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While BBC Radio 1, Sirius XM, and Triple J are standout leaders in their regional broadcast networks, the one downside has always been just that – it’s regional. The expansion of online radio in recent years has been revolutionary for the platform, as it drives the creation of independent radio shows and the surrounding tight-knit communities. With new radio stations launching each week, it can be difficult to track all of them at times. Fortunately, Mixcloud has got you covered.

The online music streaming service allows for the listening and distribution of radio shows and podcasts within the legal framework. Earlier this week, Mixcloud announced the nominees for their annual Online Radio Awards to highlight the best of the best from independent radio stations, music shows, podcasts, and radio personalities hosted on the worldwide web. Spanning across 30 categories including the new ‘Rising Stars’ selection (which is a personal favourite of mine), you’ll find there’s something for everyone.

A few notable nominations include Anna Lunoe for Best Online Radio Personality, as well as a nomination for her weekly Beat’s 1 radio show HYPERHOUSE. In the Rising Star category for Best Online Music Show sits the UK rave crew’s SISTER Radio curated by Carly Wilford and Shan McGinley. Let’s not forget talk shows, where Mixmag’s On Rotation received a nomination in the Culture category. Plus, plenty of nominations from the renowned NTS Radio and Rinse FM/Rinse France fill up the list. Overall, it’s a respectable collection of forward-thinking tastemakers who are pushing the boundaries of online radio.

Check out all of the nominations below, which is split into four categories: Best Online Music Show, Best Online Talk Show, Best Online Radio Station, and Best Online Radio Personality.

Best Online Music Show


Nothin’ But The Hits by DJ Stylus
The Wonky Sensitive Mixtape
Radio X-Track
Obscene Radio by DJ Obscene
DJ Mr Urban Pop


Gabrielle Kwarteng, The Lot Radio
Music Is My Sanctuary Show
Alexander Nut, NTS
Globalize Yourself Stereo
Tru Thoughts presents UNFOLD Radio


Jazz Standard
Vidal, LYL Radio
The Eclectic Ladyland Liveshow
Global Roots: Thris Tian, Worldwide FM
Eric In The Evening, WGBH

Funk / Soul

Soul Circle Radio Show by DJ Mza
Patrick Forge, Mi Soul
GhettoBlasterShow by GonesTheDJ

Ambient / Chillout

Headphone Commute
Quietmusic by Nick Francis
Stationary Travels
New Age Rage, Berlin Community Radio, NTS

Dance / Electronic

Dekmantel Podcast
Steve Lawler presents Nightlife Radio
Defected Radio Show
The Birdhouse with Claude VonStroke
KINGDOM Radio by Gorgon City

EDM / Big Room

The Cookout
Anna Lunoe presents: HYPERHOUSE
Radio Wonderland by Alison Wonderland
Future Sound Of Egypt by Aly & Fila
Hexagon Radio by Don Diablo

Hip Hop / RnB / Afrobeats

P Montana, Radar Radio
Lily Mercer, Rinse FM
The Workout Mix by DJ Whoo Kid
Wonder Mix by DJ Wonder
Motellacast by DJ MoCity

Reggae / Dancehall

DJ Gazaking
Afrobasement Vibes by DJ Dee Money
Ras Kwame’s Reggae Recipe
Team Salut, Radar Radio

Bass / Dubstep / DnB

GourmetBeats by Joe Nice
Hold Your Corner with Jonny Dub
NOUS FM Podcast
KRUNK Guest Mixes
Hospital Podcast by Hospital Records

Rock / Alternative

Simone Marie’s Naked Lunch, Soho Radio
Different Head
Les Garçons Bien Élevés
The Wrong Rock Show
Twang, MCR Live

World Music

World Ocean, Boxout FM
Awesome Tapes From Africa, Dublab
Afropop Worldwide
Movimentos, SOAS Radio
La Danza Poetica, Radio Groovalizacion

Country / Folk / Blues

Reverberation Radio
Folk Radio UK Folk Show
Flight Mode by Gil Matus
Platter Playlists
Thistle Radio, NPR

Rising Star

Natasha Maximova’s Into Continental, Reform Radio
Marina Trench, Le Mellotron
Antikunst, Red Light Radio

Best Online Talk Show

News / Politics

Politics with Michelle Grattan
Pod Save America
Talking Politics

Science / Technology

Star Talk Radio
How To Kill An Hour
Stuff You Should Know
Note To Self


Dreamer’s Disease
Harvard Business Review IdeaCast
The Purposeful Creative
How I Built This
Dreams In Drive


TED Radio Hour
The Allusionist
The College Info Geek
Hardcore History

Lifestyle / Health

The Hilarious World of Depression
WTF with Marc Maron
The Osher Günsberg Project
The Scummy Mummies
Melanin Millennials


The Fighter And The Kid
The Bill Simmons Podcast
The Tuesday Club
The School Of Greatness
Sports Without Balls


My Dad Wrote a Porno
The Joe Rogan Experience
2 Dope Queens
Welcome to Night Vale
No Such Thing As A Fish


Mixmag: On Rotation
Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
Distraction Pieces with Scroobius Pip
Song Exploder
Sooo Many White Guys

Rising Star

Homo Sapiens
Missing Richard Simmons
Ear Hustle
Still Processing

Best Online Radio Station


Worldwide FM
Radar Radio
Rinse France
LYL Radio
Berlin Community Radio

Central / S. America

Radio Rock Bauru
Artefaktor Radio
Cabina 420 Radio
Ne Manteiga Radio
Radio La Bici

N. America & Canada

Brooklyn Radio
The Lot Radio
DKFM Shoegaze Radio

Asia Pacific / M.E. / Africa

Hong Kong Community Radio
Seoul Community Radio

Rising Star

Netil Radio, UK, India
LYL Radio, France,
Radio Harlaz, Belgium
Hong Kong Community Radio, Hong Kong

Best Online Radio Personality


Josey Rebelle, Rinse FM
Lena Dunham, Women of the Hour
Phoebe Robinson, Sooo Many White Guys
Snoochie Shy, Radar Radio


Andrew Weatherall, NTS
Brian Reed, S-Town
Jazzie B
Joe Kay, Soulection
Mikill Pane, Fubar Radio