeted containing your Twitter handle. More info here.

3. Start uploading shows 

It’s really easy to upload on Mixcloud, you can add details such as adding an image, title, tags etc. Our advice is to make your uploads look as neat as possible, and use the power of tagging to your advantage – more tips here.

4. Ask your presenters to repost

Repost is a very useful feature for radio stations, allowing users to repost your uploads onto their own profile, meaning more exposure for you and and your content.

A great example is London based NTS Radio: an independent station with dozens of presenters. You can see individual presenters such as Floating Points & Four Tet, the Rough Trade record store, beats maker Kutmah, or record label Erased Tapes reposting their NTS shows onto their own Mixcloud profiles.

5. Promote your profile and embed your shows

To reach the widest audience, you have to remind your fans about your content by sharing it on social media but also by embedding the shows on your own website. Our embeddable player widgets are similar to Youtube videos, and enable your shows to be playable on any webpage. More info here.

Best of all, Mixcloud offers FREE unlimited hosting and covers royalty payments on your behalf.

If you are interested in upgrading to a PRO profile you can find all the details here:

https://mixcloud.com/pro