ITALY – One of the biggest radio stations in Italy Radio105 with more than 4 million listeners per day took the decision to create a s special radio channel 100 % related to the Eurovision song contest. The new radio station is called “Radio Festival for Europe” and is going to entertain the Eurovision fans and much more people in Italy with Eurovision hits from the past, participation from Italy , interviews and more material related to the legendary contest of Eurovision.
The main reason for this radio station is the huge popularity that the participant from Italy Francesco Gabbani enjoys after his triumphant victory at the song festival of Sanremo that lead him from the west coast of Italy to the center of Ukraine with his song “Occidentali’s karma” (westerners fortune).
Italy had been retired from the Eurovision song contest in 1997 after the participation of the duet “Jalisse” and their song ‘Fiumi di parole” (rivers of words) that got the 4th place in Dublin. After the victory of the United Kingdom the reaction of RAI to the “language issue” ,that makes the English speaking countries to get the trophy quite easy , was to stay away from the contest for thirteen years even though she was remaining a “Big Five” country.
Many of the Italians seemed to forgot or even ignore the existence of the Eurovision contest but the intention of Radio 105, in corporation with the TV station” TV Sorrisi e Canzoni” (smiles and songs) is to refresh their minds cause Italy seems that can win the BIG bet this year! We will see and know in a few weeks, until then you can listen here the “Radio Festival for Europe” station or even download the app at your mobile.
special thanks to Anastasis Bachas (Greece) for his contribution