Night recordings from the forests of old Borneo. Early synth cassettes from the Maghreb. Gypsy puppet theater orchestras from Azerbaijan. Electric thumb pianos blasting from homemade P.A. systems in the streets of Kinshasa. An obscure gong record from the mountains of Vietnam. A rare 1950s recording of catfish trumpets in the Amazonian Lowlands. A beggar lady’s song recorded in a desert oasis town somewhere in China. A Minangkabau shortwave broadcast from Sumatra. The sounds of taxi music and traffic jams in Cairo.​...

RADIO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit radio platform and mixtape series that exposes listeners to obscure (and mostly vintage) regional folk and pop music from the global hinterlands. Our collections feature cut-ups of international radio broadcasts (AM, FM & shortwave), field recordings, ethnographic film, vintage records & cassettes, and digital ephemera from the far reaches of the internet. Our mission is to explore forgotten and new ways of making radio and to facilitate greater access and exposure to sounds and music not sufficiently documented by industrial music curation.



Kenneth Routon, Director


Lisbeth Pedroso

Vera Gutman

Giti Farudi


Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls/Sublime Frequencies), Luigi Monteanni and Matteo Pennesi (Artetetra), Palmer Keen (Aural Archipelago), Laurent Jeanneau (Kink Gong), Madrotter (Henk Den Toom Jr ), Ben Wheeler and Stefan Williamson-Fa (Mountains of Tongues), Fabrice Géry (Akuphone), Pablo Picco, Jesse Paul Miller, chOOn!! , Marco Tiara (Hive Mind Records), Peter Doolan (Monrakplengthai Cassette Blog), Julien Thiennot (Afghan Records Gallery), Yasuhiro Morinaga , Los Siquicos Litoralenos, Julien Hairon (a.k.a Judgitzu) (Les Cartes Postales Sonores), Vincenzo Della Ratta, Robert Millis (Sublime Frequencies/Climax Golden Twins), Mitmitta, Dan McMahon, Rpberto Kroos (Grof Folklore/Duckfood), Eshkoun Jay, Fausto Caceres (Shirley & Spinoza Radio), Gan (Korean Magpie Tapes), Matthew Lavoie (WALLAHI LE ZEIN! blog), Henk Den Toom Jr. (Madrotter Treasure Hunt), Aqdim (Records Zaman - Agadir, Morocco), Faldi (Dunia Dalam Analog), Dangdut Banget, Ak'Chamel, Naujawanan Baidar (N.R. Safi) (Radio Khiyaban), Sam Touch (Khmer Records Archives), Marco Bazzoli, Stefano Beschi, and Stefano Zaniboni (Ear Explorer), Jonathan Banes (Sheba Sound), Omid Walizadeh, Werner Durand, Olivier Schreuder (Animist Records) ...


RADIO IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY is made possible with the support and generosity of our listeners. If you like what you hear please consider supporting us today using the PayPal link below. Choose your amount. Your support will help us cover basic operating expenses, purchase unique and rare sound recordings to share with you here, and launch new projects.


All donors will receive one of our QSL postcards. Those who make a donation of $50 or more will get a t-shirt, a QSL postcard, and 3 RIAFC digital mixtapes. (Due to unreasonably high international shipping rates, donors outside the U.S. will need to make a contribution of $75 or more in order to receive a t-shirt).