It can be a daunting journey for independent artists who want to get radio play. For an artist to even be considered by a Program Director at a big station, a tremendous amount of other activity must be going on. For instance, the artist may have had huge success at one of the lower formats (AAA or College), and it goes so well that other stations pick it up; Or the artist might have had their music used in a TV commercial or film, and the buzz was picked up by a program director.
Getting radio airplay is incredibly competitive, and when it comes to large terrestrial radio play in major radio markets, getting on the playlist may be extremely difficult for artists without a major record label, if not impossible.
Well, that’s all changing, and four hit radio stations are ushering in the new era where Indies can shine and get the attention they deserve. In an effort to help independent artists share their music with a large audience, Hits 97.5, 102 the Mix, Power 98.2, and Beach 104.5 have opened their airwaves to unsigned artists, now making them the top radio stations that play independent artists.
Offering music from a wide range of genres, these stations are often considered as four of the top, foremost radio stations, and now that they have opened their doors to independent artists, there has never been a better time to submit music for radio play. Let’s face it, getting radio airplay can even the playing field with major artists, and these radio stations are offering this excellent opportunity for unsigned, independent artists.
Here is a breakdown of each of the stations and the primary genres they play:
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Genres: Hip-hop, r&b, pop, pop-rock genres, with some throwback jams.
Genres: R&b, pop, rock, hip-hop, contemporary-country, and some oldie hits sprinkled throughout.
Genres: Pop, hip-hop, r&b, edm, rock, and some contemporary-country.
Genres: Pop, country, rock, and some urban.
If your music fits in one of these genres, you can submit it to the station and start getting radio airplay within hours.
What’s great is that these four stations set aside Prime Time slots for unsigned artists and your song will be played right alongside major artists. You will also be heard by thousands of listeners via their Android Apps.
And if that isn’t enough, for added exposure, when your song plays, you will also get tweeted on their official Twitter Accounts and posted on their official Facebook Pages.
This is an opportunity that was previously open to only major-label signed artists so if you are an unsigned artist, this is quite an opportunity that you need to take advantage of now!
Ready to get your music on one, or all of these stations? They’ve made the process really simple to send your music. Just go the station’s website, and click on Get Radio Play in the top menu.
Before you send your music, you must ensure that the song is radio quality, meaning mixed and mastered properly, as well as censored swear words if applicable. When you are ready to submit music for radio play, also be sure to send the Track Artist, Song Title, and a high quality square Album Cover image.
If you would like to be tagged in the tweet when your song plays, also send your twitter username. No additional information is needed to be posted on Facebook.
That’s it! I hope this helps you get the radio play you so rightly deserve. A word of advice, their open spots fill up quickly, so submit your music for radio play now to lock in your spots.