About Start FM
Start FM is a non−profit radio station which broadcasts only non copyright music. All the music in our playlist is made by independent bands and musicians who are represented by small non commercial labels.
The radio was launched on September 2005. At first the concept was quite different compared to what we have today. It had to be changed not actually evolutionarily, but revolutionary.
Besides the independent music, we also use open source software. The majority of the people who work here are volunteers , spending their free time to ensure that the listener would get the information and music. The variety of music is wide, although the styles refer to so called „underground“. The most popular styles are ska/punk, dub/reggae, hardcore,/metal, nu-jazz/electro/bbeats/rappa . There are no ads which might interfere with the stream of music. But there are was pieces of alternative poetry written by young and sometimes perspective Lithuanian authors, which sometimes you can hear between two music compositions.
There are about sixty people making shows (at this time we have changing number of unique shows) and 7 people are involved in endless organizational issues. There were two weekly live broadcasting shows and many live non regular performances of independent bands and musicians.
Since we belong to Vilnius University, we have quite much freedom to experiment and put our ideas into practice, of course, if there is nothing to interfere with the law and journalist ethics. People come to learn, to create, to express themselves and to make something useful for their community. Communities may vary but the aim is still the same − to unite, share, express and develop your ideas. Start FM unites members of various music communities, social activists and people who just like doing something themselves.
Since Start FM is a University radio, our transmitting power is limited. 94,2 MHz FM signal covers only the city of Vilnius and some of the suburbs. You can listen to our radio 24/7 all over the world over the on Internet (press here) and sometimes – on WNYU (peace!:)
The project is partly funded and partly maitained by Vilnius University.
Att: Coworker Organizations/Initiatives
Start FM is always open for contributing to the spread of the non commercial and D.I.Y culture,the possibility to keep Lithuanian and international independent musicians alive (literally) and the creation of the wide as possible opportunities for creativity.
If you are working on an idea or you are initiative and think that we could help somehow, be sure to contact us asap:
P.S.: we check and read our mails.