Deutschlandradio Kultur (abbreviated to DLR Kultur or DKultur) is the culture-oriented radio station of the German national Deutschlandradio service. From 1994 to March 2005 the station was known as "DeutschlandRadio Berlin".
Deutschlandradio Kultur's roots derive from the original Deutschlandsender, set up in 1926. After World War II, Deutschlandsender became the main national radio station of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), with programming aimed at all of Germany. In the 1970s it was merged with the main Berlin station Berliner Welle and renamed Stimme der DDR - "The Voice of the GDR". This lasted until February 1990 when it again became Deutschlandsender, and in May 1990 it merged with Radio DDR 2 and was renamed Deutschlandsender Kultur.
In 1994, the broadcasting authorities in the reunited Germany decided to reorganise the radio services of the former GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany.
The western Deutschlandfunk in Cologne and RIAS in Berlin were merged with Deutschlandsender to form Deutschlandradio and brought under the existing Alliance of the Public Broadcasters of Germany (ARD).
In the new structure, Deutschlandfunk became the national information radio station for Germany. Deutschlandsender became "DeutschlandRadio Berlin".
On 7 March 2005, DeutschlandRadio Berlin became Deutschlandradio Kultur.
Deutschlandradio Kultur is noted for its radio plays and feature productions. The station's schedule also includes coverage of the arts, culture, and science at regular fixed points between 09:00 and 12:00, 14:00 and 17:00, each weekday. Deutschlandradio Kultur carries no commercial advertising.
Deutschlandradio Kultur is transmitted on FM, medium-, and short-wave AM. The station's output is also available digitally via Digital Radio Mondiale, DAB, and Astra Digital Radio. The stations long wave broadcasts on 177 kHz from the Oranienburg transmitter ceased on 31 December 2014.
Deutschlandradio Kultur can also be received via the Deutschlandradio website, both as a live stream and as downloadable podcasts of individual programmes.