NDR 1 Lower Saxony

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NDR 1 Lower Saxony
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Radio station ( public service )
reception analogue terrestrial , cable , DVB-S radio & DAB +
Reception area Lower SaxonyLower Saxony Lower Saxony
Start of transmission January 1, 1981
Broadcaster Northern German Radio
Intendant Joachim Knuth
Program director Ludger Vielemeier
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NDR 1 Lower Saxony is a nationwide radio program of the North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR) for the state of Lower Saxony .


NDR 1 Lower Saxony defines itself as a harmonious regional radio. It reports extensively from Lower Saxony and plays international oldies, harmonious pop music and German cult hits. The word share is very high at around 30 percent for a format radio .

The program is developing from a hit to an oldie pop station: the proportion of international titles or no hits is now 85 percent.

Regional reporting is a key feature of NDR 1 Lower Saxony. The program broadcasts news from the regions of Lower Saxony several times a day at half an hour . Since 1988, the program has been splitting up into windows that each send messages for their own region. These regional news then come from the five NDR studios in Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Lüneburg, Braunschweig and Hanover. But the main news on the hour also reports in great detail on topics from Lower Saxony.

In hourly broadcasts in the evening, the program reports in detail on specific topics: Monday: Low German , Tuesday: culture and books, Wednesday: advice and health, Thursday: politics, Friday: music and personalities, Saturday and Sunday: music.

The program is ad-free.


The program is mainly broadcast from the NDR-Landesfunkhaus in Hanover on the Maschsee . In order to enable extensive regional reporting, the NDR is represented with eight correspondents and five studios in Lower Saxony. The locations of the correspondent's offices: Lingen / Emsland , Otterndorf / Niederelbe , Esens / East Friesland , Verden , Hameln / Weserbergland , Vechta , Wilhelmshaven and Berlin . The studios are in Braunschweig , Göttingen , Oldenburg , Osnabrück and Lüneburg . In these regional studios, small radio and television editors and technical staff work with their own production technology.

Program order

The NDR's programming mandate is defined in an interstate treaty (NDR-StV): This interstate treaty obliges the NDR to “(...) provide broadcasters with an objective and comprehensive overview of international, European, national and country-specific events in all essential areas of life give. ”The program should inform, educate, advise, entertain and, in particular, offer contributions to culture . The state program of Lower Saxony is intended to present public happenings, political events and cultural and social life, particularly in Lower Saxony.


Well-known moderators include: Christiane Köller , Michael Thürnau , Kerstin Werner , Anke Genius , Monika Walden and Jens Krause .


According to Media Analysis 2015 / II, NDR 1 Lower Saxony is the market leader in its broadcasting area (market share: 23.9%, people aged 10 and over, Mon-Sun) and has been the most popular radio program in Lower Saxony for 23 years. It is heard by over 2.2 million people every day and is even one of the most popular radio programs in Germany.

The program addresses a target group of people aged 50 and over.


NDR 1 Niedersachsen plays melodic, relaxed music, predominantly oldies (50%), pop ballads (30%) and German cult hits (20%). The music is continuously changed and the number of hits is reduced.

The music selection is not clearly based on genre (e.g. pop music ), but rather the music editors select the titles according to their relaxed appearance. The program plays performers from almost all musical genres: pop (e.g. Abba, Katie Melua), rock (ballads by Rolling Stones , Santana ), country (e.g. Chet Atkins , Johnny Cash ), instrumental (e.g. B. Film music) and German cult hits, from Neuer Deutscher Welle to German pop to Schlager (e.g. Markus, Münchner Freiheit, Helene Fischer, Udo Jürgens). The station has not played folk music for several years. Since July 2014 there are almost no more hits.

The identification melody (station ID) from NDR 1 Lower Saxony is a version of the folk song Wandering (also known as Wandering is the miller's lust ) by Wilhelm Müller (audio sample under web links). NDR 1 Niedersachsen is a full program and broadcasts around the clock every day. The ARD hit night is broadcast during the night (10-10 p.m. - 6 a.m.) . The ARD hit night comes every four weeks from one of the state broadcasting houses of the NDR ( NDR 1 Welle Nord (Schleswig-Holstein), NDR 90.3 (Hamburg), NDR 1 Radio MV (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) and NDR 1 Lower Saxony) .


The program was founded when, at the end of the 1970s, the then Christian Democratic state government of Lower Saxony, headed by Ernst Albrecht , began to take action against the NDR , which was then decried as " red radio " for political reasons . By breaking up the national channel NDR 1 / WDR 1 at the time in favor of a Schleswig-Holstein, a Hamburg and a Lower Saxony state program and establishing a Lower Saxony house broadcaster in Hanover, Albrecht hoped for better political control of employees and programs. Accordingly, the station and program acquired the reputation of being close to the CDU.

The program started on January 1, 1981 , was to have a strong regional focus. It is true that the Hanover State Broadcasting House, from which one could most likely have expected reporting from Lower Saxony, had already been founded in 1952. The share of information from Lower Saxony remained low in the entire NDR program (or until 1956 for its predecessor NWDR). The amount of radio information recorded in the NDR program by the Lower Saxony State Broadcasting House on Maschsee even decreased significantly between 1956 and 1977. For the CDU, the weak regional reporting became the main argument for NDR wave and program reform.

NDR 1 Lower Saxony, which was called NDR 1 Radio Lower Saxony until May 13, 2002 , initially developed into a downright failure after its start. 450,000 listeners meant a very small market share of just five percent. Among other things, national and international news was missing at the beginning. The establishment of regional program windows also took several years; The regional studios in Lower Saxony were not adequately strengthened until after 1999 .


Thanks to many powerful basic network transmitters, NDR 1 Lower Saxony can be received via VHF in Lower Saxony , Bremen , Hamburg and partly in Schleswig-Holstein , North Rhine-Westphalia , Saxony-Anhalt , Thuringia and the Netherlands . In addition, the radio program is fed into many cable networks , can be received worldwide via the Internet (live stream, selected programs also as podcasts ) and across Europe via digital satellite ( Astra ). NDR 1 Lower Saxony is broadcast over 18 VHF broadcasting stations throughout Lower Saxony. The station has also been available via DAB + since 2012 .

Using the VHF 98.0 MHz frequency ( Harz-West transmitter in the Upper Harz: 772 m height, 243 m antenna height and a transmission power of 100 kW), NDR 1 Lower Saxony can be reached with good receivers and, if the receiving location is favorable, even in large parts of central Germany (up to approx Leipzig ), as well as in north and east Hesse and in the northern peaks of the Bavarian Rhön and in the Thuringian Forest . In addition, you can hear the program on the FM 91.1 MHz frequency from the Steinkimmen station in almost all of northern Lower Saxony .

Since May 28, 2014, NDR1 Niedersachsen has also been broadcasting from Klieversberg in Wolfsburg, with an output of 100 watts on the VHF frequency 90.4 MHz.


  • Stefan Matysiak: Home for the ears. South Lower Saxony on the radio. In: Stefan Matysiak (ed.): Of brown roots and great simplicity. South Lower Saxony media in the past and present. Norderstedt: BoD, 2014, ISBN 978-3-7347-3375-8 , pp. 210-236.
  • Helmut Volpers / Detlef Schnier / Christian Salwiczek: Programs of the non-commercial local radio stations in Lower Saxony. A program and acceptance analysis. Berlin: Vistas, 2000.
  • Helmut Volpers / Uli Bernhard / Detlef Schnier: Radio landscape Lower Saxony 2009. Structural description and program analysis. Berlin: Vistas, 2010.
  • Fred Bake: Re: NDR, Radio Lower Saxony - the consequences of a program reform. Documentation. Edited by the Industry Union for Media, Printing and Paper, Journalism and Art, Lower Saxony-Bremen District. Hanover: Industry Union for Media, Printing and Paper, Journalism and Art, Lower Saxony-Bremen District, 1989.

Web links

Commons : NDR 1 Niedersachsen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. bpb : From Politics and Contemporary History (1990)
  2. ^ The voices of NDR 1 Lower Saxony. Retrieved January 8, 2016 .
  3. NDR 1 Lower Saxony still number one - NDR.de
  4. Media Analysis 2014 Radio I - NDR.de
  5. Einbecker Morgenpost - Modernize without scaring the listener
  6. Cf. Matysiak (2014): Südniedersachsen im Radio, p. 212f.
  7. Cf. Matysiak (2014): Südniedersachsen im Radio, p. 214.
  8. Cf. Matysiak (2014): Südniedersachsen im Radio, p. 217ff.
  9. ^ Radiowoche.de - NDR1 Lower Saxony with a new VHF frequency in Wolfsburg . Radio.de website. Retrieved February 17, 2015.