Tucked away on the seventh floor of a Providencia apartment building, Danielle Cartes is fulfilling her life’s calling: online radio—for the people, by the people.
This is the mission statement of Worldwideradio.fm, the internet radio channel created by Cartes and her husband, Juan Pablo Lagos. Closing in on its first year in operation, the station and its committed volunteers are celebrating 365 days of bringing music, art, and culture of all varieties to their listeners.
Cartes and Lagos broadcast a show from their apartment.
Both Cartes and Lagos have had a lifelong commitment to music. “I couldn’t live without music,” Cartes confesses. “It’s in my DNA.”
As a university student, Cartes became involved with the underground electronic music scene of Santiago. Agreeing to use her journalistic training to assist several of these musicians with public promotions, Cartes began working with her college’s radio channel and had an instant connection. From then on, Cartes knew that radio was her true passion.
This passion, coupled with the musical skill of Lagos (also known as Jet Marte, a rapper in the Chilean musica negra scene), has led to the eclectic mix of music and culture that is Worldwideradio.fm.
The station is composed of a series of programs produced by volunteers, as well as 24/7 music. The first program of the channel, Solid Gold SCL, is hosted by Cartes and Lagos and features musicians from all corners of the world and genres of music. The show also regularly interviews “makers”—this can range from local artists to chefs to sociologists—essentially, anybody who contributes to arts and culture.
Works by interviewed artists decorate the apartment studio.
Music of all types, from jazz to electronica to hip hop to DJ remixes, are featured. Programs about video games, makeup, fitness, and much more also have slots on the channel. For the future, Cartes has considered specials focusing on standup comedy and the sizeable cannabis community in Santiago.
“We want a space of freedom and respect for others,” Cartes explained. The channel is centered on ideals of universality and cross-cultural communication, which explains the great variety in their programming. At the end of the day, Cartes says, everyone around the world is the same— “We all look for the same things: happiness, love, and wellbeing.” Having gained this perspective from travels in China, Cartes believes wholeheartedly in applying these values to her radio station.
Cartes and her dog, Candy. While Candy occasionally barks in the background, Cartes is not overly concerned. "We've learned that the infrastructure of the radio isn't the most important thing," she explains. "It's the content that matters most."
After only one year since its establishment on March 31 in 2015, Worldwideradio.fm has listeners throughout Chile, as well as some in North America and Europe, and receives about two to three thousand hits each day. For the future, Cartes and Lagos hope to increase both their international and Chilean audiences, moving them closer to the goal of being truly worldwide.
For this couple, the radio channel is a labor of love which occupies a great deal of their free time. That is not, however, a problem—both are happy with what they do and how they are doing it. If ever there was a radio station fueled by commitment and the love of music, it is Worldwideradio.fm.