The EBU has announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be broadcast on American radio, in addition to the TV broadcast on Logo TV.
US based radio station WJFD 97.3 FM, the largest Portuguese FM radio station outside Portugal, will be broadcasting the Grand Final. The station, which is based in Massachusetts, is the most listened to Portuguese radio station in New England and provides coverage of news, sports and entertainment.
Entertainment production company Cargill Gardiner Corp. from Los Angeles will be providing Portuguese and English language commentary. English commentary will be led by Ewan Spence who has been covering the contest since 2009 (including at escinsight.com) and has been the commentator for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on UK Radio since 2013. His co-host will be Lisa-Jayne Lewis, also from the UK who has worked with Ewan as co-commentator several times before.
Portuguese commentary will be provided by Ana Filipa Rosa, who has worked at Eurovision 2018 host broadcaster RTP since 2015. She hosts a daily radio show in DP Internacional aimed to strengthen the connection between Portuguese communities all over the world.
Jon Ola Sand of the EBU said:
“We are delighted that the Eurovision Song Contest can be broadcast live on FM Radio in the United States for the first time this year, through Cargill Gardiner Corp. and WJFD. Each year we strive to give as many people access to the contest as possible, and to share it with new audiences, so we are pleased we can continue to support and strengthen our growing fan base in America in this way.”
As previously reported, US audiences will once again also be able to follow Eurovision on TV on the Logo Network in 2018. Coverage will be hosted by Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars Ross Mathews and Shangela. 2018 will be the third consecutive year that Logo has broadcast the contest in America. The 2018 Grand Final will also be streamed live for American viewers on Logo’s website, on Logo’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/logoTV and the LogoTV mobile app.
Interest in the Eurovision Song Contest in America is steadily growing. However, in 2017, the EBU’s deal with Logo TV was criticised by fans due to the geo-blocking of content on YouTube.
Past reports have suggested the possibility of adopting a Eurovision-style contest between the American states although Jon Ola Sand has ruled out American participation in Eurovision.