About

What is Radioactive International?

We are a collective of like minded people who are passionate about their music, art and politics,  sometimes we like to mash it all up and sometimes keep it separate. We are a free form radio station with no formats or playlists or genres  that DJs have to adhere to. We have few rules, but the main rule is no fascists, racists, sexists, homophobes or religious presenters. The music and politics and art is mainly leftist and alternative and a motto of the station is we’re not here to break the law with an illegal radio station just to play bland pop music, that is available on many of the state and corporate stations.
Radioactive International has nearly 40 DJ’s playing a varied mixture of alternative music from punk, metal, ska, reggae and historical recordings. We broadcast online but also transmit live from gigs and festivals. During the summer of 2013 we’ve broadcasted live from Conflict at the Button Factory in Dublin, The Crowbar in Groningen Holland, The Rockin’ Road Festival and the GGI Festival in Mayo. Get in touch if you’d like us to cover your event.

How did it all start?
We could go back to the cave men drawing on walls or Guglielmo Marconi, but we take our history from the pioneers of Free Radio like The Irish Rebels who used morse code in the 1916 Easter rising and Ronan O’Rahilly.  Four of the current members worked together in a station called Big Beat back in 1986 and about 15 of the current members worked in a different station Radioactive 101FM.

It was at the 20 year reunion of Radioactive that the idea emerged that we’d put a new station online, backed up by shortwave and micro powered city FM broadcasts. And here we are back on air with nearly 40 DJs from all around the world; Ireland, UK, America, Canada, Spain, Norway, Holland.

Dont hate the media, Become the media.

When we were kids we had to break the law to share our ideas and music through pirate radio, today through modern technology it has never been easier to do that, but is it broadcasting? social media gives the impression that you are sharing your thoughts with the world but in reality you’re just reaching the edges of your sandbox where your friends and followers are.
 
Jello Biafra said “Don’t hate the media, become the media” but if becoming the media is just creating a sandbox on social media so they can spit adverts back at you, then we need to rethink becoming the media, social media’s profit model will never give you broadcast rights to all their users, we need to alternatively create publish and archive our own content on our own systems because let’s face it, twitter and facebook may not be around forever and all those texts images videos and audio will be gone when they can’t make profit from it.
 
So in the great Punk tradition we will have to do this ourselves, organise groups, set up blogs, forums, messaging systems some public some private. Collect money from our communities through subscription or donation to pay for all this because we can’t rely on corporate adverts because if they ever pulled out our systems could fall.

How to listen to Radioactive International
Visit our website http://www.radioactiveinternational.org and either select the
live stream (the link is available in the top right of all pages) to hear the very latest shows or browse through the presenter pages and select shows to listen to on demand.

I’m in a band, can I contact the station?
Yes, look through the presenter pages and feel free to leave a comment on the DJ pages, send a message on facebook or email
[email protected]

Join us – become a DJ
We have an open door and always looking for new DJ’s, just send us a message on facebook or email [email protected]