Rádio FM – Slovak Radio 4

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TypeRadio network
OwnerSlovenský rozhlas
Key people
Maroš Hečko (Director)

Radio_FM, the fourth channel of the Slovak Radio, is an alternative music radio, established in November 2004. The specific feature of Radio_FM is its focus on young listeners who avoid consumer musical production and are interested in alternative music genres such as indie rock, dubstep, hip-hop, world music, metal, dance electronic music, jazz and so on. The radio also broadcasts radio coverage from festivals, live 'unplugged' performances and concerts. Radio_FM began with the tradition of awarding Radio Head Awards. Its listeners chose the best Slovak album, Single of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Best live act of the Year and another prize is awarded also by professional music critics made up of Radio_FM and partner media editors. Through its broadcasting it tries to discover, highlight and promote music by artists who do not receive air time on the commercial broadcasters. Radio_FM is one of the pioneers in podcasting technology and mobile phone applications on the Slovak media market and also makes strong use of the potential of social network communities such as Facebook or Twitter.


Town - Transmitter Frequency ERP Notes
Zvolen - Malá Stráž 089,0 MHz 1 kW
Bratislava - Kamzík 089,3 MHz 10 kW
Dolný Kubín - Veľký Bysterec 091,7 MHz 0.5 kW
Čadca - Jurošovský vrch 091,8 MHz 0.5 kW
Martin - Hrádok 091,8 MHz 0.5 kW
Námestovo - Magurka 091,9 MHz 10 kW
Žilina - Dubeň 091,9 MHz 0.5 kW
Lučenec - Blatný vrch 098,0 MHz 10 kW 18:00–6:00 h.
Modrý Kameň - Španí Laz 098,3 MHz 10 kW 18:00–6:00 h.
Žiar nad Hronom - Šibeničný vrch 098,4 MHz 0.5 kW
Stará Ľubovňa - Kotník 098,9 MHz 10 kW
Košice - Werferova 101,2 MHz 1 kW
Trenčín - Nad Oborou 101,2 MHz 10 kW
Trebišov - Bánovce nad Ondavou 101,3 MHz 10 kW
Prešov - Šibená hora 101,5 MHz 0.5 kW
Bardejov - Stebnícka Magura 101,7 MHz 10 kW
Ružomberok - Úložisko 102,1 MHz 5 kW
Borský Mikuláš - Dubník 102,8 MHz 1 kW
Nové Zámky - Tehlové - Tekvičné pole 102,8 MHz 1 kW
Štúrovo - Modrý vrch 103,7 MHz 10 kW
Poprad - Kráľova hoľa 104,3 MHz 30 kW
Banská Bystrica - Laskomer 105,4 MHz 2 kW
Rožňava - Dievčenská skala 105,9 MHz 1 kW 18:00–6:00 h.
Snina - Magurica 107,6 MHz 10 kW

Slovak Radio broadcasts on frequencies with a note at the time from 6:00 to 18:00 (SRo 5) Radio Patria programme in Hungarian language.

Also available on satellite:

  • Astra 3B, position: 23,5° E, frequency: 11836/H, SR: 27500, FEC: 5/6, standard: DVB-S, encryption: none

Radio_Head Awards[edit]

Radio_FM began the tradition of awarding “radio heads” in 2009 when its listeners chose the best Slovak album of the year and another prize was awarded also by professional music critics. In the same year, the fourth channel of Slovak Radio introduced also a visual aspect by awarding statuettes. It was a tradition that the winners get a piece of work created by the artist Bety K. Majerníkova – a statuette with radio instead of the head. On 6 February 2009, the electro band Noisecut became the first winner of the Radio_Head Awards for the album Bliiizko and songwriter Ján Boleslav Kladivo received the critics' choice award for his album Rozhľadňa.[1]

The attractiveness of music awards and their increasing popularity brought some significant changes into the second edition. Next Radio_Head Awards brought three new categories added to the original award for Album of the Year and Album of the Year/Critics choice. In two voting rounds the listeners chose their favorites in the new categories Single of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Best live act. Vetroplach and young band Billy Barman were the winners of the second edition and the main award went to the band Diego for their album Peripheries. The critics´ choice went to the electronic project The Autumnist. The gala evening was hosted by the moderators Baláž and Hubinák from the most favorite show of Radio_FM and ten bands performed live on stage.

The third edition of Radio_Head Awards took place on 18 February 2011 in public.


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