Magyar Rádió

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Hungarian Radio
Type Radio network
Country Hungary
Availability Hungary and neighbouring countries
Headquarters 5-7 Bródy Sándor Str., Budapest, H-1088
Owner MTVA
Key people
István Jónás (CEO)
Launch date
December 1, 1925
Official website
www.radio.hu
The headquarters of the Hungarian Radio in Budapest

Magyar Rádió (MR, The Hungarian Radio Corporation, also known internationally as Radio Budapest) is Hungary's publicly funded radio broadcasting organization. It is also the country's official international broadcasting station. Magyar Rádió was admitted to full active membership of the European Broadcasting Union on 1 January 1993.

Domestic networks[edit]

With its headquarters in Budapest and several regional offices around the country, MR is responsible for public service broadcasting throughout the Hungarian Republic. As well as maintaining nine regional studios, the corporation produces three nationwide Hungarian-language radio channels (Kossuth, Petőfi, and Bartók) covering the full range of public-service radio provision, and a fourth channel (MR4) aimed at the country's linguistic minorities.

Kossuth Rádió[edit]

Main article: Kossuth Rádió

Named after Lajos Kossuth, the channel is the official radio station of Hungary. It is the flagship channel of the Hungarian Radio. Created in 1925, the station has over 3 million listeners per day.[1] It primarily broadcasts news, including interviews, discussions, reports and other speech-based programmes.

Petőfi Rádió[edit]

Named after the poet Sándor Petőfi, the station is aimed at the younger generation and broadcasts pop music.

Bartók Rádió[edit]

Named after the composer Béla Bartók, this is a dedicated classical music station. It hosts high culture talk programmes in addition to orchestral and opera music. Supposedly, only a few thousand people listen to this station and proposals to terminate Rádió Bartók have been made several times, but never enacted.[citation needed]

Nemzetiségi Adások[edit]

This radio channel airs programmes in languages of national minorities of Hungary.

Parlamenti Adások[edit]

Parliamentarian broadcasts.

Dankó Rádió[edit]

This radio station airs regional content throughout Hungary, plays folk music and broadcasts operetta shows. It is available round the clock on the internet and FM. Also it broadcasts via mediumwave on weekdays from 4:30am to 9:05pm and on weekends from 5:00am to 9:05pm. Then the station's frequencies are handed over to Kossuth Rádió for the rest of the night.

History and profile[edit]

Ever since its foundation, the Hungarian Radio P.L.C. has been a "citadel" of domestic information, and cultural life. Since December 1, 1925, the institution has had a decisive role in forming the Hungarian public opinion, and general taste.

It is true in spite of the fact that regular television broadcasts were launched in Hungary in 1958. Forty years later, in 1998, the dual media system was formed. Owing to that a regular competition started between the different mass media channels. Since commercial television and radio stations flooded the market primarily with entertainment industry products, the value-centered approach and program structure of the public service radio makes it, if possible, even more important to preserve its culture creating and broadcasting functions.

Hungarian Radio P.L.C. has three nationwide radio channels. Two of its channels broadcast news, political, economic and cultural programs round the clock. It is a partner to the domestic audience and a link with the Hungarians over the frontiers, a chance for them to retain their national identity. Hungarian Radio could use the slogan often heard in radio commercials: "From clear source only". The buildings and studios of the Radio are located in Budapest, in the block between Bródy Sándor Street and Pollack Mihály Square. There are also two beautiful palaces in this area, one of them was owned earlier by the Eszterházy’s and the other one by the Károlyi family. The construction of Studio No. 6, the big orchestra studio, is linked with Georg von Békésy’s name, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his acoustic researches in 1961.

On July 1, 2007 Radio Budapest has cancelled the programming in foreign languages.

The main theatrical director of Magyar Rádió is Otto Solymosi.

In Popular Culture[edit]

In 1974, Locomotiv GT's Locomotiv GT (Dunhill Records 811) was released with the slogan "Radio Budapest Loves You !"

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