About Music One
Music One was born in May 2001 – the brain child of Richard Cowell who after working as head of music for several radio stations in the UK realised he could do better for the millions of listeners around the world, under-serviced by their somewhat repetitive FM stations. So, he took the bull by the horns and launched his own internet based radio station – Music One.
It was originally positioned as a Top 40 station playing a mix of top 40 hits from the UK and the USA. However, as the station became more established, Richard began experimenting by programming more dance music. Consequently, the Music One audience rapidly started to grow.
Music One was creating a whole new dance radio format never heard before.
On air talent "Dave London" and "Crown Jules" made their Music One on-air debut in 2001 as did Mix DJ "DJ XLR8".
The growth and development of Music One had it's ups and downs and in mid 2002, the station hit a rocky patch. A brief hiatus was necessary until a more reliable and scale-able hosting platform for the station could be secured. Music One returned a few months later and in September 2002 had a very warm welcome from its largest audience to date. The station was technically based in London but continued to be operated from NYC.
Music One relocated to the West Village in NYC in early 2004 from the Offices of Kinetic Records. In 2004 Music One (m1live.com) was rated #18 globally in Ando Media's first ever online radio ratings and was constantly one of the top 15 most listened to radio stations at shoutcast.com
The accolades continued and 2005 saw the station being recognised alongside the prestigious BBC Radio 1 at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami nominated for "Best Online Dance Station".
"Crown Jules and Rich" became regular on-air hosts recording their first "Top 20 of 2006" which aired on New Year’s Day 2007 - this dynamic duo brought a listener rated top 20 format show mixed with their unique ‘personality’ and fun approach which the Music One family loved.
Listeners loved the music and donated regularly to keep the station going, the forums on the website had a real ‘family vibe’ and everything was looking good. But difficult times were once again looming.
In 2007, new aggressive Music Licensing laws were proposed that would literally cripple Music One. Richard had no choice but to close the station down, hosting the final show "The Last Dance" on Monday May 28, 2007.
Thankfully, those dark days didn’t last long and in May 2008, entrepreneur Richard secured third party music licensing and resurrected Music One bringing it’s unique format back to life.
DJ Chris Lewis returned to Music One with his weekly hour long mix-show in Summer 2009. Chris launched a new 30 minute show "Dance Evolution" on Music One in February 2010. The show has since grown to 3 hours weekly!
With the advent of smart phones and more reliable mobile phone networks, Richard was keen to move with times and began working with developer Bobby Wallace in early 2010 to develop and launch an iPhone application. This free app was launched in April 2010 on the Apple app store. The visual design came from Matthew Smoluch, the designer of the Music One logo.
Live Broadcasts became regular events in 2011. Music One was the first radio station to partner with New York City's 'Heritage of Pride' to broadcast their annual Gay Pride "Dance on the Pier" featuring live performances by both Wynter Gordon and Robin S.
Asbury Park's "Sandblast Weekend" was also broadcast live with DJ's Corey Craig, Joe Gauthreaux and Whitney Day.
Music One also partnered with Rafferty/Mazur events in NYC to broadcast their weekly Sunday evening party in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan with DJ Vito Fun.
Thanks to developer Soeren Geier, Music One launched the latest version of the website in August 2014. The new site features a new cleaner design, tighter social media integration and even more user driven content.
Future plans for Music One include launching new stations under the Music One umbrella brand, more specialist live content and further development of the Web, iOS and Android platforms.
The station continues to broadcast commercial free 24/7 from NYC. We're only able to continue to do this, and grow and evolve thanks to the support of our amazing listener community. If you love what we're doing, please consider a voluntary donation by clicking here.
Thanks for tuning in, it's great to have you with us!
Richard Cowell / Music One Founder