Deutschlandfunk culture

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Deutschlandfunk culture
Station logo
The features section on the radio
Radio station ( public law )
Program type Culture
reception terrestrial ( UKW , DAB + ), via satellite ( DVB-S ), as an Internet live stream and in most cable networks
Reception area GermanyGermany Germany
Start of transmission January 1, 1994
Broadcaster Germany radio
Intendant Stefan Raue
List of radio stations
Funkhaus am Hans-Rosenthal-Platz in Berlin (2012)

Deutschlandfunk Kultur ( DLF Kultur ) is the name for a culture-oriented radio program that, along with Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Nova, is one of the national radio programs, Deutschlandradio .

From 1994 to March 2005 it was called DeutschlandRadio Berlin ( DLR Berlin ) and until April 2017 Deutschlandradio Kultur ( DLR Kultur, later DKultur ). The location is the former RIAS - Funkhaus at Hans-Rosenthal-Platz in Berlin-Schöneberg . Hans Dieter Heimendahl has been the program manager since 2016 . Peter Lange had previously been editor-in-chief since 2007 .

Logo of Deutschlandradio Kultur until April 30, 2017


Deutschlandfunk Kultur is an advertising-free cultural program that is best known for its lavish radio play and feature productions . Those responsible for the program see “the culturalization of politics and the politicization of culture” as a focus. The program scheme is based on a structure with daily literature, two different musical focuses and a one-hour interview. The core is the Studio 9 format , which brings "discursive reporting, cultural criticism, comments and reports" in the morning, at noon and again in the evening. Deutschlandfunk Kultur offers the only national children's radio program that runs on Sundays under the name Kakadu . At night, the key broadcasts music with a different focus every day. Several times a week from midnight onwards there are also new music and sound art programs . At the weekend, the range of topics is expanded to include cinema, theater, media, philosophy and religion.

The program reform of June 2014 should give the broadcaster a more reliable structure so that listeners can tune in more specifically. The reason is that, according to listener analyzes, the broadcaster has not yet had any regular listeners. The approximately 400,000 listeners a day came from the regular audience of the sister station Deutschlandfunk and switched to DRadio Kultur if they wanted to listen to the radio on cultural topics. Therefore, a program scheme was developed that is intended to differentiate the two broadcasters more strongly from each other. In doing so, Deutschlandradio anticipated requirements that are expected for a future evaluation of the 53 public VHF programs plus ten digital offers. Without a clearer profile, DRadio Kultur feared hiring.

During the 2014 reform, the daily six-hour program format Radiofeuilleton was split up into thematic individual programs . Among the best-known of these are In conversation and Lesart - Das Literaturmagazin . In addition, the call-in broadcast 2254 was discontinued.


The roots of the Deutschlandfunk Kultur program can be traced back to 1926. On January 7, 1926, the Deutschlandsender program started by the Königs Wusterhausen transmitter as the first radio program in Germany. From December 20, 1927 to 1939, this also broadcast from Zeesen under the name of Deutschlandsender II. In 1939, the Deutschlandsender III went into operation in Herzberg (Elster) . After the end of the war there was again a program called Deutschlandsender from the Königs Wusterhausen location from January 1949 , which broadcasted for all of Germany. In 1971, when the demarcation from the Federal Republic had reached its climax, this program was renamed the Voice of the GDR , as GDR policy at that time parted with the idea of ​​a unified Germany.

In February 1990 the voice of the GDR renamed itself to the German broadcaster. In May 1990, the Deutschlandsender program together with Radio DDR II became Deutschlandsender Kultur (DS Kultur).

On January 1, 1994, DS Kultur was merged with the cultural program of the West Berlin-American RIAS and Deutschlandfunk (DLF) under the umbrella of a public corporation, DeutschlandRadio. ARD and ZDF are both sponsors and members of this corporation on the basis of two state treaties between the federal government and the 16 federal states of Germany. While the program of the former broadcaster Deutschlandfunk was later allowed to keep its name and its program structure (at first it was called Deutschlandradio Köln), a completely new program was set up in Berlin under the direction of program director Gerda Hollunder : Deutschlandradio Berlin (DLR Berlin) .

With the resignation of the program director on April 30, 2004, Günter Müchler , the program director of Deutschlandfunk, also took over responsibility for DLR Berlin and began work on an "evolutionary reform" of the Berlin program, the number of which had remained manageable until then. On March 7, 2005, the reformed program went on air under the new name Deutschlandradio Kultur (without the capital letters included in the name). According to the broadcaster, the name change is intended on the one hand to document the claim to be the nationwide cultural radio and on the other to eliminate the misunderstandings associated with the old name: DeutschlandRadio Berlin was too often perceived as a Berlin regional broadcaster, not as a second pillar of the nationwide , ad-free radio.

As part of a brand structure reform, Deutschlandradio introduced new names for its radio stations on May 1, 2017. Here was Germany radio culture in Germany radio culture renamed.


Since 2016, Deutschlandfunk Kultur has chosen a musical ensemble as “Orchestra of the Year” annually to honor special contributions to German musical life, such as outstanding artistic and educational work. The first prize winner in 2016 was the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen , followed in 2017 by the Bavarian State Orchestra .

Transmission technology

Transfer Cart "E5" of the radio Germany; here in front of the Bremer Konzerthaus Die Glocke (2009)

Deutschlandfunk Kultur is broadcast via FM and DAB . The 6005 kHz shortwave transmitter at the Berlin-Britz transmitter was badly damaged by a fire in late summer 2007. In the same month it was decided not to put the transmitter into operation because of the high repair costs and the low number of listeners. At the beginning of September 2013, broadcasting via the medium wave frequency 990 kHz from the same location ceased. Deutschlandfunk Kultur can be received digitally via DVB-S via the Astra satellite system . In South Tyrol , the station is broadcast by the Südtirol broadcaster in the DAB + standard.

The VHF transmitter network is gradually being expanded. Only in parts of eastern Germany is Deutschlandfunk Kultur broadcast nationwide over strong VHF frequencies. In the old federal states, however, the broadband frequencies were already largely distributed when the broadcast began. The program is therefore dependent on relatively weak stations with a short range in the cities and can therefore only be received practically around the cities. However, more and more frequencies are gradually being switched on. On August 2, 2010, the 96.5 MHz frequency previously used by BFBS I for supplying the British armed forces was taken over, which allows reception of the program in large parts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The current program can be accessed as a live stream in Opus , MP3 and AAC format on the Deutschlandradio website . In addition, selected contributions have been archived online since May 2004 and can be listened to via audio-on-demand . Since mid-2005 there has been a wide range that can be downloaded as a podcast . There is also the dradio recorder, which can be used to record the broadcasts on Deutschlandradio.

Frequency list

Some strong frequencies on VHF
(transmission power: at least 5 kW)
MHz Transmitter location Transmission area power
100.0 augsburg northern Swabia, northern and western Upper Bavaria 15 kW
89.3 Great Waldstein / Hof Upper Franconia 20 kW
94.2 Sonneberg eastern Thuringia, Upper Franconia 100 kW
97.2 Inselsberg Thuringia, Hesse, Northern Bavaria, Southern Lower Saxony 100 kW
97.4 Brocken in the Harz Mountains Saxony-Anhalt, southern and eastern Lower Saxony, northern Thuringia, western Saxony 100 kW
90.8 cottbus Lausitz 20 kW
89.6 Berlin Berlin, Brandenburg 20 kW
97.1 Helpterberg eastern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 30 kW
95.3 Schwerin western Mecklenburg 100 kW
96.5 Broadcasting station Langenberg Ruhr area 35 kW
96.7 Marlow northern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 30 kW
107.7 Cuxhaven Elbe estuary 20 kW
106.1 Eifel-Bärbelkreuz Eifel 20 kW
106.1 Olsberg Hochsauerland 10 kW
92.7 Frankfurt / Oder-Boossen Frankfurt / Oder 5 kW
96.9 Dequede Altmark 7 kW
101.4 Sassnitz to reprimand 8 kW
105.0 Neunkirchen (Saar) -Kuchenberg eastern Saarland 5 kW
106.2 Pearl Saarland Moselle valley 5 kW
106.2 Bremerhaven ship village Weser estuary 5 kW

Sea weather reports were sent daily at 1:05, 6:40 and 11:05 a.m. via the long-wave transmitter Zehlendorf (177 kHz) ( additionally at 9:05 p.m. during summer time ). This long-wave frequency was switched off at the end of 2014.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The features section on the radio
  2. imprint
  3. Deutschlandradio - Organization. Retrieved September 26, 2017 .
  4. The blue sofa. Frankfurt 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2017 (English).
  5. ^ Change of correspondents in Prague at Deutschlandradio and ARD - Peter Lange reports from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic . In: Deutschlandradio . ( [accessed on September 26, 2017]).
  6. a b Tagesspiegel: Radio fleet looking for a course , June 16, 2014.
  7. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung: Controversial reform at DRadio Kultur , June 20, 2014.
  8. ^ New brand architecture from May 1, 2017
  9. ^ Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Deutschlandfunk Nova - Germany radio programs from May 1st with new names
  10. New names for Deutschlandradio programs - “We need a clear sender brand”. Deutschlandfunk, September 23, 2016, accessed on September 25, 2016 .
  11. ^ Name change - Deutschlandradio Kultur becomes Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Deutschlandradio Kultur, September 23, 2016, accessed on September 25, 2016 .
  12. Orchestra of the year. Chamber Philharmonic Bremen awarded. Deutschlandfunk Kultur, article from February 4, 2016, accessed on August 8, 2017.
  13. Bayerisches Staatsorchester named “Orchestra of the Year” by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Deutschlandradio, press release of May 23, 2017, accessed on August 8, 2017.
  14. Frequency list (not up to date). Deutschlandradio, 2009, accessed on April 22, 2009 .
  15. Frequency map . (PDF) Deutschlandradio, March 2011, accessed on April 25, 2011 .
  16. ↑ Listening to the radio on Deutschlandradio, 2009, accessed on April 22, 2009 (information on the live streams of Deutschlandradio).
  17. Article on the dradio recorder. In:
  18. Frequency list Deutschlandfunk Kultur, ultra-short wave (VHF). Deutschlandradio, accessed on January 14, 2018 .
  19. Deutschlandradio: Future of the sea weather report secured. July 2, 2013, accessed October 2, 2013 .
  20. Press release, switching off long wave: Deutschlandradio relies on modern distribution channels. Deutschlandradio, November 28, 2014, accessed on January 1, 2015 .

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