COSMO (radio station)

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Radio station ( public service )
reception terrestrial ( UKW , DAB + ), via satellite ( DVB-S ), as an Internet live stream and in most cable networks
Reception area BerlinBerlin Berlin Brandenburg Bremen North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia 
Start of transmission August 30, 1998 as Funkhaus Europa
Broadcaster West German Radio Cologne ,
Radio Bremen ,
Radio Berlin-Brandenburg
Intendant Tom Buhrow
Yvette Gerner (RB)
Patricia Schlesinger (RBB)
Program director Schiwa Schlei (WDR)
Karsten Binder (RB)
List of radio stations

COSMO (until December 31, 2016: Funkhaus Europa ) is the international and intercultural radio program of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR) and Radio Bremen , which is produced in collaboration with Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB).


The forerunners of COSMO were Funkhaus Europa and the so-called " guest worker programs " with which the WDR and other broadcasters of the ARD wanted to do justice to the growing number of foreign workers in Germany since 1961. After these programs in various native languages ​​had been linked to changing German-language radio waves for decades, the relevant broadcasters decided in the 1990s to bundle them in their own program and to supplement them with a German-language offering. The main reason for this was the assessment that the idea of ​​the “guest” worker had long since become obsolete and, instead, the support and promotion of cultural diversity (“diversity”) would become a core task of public broadcasting programs in an immigration society.

After several months of preparation, Funkhaus Europa was launched on August 30, 1998 as a new radio wave from WDR and Radio Bremen in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bremen. Since January 1, 2009, Funkhaus Europa can also be heard in Berlin and parts of Brandenburg on the frequencies of Radio Multikulti (rbb), which was discontinued at the end of 2008 and with which Funkhaus Europa had previously worked together.

COSMO has editorial offices in Cologne, Bremen and Berlin.

At the beginning of 2016, plans by WDR radio director Valerie Weber to cut the niche programs Funkhaus Europa in favor of mainstream and rotation led to public protests. A petition to those responsible, started on the platform in mid-February 2016 , had 6000 signatories after just three days and was publicly supported by prominent Cologne musicians such as Gentleman and Patrice . In March 2016, the WDR Broadcasting Council decided on a program reform for July 1, 2016, which primarily provides for the introduction of regular broadcasts in Arabic. At the same time, savings were implemented by reducing the extensive Turkish program Cologne Radyosu to the same extent that also applies to the other languages ​​on Funkhaus Europa. Furthermore, savings should be made on the music broadcasts. On January 1, 2017, the station was renamed COSMO .


The alignment of the format with the German radio mainstream was critically appreciated by various media. After the program realignment in 2016, Der Spiegel wrote : “The heart of the program is rather an austerity program that - once again - degrades a public broadcaster to a musical sprinkling station, thus robbing it of a large part of its independence and specialty. ... Instead of sending the listeners on a voyage of discovery to global music with competent author-moderators, to new sounds from Buenos Aires , São Paulo , Luanda , Lisbon, Bamako or South Africa, one now wants them more with the "color of world music" soaping, the unsuspecting and disinterested wording of station manager Valerie Weber, a designated Dudelfunk -Radiofrau. "Continue writes Christoph Twickel, with the" "" could be "this public music policy of extermination hardly explain general rigor. "For the money that the nightly“ Funkhaus-Europa ”DJs received for two hours of music selection and moderation, you can't even buy a three-minute contribution in the daily program."


An important characteristic of COSMO is the international team with employees from over 20 nations. Under the guiding principle “Global Sounds Radio”, the wave addresses a cosmopolitan, urban audience between the ages of around 30 and 50 who are interested in internationality, diversity and a special color of music (“Global Pop”) that differentiates them from “World music” or “ethno music” does not want to represent a genre of its own, but lives from a modern, rhythm-oriented mix of pop music styles and crossover experiments. With this, COSMO tries to depict a growing musical world that goes far beyond the mostly Anglo-American dominated charts.

During the day, COSMO broadcasts in German. In the evenings, TV shows are offered in the mother tongues of the nine largest groups of immigrants in Germany.

Current program

The Cologne editorial office of the WDR is currently designing the program from Monday to Friday, and broadcasts from the Funkhaus and the editorial team of Radio Bremen on weekends and on public holidays.

The morning show is hosted by Evren Zahirovic and Sebastian Filipowski on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. alternating weekly. COSMO sends messages every full hour and Monday to Friday between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m. also every half hour. The “Daily Good News”, which is usually broadcast at 7:20 am, is also part of the morning broadcast. According to its own statement, the broadcaster wants to use it to bring up the things that rarely find their way into the classic news.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., COSMO broadcasts a magazine-style program. The hour between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. is a focus hour on culture, travel, fashion or literature. Each day, a topic is examined in detail in various discussions or reports. Moderate in the daily program and a. Dominik Jozic, Claudia D'Avino, Philipp Anft, Shanli Anwar, Sümeyra Kaya, Ioannis Skouras, Marwa Eldessouky, Danko Rabrenovic and Kathrin Schröter. Category contributions may come a. by Jasin Challah ( Kosta Rapadopoulos ) and cinema critic Francesco Tornabene. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the program Soundcheck portrays musicians from all over the world and introduces new releases.

On the weekend, the morning show is moderated from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. alternating between Zozan Mönch and Hendrik Plaß. A magazine program with longer interviews and reports follows between noon and 8 p.m. a. is moderated by Carolina Quesada, Boussa Thiam, Marianna Deinyan, Roland Jodin, Nikolas Golsch, Janine Horsch and Bastian Bender. Different categories are u. a. designed by the Bremen satirist Osman Engin ( Everyday Life in the Ottoman Empire ), the sustainability blogger Shia Su and Joachim Deicke ( Just Music ).

Until the savings were made, the night was dominated by the transmission of special music programs from radio stations from all over the world, which were also broadcast in the languages ​​of the respective countries. These night programs were replaced by an automated music rotation under the title "Black to Blue". On Saturdays between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., COSMO music director Francis Gay presents electronic rhythms and interviews with artists, especially from the African and Latin American cultural area, in the selector .

The evening programs broadcast by Cosmo Monday through Friday and Sunday are characterized by half-hour magazine programs in various native languages ​​of the largest immigrant groups, some of which arose from the former "guest worker programs":

  • " Cologne Radyosu " (Turkish, Monday to Friday 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
  • "Radio Forum" (Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Monday to Friday 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • "Radio Colonia" (Italian, Monday to Friday 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
  • "Programma Na Russkom Jasyke" (Russian, Monday to Friday 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • “Polski Magazyn Radiowy” (Polish, Monday to Friday 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm).
  • "Al-Saut-Al-Arabi" (Arabic, Monday to Friday 10:30 pm to 11:00 pm)
  • "Bernama Kurdi" (Kurdish, Sundays 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • "Elliniko Randevou" (Greek, Sundays 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • "Estación Sur" (Spanish, Sundays 22:00 to 23:00)

The Refugee Radio was integrated into the Arabic-language program "Al-Saut Al Arabi - The Arabic Voice" at the beginning of July 2016 .

Former program until June 2016

The daytime program of Funkhaus Europa (Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) consisted of five magazine programs that deal with the listening situation at the time of day with different profiles:

  • "Cosmo", morning magazine with information as well as tips and service on cultural or travel topics, impressions from everyday life in the globalized world and comedies (Monday to Saturday 6:00 am to 10:00 am)
  • "Super mercado" with lifestyle and pop culture topics (Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • "Piazza" with reports and reports, key topics or discussions with listeners (Monday to Friday 12:00 to 14:00)
  • "Café Mondial" with music and lifestyle topics as well as music requests (Monday to Friday 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • "Nova" with the current topics of the day (daily from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

The wide range of “global pop” was represented by a series of music programs that were placed primarily on weekends and at night, including a .:

  • "World live" (live concerts, Monday to Friday 23:00 to 24:00)
  • "5Planeten" (new sounds from all over the world, Saturdays 12:00 to 14:00)
  • "Soul food" (soul, reggae and hip hop, Saturdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • "Indigo" (musical sound journey, Sundays 12:00 to 14:00)
  • "Globalista" (Global-Pop-Magazin, Saturdays 12:00 to 14:00)

The evening broadcasts from Funkhaus Europa were (as is mostly still the case today) characterized by one-hour magazine broadcasts in various native languages ​​of the largest immigrant groups, some of which arose from the former "guest worker programs":

  • " Cologne Radyosu " (Turkish, Monday to Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • "Radio Colonia" (Italian, Monday to Friday 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • "Radio Forum" (Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Monday to Friday 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • "Programma Na Russkom Jasyke" (Russian, Monday to Friday 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • “Polski Magazyn Radiowy” (Polish, Monday to Friday 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm).
  • "Bernama Kurdi" (Kurdish, Sundays 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
  • "Elliniko Randevou" (Greek, Sundays 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • "Estación Sur" (Spanish, Sundays 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • "Al-Saut-Al-Arabi" (Arabic, Sundays 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

On Saturday evenings, there were also several programs that dealt (mostly) in German or bilingual with individual language areas, nationalities, cultures or musical styles:

  • "La Dolce Vita" (German-Italian, Saturdays 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • "Balkanizer" (German-Southeast European, Saturdays 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • "Radiopolis" (German-Greek, Saturdays 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • "Mestizo FM" (German-Spanish, Saturdays 22:00 to 23:00)
  • "Luso FM" (German-Portuguese, Saturdays 23:00 to 24:00)

Since September 2015 there has been a special radio program for refugees in English and Arabic with Refugee Radio at 11:55 am and 11:55 pm .

Frequencies / reception

COSMO is broadcast around the clock. The VHF transmission area includes large parts of North Rhine-Westphalia (103.3 MHz in the Ruhr area and in the northern Rhineland, from the Langenberg transmitter ), the state of Bremen (95.6 MHz in the city of Bremen; 98.9 MHz in Bremerhaven) as well as Berlin and parts of it Brandenburgs (96.3 MHz in Berlin and the surrounding area, from the transmitter Scholzplatz ). Norddeutsche Rundfunk (NDR) takes over the program Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on NDR Info Spezial , which is broadcast via DAB +, DVB-S and on the Internet as a live stream.

In addition, COSMO can be received in numerous cable networks, digitally via an Astra satellite, via DAB + and as a live stream on the Internet and via the WDR radio app. Selected programs and series are offered on the homepage as podcasts or loops for listening to. And with the help of the WDR's radio recorder software, it is also possible to record individual programs.

In the course of the introduction of DAB +, as part of the digital radio restart, the program is now being broadcast in Berlin by the Scholzplatz station . In North Rhine-Westphalia broadcasts are made from various transmitter locations. Radio Bremen originally planned to broadcast Funkhaus Europa via DAB + as early as spring 2012. On December 20, 2012, Funkhaus Europa in the state of Bremen was activated via DAB + (Channel 7B). This test operation went into regular operation on February 1, 2013. For the first time in its history, Radio Bremen is participating in the digital terrestrial broadcasting of radio stations.


Web links

Individual evidence

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  3. ^ Daniel Bax: Foreign word diversity. In: The daily newspaper . February 11, 2016, accessed March 7, 2016 .
  4. ^ A b Anne Burgmer: Massive protests against reform plans for Funkhaus Europa. In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger . February 22, 2016, accessed March 7, 2016 .
  5. Christoph Twickel: Hit radio radio. In: Spiegel Online . March 7, 2016, accessed March 7, 2016 .
  6. ^ René Martens: Funkhaus Europa: Reform decided . In: the daily newspaper . March 8, 2016 ( [accessed March 10, 2016]).
  7. WDR COSMO: On our own behalf - About us - Funkhaus Europa - Radio - WDR . December 19, 2016 ( [accessed December 21, 2016]).
  8. ^ SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg Germany: WDR decides to reform "Funkhaus-Europa": The sound of the same thing. In: SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved August 18, 2016 .
  9. Good news to take away. October 15, 2019, accessed April 16, 2020 .
  10. ↑ Sound sample between the worlds , Kölner Stadtanzeiger, October 22, 2008
  11. Kosta Rapadoupoulos ( Memento of the original from January 19, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ,  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. The sending scheme of COSMO. February 4, 2016, accessed April 16, 2020 .
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  14. ^ News for refugees: "Al-Saut Al-Arabi" ,
  15. ^ Refugee Radio ,
  16. ^ Broadcast: "Refugee Radio" - WDR starts radio program for refugees , Der Westen, September 16, 2015
  17. DAB restart also in Northern Germany and Baden-Württemberg
  18. Radio Bremen launches digital radio offer