Last week was one for the history books at Kiosk Radio. On Friday they aired their first morning show, a new and weekly appointment live from the wooden shack in the royal park in Brussels. The hosts are Islas, who is a terrific DJ and the boss of brand and design agency Stoemp Studio, and Alex Sourbis, who works for Culte Agency and recently founded 254NOW. Why do we believe this is a milestone for Kiosk Radio and as a consequence for the Belgian music scene?
Online radio has existed for quite a while now, having become an important fixture of city scenes all over the world. The pandemic has amplified their role, being one of the only places left where DJs can freely connect with an audience. Day in day out, DJs serve their favorite music for anyone free to listen to or to consult from archives stacked with thousands of hours. These radio stations - in most cases private initiatives run by a bunch of culture-not-money-driven enthusiasts and volunteers - deserve all the praise in the world. They invest all their time, money and expertise into creating a hub for a community, not only digitally but also physically. Walk at any given afternoon through the park in front of the tremendous royal castle and you will meet like-minded music heads, in Covid-free time probably also holding a drink from the bar of Kiosk Radio. All this taken into account, a weekly breakfast show is an enormous step forward for the broadcaster and its community. The concept, a music selection designed for the early hours and witty commentary connecting with the listeners through the website’s chatbox, is simple and obviously not new. Traditional FM radio stations have been doing this for ages for their mainstream audiences making the breakfast show the uppermost important time block of the day, yet to offer this now fully tailor-made to our very own Belgian “underground” music scene is something to be very proud of. We have high hopes for such a show to become daily on Kiosk Radio, but already for now: thank you!