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Cadena SER

Coordinates: 40°25′13″N 3°42′12″W / 40.4204°N 3.7034°W / 40.4204; -3.7034
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Cadena SER
Broadcast areaSpain and Andorra
FrequencyAM: Various
FM: Various
Language(s)Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque
FormatNews, politics, sport
OwnerPRISA Radio
LOS40 Classic
LOS40 Dance
LOS40 Urban
Cadena Dial
First air date
14 November 1924
Former call signs
EAJ-1, EAJ-5, EAJ-7, EAJ-9, and others
Technical information
Transmitter coordinates
40°25′13″N 3°42′12″W / 40.4204°N 3.7034°W / 40.4204; -3.7034

La Cadena SER (the SER Network) is a Spanish radio network created in 1924; in 2018 the network had a regular listenership of 4,139,000. The acronym SER stands for Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Spanish Broadcasting Company).

Cadena SER's programmes can be received throughout Spain. The network's main studios are located on the Gran Vía in Madrid, with studios across the country contributing with local and regional news and information; local programming in each location amounting to between 2 and 3.5 hours daily.

Cadena SER is owned by Unión Radio, the majority shareholder of which is the PRISA group, a Spanish media company that also controls music radio stations, LOS40, Cadena Dial, Radiolé, and newspapers, including the national daily El País, as well as other media in Spanish-speaking countries.


On Friday, November 14, 1924, at 18:30, station EAJ-1 Radio Barcelona began regular broadcasting as the first Spanish radio station to receive an official license from the government of General Miguel Primo de Rivera. Seven months later, on June 17, 1925, Unión Radio opened station EAJ-7 Radio Madrid. This company had the backing of the leading manufacturers of electrical and broadcasting equipment in Spain, Germany, and the United States. When the foundations were in place for the formation of Spain's first national radio network on November 10, 1926, this same company also took over the ownership of Radio Barcelona. By 1927, Unión Radio was operating not only Radio Madrid and Radio Barcelona but also EAJ-5 Radio Sevilla, EAJ-9 Radio Bilbao, and EAJ-22 Radio Salamanca. This enabled all of these stations to broadcast simultaneous, i.e. networked, programming for most of their time on air, with Radio Madrid as the chief production center.

Through the remaining years of the monarchy, until 1930, and during the Second Spanish Republic (1931–1939), Unión Radio continued to be Spain's only nationwide radio network. Unión Radio created Spain's first national radio news programme La Palabra ("The Word"), broadcast several times daily. However, from 1939 until 1977, under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and the initial part of the transition to democracy, the network was forbidden from carrying any national news programming other than the compulsory twice-daily relays of the official news bulletins prepared by the government-controlled Radio Nacional de España.

On 25 September 1940, ownership of Unión Radio was transferred to the newly constituted Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión ("Spanish Broadcasting Company"), and the network renamed itself Cadena SER. In 1975, 25% of the shares in the network were compulsorily acquired by the Spanish state, and in 1984 most of the remaining shares were purchased by the PRISA media conglomerate. The nationalized shares were subsequently sold back to the private sector (in effect, to PRISA) under the premiership of Felipe González in 1992.

The network played a significant role in the period of transition to democracy following the death of Franco and in the years leading up to and immediately following the adoption of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, notably in its coverage of the attempted coup of 23 February 1981. Cadena SER also played a role with its reporting of the events and circumstances of the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Cadena Ser registered 4,367,000 listeners according to the first wave of the General Media Study (EGM) for 2021. This was the station's highest result since 2017, and is significantly higher than competitor stations Cope and Onda Cero.[1] Their morning show Hoy por Hoy reached a daily audience of 3,550,000 listeners in 2021.[1]

Notable programmes[edit]

Notable programmes on Cadena SER include Hoy por hoy, broadcasting news and current affairs in the morning, which was first aired on 22 September 1986; El Larguero (the late nightly sports programme, on air since 1989); Hablar por hablar, a talk show first broadcast in 1989 for Radio Barcelona; El Mundo Today for comedy, and Carrusel Deportivo for sports, Spain's oldest, and still remaining, radio programme dating to 1952.



  • Carmelo Garitaonaindía; La radio en España (1923–1939), Siglo Veintuno de España, Madrid, 1988. ISBN 84-7585-109-6[pages needed]
  • Lorenzo Díaz; La radio en España, 1923–1977, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1997. ISBN 84-206-0834-3[pages needed]


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