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Rádio Zero (also called Zero) is a non-profit webradio with an academic origin and nature, based at the Instituto Superior Técnico campus in Lisbon. Its stated mission is to serve as a free access to production and broadcast of radio programs by society in general. Its programming is filled with author programmes, ranging from the conventional or informative, to the more experimental where radio is considered an artwork. Zero broadcasts online continuously. It also does temporary FM events.

Rádio Zero
CityLisbon, Portugal
SloganDilatação auditiva, expansão mental (English: Auditory dilatation, mind expansion) (unofficial)
First air dateApril 26, 2004 (as RIIST); March 6, 2006 (as Rádio Zero)
FormatCampus radio,[1][2] Experimental, Community radio,[2] Free, Online
Language(s)Portuguese (de facto)
OwnerAssociação dos Estudantes do Instituto Superior Técnico

Rádio Zero is a founding member of Radia, an international radio network of independent radio stations.

Zero ManifestoEdit

Rádio Zero is governed by the following Manifesto:

Radio is a creative medium which fosters experimentalism and the development of artworks in sound format.

Radio takes part in society through community-oriented contents and by promoting cultural activities.

Radio presents itself as a means for the individual to access broadcast. As an apologist of freedom and creativity, Radio gives total priority to author format.


Secção Sonora (in the 1950s)Edit

In the 1950s there was a section dedicated to classical music broadcasting through the speakers of AEIST building. In his speech at the formal sitting celebrating the centenary of AEIST, Mário Lino, the Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Communication in the 17th Constitutional Government of Portugal, mentioned that he had taken part in activities of this section while a student in Instituto Superior Técnico.

Rádio Universidade Tejo (1986-1988)Edit

Rádio Universidade Tejo (RUT) was a pirate station started in 1986, that initially broadcast from the AEIST building in 99.5 MHz, and afterwards in 100.7 MHz. It was closed in 1988.

RIIST (1995-2000)Edit

In 1995 a group of students at the AEIST, created a new campus radio named of Rádio Interna do IST/RIIST (IST Internal Radio), transmitting only through speakers installed in the campus. By the academic season of 1999 / 2000 it became an internet stream as well. This group disappeared in 2000.


RIIST (2004-2006)Edit

In May 2002, a group of students of IST, composed by Alexandre Rio, André Duarte, André Santos, Bartolomeu Bernardes, Bernardo Mendes, David Santos,[3] Edgar Lopes, Joana Batista, João Aguiar, João Pina, Ricardo Ramires, Ricardo Ressureição and Tiago Carvalho, decided to reactivate the extinct RIIST. Some of them ran for the administration of the student's union AEIST (cultural and creative section), whereas others were non-official supporters of the other candidates. Despite not being elected, the whole group decided in that same September to start the procedures to reopen RIIST. In 2003 several students recovered the radio section. The broadcast restarted on April 26, 2004. In 2005, during the Transmediale in Berlin, the RIIST co-founded and presented along with nine other radio stations (Resonance FM, UK; Bootlab, Germany; Tilos Radio, Hungary; Radio Campus, Belgium; Kunstradio, Austria; Orange, Austria; Radio Cult, Bulgaria; Kanal103, Macedonia; and Oxygen, Albania) the radio network Radia.

Rádio Zero (from 2006)Edit

By decision of its members, the RIIST name was changed to Rádio Zero, effective on March 6, 2006.

Relevant datesEdit

  • 2006 – First edition of the International Festival of Radio Art - RadiaLx[4][5][6]
  • 2008 – Second edition of RadiaLx[5][6]
  • 2009 – Radio Futura, for Future Places Festival 2009, transmitting non-stop at 91.5 MHz, in Porto (October 14–17)[7][8][9]
  • 2009 – Release of Zero Labs, a group that develops community radio-related technologies[10]
  • 2010 – Third edition of RadiaLx (July 1–3), which included a temporary (June 27 - July 4) broadcast in FM at 99.0 MHz in Lisbon using an authorized power of 5 W and a transmitter installed on the top of the north tower of Instituto Superior Técnico[11][12][5][6]
  • 2010 – Radio Futura, for Future Places Festival 2010, transmitting non-stop at 91.5 MHz, in Porto (October 12–16)[13][9][7]
  • 2011 – Radio Futura, for Future Places Festival 2011, transmitting non-stop at 102.1 MHz, in Porto (October 19–22)[14][7]
  • 2012 - Fourth edition of RadiaLx (June 27–30), which included a temporary broadcast in FM at 88.4 MHz in Lisbon a concert (June 29) happening simultaneously on the top of both towers of Instituto Superior Técnico[15][5]

Scientific researchEdit

Rádio Zero has been a case study in the development of the following scientific researches:

  • COSTA, Daniel, Radia Store - Storage and Preservation of Radio Programs (dissertation for obtaining the degree of Master in Computer Engineering), Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, September 2008[16]
  • ZACARIAS, Daniel, Radia Source - Information System for Process Management of a Radio Station (dissertation for obtaining the degree of Master in Computer Engineering), Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, September 2008[17]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Reciva Radio Portal". Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  2. ^ a b "DeliCast". Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  3. ^ "Colaboradores Ricochete". Acedido em 2012-03-02.
  4. ^ "LOCAL LISBOA". Público. April 14, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Arte da rádio celebrada em Lisboa". Canal Superior. June 6, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Booklet do Fórum dos Núcleos de Estudantes - Ano Lectivo 2010/2011" (PDF). Instituto Superior Técnico. October 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Jez Collins (October 27, 2009). "Radio Futura 2009". Interactive Cultures. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "RadioFutura". FuturePlaces. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Radio Futura :: Festival Future Places". Técnico Lisboa. October 12, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Apresentação Zero Labs". Técnico Lisboa. November 18, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Começa amanhã terceira edição do RadiaLx". June 30, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "Mais de 100 artistas em festival até sábado". Público. July 1, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "FuturePlaces 2010: RadioFutura". FuturePlaces. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Show 343: Cabaret of Complexity, Radio Zero". October 24, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Bienal de arte rádio RadiaLx". Técnico Lisboa. June 25, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  16. ^ "Radia Store - Armazenamento e Preservação de Programas de Rádio" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  17. ^ "Radia Source - Sistema de Informação para Gestão de Processos de uma Estação de Rádio" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-02.