MDR culture

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MDR culture
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Radio station ( public law )
reception analogue terrestrial , cable , satellite , DAB , web radio
Reception area SaxonySaxony Saxony Saxony-Anhalt Thuringia
Start of transmission January 1, 1992
Broadcaster Central German radio
Intendant Karola Wille
1992–2011: Udo Reiter
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MDR Kultur - Das Radio is a radio station of the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk , which went on air on January 1, 1992 as a cultural program under the name MDR Kultur . From January 1, 2004, the station's program was restructured and the name was changed to MDR Figaro . On May 2, 2016, as part of a restructuring of the MDR, the old name was returned, whereby the subtitle "Das Radio" was added to differentiate between the cultural offers of the MDR on television and the Internet. However, the program was not changed.

MDR Kultur program

MDR Kultur is a public radio program . In addition to current background reports, the program offers entertainment programs and also delivers live broadcasts, e.g. B. Concert recordings. MDR Kultur offers a selection of music from jazz, chanson, classical to folk.

Program scheme

The MDR Kultur program is divided into a few higher-level programs, which in turn consist of a large number of smaller sections. The transmission scheme was adopted by MDR Figaro after the name change in 2016 .

MDR Kultur does not send self-produced messages. Instead, as with MDR Klassik , the news from MDR Aktuell is taken over.

  • 012 midnight - ARD night concert
  • 06 a.m. - MDR culture in the morning with words about the day, culture compact - cultural news, calendar sheet, press review, MDR culture recommends - CD tips
  • 09 a.m. - MDR culture in the morning - with reading time, culture tips
  • 12 noon - MDR culture at noon - compact with lifestyle and culture
  • 3 p.m. - MDR culture in the afternoon - with MDR culture recommends - CD tips, MDR culture preview, music forum and special music
  • 7 p.m. - MDR culture in the evening - u. a. with jazz, folk, radio café, radio plays, readings


MDR culture (1992-2004)

On January 1, 1992, a cultural program called MDR Kultur started under the name Das Zuhör-Radio . The program covered many facets of culture . In the programs for children, for artistic words, for music and talk , puzzles and desired music, MDR Kultur offered varied content. There were own programs every day from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., broadcast and conceived as a daily accompanying program for the broadest possible group of listeners interested in culture. During the day there were current background reports on culture, politics, society, family, education and everyday culture at MDR Kultur . In the evenings and on weekends, MDR Kultur broadcast radio plays, features , readings, radio talks and children's radio . From a musical point of view, the program mainly consisted of regional productions. That is why there were concerts by the orchestras and choirs of the MDR as well as outstanding performances by regional orchestras and choirs from Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. The variety of programs was expanded to include jazz , chanson , film music, world music and sophisticated pop.

Program until the end of 2003

The MDR Kultur program consisted of programs from the three groups Journal, Artistic Word and Music. The following table shows the programs assigned to the corresponding category.


  • Figaro. The journal
  • MDR Culture Cafe
  • morning Mood
  • Pasticcio
  • triangle
  • Tutti

Artistic word

  • Fundus
  • Audio play box
    (children's radio plays)
  • Listening play time
  • cabaret
  • Krims Krams Kraxel
    (children's program)
  • The good night crime thriller
  • Reading time
  • Radio DOK
    ( radio features /
  • Radio comedy
  • Sunday rates
  • Studio special
  • Studio time


  • Drone ( world music )
  • Choral music
  • The new plant
  • Jazz in Concert
  • Jazz sound aspects
  • Jazz time
  • The organ
  • Concert hall
    (concert broadcasts)
  • Box seat
    (opera broadcasts)
  • Musical nocturne
  • Profiles
  • Satchmo (Jazz)
  • Songs and chansons
  • Tivoli
  • Request concert

In the “millennium year” 1999 there was the series “Meine liebe…! Dear ...! ”Letters of a Century, in which actors read a letter (or an excerpt from a longer letter) from a mostly prominent personality of the 20th century every day. From 2000 to 2004 the series Fundus with mostly humorous or aphoristic essays and short texts, which were also spoken by well-known actors, was broadcast on the same slot . Selected contributions from these two series have also been published as CD collections.


Triangle, “the radio for reading”, was a brochure accompanying the program by MDR Kultur and Figaro. It was named after the accentuating percussion instrument , the three-sided shape of which was also an allusion to the three countries in the broadcasting area. The monthly brochure of approx. 160 pages informed the subscribers about the program, various events, external productions and live recordings of the MDR, but also provided detailed articles about central German cultural events, music and radio history. Triangle was published until the beginning of 2008.

MDR Figaro (2004-2016)

On January 1, 2004, the program was restructured and renamed MDR Figaro . “Figaro” had previously been the name of two programs on MDR Kultur, the journals Figaro in the morning and Figaro in the afternoon . Some program elements (reading time, concerts, radio plays and features) have been retained. On the other hand, more content from everyday culture should be included in the program.

In 2009 the Neue Musikzeitung (NMZ) criticized the broadcast concept and content of MDR Figaro . The NMZ also complained about the lack of an editorial office for new music and the direct consequences for the station's cultural mission.

MDR Culture (since 2016)

On February 18, 2016 it was announced that MDR Figaro would be renamed MDR Kultur again on May 2, 2016 . As early as March 2016, the MDR presented its new cultural portal to the public at the Leipzig Book Fair , in which all cultural content on radio, television and the Internet, which was previously distributed on different pages of the MDR, is now presented on one platform . Since then, offers have been bundled in social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud and of course MDR's own community. As part of this bundling, since the renewed name change on May 2, 2016, the radio station has been broadcasting its program again under the MDR Kultur brand .


MDR Kultur can be received terrestrially via VHF in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia as well as the neighboring federal states. It is also broadcast on terrestrial digital radio (DAB +) and via satellite, fed into cable networks and offered on the Internet as a live stream.

In addition to the FM broadcast on the following frequencies in the MDR transmission area, MDR Kultur can be received digitally via satellite, DAB + and internet stream.

Satellite reception

The distribution of MDR Kultur takes place within the digital program offer of ARD , ARD Digital , under the following reception parameters. Reception requires the use of a digital DVB-S receiver.

  • ASTRA satellite frequency: 12.110 MHz horizontal
  • Symbol rate (SR): 27,500 MSymbols / s
  • Error protection (FEC): 3/4

The station could also be received via Astra Digital Radio (ADR). The program was received on the ADR subcarrier frequency 6.66 MHz on the ASTRA satellite frequency 11.112 MHz horizontally.

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Organization (2016)

MDR radio center in Halle (Saale)

Since January 2016, the main editorial department for culture at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk has been responsible for the program, which is not only responsible for the radio station, but also for cultural programs on MDR television and the Internet portal MDR Kultur . Reinhard Bärenz is in charge of the main editorial office. The head of the radio station is Stefan Nölke.


  • MDR KULTUR - The Listening Radio (1992)
  • MDR KULTUR - culture is something for every day (approx. 2000)
  • MDR FIGARO - Beauty lurks everywhere (2004)
  • FIGARO - The Culture Radio (2006)
  • MDR FIGARO - Culture and Good (2009)
  • MDR KULTUR - The Radio (2016)

Web links

Commons : MDR Culture  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. MDR KULTUR becomes MDR FIGARO in the "Chronik des MDR: 2004". In: April 11, 2011, accessed July 15, 2018.
  2. a b Reinhard Bärenz: New name. MDR FIGARO is now called MDR KULTUR - Das Radio ( Memento from May 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). In: May 2, 2016, accessed December 2, 2017.
  3. MDR Kultur program ( Memento from May 14, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). In:, accessed on December 2, 2017.
  4. MDR KULTUR, the broadcast started on January 1, 1992 on YouTube , accessed on December 2, 2017.
  5. For the first time “Figaro - the journal in the morning”. In: February 7, 2007, accessed July 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Albrecht Dümling : Relevant broadcaster? In: Neue Musikzeitung . 60th year (2011/09), category: Nachschlag ( [accessed on July 15, 2018]).
  7. Uwe Mantel: New logo for 1Live, new names for MDR stations. In: . February 18, 2016, accessed July 15, 2018.