End Of Elektrana Radio

Posted by Mile Hund | Thougths | Sunday 27 November 2011 23:45


Since the summer and last EXIT festival Elektrana was on a vacation. Shows were suspended so artist could have a summer brake. But this year that brake lasted longer than usual and at the end turned into permanent closure of the radio.

 News was expected and it was painful. I had to remove my Elektrana Radio iPhone app from the App Store. I have to apologize to everyone who ever used the app and will be unable to use it anymore.

Here is the official notification from Elektrana Radio:

After 2 full years officially on the air (and 9 months unofficially), Elektrana Radio is closing it’s doors.

Conceived as a hobby by several individuals to facilitate the popularisation and development of electronic music in this region, the radio has surpassed all possible bounds of being a hobby, and has become an obligation with vague and constant work-hours. A commitment with far greater degree of responsibility than what was planned.

On one hand, success is when something, in a positive way, outgrows all expectations and frameworks, but on the other hand radio began to put a strain on normal, daily life of those who are engaged in it’s work.

Since the radio was not designed as a commercial project and everything on it was done out of pure love and no material interests, it was illusory to neglect real life responsibilities for the sake of hobby and entertainment.

The solution would be the reduction of shows to a bare minimum and reduction of all forms of responsibility between the show ‘s authors and project designers, which was, in case of Elektrana as a serious organisation that conducts all its activities in a responsible manner, rejected as an unacceptable solution.

Since Elektrana, as a central for development of electronic culture and arts, has always advocated acceptance of diversity in all its forms, we tried to incorporate as many musical genres in our musical program. The very process of reduction of shows would distort the balance, in part through the relationship with authors, and partly it would tarnish the basic idea to allocate space on the radio to anyone with high quality of work and work ethics.

This is also the reason why the radio is going off the air.

After all, the radio has achieved certain success that will undoubtedly be a testimony that Elektrana, with implementation of the radio, has done something useful for the stage:).

Elektrana Radio:
- The first local internet radio station focusing on electronic music
- Aired exactly 70 weekly shows with over 100 authors from around the world
- On a monthly basis there were approx. 30 thousand listeners from 80 different countries around the world
- Streaming of various parties and a festival :)
- Media sponsor of various cultural events as well as some music releases
- Winner of “Loud & Queer” annual award for demonstrated public support of LGBT events
- Parties organiser in order to promote the radio, and above all the authors on it

All this would not be possible without people who carry the most merit for our two-year radio career. Founder, CTO and IT megaman, Dušan Ostra?anin, is the culprit behind smooth operation of Elektrana Radio all this time. Predrag Nikoli?, founder of Elektrana, and Predrag Novakovi?, musical editor, contributed to the glory we have acquired in the meantime.

Certainly we owe greatest gratitude to all authors whose programs were broadcast through our radio, and listeners, without whom our presence would be meaningless.

Until next listening!

NOTE: Elektrana as an organization and Elektrana Stage at EXIT festival will go on…