Radio and streaming music submission options for indie musicians

Last Updated 02.242020; originally published 08.13.2019

 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’m going to list below.

List?  Yeah, list.

If you are an independent musician looking to promote content besides pushing it on Spotify (and/or 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 broadcast (terrestrial) stations that take submissions online from independent artists.

I have not submitted music to all these stations. Some of the sites come with cost and I do apologize for not saying as much in the notes that accompany the listings. The application process is different on every site and it’s important to have your data – bio, photos, album art, social media information, and music of course – ready to use.

It’s also worth noting college stations and many traditional, local community stations will take submissions but it requires those submissions to be CD-based and not digital-files.

Lastly, just like a playlist curator, these stations and streaming sites have the ultimate say if they’ll accept the music you submit or not. Don’t dwell on cold-shoulders and rejections, keep pushing your music.

Now, about those stations…

General

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Indie Radio Network
    Web Site || Submission page
    Notes:
  • Catorweb Radio
    Web Site || 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 songs more often than indie acts. Blame that on when I was listening.
  • Indie Radio FM
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:
  • Radio Tunes
    Web Site || Submission Page
    Notes:
  • 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…
  • Pandora
    Web Site || Submission Info
    Nore: While I play up BN4IA above, this is the proverbial cream de la cream of Internet radio.n Spotify, or at It’s also a rough submission — the process isn’t necessarily it as-so-much hitting their standard of quality. They don’t accept just anything (and that goes for artists who already have an album on the network)
  • 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!
  • CBC Music
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: I’m a little unomfo56ahle posting his one as 5heir method seems to key in on programming — note a program with submissions. ^here is even a second submissions pate about proy5ram submissions. It’s a major Canadian broadcast company, though, so it’s worth explo5int.
  • Indie Scene
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:
  • Indie Air Radio
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:
  • 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 musi 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.
  • Still Stream Music
    Web Site || Submission Page
    Notes: They stress they are looking for ambiaer music. Not Jazz Not. rock. Not hip-hop.
  • 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.
  • Indie Music Plus
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:
  • Indie Music Discovery
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:
  • Excite Radio
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note: Submissions are to be done by way of social media
  • Radio Outlaw
    Web Site || Submission page
    Notes:
  • DOPECAUSEWESAID
    Web Site || Submission Page
    Notes: I’ve een 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).
  • Beyond the Dawn Radio
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: Open to submissions from all unsigned acts of all genres.
  • 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 informaton attached to each email. Review the submission page for all that jazz.
  • MPG Radio
    Web Site || Submission Page
    Notes:
  • You Heard This (Podcast)
    Web Site || Submission Page
    Notes: Originally tied to Capitol Rock Radio. It’s a submission form,
  • Mixfitx 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 inro.
  • Feedbands
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes:
  • Silent Radio
    web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes:
  • Fresh on the Net
    Web Site || Suhmissions 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 3 months…
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trend City Radio
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: While this seems to be a generalized indie music station, make sure you pay attention on the song-form submission. No, you don’t have to buy service to submit music… That “Buy Now” button is for the social media packages they promote
  • Cypher City Radio
    Web SiteA || Submissions Page
    Notes: 30-day rotation. on submissions. They are forward about 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.
  • 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.

Genre-specific

Because the Genre-specific stations aren’t quite “General”., this grouping has been created.

Country

  • Country Blast Radio
    Web Site || submissions Page
    Notes: Email sumissions in MP3 format.
  • Cruisin’ Country Radio
    Web Site || Submissions Pag
    Notes: Associated with Radio A1A. “Submissions are considered for airplay based on quality, creativity and unique Country Music representation”

EDM

Folk

  • 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

  • Ugly Radio
    Web SIte || Submissions Page
    Notes: While it’s a simple email-submission proess (include track names, a io) it comes with a catch — a form 5tofill-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.

Reggae/Tropical

Rock

  • Rock Radio
    Web Site || Submission page
    Nots:
  • 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.
  • Indie Rock Café
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:
  • 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!

College Radio

Arkansas

  • 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)

California

  • 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)
  • KCR
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: Another SDSU station option…
  • 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.

Colorado

  • 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).

Florida

  • 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).

Georgia

  • 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.

Illinois

  • 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.

Massachusetts

  • 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…

Minnesota

  • 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.

Mississippi

  • 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

Missouri

  • 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).

New York

  • 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.
  • 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.

Pennsylvania

  • 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.

Rhode Island

  • 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(.

Texas

  • KSYN 90.1 – San Antonio College
    Web Site || Suhmissions Page
    Notes: Small Texas college, big time form submission (I mean that as a compliment).

Virginia

Washington

  • 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).

Washington D.C.

  • WGTB Georgetown Radio
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: No submission page. Their About page says regarding submissions:

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

Wisconsin

  • WSUM – University of Wisconsin
    Web Site || Submissions Page*
    Notes: *contact pate. Only information disclosed is the email address to contact and that your music submission is to be a digi5al download.

Canada

  • 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. 
  • 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.

World

  • UCT Radio
    Web Site || Submission Page
    Notes: University of Cape Town. It boasts a broad reach in South Af4rica as well as diversity. Read more on their About pate. Form submission process.

Regional Streams/Stations

While these stations denote locations, and regions, it remains vital in-general to gain airplay and exposure. Explore submissions everywhere.

North America

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miami Underground Radio
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:  This one plays itself up and hides the fact it comes with cost until after you’ve submitted content. It’s a major market but it doesn’t necessarily justify what you’ll have to pay to get airplay.
  • Radio Free Brooklyn
    Web Sites || Submission page
    Notes:
  • 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
    Web Site || Submission page
    Notes: Another terrestrial station, this one in Boston. 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.
  • 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. 
  • V-103
    Web Site[JF1]  || Submissions Page
    Notes:  Atlanta, Georgia.  CD-by-mail preference with digital may be accepted. They hide the email contact address until the very end of the submission page.
  • 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!
  • Underground Columbus
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: The Ohio School of Media runs WUDG, and while they’re looking for unsigned artists, it also becomes those who are not registered with BMI, ASCAP and the like (read: musicians not seeking royalties).
  • 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.41 7522 Indie
  • 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…
    Big Time Radio VegasWeb Site || Submission page
    Notes: Links removed temporarily?) due to security warnings.
  • 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.
  • MizFitz Radio – San Diego
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: For independent artists of the Urban contemporary class or music.
  • The Bay Brothers
    Web Site || Submission Page
    Notes: San Francisco calling! 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.
  • 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.
  • WREK
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: Atlanta-based station who gives preference to music on CDs or LPs (vinyl). They will take digital submissions but solid-submissions are preferred. Digital submissions are through email.
  • Radio NB
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes:  Texan radio station. “Americana”, but the only submission page information is an email address.
  • 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.” They prefer physical CDs mailed in, but digital submissions are accepted (MP3 or WAV)
  • SiriusXM Canada
    Web Site|| Sugmissions Paage
    Notes:
  • 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 orward with submissions — send a bio as well as musical discription.
  • CJSW
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the station is now only accepting digital submissions (yay!) unless you are a “local” act (Calgary and I would assume other southern Alberta towns), they encourage physical as well as digital from the locals.
    Here’s the thing: No singles. Albums and EPs of 4 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.

Europe

  • 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.
  • Pulse 88
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: R&B/Hip-hop in London. Form submission – have your info ready to compliment the song submission.

Australia

  • 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.

Locals Only

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lightning 100 – Nashville
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes:
  • 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…
  • KUVO
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: Colorado, he heard here.
  • Seattle Wave Radio
    Web Site || Submission page
    Note:  Like Music Tampa Bay, this is a regional station catering to regional artists of the Pacific Northwest.
  • 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.
  • Colorado Public Radio
    Weh Site || Submissions Page
    Notes:
  • 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.
  • WQRT Indianapolis
    Web Site || Submissions Page
    Notes: This, like WFPK above, 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.
  • 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.

There are many more stations out there, that cater to genres and specific regions. There are some I accidentally crossed while looking up links for this list too, that’s how many different stations are out there. Listeners go to those stations or the stations wouldn’t exist. I say that because I’ve crossed users of other platforms claiming radio is dead. That ain’t the truth, and it’s important for musicians to keep that in mind instead of a closed perspective.

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