Radio 101 (Croatia)
|City of license||Zagreb|
|Broadcast area||City of Zagreb
|First air date||8 May 1984|
Radio 101 is a Croatian independent radio station, with programming consisting of alternative and latest music and breaking news. It broadcasts from Zagreb (Croatian capital) and has a regional license for the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb County, an audience of about 1,200,000 people. It is one of the most popular radio stations in Zagreb and in Croatia. It started broadcasting in 1984 using the frequency of 101 MHz (hence the name).
In 1996 Radio 101 came to national prominence as a vocal critic to the ruling party (Croatian Democratic Union) which retaliated by revoking its broadcasting license in favor of a novelty radio station. In response to this, around 120,000 people protested on the main square in Zagreb and helped keep Radio 101 on the air. This was also part of a larger series of events in Zagreb known as the Zagreb Crisis.
Radio 101 continuously emphasises independent journalism and democratic values. Their wacky morning shows have been very popular for years, and they also broadcast a large number of various specialised music shows where many new releases are heard for the first time in Croatia.
In 2010, the radio was in a large debt (approx. 20 mil. HRK), and the majority of employees organized a strike. It was declared bankrupt on January 11, 2011, but the broadcast is continued. In Sept. 2012 bankruptcy was over, Radio 101 survived bankruptcy as no company did before and Radio 101 is going now back to number one of radios.
- List of radio programme content providers, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency, retrieved 2011-10-25
- Pictures of the protesters at radio101.hr
- "Jedanaest godina nezavisnosti Radija 101" at poslovni.hr
- "Radio 101 - Danas većina ponovno štrajka" at seebiz.eu (Croatian)
- "Zagreb's popular Radio 101 declared bankrupt, could shut down" at ca.news.yahoo.com