Radio and streaming music submission options for indie musicians
September 26, 2019
Last Updated 10.26.2020; originally published 08.17.2019
I’ve done things to try to help promote independent musicians and groups. I can’t say things have blossomed (but the artists themselves weren’t going full-time with their tunes). I’m on record with one experience that’s backfired (and I hold to it –Radio Airplay is an ego massage at best). In all cases, it’s led me to do research a more traditional promotional avenue: radio.
I’m on record here on Johnny Fonts singing praises/encouraging on one radio streaming site. There are a hell of a lot more out there, more than what I’ve listed.
If you are an independent musician looking to promote content besides pushing it on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Deezer, or other subscriber-based pay-streaming services, radio is one of them. “Radio” has changed (thus quotes) in that streaming stations – internet-based sites who aren’t part of the aforementioned music services – are out there as places for potential music promotion. There are also traditional terrestrial stations that take submissions.
The application process varies from site to site and it’s
important to have your data – bio, photos, album art, social media information,
and music of course – ready to share. The
“notes” section under station listings will tell you this and station facts as well
as my own experience with some of these sites.
It’s also worth noting college stations and many traditional, local community stations will take submissions but it requires them to be vinyl or CD-based and not digital-files. Most stations listed accept digital submissions, but not all.
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06.27.2020 Just curious…
Which section of ardio and streaming stations do you take the most interest in?
07.30.20: The “General” section has been divided up, it is tentative still, so no Quick Jump menu elements. I’s be happy for some feedback/input on
08.03.2020. In the “General” station sites division, it’s worth noting I removed notes attached to sites listed in the “At-Cost” section. My notes weren’t favorable and I personally didn’t use these stations. One might say I should remove them entirely if I’m not in favor but I’m keeping them specifically for musicians who do favor the option.
It’s also relevant to note while I moved Miami Underground from Regional to At-Cost, I did not move KGUP FM Emerge. To pay to submit in the Entertainment Capital of the World (locals only) is different from pay-we’ll-play, high-cost stuff of the listed sites.
09.17.2020: Pandora is being removed from General simply because Indie bands getting on the network has simplified so much.
I’d also like to note I did a write-up on Radio.com which provides a regional station option… I did not provide a listing of their stations, though.
Broadcast Network For Independent Artists (BN4IA) Web Site || Submission page Note: This is major and I confess I have not submitted to the network before to explore if there are costs. They do say ’no royalties” to those who gain airplay… It the potential for exposure that makes this a major and must promotional exploration. The network has three terrestrial (standard, normal radio) stations in London, New York, and Las Vegas. They have a wide number of affiliate stations spanning the globe and variations of their network available through online streaming. I’d also like to note the submission process changed for the network; registration is part of the process. I have not reviewed it…
Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I’m a little uncomfortable posting this one as their method seems to key in on programming — note a program with submissions. ^here is even a second submissions pate about program submissions. It’s a major Canadian broadcast company, though, so it’s worth exploring.
Fab Radio International Web Sire || Submissions Page Notes: This UK-based station is a broader radio service than it appears, with multiple channels that host multiple genres, as well as the online stream. The fon6rasting element in the depth of Fab Radio is the means with which you – yes, you – can submit music. High Quality (production, mixing) is pushed on the submissions page ane a file-size limit of 12 Megabytes.
BigTime Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: They boast a very wide public reach. I did not go as thoroughly through the music submission process. It starts at a registration/memmembe4ssip sign-up, If I take a stab, notes will be updated.
BWH Group Music Web Site || Submissions Page* Notes: Powerful PR opportunity BUT… I was actually researching submissions to Indie Spoonful and they heralded BWH Music Group on their submissions page without giving clear instructions on how to submit. Ultimately, contact seems to be done via email (i t w a s a n a w k w a r d p r e s e n t a t i o n) but the format of the page made me move on without as much research. All that said, this is a big-shit company with several broadcast arms of net-based and terrestrial broadcasts. This is ultimately PR, folks. It’s business. I’m not very comfortable posting a PR page as a “submissions” page, I much prefer individual stations with streams.
The Shift Web Site || Submission page Note: This isn’t just music but also video submissions. The Shift TV promotes music videos submitted by artists. If memory serves correctly, you have to sign up for an account. Not a big deal, but time-consuming.
Lonely Oak Radio Web Site || Submission page Note: I’ve written at length to herald Lonely Oak Radio before. In essence though, if you’re just starting out with going toward radio/streaming options as an independent musician, this is where to start. Also keep in mind that they sort of introduce you to the fact Twitter accounts can lead to numerous, automated messages aimed at major accounts (from stations your music is airing on in this case). 04.19.202 Update: It’s important to note that while I’ve heard a wide variety of music on the station, hip-hop and R&B are not among them. The station does not accept those genres.
M3 Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: “New Music” — less than a year old – “24/7, 365”. Submissions are via email and a download link. Seeing Iggy Pop was atop their weekly charts at the time of this post, it shows you are in stiff competition for airplay,. The charts of M3 Radio show they play a multitude of genres. They highlight the adds (new airplay) in Heavy, Electric, World, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. That doesn’t mean they don’t accept submissions (or add artists) in other listed genres though.
Respect the Underground Worldwide Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Form submission. This site is bigger than I know. I looked at genres listed on the submission form; when “Big Band” is listed along with many variations of common indie music, you know a station is covering a lot of stuff. You must be a member of the site to submit content, you also must be 18 or older.
Starburst99 Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: As of this writing, I feel like I should stress the new factor, though I am using their Twitter account to gauge that; it was launched in July 2020. That said, the station is “All Indie, All the Time”. I assume all genres are open for submissions (through email). The newness stresses how things may change on the process or how open things are genre-wise, so take a shot now. Oh, and read the guidelines…
Catorweb Radio WebSite || Submission page Notes: Mixing submitted artists and traditional major musicians. I’ve had a habit of tuning into their online stream and catching Stevie Ray Vaughn’s songs more often than indie acts. Blame that on when I was listening.
Hot Wax Radio Web Site || Submission page Note: They say their focus is Rock and music quality and fit is what leads to airplay.
Beyond The Dawn Radio Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Unsigned acts, all genres, form submission where you can choose the specific radio show they host for your music to be considered for/aired on. It’s a deeper station/site than this, but they made the submission service simple enough because they know it (submissions) is a challenge for artists.
Radio EZ Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Open to multiple genres that fit, RadioEZ’s name reflects it’s subject of Easy Listening but the sound is not of the sedate variety; you’ll find rockers to go with pop numbers. Submissions are via email (one or many files). Update: In my experience listening to the site, I’d compare it to an Adult Contemporary station playing “miz” top-40 stuff. It’s worth noting for musicians that content isn’t all “new” either; some of what I crossed and looked up were 2000s tunes. That means that if you have older stuff that may fit, it is an option for submission.
Still Stream Music Web Site || Submission Page Notes: They stress they are looking for ambient music. Not jazz Not. rock. Not hip-hop.
Calm Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Multiple genres are open to submit here but listening to make sure you fit in is also a wise move. Albums submitted (sent in a download link in an email) must be 320kbps. Also include hi-res album art.
Lucid Vibe Radio Wen Site || Submissions Page Notes: They’re upfront with requesting much music — 10 to 12 song submissions in a folder, submitted in email. They are also pretty clear in what they are looking for: We are looking for any underground, new age, lofi, instrumental, EDM, chillstep, reggae, acoustic music that speaks to your soul. There’s more info on the submissions page, but this gives you the gist.
Insomnia Radio Web Site || Submission page Note: There are two different submission options: Plain-jane send-us-your-music. The other option is sending music, album art, biographical data – stuff so you can be highlighted – but you also need to make the music available for download on the station’s site.
DOPECAUSEWESAID Web Site || Submission Page Notes: I’ve seen this site prominently in web searches and… Well? Dopecausewesaid throws me off simply because of how it looked. “Dope Cause We Said” isn’t bad phrasing, but optics and grammar didn’t hit me right. Useless personal note, that one. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The submission page is also a mite tricksy. A business pitch is prominent after the submission write-up, and so is popularity boasting. Between them is a button to submit your music via a form pop-up. So, what about what they’re looking for? They take a wide variety of genres – Pop, Hip-Hop, RB, Folk, Rock, etc. They do review music videos as well as music. It’s also worth noting they want submissions that are available online and in embeds, via Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and others. There are plenty of other do’s and don’ts that they talk about, but the most important one for the musician is to submit new music. Nothing older than three (3) months in age. Got it? Good… or should I say Dope, yo.
Cygnus Music Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Unless I read this wrong, they want file-download URLs (sent via email) AND hard copies sent in? It may pro e to be one-or-the-other, it may not (meaning you must do both).
Pop and Rock Music Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Don’t let the title fool you, they’re on to a wider variety of music than pop and rock, but it comes with a catch: “Soft rock”. Think of it as adult contemporary, opening the door for blues, folk, pop, R&B, soul, rock, and I would think alt/indie, as long as the submission fits. email submission simplicity, but info is requested.
WIGWAM Radio Online Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Open genre, fans of independent musicians. If they like what is sent to them through their submission form, they’ll play it, Social-media A friend holdsWigWam in high regard fast responses and his music getting regular airplay. Take a listen, take a shot with a submission.
Edge Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: While this is a Downunder station, their multi-genre acceptance and goal to “helping new and emerging artists in Tasmania, Australia and around the world” led me to post their listing on the “General” section. Submissions are accepted physically by mail or digitally by email (with bio info, streaming links, and download links included in your mailing).
Eagles Nest Radio Network Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I haven’t gone through the complete submission process, but Eagles Nest piques my interest as it takes submissions of content from the common services online for music Form submission. This was another station rer5ed to me by a friends in music. Give it a shot, tell us how it goes in comments.
idobi Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Simple submissions form with the option to submit to a specific show on the station/network. They seem open to all submissions and don’t say a genre. I haven’t had a change o review the site as a listener, but their About page touts the site as “unfiltered” and “hardcore.”
Fire House Radio Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Country, Pop, and Rock music genres are what they are looking for, but they’ll take submissions solicited or unsolicited…as long as you follow the proper process. That — process — is part of why I’ve listed sites specifically and their pages and not just a list of email addresses to contact; there are other articles on the web that do those general listings, but it does not tell you the way the stations want to receive contact/submissions. FHR says it will take CDs by post and MP3s by email but MP3’s are a one-at-a-time submission process with specific info attached to each email. Review the submission page for all that jazz.
You Heard This (Podcast) Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Originally tied to Capitol Rock Radio. It’s a submission form,
Mizfitz Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Submissions are done via email and the MP3s are to be in the high bit rate (320). There’s data you’ll have to include with your submission; you can find all that on the submission page.
Indie Star Radio Web Site || Submission Page Notes: I’ve seen a few sites labeled as “Indie Star” and those sites have been inconsistent in operation. That’s not to sully this station as-so-much m state a curiosity at the aspect. The submissions page is rather direct with its upload form. While MP3 tagging is stressed, social media information is also requested. You’re also able to handle things through email. The option to set up an interview for yourself (another form on the page) is also there – I didn’t review submission guidelines on that feature, you’ll need to read the page for yourself to get that into.
Fresh on the Net Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: “One “new” track may be submitted. The track must be public on SoundCloud and you will have to provide acce3ss for this site (I don’t mean just a link). You will not be able to submit again for three months…
Trend City Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: While this seems to be a generalized indie music station, make sure you pay attention while dealing with song-submission. No, you don’t have to buy a service to submit music… That “Buy Now” button is for the social media packages they promote
College Underground Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Had been at-cost for airplay, that seems to have changed but I could be wrong. Form submission.
Cypher City Radio Web SiteA || Submissions Page Notes: 30-day rotation. on submissions. They are forward regarding paying royalties. They’ll also post music videos…for a price. They also want album artwork with submissions as well as other ddgzilx.
FUNN Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Email submission that comes with the caveat that you must provide the ISRC Codes of the submitted song.
California Music Chnel Web Site || Video Submission Page Notes: This listing may change in time, but it’s an aspect of music promotion that isn’t the general focus of this list: Music videos. The subject likely has a wide variety of coverage out there already, but in essence: YouTube and other networks offer playlist options a-la Spotify, with music videos being the focus.CMC is but one example GTP upload, License agreements… I don’t read the policy through. I did note CMC has other channels that nullify the idea this is a regional station.
MP3s for DJs Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: This one is a reach. I’ve never used it or known of it, and it seems named at labels and the top of the recording industry. You’re indie? Congrats, you are your own label. Submissions are via email with download links. Files are to be either MP3 at 320kbps or WAV. There’s more regarding how clean/dirty your music is, but I’ll let you read that.
Work Hard Playlist Hard Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I did not check out the full submission process. What I round outright on the submissions pate is…they take submissions via Spotify. They also expect a playlist following from you upon submission.
Buzz Band Web Site || Contact Page Notes: I admit not going very deep into Buz Band, nut this is playlist related from what is said on the contact page.
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Online stations are devoted to specific rands of content. You will find others in 6he “Regional” section.
DownHome Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Affiliated with the above-listed Starburst99 and RadioEZ in General, this is a relatively new internet radio station devoted to the Country genre. Submissions are via email.
Beats Radio web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Ad-blocking internet users aware, access will be denied if you have a plugin like that engaged when viewing the site. Besides that, this Canadian EDM station uses form submissions.
Folk Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Based in the United Kingdom, they urge you to listen before you submit — does your folk music even fit on their station? Submissions of the digital variety are through email and download links, not attachments.
Folk Roots Radio Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Dabblines in the genres of folk, roots, Americana, singer/songwriters, alt. country and blues, this Ontario, Canada based stream takes download-link submissions via email and hard-copies via mail.
Folk N Roots Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Full albums (submitted gty e-mail or on a CD) preferred so they can assess artists of the fol/roots genre..
Folk Alley Web Site || Submission Page Nots: Music submissions are to be in the WAV format, and also include relevant info (“liner notes”) in your email.
Hip-Hop and R&B
XildmaRaxio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Quality. They stress it for your hip-hop submission (and I do dress submission; the song and the application can’t be shit)(.
Ugly Radio Web SIte || Submissions Page Notes: While it’s a simple email-submission process (include track names, a io) it comes with a catch — a form to-fill-out and mail in. You may want to ask if sending it in email as a PDF is an option.
Hot New Hip Hop Web Site || Submissions Pate Notes: A word of warning as HNHH’s submission page leads in with an advertisement encouraging you to sell your music. All content must be original. You’re allowed one song a day to be submitted. Oh, and the submission form is a button-accessed pop-up form that requires social media/email login.
S.O.D.M.G. Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Submit via form, but mind your file-names on uploaded songs and artwork.
Wutz Hood Radio Web Site | Submissions Page Notes: The full submission process isn’t laid out on the submissions page. Royalty payments are, as is the $9.99-per-song submission cost.
Only Rock Radio Web Site || Submission page Note: Unsigned, independent musicians of the rock, pop (and likely alt/indie) genres. It’s another station that’s a good starting spot to get airplay.
Pure Rock Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Of, by, and for the rock music genre and its subgenres (hard rock, arena rock, 80’s, metal, punk, etc.). They don’t date Singles; they want full albums at the 320 bitrate along with album cover art. .Zip it up (or some other form of compression) and send the station the file in a download link.
Girls Rock Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Gender-specific – girls only! They have a rambling submission page of do’s and don’t. Ultimately your options to submit music are via upload or by mail.
Woody’s Radio Web Site || Submissions Page* Notes: *ABOUT page, with the following submission info[ you need your own research before outreach
” For band submissions please check out our DJ’s and email the one you see fit at their Facebook pages or visit them in chat and let them know that you fit their format!“
Rogue-Rock-Radio.com Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Submit music via the form. You’re also providing download links to your submitted song,
Insane Realm Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: They are pushing quality on their submissions page… In essence, don’t send a shit-quality recording. I’m not talking bitrate specifically here, I’m talking audio-recording quality. Your files also have to be properly tagged. It’s also notable that the station wants more from an artist, “The more you submit the higher your chances are for getting airplay and the more tunes we have of yours, the higher your chances are of staying in a longer rotation”.
Maximum Rock n’Roll Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Y9ou got o go old-school to rock with MRR: digital music submissions are not accepted. CDs, cassettes, or vinyl copies are the means for exposure through this route.
FYI — the Music Director is the person to go to in many cases or music submissions/ At the same time, they’re inundated with a lot of contents and contact so getting a response to a submission to them – or any type of contact to them – is doubtful. I say this in part do to media-inquiry non-responses from several schools.
KAMP Radio – U. of Arizona Web Site || Contact Page Notes: You are going to do email here It’s not straight, but it’s an avenue to explore.
KJACK Radio Web Site || Submissions Page* Notes:Student-run radio of Northern Arizona University. Music submissions are via email or standard mail. Put your best foot forward in the submission process .
KXUA 88.3 FM – The eclectic destination of the Ozarks. (U. of Arkansas) Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: High preference for physical copies, but digital copies are permitted (via download links sent in email)
KSR Web Site || Submission Page Note: This one is an example of a college radio. The process is different for other collegiate stations. This one is different as they want everything digitally. It’s San Diego State University and this submission page isn’t a form as-so-much telling you how they operate and giving you an email address to send music to (and the criteria it should follow)
Fresno State Radio 90.7 FM KFSR Web Site || Contact Page Notes: I was thrown off with how I initially read the Contact page and latched on to “Submissions”. Staff with the station cleared things up by pointing me to the station’s FAQ page. You can email the station OR the listed genre director on the contact page.
G-Dub Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Golden West College in Huntington Beach, they only take mailed in content (with press-kit info too).
KXSC Web Site || Submission Pag Notes: Commonly found in search engine results, this University of Southern California station is a central location for artists and labels to submit music. The station accepts submissions by mail or email. It also notes contacting program directors with submissions may be something to consider.
Mile High Underground Web Site || Submission Page Note: In Denver, Colorado. The submissions are in an email but the submission page will tell you what the deal is (the email to contact is at the top of the page).
WFCF -Flagler College Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Located in St. Augustine, Flagler isn’t a major state university but that doesn’t mean more than “I bet you hadn’t heard of the school before. There is no submission page, submissions are via email which you can find in the “Contact” section of the site page (scroll down). Music is submitted via download link. They make it a point to say email communication is not happening, so don’t check up on submissions.
WVFS Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. While they accept digital submissions (via email, while including links to stream-sources of music and download links), they prefer physical copies of music (CDs or vinyl). They’re an album-orientated station and use physical catalog stuff (meaning if you digitally submit, they’ll have to burn a CD if your tunes are accepted).
WUCF – University of Central Florida Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I may have 5his wrong, but WUCF appears to be a Jazz station when it comes to music. As for submissions: CDs by mail. There is no true submissions page, but this submit info was on the station’s staff directory page: If you are a musician or a music promoter, please send all submissions to: WUCF FM Attn: Music Director 12461 Research Parkway Suite 550 Orlando, FL 32826
WPRK 91.5 FM — Rollins College Web Site || Contacts Page Notes: I feel horrible that I forgot Rollins College. I kvetched about a lack of music submission channels in the Orlando area and even said I had to look into schools. I’d been exposed to Rolins through TV new while growing up, and always tied to music. Open to all music genres, submissions are to be done physically by mail. They do not say what objects hwy accept (CD, vinyl, flash-drive, cassette) omo angles are available too (see the contact page – linked as “Submissions page” – above).
PanthersNOW – Florida International University Web Site || Submissions Page9 Notes: Based in the Miami area, all submissions are to be emailed to generalmanager[at]fiusm.com. I post the email addy because it isn’t up-front on the contact/submissions page.
Owl Radio Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Kennesaw State University’s student-run radio operation in Georgia. Owl Radio wasn’t coming up prominently in college radio searches…it appeared later on in general stream sites. It’s also a pretty straight-forward, form-field submission page that is akin to generalized stream sites. That fact is highly notable as other colleges have avoided such things because of how many submissions they see. I don’t know if there is a preference for will-perform-live acts (local/regional performers), but they do inquire about this on the submission page.
Album 88 Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Georgia State student-run radio station.. New music and hard-copy mail-in mandate.
The WOLF Internet Radio Web Site || Submiddiond Page Notes: Email submissions, but the University of Western Georgia’s student-run station confused me with phrasing. They ake submissions from “local and unsigned” acts. Should this be read as local artists and generally unsigned acts, or local, unsigned acte of Georgia? Inquiring minds want to know.
Radio DePaul Web Site || Submissions Page DePaul University. This isn’t a “submissions page” like most others with an extensive write-up tied to mailing or form information, this is just a contact form which takes attachments. It came up on generic search results for submissions pages so… Put your best foot forward when submitting — if you don’t paste bio info in the form, tell them that you’re willing to share info upon request.
KLSU 91.1 SM Web Site || About Page Notes: LSU’s student-run radio station. The “submissions page” points to their Facebook page, where only an email address will be found. Do yourself a favor and research the station before deciding to submit. You may also want to try contacting the music director.
WMUA 91.1 FM – University of Massachusetts Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Fair warning – this comes off rather blank. Yes, UMASW radio accepts music submissions (via email and standard mail). This pafge focuses on acce3ss to the Music Di3cdtor and does not list benchmarks to have with submissions. It’s a shot-in-the-dark. follow standards sett on other submission pages on other stations – add info in your email, make yourself accessible. It’s still a shot-in-the-dark, though…
WAYN – Wayne State Universiy Web /Site || Contact Page Notes: Detroit, Michigan area school. The submission page is actually their contact page, They encourage “clean” submissions via email. Put your best foot forward here with the submission — include info on yourself, download and streaming links, and make sure it’s a high-quality song in a high bitrate file
Radio K Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Like KXSC and The Owl, Radio K has shown up pretty prominent on search engine results for general streaming/submission options. The station is a student-run organization at the University of Minnesota. They play music of the past and present, which is great for the listener but a challenge for the submitter. Like many college stations, they take physical copies (CDs) of music. but also take digital copies (in .zip files, posted to a file-sharing site). It’s also relevant – and this goes for more than just this station – that they ask you to review their music (posted in playlists). If you stuff rits in with what they post, it should be a green-light for you to submit content.
Real Radio – The Voice Ole Miss web Site || Submissions Pate Notes: “Submissions Page” has a URL for a Google Docs page, you are to submit content through that
The U: UMSL Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Digital submissions are to include a press release in PDFftorm. While they’re open to submissions from all artists, the PR-in-PDF might be taken as intimidating for a more casual artist. It’s a chore, but it’s worth doing (having a press release).
KBGA – University of Montana Web Site || Su About Page Notes: You can only email the music director at the disclosed email address. No other info is clear.
WHCR – The City College of New York Wen Site || Submissions Page Notes Submissions are ultimate via email (or US Mail), but you have to find the right show first. The genres of the station are more urban – Hip-Hop/Soul/Funk/R&B/Jazz – with pop and World Music sprinkled in.
WNYU Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Accepting CDs, vinyl, cassettes(!), and digital submissions. Not in-person submissions. You need to contact WNYU’s Music Director regarding digital and cassette submissions, The Music Director’s contact info is on the WNYU Staff page.
WRHU Radio Hofstra University Web Site || Suhmissions Page Notes: Situated within the Cutt That Never Sleeps… The audience is not going to be just college school kids. They do not accept digital submissions. The reason I list them – as this CD-or-Vinyl-Only aspect is not a quick-solution 00 is the weight of the location and potential audience.
Ohio Wesleyan Internet Radio Web Site || Sub\Contact Page Notes:“For music submissions, please contact the Program Director and/or Music Director. ?
WHIP – Temple University Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I tend to avoid physical submission listings but I make this exception as finding options for submissions in Pennsylvania in general has been a challenge. They outright preach their need for quality. I’m not just talking good music but lossless audio files or high bit-rate MP3s. Don’t send vulgar music.
WRIU Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: You are appealing directly to a disc jockey here, with a multitude of genres represented. Digital submission criteria is not listed more than that, so put your best foot forward (download links, nio info, etc(.
KSYM 90.1 – San Antonio College Web Site || Suhmissions Page[Currently not working] Notes: Small Texas college, big time form submission (I mean that as a compliment).
KBCS – Bellevue College Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Accepting a multitude of genres, full-length CD submissions are the preference, but MPP3s via email are accepted too. All submissions need to include a tracklist with explicit-lyric songs noted.
KEXP – Where the Music Matters Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Very long write-up; it’s a blog-like post. Sit back, relax, learn some about KEXP – linked to the University of Washington and based in Seattle – and the submission process. The station gets inundated with promo content and music, making it a challenge for the musicians to gain airplay. Streaming or download-link submissions are open as is tangible media submissions (CDs/Vinyl).
WGTB Georgetown Radio Web Site || SuAbout Page Notes: Send them to our offices in the Leavey Center and if you want, email the music director as well. Here’s the address: Attn: Music Directors, WGTB 432 Leavey Center, Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057
.WRGW District Radio Web Site || About Page Note: George Washington University’s student-run station that runs 18 hours a day. Submission info is not elaborated on more than this on the “About” page: or digital submissions, please email music[at]gwradio.com. For hard copies, drop them off or mail them in to:
Radio Laurier Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Wilfrid Laurier University campus radio up in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. They accept radio-friendly submissions of either music singles, Eps, or full albums. They also want info about the band/artist who is submitting, so be prepared with your details when you submit content.
CJAM – University of Windsor Web Site || Submission Page Notes: A border-area station in Ontario that is also picked up in Detroit. There’s a guideline article about content submitted. There’s also the stated fac they aren’t keen on digital submissions.
CJSW – University of algary Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Based in Calgary, Alberta, the station is now only accepting digital submissions (yay!) unless you are a “local” act (Calgary and I would assume other southern Alberta), they encourage physical as well as digital from locals. Here’s the thing: No singles. Albums and EPs of four tracks or more are preferred for on-air consideration. I may have read this wrong but I think they want both download (Dropbox) links and streaming links to go along with other data in submission emails. Check the page for more info. Submissions are via email.
CITR – University of British Columbia Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: The station is in Vancouver, B.C. on the west coast of Canada. While the submissions-page link I used is for music, their official page points to a multitude of promotional options. They state a preference for physical copies of music — and no CD Singles — but will accept digital submissions. They’re picky about what they want — 320kbps MP2s, at least four tracks in a submission, and inro…lots of info. They also truly come off like college radio as they have a preference for local acts. It doesn’t mean this is a locals-only situation, but it does mean this is an opportunity for musicians in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest.
Flirt.FM – National University of Ireland Web Site || Info Page Notes: Student-run station accepting email submissions. They are not clear if submissions are “local” only, they do talk about in-person, on-air appearances, and in-city touting.
UCT Radio Web Site || Submission Page Notes: University of Cape Town. It boasts a broad reach in South Africa as well as diversity. Read more on their About pate. Form submission process.
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NYC House Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: You need to register to submit music. I didn’t. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ That’s not a wrong, it just leaves you unable to see what they are looking for outright from submissions.
Hot 108 Jamz Web Site || Submissions Pafe Notes: Hip-hop in the big Applr, submissions are a twist: You have to call to see about it. You’ll find the number below the contact form on the “Submissions” page.
Brooklynn Radio Web Site ||Submissions Page Notes: Submissions are via email. The notable submissions aspect is their request for a promo photo.
The Peak WXPK 107.1 FM – New York Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: They’re looking for original artists with “roots in New York’s backyard”. Consider that statewide and, not city-only. While it’s a form submission proves, they don’t say much more than wanting original bands.
WVKR – Poukipsie, NY Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: While you will have to submit by email or standard mail, submissions must be sent to Music Directors or the appropriate musical genre director. Check the submission page for all the contact info. Some of the genres: Classical, Electronica, Folk, Hip-Hop, Metal/Hard Core, and New Age.
The BIRN Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Berklee College of Music in the Boston area. The station accepts physical and email (music links and info included) submissions.
WERS Boston Web Site || Submission page Notes: While I haven’t submitted music to the station before, I have had another indie music contact do it. The music did not have to be a new release.
Boston Rock Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Highlighting “emerging” artists/bands who are local (Boston, Massachusetts region), “national”, or mainstream – I quote national because I see this as US-indie rockers and not indie-in-general. One song – properly tagged and current – is to be submitted through the on-page form.
WBCA 102.9 FM Wb Site || Submissions Page Notes: Part of the Boston Neighborhood Network, the station is open to just about all music genres… As long as you are a Bostonian.
WHCP Web Site || Submission page Notes: One of the early station listings, I need to review submissions again and better update this review. A terrestrial broadcast station in Baltimore that’s forward as being a non-profit, community station. I don’t know if they’re only accepting music from a local artist). With how prominent the station is online, I don’t think it’s just “locals”. Submitting to the station is more of a process simply because you must find the proper show/deejay to submit your music to. Unrelated to WHCP: Community broadcast stations (NPR affiliates) are also all over the United States. Some are locals-only, some will only take CD submissions.
Indie88 Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Toronto-based, this is Canada’s big-time indie station. It also has high-exposure levels when it comes to web searches for music submission pages, so keep that in mind; lots o submission you will be competing with. Submissions are via email – you send music links and tell them about your tunes. They do not say which services they prefer or if they want to download links. You should put your best foot forward with submissions — send a bio as well as musical description.
Generation NextRadio on The Rock 94.9 FM – Oshawa, Ont. Web Site|| Submissions Page Notes: “Generation Next Radio” airs multiple times a week on the station, and a live event show also happens… which you could be invited to. The submissions page doesn’t say if they take content from only certain genres or locations. It does say that they want a press kit link in your form-submission.
Tampa Bay FM Web Site || Submission page Note: My personal experience with this streaming option went #FAIL because I got confused in the submission process. I’ve pointed other indie artists to the site and they’ve submitted multiple albums worth of music without problems.
Music Tampa Bay Web Site || Submission page Note: This is a non-profit streaming/terrestrial station in the St. Petersburg, Florida area that takes music submissions from artists of west-central Florida (and central Florida). There is no submission page, things are handled through email; you’ll have to hunt on the site for proper contact.
97X – Local Motion” Wev Site || Submissions Page Notes: Tama By-based musicians, this is anotherfor you. Thy play it up as App-based. I eon’ know if his leads 5o any on-ar airplay on the traditional broadcast station.
WURK 96.3 FM Tampa Web Site || Submission Pag Notes: Community station with a small terrestrial broadcast range Up until revently the station was only taking physical CD submission. They are now handling thins through email with a new-release preference. A one-page nio, as well as relevant data (artist name, song name, genre, other relevant data), is requested along with your song submission.
The WIKD 102.5 FM Daytona Beach Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Form submission with requested links. They also accept tangible submissions by mail. Thie fact this is a tourist region adds weight to potential airplay.
DsOne Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Urban Contemporary station in the Miami area. Physical submissions only, you are prompted to call for submission criteria. You also have to fill out a form they’ll provide.
94.9 The City Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Keyed in on the tap/hip-hop grntr and looking for artists in southwest Florida.
Smooth Jazz Florida Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: You’ll need to do more research with this site as only contact info is pro died on their submissions page.
WREK Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: The station gives preference to music on CDs or LPs (vinyl). They will take digital submissions but solid-submissions are preferred. Digital submissions are through email.
V-103 Web Site[JF1] || Submissions Page Notes: CD-by-mail preference with digital may be accepted. They hide the email contact address until the very end of the submission page.
Radio Memphis Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I could be wrong but the site appears locals-only. It’s open to all genres. The submission guidelines don’t say anything regarding digital submissions – just an email address.
It Feels Good Radio | WIFG-DB Nashville Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Urban/Adult Contemporary in nature with listed genre ideals of “Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul Classics, Neo-Soul, Caribbean, Blues, Motown and Tasteful Hip-Hop.” You can submit a track or two (radio-friendly onea) via email or by standard mail, but heed their instructions for music labeling.
Radio SoBro Web Site || Submissions Page Notes:Twisting “Locals only”, it you are from Nashville or recorded in Nashbille, you are encouraged to submit (all music genres).
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WFPK 91.9 Louisville Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Now, I haven’t reviewed the site in full to see if they take submissions on other shows, but in this instance? They want to hear from local acts in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
River Radio – 104.9 the River Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: This one caught my attention as it’s locals-only in the Columbus, Ohio area and its class of music is Adult Contemporary? You don’t see local-only going that route often. Submitted files are to b in the .WAV format.
North Coast Underground Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Cleveland/great lakes area. It seems an email/form submission combo (fill the form, send the files). It’s also original-music alone; don’t submit covers!
Real 106.1 – Cleveland Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Hip-hop / R&B for a show called “Homegrown”.
DetroitRap.com Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I did not go deep through the site to see if this is locals-only or if the location-name is just forname-sake. They take more than music in submissions though., Submissions of songs, videos, photos, events or other content is done by way of a form.
WQRT-LP Indianapolis Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: They may accept wider submissions but in the instance, I crossed — it stresses the local element. This exposure won’t pay you back via royalties, but it gets you out there.
Power 92.3 WPWX Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: An Urban Contemporary station in the Chicagoland area, the station uses a form submission tool on their site with little info otherwise. Best foot forwarded with the info you provide, file quality, and the song itself.
CHIRP Web Site || Submission page Note: While I have not submitted to the station or done a more immaculate review, it is very much worth noting this is in the Chicagoland area on a terrestrial signal as well as online.
88Nine Milwaukee Web Site || Submission page Notes: To compliment CHIRP, this station is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While the station takes submissions from anywhere, they also stress they’ll give at least one play an hour to local talent.
WORTT FM Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: While searching for stations in multiple cities and regions the past few months WORT had a habit of popping up prominently in results. Madison, Wisconsin isn’t in the Rocky Mountains, deep South, Northeast or on the Pacific coast now is it? The station will take digital submissions by email but they prefer CDs. Unlike other terrestrial stations taking submissions, they will accept songs that need to air after 10 PM (read: foul content/language).
93x Loud & Local (Minnesota) Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: An hour-long Sunday night program that highlights musical artists and groups from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Form submission.
KRUI – Iowa Cty Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: While they sa they’ll take any and all music submissions from any and all sources (labels, indie, kids fooling around) they only take tangible content through the mail with CDs and vinyl preferred.
KZ88 – Cabool, MO Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: In the Ozarks in southern Missouri, the community station is accepting physical and digital submissions. Oddly, the link-for-download is listed as the slowest submission avenue to use.
KKFL Kansas City Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: “New Music Submissions” by way of download-file or physi al submission, and that can also play into acceptance or failure.
KZUM 89.3 FM Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Nebraska; accepting music “of all kinds” though the majority of their airplay is generally blues, Americana/folk/bluegrass, country, jazz, rock, and world music, “but with a little of everything sprinkled in.”
K104 Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: A 5-hour, Sunday night show highlighting local hip-hop artists.their. The submission form is convenient but they push rules and standards (all for the artist’s sake.
Radio NB Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Texan radio station. “Americana”, but the only submission page information is an email address. They prefer physical CDs mailed in, but digital submissions are accepted (MP3 or WAV)
97.9 The Box – Houston, Texas Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Houston, Louisiana and Mississippi region artists and performers.. Criteria must be met and other standards apply to be considered for airplay. It’s the music business at work…
7522 Radio – Denver Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: You’ll need to sign up with the site to gain proper submission info. They want a minimum of 1 full album or EP or 3 singles in a submission. They’ll take more…
MileHi Music Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: This Denver-area site piqued my interest even with missing context (What genres do they prefer? Locals only?). EDIT: Upon further review…this is a site aimed at the mountains/promoting musicians of Colorado. While the submission page lacks context on submissions, it pushes “Song of the Week”. A “Song of the week” is picked andf promoted…with a video produced to promote it. A video that will ge a paid advertisement for a week on Facebook. That should seem reason enough to submit music without caring about other factors, but I advise you to do some listening and better research on this than just knee-jerk, gotta-do-it reacting.
Radio Phoenix –Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Community broadcast station in Phoenix, Arizona. Submissions are welcome by email or through physical copies, but digital submissions (sent via a download link in the email) are preferred and will be reviewed faster.
Border Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Arizona-based. Form-submission that wants tthe details (and the Dropbox). No profane content.
KBear 101 – Idaho’s Only Real Rock Station Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Eastern Idaho-based station, this submission form is “4 Locals Only”. Those in the immediate region (Montana, Wyoming, Utah) may want to take a shot here too.
MizFitz Radio – San Diego Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: For independent artists of the Urban contemporary class or music.
KSPC — Claremont, Calif. Web Site || Submissions Pate Notes: East of LA, the community station takes download links or direct file attachments in email submissions.
KGUP FM Emerge Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Three things surprised me on this L.A. based station: – Locals only – A fee for musical submissions – Dropping a (censored) F-Bomb to explain the submission fed options. Ir selected lots of: airplay. Yout submission must he single-length in time (not exceeding 5-minutes).
KUCI – Irvine Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: For a community radio station based in Irvvine, California, it’s surprising the station doesn’t accept digital submissions. You have to mail CDs/CD-Rs/records, etc. for airplay consideration.
The Bay Brothers Web Site || Submission Page Notes: San Francisco calling A deeper review is necessary as the submission page didn’t say what genres they prefer.,They utilize a submission form but also accept albums by mail. The music submission process is by download URL, so keep that in mind.
OPB Music Web Site || Submissions Pahe Notes: O5egon Public Broadcast covers the state and southwest Washington state. It’s unclear if this is a locals-only station, though they do make it a note that submission emails should include whee they can see you play live. What is abundantly clear is the notion they are a digital-first station and want huge files – WAV being preferred. You can find that info on the submission page along with CD submission guidelines.
KAOS Wen Site || Submission Page Notes: Based in Olympia, Washington who prefer physical submissions but……. Obviously they know that’s not in the cards as much these days as they have a submission form. The musical selection is up to their DJs, so while “anything goes” you might want a listen to see if your stuff will fit.
The BLOCK with Bryson Worden Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Bryson’s radio show is scheduled on CIVL in Abbottsford, B.C., and is open to new/fresh releases in all genres He’s not sweet on explicit content but it is acceptable. Submissions are through a form on Google. If you make the cut and gef featured on THE BLOCK, your music will also be added to the CIVL music rotation. More airplay/exposure.
CITR – Vancouver Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: I am not labeling the station “Locals Only” but they do say they have a preference for locals and Canadians. They also say they will try to listen to all submissions from everywhere. You’re sharing streaming links as well as info about yourself.
BBC Music Introducing Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Registration required, and I don’t know the depth of the process or if they have preferences to musicians of the United Kingdom and Europe but…dude! It’s the bloody BBC! Wdit 06.09.20 It was points out in comments that you have to be a UK 43sident to get on BBC Music. Thank you, JP, for pointing this out. I’ve moved the listing as a result.
Radio Hartlepool Web Site || Submission page Note: Based in the United Kingdom, the station only accepts submissions of new music. All stations vary in their stance on how old songs and albums can be that are submitted. In this case, the station is very forward about the matter; it’s gotta be new.
Channel One Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Unclear on the submission process — do they accept digital or is it just hard copies mailed in. You’ll have to contact them about new music submissions and get this clarified.
Black Country Radio Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Local and unigned talent from the Birmingham and “Black Countey” area of Britian. ulse 88 Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: R&B/Hip-hop in London. Form submission – have your info ready to compliment the song submission.
Nordic Spotlight Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Too wide area to be considered “Locals Only”, but this wide area is not for everyone; this is’t the “Nordic Spotlight” for nothing. Open to musicians from Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Submissions are handled through a fom.
Special Radio Web Site || Submission Page Notes: Open to all categories/genres of music, but only through the mail. While That mailing address is in Russia, leading to my posting herd and not in “General”.
2SER 107.3 Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Let’s go down under! 2ser is in Australia, Sydney to be more exact. They take submissions via email and will go as far as full albums. They also do interviews and other promotional stuff. I did not go through shows to see genres. They also didn’t make it obvious if they want Aussies and blokes down under alone (g’ day to the Tasmanians and New Zealanders out there(. It’s worth taking a shot with or at least researching more.
106.7 PBS FM Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Confession — I crossed this site on search engine results and immediately assumed it was what Americans know as the Public Broadcasting Service… Uh, that’s television. On the radio, it’s National Public Radio (NPR). Oops. PBS is Downunder in Melbourne, Australia. They’re a direct form-submission and say it — they prefer digital copies/submissions and would like to hear from local acts and the international community. You’ll need to include a press release or a bio with your submission to go along with other standard form stuff.
102.7 FM Triple R Digital Melbourne Web Site || Submissions Page Notes: Unless you know the programming, (and where songs may be most appropriate), you will be emailing the station’s music coordinator with a streaming link, a download link, and bio info. Do that directly to show-hosts if you know programming and where your tune(s) fit best.
Radio 2CBD Web Site ||Contact Page Notes: nless a web search is wrong, this station air country music. The “Submissions” page is actually a contact page with a music-submissions email address listed and no policy info.\
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