Radiodays Europe 2024 in Munich: Bavaria turns into an audio hotspot

Anne Krones

Radiodays Europe is coming to Munich in 2024! The Bavarian audio industry will become the host for Europe's most important conference for radio and podcast topics - and thus a hotspot for the audio industry. This year, XPLR: MEDIA in Bavaria already hosted a get-together at Radiodays in Prague to celebrate and connect the Bavarian media industry internationally.

Radiodays Europe: The meeting place for radio, podcast and audio

Radiodays has long been more than just a meeting place for radio professionals. Instead, a broad audience comes together to unite podcast, radio and audio worlds: writers, technology and production experts as well as cross-industry C-levels. Over 1,600 participants from 60 countries gather once a year at a changing European city. They foster the exchange of ideas in an industry that never stands still and continues to have plenty of trends and innovations to offer.

Announcement: Radiodays Europe 2024 in Munich

Every year, the most exciting moment takes place on the last day of the conference, when organizers announce the host city of next year's Radiodays Europe. This time, there was great delight in the Prague Congress Center as well: Radiodays Europe 2024 will take place in Munich! From March 17 - 19, 2024, Bavaria will thus become the hotspot of the international audio industry. On the agenda is a diverse program of sessions, panels and talks on everything that moves the audio industry: news, youth, strategy, advertising, inclusion and many other topics.

Audio means diversity, and that's where the focus should be in the future. Hardly any city could represent such a venture better than Munich: Bavaria is a top address for media companies in Germany. The industry is extremely well connected and the radio landscape is unique in Germany with over 90 private radio stations. Countless funding opportunities expand the already strong innovation ecosystem.

As a non-profit organization, the RDE relies on the support of local authorities and the audio industry for its organization. Bavaria is proving to be a strong partner: The 14th conference can look forward to support from all sides of the Bavarian media landscape. XPLR: MEDIA in Bavaria is coordinating the partners for the entire event: Bayerischer Rundfunk, Antenne Bayern Group, Verband Bayerischer Lokalrundfunk (VBL), Vereinigung Bayerischer Rundfunkanbieter (VBRA) as well as the City of Munich and the Free State of Bavaria are helping to make Radiodays Europe 2024 a complete success.

Inspired by the many new impressions, contacts and panels in Prague, planning for Radiodays 2024 in Munich is already in full swing. Stefan Sutor, Managing Director of Medien.Bayern GmbH, is certain: "On air, via DAB+ or online - Bavaria is a special place for audio innovation. That's why we are very excited to host Radiodays Europe in Munich next year!"

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Radio rocks: Networking Event at the Bavarian Offices

XPLR: MEDIA in Bavaria was also present at this year's Radiodays and gathered plenty of impressions in Prague about the latest trends and innovations in audio, radio and podcast. Just like at the RDE 2022 in Malmö, the initiative for the Bavarian media industry hosted a get-together to celebrate the innovative audio and radio landscape. In the midst of Prague's historic Old Town, in the building of the Bavarian Offices (Repräsentanz des Freistaats Bayern), Dr. Florian Herrmann, Head of the Bavarian State Chancellery and State Minister for Federal Affairs and Media, as well as Dr. Thorsten Schmiege, President of Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM; Bavarian Regulatory Authority for new media) and Melanie Walter, Head of Marketing at XPLR: MEDIA in Bavaria, welcomed audio enthusiasts with appetizers and drinks under the motto "Radio Rocks".

The inspiring insights into current challenges and opportunities in the industry provided by ROCK ANTENNE Managing Director Guy Fränkel in conversation with Lukas Schöne from MedienNetzwerk Bayern turned out to be the highlight of this year's event. Minister of State Dr. Florian Herrmann stated in his speech that "local broadcasting in particular is more relevant than ever." He explained that current and past crises are increasing the need for a reliable source of information. How do local radio stations manage to maintain the trust of their listeners? "By driving innovation and seeing digitization as an opportunity."

Impressions of the Get-together by XPLR: MEDIA in Bavaria at Radiodays 2023 in Prague. Fotos: Václav Bacovský