AV Festival 08 commissioned the UK’s only radio art station, Resonance FM, to broadcast daily from mima for the duration of the Festival. They transmitted programmes such as: AV Encyclopedia, an attempt to catch hold of the entire Festival’s wide-ranging themes; a Radio Art Gallery, featuring classic radio art from all over the world; and Radio Routes, with young people from Middlesbrough acting as roving radio reporters. Highlights included live versions of Antonin Artaud’s To Have Done With The Judgement of God to celebrate its 60th Anniversary, and on 5 March 2008 a special broadcast of the War of the Worlds radio play, to celebrate its 70th Anniversary.

Resonance FM was set up by the London Musicians’ Collective to provide a radical alternative to mainstream broadcasting. As David Stubbs of the Guardian noted, “Its oldest presenter is a 73-year-old ex-bank robber, its youngest a 15-year-old schoolboy. Its programmes span the outer reaches of music, sound art, polemic and comedy. It has no problem with being deadly earnest and deadly funny”.

Commissioned by AV Festival 08

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