Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Argentine Tango Radio: 2017 in numbers

During 2017, the second full calendar year of, we reached more than three million tango lovers, triple of our audience for 2016. The podcast version of "Danceable Tangos of the Year", our weakly programming on the radio, became the most listened content related to argentine tango on the internet archive, adding close to 60,000 listenings to its airing on the radio. I say this is nice!

The growth of the radio throughout the year has been uneven, though; in the last months the upwards trend turned around, most likely due to technical problems that caused occasional cuts in the stream. I apologize to all listeners for the inconveniences; I try to do my best to firefight the technical issues (many thanks for everyone who notifies me in email when they occur!). To put it simply my servers can not support more listeners without showing symptoms of overload; I have migrated to different servers in October to better tackle these problems, but unfortunately I can't afford to upscale the bandwidth (even accounting for some yet-to-be-fulfilled income from advertisement the financial balance of the radio project is still very much in the red). There is also a looming change in how copyright issues can be properly handled which may force me to reevaluate a few things in how/where the radio can stream content. We do plan to keep on going, though!

Happy new year and happy listening!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Argentine Tango Radio stats, 2017 July

I haven't posted stats for for a while now, here they are for July 2017: listenership for summer months stabilized around 300,000 listeners (roughly 10,000 listeners per day). Also, by around the end of July, the radio served its 3 millionth listener in its year-and-a-half existence.

In addition the program Danceable Tangos of the Year have been accessed over 50,000 times. I hear there are some weekly practicas where they put in the episodes one-by-one as practice music!

I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank our six patrons for their regular support of the radio: thanks Endre Szeghalmi, Róbert Rózsa Fekete, Tűz család, Terry Bauch, Markus Frees, and Edward Johnson for your monthly donations! 1-2 USD/month may not be much but it adds up and I certainly appreciate it greatly!

If you are considering becoming a patron yourself, here is the link:


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Attila József: Two hexameters

Why should I keep my honor? I will be done in anyway!
Why shouldn't I keep my honor! I will be done in anyway.

Monday, April 24, 2017


The past Saturday milonga in Vienna marked my 200th gig as a tango DJ! This was made up of 128 invitations (41 sets in larger (marathon/encuentro/festival/) events and 87 sets in regular, 3-6 hours long milongas) and 72 sets in self-organized events (almost all of which were regular 3 hour long milongas in Budapest, although 11 of them were longer "pre-marathon" milongas visited by early-bird traveling marathon dancers as well as locals).

Not having a FB account, not traveling around without being invited, not organizing larger events, not benefitting from reciprocity from inviting other other organizers to DJ etc. are definitely not helping visibility, but I'm actually quite happy with how these past few years worked out and I am grateful for the amazing experiences making dancing people happy allowed me to have. Good times!

Analyzing my past playlists I also made some observations about patterns I was not fully aware of before; when I have more time I'll maybe write up a post although I think this probably interests one person: me. For now, out of these 200 sets:

  • Most frequently played tango happened to be: Aníbal Troilo, Francisco Fiorentino: Te aconsejo que me olvides.
  • Most frequently played vals happened to be: Alfredo De Angelis, Carlos Dante, Julio Martel: Pobre flor (Primera ilusión). (Not super-happy to admit this, but well.)
  • Most frequently played milonga happened to be: Edgardo Donato: El torito.