We are proud to be able to announce our new IRF Advisory Board President Tony Prince. There are few better references than Tony’s long standing international reputation within the radio world, and we are honoured that Tony continues to support the IRF ethos whilst entrusting his name and industry respect to the IRF. Tony’s radio experience reads like a who’s who and where better to start than at the beginning in the sixties when pop culture properly started taking root…
Tony began his broadcasting career on the 60’s pirate ship Radio Caroline, one of the very few DJs to broadcast from both Radio Caroline South and North (1965-67). Prince joined Radio Luxembourg, Europe’s largest, most successful radio station in 1968 remaining with the station until 1984 (becoming Programme Director in 1976). In later years Tony worked for Capital Radio in London and hosted the breakfast show on Birmingham’s XTRA AM.
In 1983 he launched the Disco Mix Club (DMC) a unique record label and the first in the world to exploit remixing production as the DJ art of the future. With the additional inspiration of DMC’s magazine, Mixmag, club DJ’s around the world were catapulted towards their destiny as the music producers we know today.
“My life has been about inspiring the DJ to evolve and, whilst the club DJ has moved on a pace, this is a time for us to concern ourselves with the well-being of the radio DJ. The media gives them various titles such as the announcer, the broadcaster, the presenter. But for me they will always be THE DJ’s.”
There are challenging times ahead for radio, it’s very existence is on the line and the annual International Radio Festival is where we gather, focus and respond to market trends. I am so honoured to be involved with the IRF and the hundreds of DJs and stations involving themselves each year with this incredible event. As we enter a new phase in Marconi’s amazing wireless invention, where because of the internet there is no longer such a thing as local radio, the IRF presents radio as the world hears it!”.