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Logo NRJ 2016.png
City Paris
Broadcast area France
Slogan Paris #1 Hit Music Station (Que des hits sur NRJ!)
Frequency 100.3 MHz (Paris)
106.4 MHz (Marseille)
103.0 MHz (Lyon)
Full list of other frequencies on
First air date 1981
Format CHR
Language(s) French
Owner NRJ Group
Sister stations Chérie FM, Nostalgie, Rire & Chansons

NRJ (NRJ is an acronym read as énergie in French, pronounced [enɛʁʒi]) is a private French radio station created by Jean-Paul Baudecroux and Max Guazzini in June 1981 and belongs to the NRJ Group. It is the founding station of NRJ International.


In June 1981 Jean-Paul Baudecroux created a music radio station for young people, and founded NRJ (standing for Nouvelle Radio des Jeunes). He then established studios in a tiny room in the 20th arrondissement of Paris in a place of high altitude to strategically cover all Paris on 92.0 MHz.

The station has since 1988 expanded internationally, and has started broadcasting in a number of countries:

  • Russia: In June, 2006, Prof Media, a leading Russian media group, was granted permission to operate the NRJ brand in Russia. NRJ Russia is primarily intended to target an audience between 18 and 35 years old.
  • Lebanon: On 6 June 2006, NRJ launched its programme on two frequencies in Lebanon. This station is run in English and broadcasts concerts and interviews with international artists from NRJ France.
  • Canada: In July 2009, Astral Media re-branded its Énergie network of stations in Quebec under the NRJ name as part of a licensing agreement with NRJ. Following their acquisition by Bell Media, the license expired and the stations returned to the previous Énergie brand.
  • Finland: In 1995, NRJ started operating in Finland.


Name of the station[edit]

NRJ was originally the acronym for Nouvelle Radio Jeune (New Youth Radio) or Nouvelle radio pour les jeunes (New Radio for the Youth), and was not invented to be an allograph of "energy".[citation needed] In the non-French countries where the station also operates, the radio station is simply called Energy, because NRJ can be pronounced phonetically in French as Energy or NRG.

NRJ Presenters[edit]

  • Manu Levy
  • Cauet
  • Guillaume Pley
  • Marco Leulier
  • Mikl
  • Mélanie Angélie


Since the creation of NRJ, several slogans were used:

  • 1981 - 1985: La radio stéréotonique
  • 1985 - 1997: La plus belle radio
  • 1997 - 2000: Le plaisir avant tout
  • Since 2007: Hit Music Only!

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