Rai Radio 2

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This article is about the Italian radio station Radio 2. For other radio stations of that name, see Radio 2 (disambiguation).

Rai Radio 2
Rai Radio 2 logo (2010).svg
Broadcast area Italy Italy - National FM, DAB & DVB-T and Satellite
Frequency FM 87.7 – 107 MHz
SKY Italia Channel 762
Alice Home TV Channel 771
First air date 21 March 1938
Format Talk, contemporary music
Owner RAI
Sister stations Rai Radio 1, Rai Radio 3
Webcast RealMedia
Website http://www.radio2.rai.it/

Rai Radio 2 (radio due) is an Italian radio channel operated by the state-owned public-broadcasting organization RAI and specializing in talk programmes and popular music.

History[edit]

The origins of the channel can be traced back to 21 March 1938, when the EIAR – which was to become Radio Audizioni Italiane (RAI) in 1944 – began transmitting a second, separately programmed radio service in major cities.

Following the end of World War II and reconstruction and improvement of the surviving transmitter network, radio broadcasting was reorganized (with effect from 3 November 1946) to provide two national channels covering most of the country. The first channel was known as the Rete Rossa (red network) and the second as the Rete Azzura (blue network). These names were chosen to imply that, while at any one time they each provided a contrasting style of programme offering to the other, each channel was nominally equal in status.

On 1 January 1952, as part of a move aimed at giving each of its channels a more distinctive "personality" – a cultural Terzo Programma (third programme) having already been added on 1 October 1950 – RAI renamed the Rete Azzurra as the Secondo Programma (second programme), later to become RAI Radio 2.

Programmes[edit]

Rai Radio 2 is among the highest-rated Italian radio stations in terms of audience share[citation needed]; its most popular show, Viva Radio2, is hosted by the popular comedian and TV/radio personality Fiorello, together with Marco Baldini. Other popular shows are Il ruggito del coniglio, Caterpillar, and Condor.

Radio 2, like its sister channels Radio 1 and Radio 3, has its own radio news service (Giornale Radio), known as GR2.

Logos[edit]

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2000–2010 2010–present

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