Martin Blumenau

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Martin Blumenau (born November 5, 1960 ) is an Austrian journalist and radio presenter .


Blumenau has been working as a journalist since 1981, first for various youth and music magazines (such as, etc. - Magazin für Jugendkultur ), later as an editor at Kurier and AZ . In 1983, Blumenau started his career with the radio station Ö3 . Here he worked for the programs Die Musicbox , Treffpunkt , Radiothek and Nachtexpress , but also for Ö1 programs such as Diagonal . From 1992 he was the editor in charge of the program ZickZack . In the autumn of 1994 he designed together with Angelika Lang and Mischa Zicklerthe newly founded public youth radio station FM4 . He then worked there as an editor and producer, with special responsibility for press work, long-term planning and position papers. Since the switch from FM4 to 24-hour operation in 2000, he has been officially Head of T&C (Traffic & Continuity), responsible for internal communication and coordination as well as strategy and listener service at FM4. Blumenau has been a juror at the protest song contest since 2004 .


Blumenau appears publicly as the moderator of the FM4 programs room service (music request program - Sunday evening) and bonus track (phone-in program - Wednesday night, as talk box in summer 1997 also on the television program of the ORF). Every year there is - now a tradition - at Christmas on Christmas Eve Christmas with a friend , Blumenau, a phone-in program lasting several hours, titled in reference to the previously broadcast Christmas without friends with Stermann and Grissemann.


Blumenau's sometimes controversial and idiosyncratic style of moderation led to occasional polarization among FM4 listeners. In particular, his critical attitude towards opinions taken from the media without questioning is often understood as displeasure towards the listener. Grissemann & Stermann like to exaggerate this picture of Blumenau in their cabaret contributions, such as B. the “FM4 diaries” by portraying “Chief Controller Blumenau” as an unjust, tyrannical ruler over the FM4 editorial team.

Even within the Austrian music scene, Blumenau's aggressive, often perceived arrogant style of discussion is the subject of constant disputes. The Viennese music journalist Karl Fluch described Martin Blumenau in the daily newspaper Der Standard in January 2009 as "devious", "vile" and "egomaniacal me-machine" after he left himself on blog about the "never-ending bottom of domestic pop review culture" would have.

There was a scandal in February 2011 on the occasion of the 2011 protest song contest in Vienna's Rabenhof . As a member of the jury, Martin Blumenau was the only one to vote for the teen group “hirschl”, which prompted the Viennese songwriter and co-judge Ernst Molden to comment on Blumenau's private life that Blumenau had sympathy for “everything under 18” .

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  1. ↑ The Marx brothers convinced the jury and the audience - battle of words between Blumenau and Molden in Der Standard from February 13, 2011. Accessed on May 26, 2011.