Deutschlandfunk Nova

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Deutschlandfunk Nova
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It's complicated. Good pop too
Radio station ( public service )
Program type Youth radio
reception DAB + , DVB-S , Livestream and via DVB-C in most cable networks
Reception area GermanyGermany Germany
Start of transmission January 18, 2010
Seat Cologne
Broadcaster Germany radio
Intendant Stefan Raue
Program director Christian Schütte, Lena Stark
List of radio stations
Logo of DRadio Wissen until April 30, 2017

Deutschlandfunk Nova (abbreviation: Dlf Nova , until April 30, 2017: DRadio Wissen ) is the third station of Deutschlandradio and went on air for the first time on January 18, 2010 at 6 a.m. under the name DRadio Wissen . His studio is located in the Cologne broadcasting center of Deutschlandradio. Unlike Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandfunk Kultur , Deutschlandfunk Nova does not broadcast via VHF , but primarily via DAB + digital radio and the Internet .

Since the middle of 2015 the motto of the program has been: It's complicated. Plus good pop (previously: the brain wants work ). The directors of Deutschlandfunk Nova have been Christian Schütte and Lena strenght since June 2020, after the previous program director Ralf Müller-Schmid switched to Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Since February 19, 2014, the station has positioned itself as a sophisticated youth radio with an above-average proportion of words and a heterogeneous selection of music.


Until February 2014

During the day, DRadio Wissen broadcasted short breaks with preferably calm, electronic music every quarter of an hour, alternating between current events and science - a concept that program director Günter Müchler calls news cross . Half-hourly broadcasts were planned for the evening. The contributions were delivered by the other two full programs of Deutschlandradios and the ARD broadcasters. 28 posts were created for the program. The budget was set at 6.9 million euros.

During the day, the program was structured every 15 minutes according to the following scheme:

  • Agenda (news)
  • Nature (environment, technology and nature)
  • Media (communication and web)
  • Globus (foreign reports)
  • Culture
  • My future (education)
  • Scope ("gymnastics for the brain and ears")

Between the blocks, there were two world news and two knowledge news every hour . On weekdays after 6 p.m. and on weekends, programs from the sister stations Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur as well as other ARD stations such as Bayern2 or hr2 were taken over. International cooperation was carried out with Radio France , the BBC and DRS 2 . News from Northwest Radio was delivered in Latin. In the lecture hall series , historical and current scientific lectures were given, usually several successive episodes on one topic. Music shows were on offer on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The program's partners included Zeit Online and c't .

Program reform

Plans to reform DRadio Wissen's program had been under discussion since the beginning of 2013, but dragged on. After it was announced in January 2013 that DRadio Wissen would undergo a massive overhaul in the course of the year, that the program should become significantly more music-heavy and appeal to a younger target group, it was officially announced on June 20, 2013 that the program would be in its The previous form was discontinued and replaced by a youth-oriented format at the end of the year. The change applies above all to the music, which should be aimed at a much younger audience. Therefore, the collaboration with the moderator Alan Bangs , who had previously designed the music programs in the evening program on the weekend, will not be extended. January 2014 was given as the time for “refreshing the program” and for a “new website” in mid-February 2014. The official start date for the new program was February 19, 2014.

Since February 2014

A new program format has been broadcast since February 19, 2014 following a comprehensive program reform. Since then, there are no longer any quarter-hourly sections in the daily program. During the day, the green strip is broadcast continuously for eight hours . The knowledge news section every hour around 45 minutes and the editorial conference were taken over from the old program scheme. The lecture hall was also part of the previous program, but this program is now only broadcast on weekends.

In addition, music now occupies a more prominent position. The aim of the relaunch was to create a program that combines sophisticated content with sophisticated music. According to program director Dr. Ralf Müller-Schmid "to make a challenging, topic-driven youth program with smart pop music". He explicitly distances himself from the term “mainstream sprinkling”.

As part of a brand structure reform, Deutschlandradio introduced new logos for its radio stations on May 1, 2017. Deutschlandradio Kultur and DRadio Wissen were renamed: Deutschlandradio Kultur has appeared as Deutschlandfunk Kultur since May 1, 2017 , DRadio Wissen as Deutschlandfunk Nova. The conversion of the website took place at the end of April 2017.

Programs (selection)

  • Hielscher or Haase , Mon – Fri 6:30 am to 10:00 am, morning show with a higher proportion of words
  • Green verge , Mon – Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily accompanying program
  • Update , Mon – Fri 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., reports on current events
  • One hundred , Sun 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., narrative radio format that the program Radiolab the US radio station WNYC is based
  • One hour …, Mon – Fri 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., themed programs on the daily changing areas of music, film, talk, media and love
  • From 9 p.m. - Welcome to the Nova Club , Mon – Fri 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., young magazine program with a special focus
  • Early Bird , Sa 7:00 am to 10:00 am, morning magazine with a focus on "global" topics
  • Lecture hall , Sat – Sun 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., broadcast with one university lecture each
  • Club der Republik , Sat 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., electronic music with sets from various DJs
  • Festival , Sun 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., live music


After the relaunch on February 19, 2014, music at DRadio Wissen plays a far greater role than before, despite the still high proportion of words, and is fully integrated into the program. At night, only an unmoderated music rotation is broadcast in the soundtrack . The musical sound image should be significantly more heterogeneous than is usual with other youth radio stations. A completely "alternative" format, as u. a. Wanting to offer ByteFM or FM4 is not the aim.

Station Voices

The Station Voices have been Marco Sven Reinbold since February 2014 and Kristina Kiauka since May 2017, who followed Joyce Ilg as Station Voice.


The program is broadcast exclusively digitally via the DAB + digital radio standard , cable, satellite and on the Internet as a live stream in Opus , MP3 and AAC formats. At most of the locations where Deutschlandfunk was already represented with 128 kbit / s via DAB before January 18, 2010, the bandwidth was divided into two 64 kbit / s program streams in favor of the DLF and the new program. In September 2014, the bit rate was increased to 88 kbit / s, now it is sent at 96 kbit / s. Deutschlandfunk Nova wants to be particularly attractive to the younger generation and to link the linear radio program with the interactive medium of the Internet. All contributions are therefore also available on the Internet on demand and as podcasts. In mid-2010, the program had "around 40,000" listeners online per day. In South Tyrol , the broadcaster Südtirol broadcasts the station in the DAB + standard.


While Deutschlandradio program director Günter Müchler referred to DRadio Wissen as the “third program of Deutschlandradio” at the 2009 press conference, observers denied the status of a fully-fledged broadcaster for the purely digital program: “Deutschlandradio Wissen will therefore be the first radio program that is none at all : a podcast download station. Actually a kind of public iTunes store. ”In contrast, Ullrich Claus praised the station in the world in 2010 as a polite young academic program, which ignored all market rules with considerable success. According to all the rules of today's program design, “very unfashionable” would dispense with a “ format ” in the customary sense, with “ transparency ” and with a streamlined “ musical color ”. "The message is pure content: knowledge in the literal sense."


In 2011 DRadio Wissen received the Grimme Online Award . The jury justified the award ceremony in particular with the connection between the radio program and the website. The programs are not sorted according to the broadcast schedule and times, but are structured thematically. The surface of the website can be configured by the users according to their own preferences. The radio reports are qualitatively convincing, and every report is also available online on demand, as a podcast and in text form. “This is how radio should be on the Internet.” In 2016, DRadio-Wissen author Dominik Schottner received the German Radio Prize in the Reportage category for the contribution “Alcohol addiction - Thank you. Ciao! ”, Which was broadcast on June 19, 2015 on One Hundred . In 2019, the news program Update was also awarded the German Radio Prize as the best news and information format . The jury's justification praised the careful research and the timely classification of the topics of the day. The show's team combines “sound information with sophisticated entertainment”.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Daniel Kähler: DRadio Wissen neu: Gutes Wort & good music throughout Germany. In: February 18, 2014, accessed March 13, 2014 .
  2. Daniel Bouhs: With one ear in the net. New station DRadio Wissen . the daily newspaper . October 13, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  3. This is how DRadio Wissen works. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on August 24, 2012 ; Retrieved August 30, 2012 . 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 /
  4. Radiolinks - Links to our partners. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on June 1, 2010 ; Retrieved August 30, 2012 . 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 /
  5. Deutschlandradio program booklet September 2012, program center, presentation of the DRadio knowledge broadcast formats
  6. Hearing for the brain - the new radio station DRadio Wissen. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on May 27, 2010 ; Retrieved January 29, 2010 . 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 /
  7. DRadio knowledge should become more music-heavy - massive program reorganization . Infosat . January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  8. End for DRadio knowledge in its previous form at the end of the year - scandal about Alan Bangs. (No longer available online.), archived from the original on December 3, 2013 ; Retrieved June 21, 2013 . 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 /
  9. Ralf Müller-Schmid: A radio for the present. In: Deutschlandradio program, February 2014, p. 2.
  10. Daniel Kähler: Relaunch at DRadio Wissen: “We don't want mainstream sprinkling” (interview with Ralf Müller-Schmid). In: radio scene. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  11. Uwe Mantel: DRadio knowledge before relaunch, bomb show back. In: February 13, 2014, accessed February 20, 2014 .
  12. Daniel Kähler: New start of DRadio Wissen: Good word and good music - everywhere in Germany. In: radio scene. February 18, 2014, accessed February 20, 2014 .
  13. From February 19th: The new DRadio knowledge. In: February 18, 2014, accessed May 19, 2015 .
  14. ^ New brand architecture from May 1, 2017
  15. ^ Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Deutschlandfunk Nova - Germany radio programs from May 1st with new names
  16. New look for Deutschlandfunk, 2live on 1live
  17. New names for Deutschlandradio programs - “We need a clear sender brand”. Deutschlandfunk, September 23, 2016, accessed on September 25, 2016 .
  18. All broadcasts. DRadio knowledge. Deutschlandradio, accessed on July 30, 2014 .
  19. Daniel Kähler: Relaunch at DRadio Wissen: "We don't want mainstream sprinkling". February 5, 2014, accessed March 13, 2014 .
  20. Marco Sven Reinbold - Speech sample informative. Retrieved July 23, 2014 .
  21. Imprint. Retrieved December 20, 2019 .
  22. ^ Official homepage of the actress Joyce Ilg. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on November 8, 2014 ; Retrieved July 23, 2014 . 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 /
  23. Improved audio quality with DRadio Wissen. Deutschlandradio, September 8, 2014, accessed on January 17, 2015 .
  24. ^ Program booklet of Deutschlandradio, January 2010, pp. 3–5
  25. DRadio Wissen starts on January 18th. Digital magazine in conversation with Dietmar Timm, head of the new station DRadio Wissen, December 18, 2009. In: Infosat. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010 ; Retrieved December 28, 2009 .
  26. Willi Steul, Editorial, In: Program, August 2010, p. 2.
  27. ^ Jürgen Fenn: Deutschlandradio Wissen - der Freitag. In: Friday (blog). Archived from the original on October 16, 2009 ; Retrieved January 28, 2010 .
  28. ↑ Unique selling point: Smart and factual , Die Welt March 16, 2010.
  29. Grimme Online Award: ( page no longer available , search in web archives: reasoning by the jury ) . Award winner 2011. Without date. Retrieved June 25, 2011.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  30. Deutschlandfunk Nova Awards. Retrieved May 15, 2020 .
  31. German Radio Prize 2019 - “Update” from Deutschlandfunk Nova honored as the best news and information format. Retrieved May 15, 2020 .