Here is a list of Istanbul radio stations for those old-school lovers who keep listening to music on the radio and those who move around Istanbul by car.
What you can do with this list is to grab it and your radio or your music box connected to a mobile phone and head to “Maçka parkı” if you are on the European side or “Caddebostan seaside” if you are on the Anatolian side. Both are fine spots to have picnic, enjoy the sun and chill out.
Links and brief information of the stations are also mentioned.
1. Radyo Babylon 99.4 / The radio station of Turkey’s leading integrated entertainment company (pozitif), is my favourite station. They play good tunes from different genres, like jazz, soul, rock, indie, electronic. They also offer a mobile app for the radio station.
2. Radio Eksen 96.2 / Rock & Roll station with indie-like genres.
3. Lounge FM 96.0 / This is the radio that belongs to the organisers of one of Turkey’s best festival series, Chill-Out Festival (worth checking). The music this radio plays surfs through downtempo, bossa nova, nu-jazz, trip-hop and related genres.
4.FG 93.7 / It’s the only radio of Istanbul that plays only electronic music. They mostly play daily and nightly one-hour-long DJ sets.
5. Açık Radyo 94.9 / The translation of Açık is open to interpretation. This is a free and independent radio station, the fruit of a collective effort by about one hundred individuals from all walks of life. Listening to this radio is like a lottery — you never know that to expect.