Superfly 98.3

First things first. Apologies to DaddyD. :D

Though I rarely listen to radio these days due to the advent of MP3 player, whatever happens, I am still a huge FM4 fan.

But it looks like FM4 has a serious rival this time.

Enter Superfly 98.3, the new radio station in Vienna. Launched in February this year, it has impressed quite a number of people. Including the editorial staff of the spunky multicultural free magazine Biber (June issue).

… und unser Freundsender FM4 muss sich mit all den verhinderten DJs herumschlagen, die am liebsten ihre 7596 CDs selber dort auflegen würden. So weit, so lala. …

Der Standard described it as a first Viennese black music station. I am not sure what could they mean by that. You ask an American and he/she thinks that is an offending description.

Perhaps it refers to the genre of music it continually airs in rotation like electro, soul, funk, house, etc. Oh, well… Anyway, it plays nonstop, without annoying ads. For a span of six hours I only heard two short ones, which is impressive.

Still, FM4 is FM4. Here’s hoping that Superfly will find its niche in the listening public.

Note: You can also stream it via its website, iTunes or WinAmp or any other external player.

4 Comments so far

  1. ivied on June 3rd, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

    Thanks for that information. Hadn’t heard of Superfly before.
    And concerning FM4, well I also still like it but it has changed quite a lot over the years. Not so much the music but it was a lot more "indie" without all these Überraschungskonzerte and other merchandising (which are nice nevertheless)..


  2. Kay (kaykay) on June 4th, 2008 @ 2:21 am

    "You ask an American and he/she thinks that is an offending description."

    Huh, really? There are still "black music awards" and AFAIK, people still refer to African American music as "black music".. Hmm.

    (There are interesting thoughts on the whole "urban" vs. "black" topic in the comments section of this BBC article.)


  3. Phil A (philsblogging) on June 4th, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

    I just tuned into the superfly station via their web stream. i listened for a while and I think it gets close to the music it plays on a sunday morning in sunny side up, however, it is quite different from the usual morning show, update kinda music.

    i like how fm4 changed over the years. i’ve been a fan for 2 or 3 years now and I think it’s really fantastic and I love the way they interact with people. some people call that merch or commerce, but i think that is just the way to go … in radio! :) i didnt intend to have a rhyming end statement. :P


  4. melancolia (vie_elen) on June 4th, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    perhaps, it has got something to do with being politically correct. am not really sure.
    FM4 is an institution, if i may say. but it is nice to know that one still has other choices.



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