A non-commercial radio model, against FM stations and social networks

Dear Listeners,

I can’t cope with social networks anymore. They are time consuming and I have decided to spend that time for selecting good music for you, instead of on social networks.

Plus, I do not like their commercial policy. This is completely the opposite of what I am. I think that advertising is killing also FM radios in Italy, with 20 minutes of ad every hour, not to mention that in the other 40 minutes you’ll listen only to the same songs sponsored by majors and useless blah blah blah of djs.

For me, advertising is also killing social networks, with an ad coming up every 2-3 posts, not to mention that i am now getting ads also on Whatsapp and Messenger. This is really too invasive, and this is not the way I would like the future world to be.

Milano Lounge is my personal radio station, created for the pleasure of sharing my favourite music with other people, and my idea is to do something completely different from FM radios.

At the moment, there are 1,115 tracks in the day rotation, with songs repeating every 3 days, always in a different order, plus 485 tracks in the night rotation, with songs repeating every 2 days (in different order).

It is not a financial empire or a corporation, and you donations are really helpful when I need to pay licenses and other monthly fees to keep the radio online. If you wish to make a donation, here is the link for PayPal:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=DHFSFDPD6U56A

Please let me know what you think, you can email me at musclerob@gmail.com

Thank you,

Roberto

Saturday 13 February 2021 : World Radio Day

Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse.

At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.

This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard.

Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.

Listen to our playlist Selezione 01 2021 on Spotify

Dear listeners,

I hope the year has started in the best way for you and your loved ones.

As for me, I am well and keeping myself busy by listening to a lot of music and choosing new songs to add to our general rotation on Milano Lounge.

If you want to have a preview of what’s coming up, listen to my playlist SELEZIONE 01 2021 on Spotify and, as usual, thank you for listening and for letting me know your thoughts..

Roberto

 

Happy New Year

Hi everyone,

I can’t find a less obvious way to wish HAPPY 2021 to all the listeners of Milano Lounge.

During this strange year, the community of listeners proved to be very attached to the station, writing to me often to report malfunctions or songs to add / remove to the programming.

You are very attentive listeners and this makes me really happy. I’d like to get to know you one by one, but there are so many of you.

Just think that Milano Lounge has closed 2020 with 747,561 unique listeners, from all over the world.

The TOP countries have been:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Germany
  3. Italy
  4. France
  5. United States
  6. Canada
  7. Australia
  8. Sweden
  9. Russian Federation
  10. Belgium

That said, although I can claim figures that not many online station can claim, I have decided not to get trapped in the “war of numbers”.

After all, Milano Lounge is a non-profit personal web radio, which I created for the pleasure of sharing my favorite music with listeners.

It is not a commercial web radio that has to follow a different model, putting advertising to survive and choosing songs based on pressure from record companies.

In this moment, as I do radio for the sole pleasure of doing it, it makes no sense to look at the total number of listeners, I prefer to look at their quality and develop a personal relationship.

It’s also interesting for me to see if this “no advertising” model (with the station funded by me and listeners) can stand the test of time, or it is not viable in 2021.

Still happy new year and please continue to support Milano Lounge with your listening and your donations.

Roberto

Recap of donations 2020

THANK YOU! to all our listeners who sent a donation to support Milano Lounge. Even in these uncertain times, we keep playing the best selection of Chillout, Lounge, Deep House & Electronic Music, with FREE unlimited streaming on all devices.

GOAL FOR 2020 IS: 3,000 EURO

DONATIONS RECEIVED SO FAR: 2,135 EURO

THANK YOU TO:

Hillel, Israel
Hi Roberto, Thank God I have returned to listen to your best radio after all this mess, and today I heard that I can contribute to your work. So it is not much but in the future, if I can I will support you. All the best and take care. Sincerely yours Hillel 
Deborah, Arizona (USA)
Nikhil, ?
Michal, Prague (Czech Republic)
Malcolm, Sete (France)
Erik, Germany
Mehran, London (UK)
Rodolfo, ?
Vladimir, Kiev (Ukraine)
Nikolei, Wurzburg (Germany)
Eckhart, Germany
Dean, New York (USA)
Anton, Texas (USA)
Giovanni Edoardo, Lodi (Italy)
Menno, Netherlands
Rytis, Israel
Thomas, Wila (Switzerland)
Philipp, Langerringen (Germany)
Jurgen, Munich (Germany)
Gabriel, California (USA)
Maurine, ?
Hello! Thanks for your music channel. Great songs we can enjoy all day long, even more now we are stuck at home. Stay safe and keep feeding our ears with your music selection.
Tim, Nanton (Canada)
Dragos, Romania
Michael, Cologne (Germany)
Thank you for the great music!! Greetings from Cologne. Michael
Guy, North Carolina (USA)
Aurelio, Ontario (Canada)
Eric, Sceaux (France)
I love your radio !
Aleksandar, London (UK)
Georg, Frankfurt Am Mein (Germany)
Hugo, San Rafael (Mexico)
Rafael, Texas (USA) x3
Tiziano e Stefania, Dolcetto Scherzetto, Albenga (SV), Italy x2
Alexander, Eichgraben (Austria)
Patrick, Brugge (Belgium)
Reto, Rothrist (Switzerland)
Fredrik, Nacka (Sweden)
Gunaseelan, Florida (USA)
Tom, Berlin (Germany)
Thank you very much Grazie mille per la tua musica del cuore! Sono Thomas di berlino e ascolto volontieri il tuo stazione su tune in. Continua così!
Daniela, Baden Baden (Germany)
Georg , Graz (Austria)
Ciao Roberto, Grazie per la tua grande musica! Stay safe 🙂 Georg di Graz, Austria
Samifi International GmbH, Hamburg (Germany)
Maurizio, Bellinzago (NO)
Romuald, Epinal (France)
The Best Radio Lounge ❤️ Thank you !! 😍
Aleksandar, London (UK)
Klaus, Friedberg (Germany)
Giuseppe (Malta)
Giuseppe, Asti (Italy)
Silviu (Ireland)
Brian, Chicago, IL (USA)
Thank you for the music. We listen to a lot of different music stations and services, but yours is our absolute favorite. Keep chillin’!
Michaela, Zürich (Switzerland)
Lars, Sinsheim (Germany)
Philippe, Coppet (Switzerland)
I like your programm so much ! Thanks a lot.
Jeroen, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Keep on the music. Greetings from The Netherlands – Utrecht
Holger, Halsbach (Germany)
Andreas, Hofheim (Germany)
Darius, Cambridge (UK)
Bravo Roberto! I am Darius from Cambridge. You are talented!
Udo, Monchengladbach (Germany)
Melanie, UK
Thank you for making Milano Lounge available to us. Love listening to this station especially when we are having a chilled out morning at home. Wishing you a good day!
Dragos, Laval (Canada)
Hi I’m from Montreal Canada and I listen every day you are the best I’m a big fan of this type of music . Thank you and keep up like this !
Gazaros, ?
Thnx for the great Music💪🏼🇮🇹❤️
Vladimir, London (UK)
Listen to you from London, best station in the world as far as I’m concerned. Best, Vladimir
Henning, Hamburg (Germany)
Great station, I enjoy it a lot. Thank You!
Sebastian, Grosshansdorf (Germany)
Best internet radio, keep up good work!
Dalida, Essex (UK)
Anthony, Ontario (Canada)
Thanks for providing great music, Collingwood Ontario
Emmanuel, Peronnes-Les-Antoingz (Belgium)
Rupert, Oldenburg (Germany)
Michael, ?
Zoltan, Budapest (Hungary)
Albert, Ipswich (UK)
Listening to you helps me (74) be upbeat during these difficult times. Thanks. Plus I hate ads!
Andreas, Germany
great music, I aged 65, hear your station always. Pls continue. Andreas
Michael, USA
Saluti dagli Stati Uniti! Grazie per Milano Lounge Radio. Mi piace molto.
Matthias, Germany
You are our hero of the evening
Valerio, Italy
Un piccolo contributo per la magnifica musica che metti.
Ernst, Wien (Austria)
Franco, Italy
Martin, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Sandra, ?
Marcel, UK
Frances, USA
Alexander, Germany
Bodo, Germany
Henning, Hamburg (Germany)
Thank you Roberto – Go on like this – You do a beautiful selection with clear quality of sound – It evokes good spirit in me every day.
Tcbnl, Netherlands
Keep up the good work Roberto! Greetz from the Netherlands
Domenico, Italia
Grazie per la tua musica Roberto. Ciao. Domenico
Paolo, Italia
Michael, Switzerland
Wilbert, France
Thanks for the great music, we listen to your station all day! greetings from France, Wilbert
Fabio, Italia
Gary, ?
Eric, France
Maurice, Switzerland
Valérie, ?
Sebastian
Thierry
Adriano, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Sascha-Alexander
Julia
Marc
Garry, Melbourne (Australia)
Denisa
Aleksandar, Germany
Marcus, Germany
Torsten
Frances
André
Gazaros

 

 

If you want to help Milano Lounge stay commercial-free, please consider making a donation via PayPal. Thank you.

Support Milano Lounge, make a donation with PayPal
Support Milano Lounge, make a donation with PayPal

Just Jazz is the new show on Milano Lounge. Welcome to Steve Hart

Hi everyone,

I would like to give my warmest welcome to Steve Hart, who – from January 2nd 2021 – will keep us company with his show JUST JAZZ, every Saturday at 20:00 on Milano Lounge.

JUST JAZZ is on Milano Lounge
JUST JAZZ is on Milano Lounge

JUST JAZZ features a harmonious mix of new and popular jazz tunes, there’s the Cool Cut of the Week, listener requests … Plus there’s Steve’s chatty commentary, occasional artist interviews, fun quizzes and the experience work that his ‘helper’ Tarquin adds to the mix (when he shows up).

Steve Hart hosts JUST JAZZ
Steve Hart hosts JUST JAZZ

As for Steve Hart, I love his self-mockery of introducing himself:

Steve is the conductor of Just Jazz. He is a writer, a VO artist (voice over) and he created this website using snippets of old code that he found in a ZX Spectrum.

He is a frustrated pianist, former professional club DJ and radio presenter who managed to entertain British club goers with his choice of music and nonsense until big corporations took over in the 1990s.

Yes, it’s him. If you were dancing to handbags at the best clubs in Essex and Kent in the 1980s and early 1990s, well … you might have seen Steve on the DJ booth at clubs in Southend-on-Sea like Zhivago’s, The Zero 6, High Society, Electric Blue, and Basildon’s iconic The Sam Lords (now an apartment building).

In Kent he was resident DJ at Neros 2000 (Ramsgate), Woody’s (Isle of Sheppy) and Oceans II (Hythe).

He was a Radio Top Shop presenter in the 1980s, volunteered at Southend Hospital Radio, did the breakfast show at Basildon Radio (now Gateway) and enjoyed working shifts in BBC Essex and Essex Radio newsrooms in the 1990’s.

He had a short stand-up period (until he was asked to sit down), and you may have seen him on Channel 4 TV (like interference).

He has hosted the 80’s club music show The Pleasuredome for three years and records his shows in a broom closet using an avant-garde blend of wooden boxes, cords, pieces of wire and rubber bands.

Steve currently lives in New Zealand and would kill for a pint in an old English pub served with Cumberland sausage and chips.

Oh, and a traditional English tea cake … and the pecan cake Iceland sold wouldn’t go bad either.

He is the author of the 10-copy book “Podcasting Made Easy” and the science fiction short “Mayan and The Legion of Alice”, available in paperback, audiobook, E-Pub and Kindle. He heard himself say: “Is it on?” He will never say “Download my app”.

Happy listening with Milano Lounge!

Roberto

The only aperitif in Milan after 6 pm

Dear listeners,

Milano Lounge invites you to our “aperitivo online”, the only aperitif in Milan after 6 pm!

In this article you can find a recap of our DJ sets to enjoy some good music and relax during these stressful days.

DJ Paul Linney is on Milano Lounge

Welcome onboard to Internationally-awarded DJ Paul Linney, who is hosting his show on Milano Lounge every Friday at 6 PM (CET), starting on Friday, 13th November 2020.

We are not superstitious, but we are waiting for you to spread the good news and listen to the Show Premiere Online.

PAUL LINNEY ON MILANO LOUNGE

Fridays – H. 18,00 / 6 PM (CET)

Click here to connect

 

OLD streaming:
http://cristina.torontocast.com:8181/stream

DJ Paul Linney is on Milano Lounge
DJ Paul Linney is on Milano Lounge

 

About Paul Linney


Currently I play regularly at Putney Pies, Guards Polo Club and the Groucho Club in Soho, London. I am a resident at Lionel Messi’s hotel Es-Vive Ibiza and also play at the legendary Pikes hotel also in Ibiza.

RECENT AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2017 DJ at the Best one-off event on Ibiza (Pikes)

2018 DJ at the Best one-off event on Ibiza (Pikes)

2019 Finalist The English Wedding Awards

2019 Regional Winner UK Wedding Awards

2019 DJ at the Best one-off event on Ibiza (Pikes)

2020 DJ at the National Television Awards O2 Arena

Bookings have led me to DJ with the likes of Groove Armada, Sigala, DJ Luck and MC Neat, Sister Bliss from Faithless, Basement Jaxx, Jazzy B, DJ Fresh and Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet and I have already been booked to play in Ibiza, Bali, Belgium, Italy and Cyprus this coming year. More recently, I was back at the 02 for the National Television Awards After Party

Check our new playlist Selezione 09 2020 on Spotify

Dear Listeners,

the new playlist “SELEZIONE 09 2020 MILANO LOUNGE” is now available on Spotify. Discover all the songs which were selected for airplay on our Milano Lounge radio rotation this month.

I hope you’ll love them, as much as I do.

Thank you for listening to Milano Lounge,

Roberto

 

 

Milano Lounge: over 398k unique listeners in 1st Semester 2020 (Jan-Jun 2020)

PRESS RELEASE

Milano Lounge: over 398k unique listeners in 1st Semester 2020 (Jan-Jun 2020)

Milano Lounge, the Milanese broadcaster of Chillout music, confirms itself as a leader among digital native radio stations (i.e. online-only, without FM, DAB or DTT frequencies).

In the semester January-June 2020, Milano Lounge had an astonishing 398,001 unique listeners, + 77% compared to the same semester in 2019, when it had 224,000 unique listeners.

Total Listening Hours (TLH) more than doubled, from 708,000 (First Semester 2019) to a whopping 1,675,574 TLH in the First Semester 2020.

Average listening time is 42.2 minutes.(it was 38 minutes).

Very interesting results (especially considering the online-only nature of Milano Lounge), helped (unfortunately) by the Coronavirus pandemic. In the lockdown months, in fact, the greatest increase in listeners was registered, probably people stressed by the bad daily news, in search of moments of relaxation and tranquility, such as those offered by Milano Lounge, thanks to its careful selection of Chillout, Lounge Music, Deep House and Electronic Music.

Very satisfied Roberto Bocchetti, creator and Station Manager of Milano Lounge, who declares : “I am aware of the attention towards Milano Lounge and I am happy that my selection of music – with songs chosen one by one to create a relaxing atmosphere – is also appreciated by listeners.

This is attested by numerous e-mails received from listeners who congratulated me on the music selection, and also by the donations received, which have allowed to re-open the HD High Definition streaming of Milano Lounge, branded Milano Lounge Radio HD, which is only available at the milanoloungeradio.com website.

On the HD channel I put some exclusive contents, not present on the “normal” SD Standard Definition Milano Lounge, to encourage listeners to switch to Milano Lounge Radio HD and discover Crystal Clear Sound in High Definition.

The SD Standard Definition version of Milano Lounge is available at the milanolounge.it website, as well as on the main aggregators, such as Tunein and radio.net and it is also available via smart speakers / voice assistants.


MESSAGE FROM ROBERTO:

Dear Listeners,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR EMAILS AND DONATIONS, thanks for your love and passion!

Let’s create a better station together!

If you would like to suggest a song for our music rotation, please feel free to use our Collaborative playlist on Spotify, at this link:

If you want to make a donation via PayPal:

Support Milano Lounge, make a donation with PayPal
Support Milano Lounge, make a donation with PayPal

Milano Lounge: Sophisticated Sounds from the heart of Milan, Italy.

From my heart, for you,

Roberto