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Top Format Turns NPO 3FM Audio On To The Next Level

To reinforce the programming shift at NPO 3FM, the on air sound of the station has been refreshed by Top Format Productions. According to the NPO 3FM team, the new package fits perfectly with their new slogan ‘We Want More’ and an updated station playlist. 

This was a special cooperation with the NPO 3FM jingle team and Top Format. All music and sung vocals are made by Top Format. This new package is on air since Monday September 12, 2022 and contains 10 main ID’s including a new Top of The Hour.  

Dave Albers, Creative Director, Top Format Productions BV

“We want more” is the new NPO 3FM station slogan. That is what station manager Menno de Boer said in the podcast ‘Dit Was De Radio’. “It has to fit in well with the music we play. And with that, we also have to update the sound.”

The station manager also indicated what he wants to change. 

“3FM is een makelaar in misery geworden. Een bezorgde zender met een format dat niet echt te duiden valt en alle kanten opschiet.”

“Ze droegen de zender niet als een team. We gaan nu muziek belangrijker maken. Er werd teveel geluld en de muziek was maar bijzaak. Daarnaast moet de positiviteit en het plezier in radiomaken weer terugbrengen.”

The new jingle package jives perfectly with the refreshed programming.

RadioJinglesPRO.com chatted with Dave Albers, Creative Director at Top Format Productions on the creative process.

RJPRO: How was the production process, what was the task given by 3FM?

NPO 3FM and Top Format aimed to create a jingle package that accompany the new brand strategy of NPO3FM.

In total 10 jingles / cuts are custom made.


RJPRO: When creating this package, were there specific songs you used as sort of inspiration for the production?

The briefing is build around descriptions and references like: Tate McRae, Foals, Harry Styles, Festivals and very tight drums.


RJPRO: How does your creative team balance between relatability (meaning the jingles are as recognizable as the songs played on air at 3FM) and remarkability (or how the jingles still stand out)?

In a very organic way: the mission really is to melt the “3” simultaneously with the core songs from NPO3FM. It works both ways: branding the new sonic logo in a strong and positive key to build instant recognizability ánd build a credible music track in front of the sonic that breaths the energy and music vibe of the brand.


RJPRO: Will this package be available for syndication or be resung outside of Europe or the Americas, such as Asia?

Yes. As any custom Top Format package the framework of each cut is available as customized syndication throughout the international radio and streaming markets.


RJPRO: The station has a new slogan “We Want More”, how did this new identity translate to the production and final sound of the jingles?

Literally by adding More musicality into each jingle. More recognizability in the vocal melody and more detail into the Mastering so that the audio imaging team at NPO3FM can adjust all of the cuts with the new stations voices.

RJPRO: It’s definitely the 2020s now, as they say in the media, it’s the time for the Gen Zs, what difference have you noticed in the production of jingles compared to, say, 10 years ago, aside of course from the new technology. Has the essence of station jingles evolved? Or is it still the same? 

The essence of audio imaging is in a constant movement. Due to production techniques, plugin updates, vocal talent and how audio branding is involved to fulfill the 360 strategy.  

Hear and find out more how Top Format can your help your station Turn Your Audio On to the next level at https://www.topformat.com

NPO 3FM’s New Programming, find out more here

Top Format is Top-of-Mind for Jingles with Radio Stations in Europe

From their state-of-the-art studios and headquarters in Haarlem, The Netherlands, to media devices in Europe and across the world, Top Format’s top notch production works are delivered and heard with just one purpose in mind, designing the finest audio for media companies and for listeners to enjoy.

This dedication for sound design is reflected with their investment in industry standard editing and recording studios, with emphasis on well roundedness and inclusivity as seen in this video of the Top Format Productions Haarlem headquarters launched during RadioDays 2022 in Malmö Sweden.

The new Hot AC jingles for the Norwegian chain of radio stations, Lokalradioene, are now on the air.

In all Norwegian regions, this packages completes the music format and strong audio branding for Lokalradioene, in a tailored sound: completely made in house at Top Format.

In Norway, also new on national P3, is the customized audio imaging for the radio show Golden Power Hour.

And the new custom package for the biggest Regional radio station Omrop Fryslân, is also playing on air. This custom made jingle package contains over 20 main cuts.

When it comes to jingles, even commercials and custom sound-design, get on board the Top Format dream team, hear more at www.TopFormat.com.

These New Jingles Are Million Dollar Sounding @TopFormat

RÁS 2 Iceland – Custom Jingles 2017

Since June 2017 the National Icelandic Broacasting Service (RÚV) added a Dutch statement to their radio landscape. The new jingles for the highest-rated radio station in the market: RÁS 2 (Channel 2).

Frank Hall, program director of RÚV: “Our radio station is quite unorthodox, with a very broad demographic (25-60), music enthusiasts, urban and rural. The work and communication have been very professional. And evenmore: the tracks Top Format created are ‘spot on’ and make us sound like a million dollars, very pro!”

Dave Albers, creative director of Top Format: “Thrilled to work for such a respected brand as RÁS 2. In our long distance relationship the new approach of creating jingles succeeded. We payed close attention to the variety of music styles, local influences, worked with a new generation of live musicians, formed ánd recorded Native vocalists in Reykjavik: the cooperation with RÚV makes us feel like proud Dutch pioneers.”

Rás 2 commissioned Top Format Productions to create a serie of 11 custom made jingles. Each composition is mixed as a Full Ramp, Basic ID, Shotgun and Rapid Fire.

For stations here in Asia and the Pacific, let Top Format help you in your next jingle package.

Visit www.topformat.nl now

Innovating Jingle Imaging for Online, TV and Radio @TopFormat @OmroepBrabant

Omroep Brabant has been tremendously renewed in April 2017. The pure and authentic brand of “Brabant” integrates online, television and radio in 1 contemporary product for all types of media. The primetime shows are broadcasted live from a state of the art studio on both radio and television.

As part of the strategic innovation, Top Format Productions created a series of over 20 custom made jingles. All of them recorded live and created specifically around Omroep Brabant’s very recognizable Pop format.

The making of this massive jingle package is the result of a pitch. Dave Albers of Top Format: “Pitching strategically on such an extensive project is a great opportunity to combine our refreshing musical skills with our strategic experience. Luckily Omroep Brabant judged our work on contemporary creation. We drenched all jingles with recognizable hooks and made Omroep Brabant innovator in a development which is on the march; the musically recognizable jingles”.

Bart van Hoof; creatively responsible as co-producer on behalf of Omroep Brabant:

“Omroep Brabant and Top Format have reinvented themselves. We have been working for weeks to reposition the fresh and warm feel of our proud Brabant media brand. The result? The genuine feeling of this region. It sounds great and I’m proud of it!”

The compositions are made entirely in-house, recorded with a striking number of musicians. The hooks have all been recorded with live Strings, brass and guitars.

The Omroep Brabant jingles consists of 26 Full Versions. Each composition is mixed as a Full Ramp, Basic ID, Shotgun and Rapid Fire.

Listen to the demo below.

For stations in Asia and The Pacific, visit TopFormat.nl for your next jingle package.

Behind The Scenes: Vocal Session of Wout2Day Jingles by @TopFormat

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Top Format Productions in Haarlem (NL) is proud on the launch of the new jingles for Wout2Day (KRO-NCRV) at NPO Radio 2.

We recently talked to Dave Albers, Sales and Account Director at Top Format about the package.

Is this the first jingle package you did for Wout2Day or with NPO Radio 2? How was the experience in making the package?

Yes! For Wout2Day it is the first jingle package we did. At NPO Radio 2 we had the tremendous pleasure to work on the morning show package for Ekdom in de Ochtend as well, that was preciously 1 year ago. Guess we’re a good catch on drive time.

How did the dream team achieve the positive, driven and happy sound in the jingles?

Tough cookie! Technically all chords are positive, all sounds playing those chords have something smiley around them and having a good laugh during the session will do the final magic. The songs we created for Wout is an example of positive copy. There are no words in it that complain about working-day clichés, even the smallest words that have a negative ‘sound’ are sophistically dodged.

Noticed the varied texture and feel of the package, there is a pop side to it, there is a hint of dance, a pop rock vibe, even funk, it’s everything. What was the involvement of the Wout2Day team in terms of selection of music?

We wanted to come along with the common and current songs in the playlist of Wout2Day. The production skills of Gijs and Bud really showed off: they made it dance but kept distance from those burned out elements. We took carte blanche by the way and presented our point of view. Wouter called and told us he was só very happy (that made us very proud).  

Love how this is custom produced for a radio show. But can this be also resung as a standalone station ID jingle package? The package can fit a Modern AC or even Top 40, I can imagine.

Interesting! Resings can always be made. The trick is to also make it work for another radiobrand. Vocal production is one, but how is automation working with those end delays, how can we make the sonic logo work even better if we adjust it. Customizing is the new syndication.

The 3 note sonic logo for Wout2Day is amazing, was this custom composed for the radio show?

Better ask Gijs. He says the notes do exist for a longer time, but not yet in this particular timing for Wout2Day;)

What was the first reaction of the team at Wout2Day when they heard the finish product?

All of their kind words were pronounced with way too much smile!

Dave and the team at Top Format were very kind to give us a glimpse of the production in this vocoder session.

And in their pursuit for perfection to achieve a very convincing package for the client, things did change in the process such as the vocals for the showsong.

In the showsong of Wout2Day we tested out many things. So we had the good lyrics but we were not really convinced when we tested these lyrics out during the pre-vocal recording session. When you compare the phrase “in de waan van de dag, jouw muziek en lach, met Team Wout waar je van houdt” to the final mix version, I think you will notice a major difference.

We decided to go for a complete new melody that takes you into the final chorus and have it only sung by female vocalist – Dave

To learn more about how Top Format can help your station with station jingles, head over to www.topformat.nl

Dave Albers

Dave Albers

About Dave

Dave Albers is a dedicated copywriter, voice over talent and the sales and account director at Top Format.

Connect with Dave on LinkedIn here.

 

 

More photos below on the production of the Wout2Day package.

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BTS: Vocoder Session During The Making of Wout2Day Jingle Package by @TopFormat

This is a behind the scene clip of the vocoder session for the making of Wout2Day jingle package by Top Format.

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Wout2Day is the afternoon show of KRO-NCRV, every workday on national public broadcaster NPO Radio 2.

Wout2Day smoothly guides listeners from a long day at the office to the happiest drive back home.

During drive time Wouter updates the daily trip with refined service elements, most talked headlines of the day, a smiling- tone of voice, all peppered with recognizable songs.

Top Format Productions is thrilled to announce the cooperation with Team Wout.

Premiered on air last week, this custom update is another convincing statement of Dutch crafted drive time audio imaging. The creative #dreamteam is briefed with just a few but very specific tasks: make it driven, positive and very happy! The result is a full sung Showtheme plus a set of 4 station ID’s.

All station ID’s were additionally mixed into Full Ramps, Basic ID’s, Shotguns and Rapid Fires.

We’re proud. Because the Wout2Day jingles 2016 for KRO-NCVRV are on! Every workday at NPO! – Top Format #DreamTeam

 

Visit www.TopFormat.nl for all of their latest packages.

This! @TopFormat Drives Home Modern, Feel Good Jingles for NPO Radio 2’s Afternoon Show

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Wout2Day is the afternoon show of KRO-NCRV, every workday on national public broadcaster NPO Radio 2.

Wout2Day smoothly guides listeners from a long day at the office to the happiest drive back home.

During drive time Wouter updates the daily trip with refined service elements, most talked headlines of the day, a smiling- tone of voice, all peppered with recognizable songs.

Top Format Productions is thrilled to announce the cooperation with Team Wout.

Premiered on air last week, this custom update is another convincing statement of Dutch crafted drive time audio imaging. The creative #dreamteam is briefed with just a few but very specific tasks: make it driven, positive and very happy! The result is a full sung Showtheme plus a set of 4 station ID’s.

All station ID’s were additionally mixed into Full Ramps, Basic ID’s, Shotguns and Rapid Fires.

We’re proud. Because the Wout2Day jingles 2016 for KRO-NCVRV are on! Every workday at NPO! – Top Format #DreamTeam

 

Visit www.TopFormat.nl for all of their latest packages.

Behind The Scenes: Vocoder Session for the Making of Wout2Day Jingle Package by Top Format

This! @TopFormat Drives Home Modern, Feel Good Jingles for NPO Radio 2’s Afternoon Show

Omrop Fryslân Modern Pop Jingles by @TopFormat

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Omrop Fryslân is one of The Netherlands most unique public broadcasters. The regional brand successfully operates online, via social media, apps and television. Besides the leading and extreme stable role in ratings, the market share for radio increased to 70%, within only 1 year of time.

Top Format Productions is extremely proud to announce the Omrop Fryslân custom jingles 2016, tailored around the positive Modern Pop format.

Klaas Geert Bakker, Editor in Chief, defines the new sense of Omrop Fryslân: “From Monday the radio sounds very different. At that time the new audio design is introduced to our audience, with the so-called jingles and leaders. All of them sound fresh, positive and full of energy”.

As the result of a pitch, Top Format Productions is commissioned to consult on the complete strategy, logically followed up with the creation and production of all themes, jingles and audio elements to re-brand Omrop Fryslân it’s complete audio identity.

Dave Albers, Creative Director: “The pitch invite came on the exact same moment where we launched our #dreamteam. The task for our new composers was crystal clear: create a Modern Pop identity. Gladly the new approach, energy and vision convinced everyone involved. Each jingle simply tickles your ‘wow experience’. That’s beneficial: the new obstinate, proud and positive sound instantly brings Omrop Fryslân closer to all listeners. “As creative jingle makers we are very proud of our 10-year partnership. Now, the opportunity to reintroduce ourselves ánd the Omrop Fryslân branding to a wide audience, is already one of our finest musical missions!”

The Omrop Fryslân 2016 jingles are built around 22 main themes. All main ID’s are mixed with-and without custom pre-logo’s, as full ramps, basic ID’s, shotguns and rapid fires. The additional News and Service package exists from 6 main themes to announce the hourly national, regional, breaking, traffic and weather information.

Visit www.topformat.nl for your next jingle package.

Top Format Took A Jingle Package To Ibiza @TopFormat

JFK Radio Gets New Audio Branding Package From Top Format

JFK Radio at The Balearic Islands is the new refreshing radio station, broadcasting live from Ibiza and Formentera. The Jazzy, Funky and Kool radio brand is transmitting on 105.2FM for the Ibiza and Formentera population and at 98.2 FM in the popular Costa Blanca district. Besides the JFKradio.es website and to complete the international distribution, JFK Radio designed smart device apps for Apple and Android. JFK’s playlist breaths Pop, Soul, Lounge and Jazzy Beats. And that is exactly what the briefing was all about!

Top Format Productions in Haarlem (NL) is commissioned to create full audio-branding of JFK Radio. The results are 5 sweeper packages in the native Italian, Spanish, English and French language. Besides this spoken audio imaging, the audio branding for JFK Radio completes a brand new and refreshing Modern Jazz jingle package. All custom made jingles are built from scratch by the new #dreamteam. The current styles of the diverse

JFK Radio format influenced every composition. These mini-songs contain refreshing brass arrangements blending along with a distinguished vocal group of 2 soul leads.

The JFK Radio ID’s are built around 06 main themes divided over a massive set of full ramps, basic ID’s, shotguns and rapid fires. The additional news and service elements exist from beds for news, weather, traffic and several commercial break idents (to keep things classy!).

The 10 pieces of sweeps are produced into 5 native languages, mixed with production elements from the producers of D-Sign AC and the HDX-ready plugin expertise of Bud Kolk.

Visit www.topformat.com now to listen to more of their amazing packages.

Stand Out Or You’re Out – Dave Albers of @TopFormat On Branding New Streaming Station

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Top Format has just announced the launch of a jingle package for Paprika Tasty Radio, a brand new station streaming via iOS and Android app.

Paprika Tasty Radio brought home a shiny new CHR package of 13 main themes built around the EDM genre.

Top Format assembled a new dream team to carry the mission and accomplished it.

We recently talked to Dave Albers, Account Director of the Harlem-based leading audio branding and production company, about the package and the challenges of branding a station created for the mobile apps generation.

With years of experience as sales director, voice talent and copywriter, Dave knows the challenges as well as the solutions.

RJP: First, congratulations on the dream team. What was the experience creating the Paprika Tasty Radio package?

Dave: Thanks a lot. The experience… It was magic! We had the opportunity to advice Paprika Tasty Radio with all of our experience on account level.  Meanwhile we received complete creative freedom to do whatever we found necessary to get the audio imaging done. The only guides were: create a CHR / EDM sound that is progressive, positive and high-level. On the creative department we just hired our new #dreamteam. So we were really ready to go!

Dave stressed that an online station must put emphasis on having a powerful brand. Paprika Tasty Radio faces stiff competition with literally thousands of radio streaming apps. So it’s the listening experience that should make the difference. If traditional stations fear tune outs or switching, a streaming station’s nightmare is when a user uninstalls its app.

To become a stayer on someone’s smart-device you need to stand out or you are out.

RJP: We understand this is for a recently launched online station but how unique was the process of producing this package compared to the usual jingles that you do for traditional stations?

Dave: From our strategic point of view: for new stations on streaming it is very helpful to behave as a strong audio brand, not just a new app or an interesting name. To become a stayer on someone’s smart-device you need to stand out or you are out. So these jingles must make a difference, but that is not different from any of our other clients, we just want to make it happen. Get the job done and the right ‘gear’ on the air.

The right gear means not just make ear pleasing jingles but those that really connect with the listeners.  And connect they did as the jingles for Paprika Tasty Radio sound so now at the same time effectively stamping the brand onto the listener’s mind with its catchy sonic melody.

RJP: This is a big package with 13 themes, along with the workparts, what is your favorite cut?

Dave: Thirteen isn’t a lucky number to choose from. But as a geek? The TOTH makes you want to go and start every song you like.

The top of hour is a monster cut indeed and so are the other IDs like ramps, basic IDs, rapidfires, workparts like news, weather and traffic. And on top of that, Top Format included a custom sweeper ID package.

The takeaway here is that streaming stations somehow have the same branding needs as their terrestrial counterparts. And jingles should be an integral part of that. Streaming stations may differ in their name, format or audience, and of course budget size but it is great to talk to a seasoned team who knows what is best in terms of branding.

Listen to the demo below and visit www.TopFormat.com for more of their amazing packages.

You can find the Paprika Tasty Radio apps below

Check Out This Spicy Smokin Hot EDM Jingle Package by @TopFormat

Paprika Tasty Radio is The Netherlands newest radio brand. Broadcasting online and via tailored Apple and Android market apps, Paprika launched with a freshly colored brand identity. Besides these visual aspects, Top Format Productions in Haarlem (NL) is commissioned to work on the complete audio-branding of Paprika Tasty Radio and created a tailored CHR Pop and EDM jingle package. This crunchy jingle set is one of the first new imaging series that is produced and composed by Top Format Productions its recently new formed #dreamteam.

The Paprika Tasty Radio set is built around 13 main themes and exists an overwhelming bunch of full ramps, basic ID’s, shotguns and rapid fires. Plus TOTH, beds for news, weather and traffic.

Besides all of the jingles the Top Format Productions #dreamteam also created a custom sweeper ID package, existing from over 15 sweeps and mixed with (tailored) production elements from the producers of D-Sign CHR.

Check out more amazing packages at www.topformat.com

Imaging for Planet Radio Germany


(Audio montage contains jingles produced by Wise Buddah in London)

Planet Radio is a Top 40 radio station in Frankfurt, Germany which overs a variety of music genre from pop, dance to house, hip hop and RNB.

Since it launched in April 21, 1997 the station has been recognized consistently not only for its quality programming but also for its audio branding.

Planet Radio has tapped major production companies both in Europe and in the US for its imaging and sung jingles.

It’s More Music branding was amped up with IDs by Wise Buddah in London.

In 2010 and beyond, Planet is partners with ReelWorld Europe in creating great radio.

It’s ReelWorld ONE CHR project was described by Mick von Oppen as perfect playground for producers.

“ReelWorld ONE CHR is a perfect producer’s playground, versatile and easy to use – just like music playing on during planet radio. And the best part is that the jingle package grows.”

Today, Planet Radio continues its tradition of incorporating cutting edge and unconventional production techniques and imaging solutions, relevant to today’s music content.

In this audio compilation Planet uses tuned voice FX for the logo, the result is a catchy and home-run identification.

Listen to these montage of airscoped IDs now airing on Planet Radio and its top rating morning show.

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(Audio montage contains jingles produced by Wise Buddah in London)

Top Format Is Looking For Creative Audio Producer

Top Format Productions BV is immediately seeking a full time Creative Audio Producer (V / M).

The task is to translate the ideas and concepts for international clients to audio.

Producer will also be responsible for the entire production of all our RTV Commercials and jumps where necessary in other productions such as jingles and radio and television design.

Skills required:

  • Must be an audio perfectionist:
  • Must be stress resistant and have a presentable appearance. Convincing drive, vision and qualities.
  • Must live in Haarlem or sees no objection in residing in Haarlem
  • Experience with Pro Tools is a plus

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About Top Format

Top Format specializes in sound design with vast experience in music, commercials and jingles for European and international clients. Visit www.topformat.com

Dallas-Sounding Christmas Jingle in Denmark

We know Top Format represents a Dallas-based jingle company in Europe.

But which company and package was this jingle track taken from?

Top Format Productions

Specializes in sound design. With music, commercials and jingles for Europe and beyond. You can count on Top Format’s creative and strategic team for the widest range of audio productions.

Website http://www.topformat.com

Top Format Resings Q95 JAM Jingles for Coastline FM

The WKQI jingle package by JAM Creative Productions Dallas has been re-sung for Dutch station Coastline FM.

Coastline FM is a local Hot AC station originating from Den Helder in The Netherlands.

“Since the start of our audio stream, we have expanded our existing jingle package with some liners.

Marjon Keller has for us a new sweepers.

I also have the old Q Jingle Package from Top Format but once underway. ”

– Coastline FM.

Top Format productions is a leading radio productions company in Europe, which is also the European partner for JAM Creative Productions.

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