Czech Radio, or Cesky Rozhlas, has been at its current location at 12 Vinohradska Street (known in those days as Foch Street) since 1933, ten years after the station was launched. In those days it was known as Radiojournal, which is now the name of it's flagship station here in the Czech Republic. Oldrich Cip is a world renowned expert on short-wave radio and has been working here at Czech Radio for around 40 years. When we toured the station he told me a little bit about the building's history.
The public broadcaster Czech Radio is celebrating its 80th anniversary this Sunday since its first historic broadcast under the name Radiojournal from an army tent in a Prague field, on May 18th, 1923. The public, invited to join in the commemorative celebration held at the historic site in Prague, was able to view a recreation of that original broadcast, as well as to listen to the music of Czech stars Lenka Filipova, the Havelka sisters, and Karel Gott and the Czech Radio Orchestra. Also on hand: theatre legends Jiri Suchy and Jiri Labus, as well as moderators from the public broadcaster, all present to celebrate the birth of Czech Radio.
This year Czech Radio celebrates its eightieth anniversary and Radio Prague, which is part of the public-service broadcaster, is dedicating a short series to the eight decades of radio broadcasting in this country. May 18, 1923 was the day when the few dozen listeners there were in Czechoslovakia could hear the programme broadcast live from a tent at the Kbely military base outside Prague. After Great Britain, Czechoslovakia became the second European country to launch regular radio broadcasting. In today's episode, we look at the very beginnings
This year, the public broadcaster Czech Radio celebrates its eightieth anniversary. Throughout history, its meaning and role have changed from a revolutionary invention to an everyday companion, from a source of entertainment to a trumpet calling on Czechs to fight invaders, from a mouthpiece of communist propaganda to the voice of democracy. Radio Prague has prepared a series of reports to illustrate the eighty-year history of Czech Radio, and from now you can hear them in our programme or find them on our website every Friday. In the first part,
Welcome to a special programme to mark the 58th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, a national holiday in the Czech Republic. The anniversary has a special significance in Prague, because it was here that some of the last shots of the war in Europe were fired, long after most European cities had been freed. The liberation of Prague by the Red Army on the 9th May 1945 was preceded by three days of fierce fighting in the streets of the city, and over 3000 people lost their lives fighting for Prague's freedom. In the uprising, the radio
Fifty eight years ago on May 5, 1945, Czechoslovak Radio called on citizens to rise up against the Nazi occupying force. With this the Prague Uprising began, and for five days Czechs took up arms against the German troops until the Red Army arrived in the Czech capital on May 9. This, the end of the Second World War, is being commemorated around the Czech Republic on Monday.
Little introduction is needed for this week's guest in One on One: Radio Prague's own Bill Bathurst, a writer and poet who listeners know well for his smooth-as-bourbon voice, inimitable humour, and more than a few memorable broadcasts on Czech literature and poetry. Now, fourteen years after Bill began at Radio Prague he's decided to hang it up in the Czech capital and return to his home in California...
This Saturday, March 19th, is the tenth anniversary of the first broadcast by Radio Slovakia International. The station was established soon after the split of Czechoslovakia at the beginning of 1993, and now broadcasts in English, French, German, Russian and of course Slovak. And to mark the station's tenth anniversary, a new Spanish service is being launched this weekend. Radio Prague's David Vaughan is in Bratislava for the birthday celebrations. I asked him if Radio Slovakia really had to begin from scratch in 1993?
On August 31, 1936, Radio Prague went on air for the first time. This programme takes you through our history, including some the most turbulent episodes in twentieth century European history. You will meet Radio Prague editors, reporters and announcers from throughout our history, including Bozena Trojanova, who was a Radio Prague presenter before the Second World War. You can also hear the voices of some of the personalities interviewed over the years - including Josephine Baker and a youthful Cliff Richard in 1969. And of course we