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Radio station ( public law )
reception analog terrestrial
Reception area North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
business January 1, 1956 to March 31, 1995
Broadcaster West German Broadcasting Cologne
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WDR 1 was West German Broadcasting’s first radio program from 1956 to 1995 . The station was based in the WDR studios in Cologne and its main broadcasting area was in North Rhine-Westphalia . After extensive restructuring, it is now called 1 Live .


The station was originally the information program of the WDR and combined entertainment and pop music on the one hand with the public service information and educational mission on the other. Instead of a fully formatted program, WDR 1 offered many special interest programs, a high proportion of words and a targeted regional focus.

WDR 1 officially went on air on January 1, 1956, after the regional stations WDR and NDR had been formed from the NWDR . Until the NDR radio programs were reorganized in 1981, WDR 1 and NDR 1 broadcast a joint program that was only temporarily split into regional programs. Relics of these shared broadcasting routes are the news magazines Mittagsecho , Echo des Tages and Reports von heute , which are broadcast to this day, now on WDR 5 , WDR 2 (Reports from Today) and NDR Info (formerly NDR 4). After a reform that preceded the introduction of WDR 4 , WDR 1 became more and more of the youth wave of WDR from the program reform of June 1, 1986 . Up until 1991, an important part of the program was the football coverage with the Bundesliga conference as part of the Saturday edition of sports and music . Programs for older people quickly migrated to the newly created 4th program.

At no time was a traffic service broadcast on WDR 1, which is atypical for the first program of an ARD broadcaster; that was only introduced in 1995 with Eins Live.

With the start of broadcasting of WDR 5 on October 7, 1991, the program of WDR 1 also changed, since all regional and information broadcasts were transferred to the new "NRW wave", as WDR 5 was still called at the time. Since then, WDR 1 was consistently the youth broadcaster of the WDR until it was reformatted in Eins Live . Accordingly, the sports broadcasts were moved to WDR 2's program . WDR 1 continued to take over ARD Popnacht as the night program .

As early as the late afternoon hours, starting with the program Flipp-Zeit , WDR 1 relied on a range of music as far as possible beyond the mainstream , which, however, also required a certain amount of inside knowledge in order to be able to follow these programs with interest. As a result, the station had a certain fan base, but the radio landscape changed in the 1990s with the advent of private radio. This also meant loss of listeners for WDR 1. Since its listeners were also aging continuously, WDR decided to install Eins Live, a “real youth station” - designed for those under 30. That did not go without criticism from the fans of the old WDR 1. In addition, the majority of WDR-1 presenters, such as B. Robert Treutel , no longer employed on the wave because there was no more field of activity for them. Only Alan Bangs kept his mission on night flights at first, but was after half a year by the then Deputy-one live program director and now a deputy WDR radio director Jochen Rausch exempted because he in his mission music of Jacques Brel , Frederic Chopin and Einstürzende Neubauten combined with each other .

The statement that none of the original WDR-1 broadcasts “survived” the introduction of Eins Live applies with one caveat: The program The Hot Number , which was broadcast for one hour every Friday on WDR 1 as part of the Riff format , survived greatly upgraded in the form of the new Domian format , which was broadcast five times a week from the beginning of Eins Live until December 17, 2016 and was mostly even broadcast at the same time on WDR television and, after a broadcast break, today as Domian Live with a slightly different concept is a pure TV show.

The cult moderators of the late WDR 1 included u. a. Wolfgang Roth , Roger Handt , Dave Colman , Alan Bangs , Thomas Hackenberg , Jürgen Domian , Ingo Schmoll , Achim Preikschat, Stefan Kaiser or Stephan Karkowsky .

Program scheme

The last program schedule from October 7, 1991 to March 31, 1995
Time Mondays - Fridays Saturdays Sunday
00:00 ARD pop night ARD pop night ARD pop night
04:55 Morning prayer
05:05 Five past five
05:55 Morning prayer
06:05 Until eight Until nine
08:05 One live One live
09:05 Oldie Show
(with Roger Handt )
11:05 Radio crime Song singers matinee
12:07 Hit chips Schlager rallye
(with Wolfgang Roth )
Radio here
(with Dave Coleman)
15:05 Reef - Wellenbrecher on WDR 1
(with Thomas Hackenberg and Jürgen Domian )
Reef in the ear clip Budengasse
16:05 Flipp-Zeit
(with Robert Treutel , Felix Parbs, Uli Tobinsky today Uli T. Swidler and Siba Shakib )
18:05 Pop Session
(with Andreas Hub, Hans-Holger Knocke, Thomas Koch or Udo Vieth)
London Calling - The British Hit Parade
19:05 Hootchy-Koo
20:05 U1 - entertainment for the first time
  • Monday: cabaret and comedy
  • Tuesday: science and technology
  • Wednesday: finish
  • Thursday: scope
  • Friday: rock 'n' roll
But hello!
(e.g. with Ingo Schmoll)
Ear time
21:05 U1 - entertainment for the first time
  • Tuesday: Soul
  • Thursday: Jazz Forum
  • Friday: sound factory
22:05 U1 - entertainment for the first time
  • Monday: Speakeasy (weekly alternating with Karl Lippegaus and Barbara Gansauge)
  • Tuesday: Scream (with Volkmar Kramarz) alternating fortnightly with graffiti (with Thomas Elbern)
  • Wednesday: Jazz
  • Thursday: Vibrations
    (with Winfrid Trenkler, among others )
  • Friday: Rock Archive
The Alan Bangs Connection oasis

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Personal details : Alan Bangs . In: Der Spiegel . No. 40 , 1995, pp. 284 ( online ).
  2. Kölnische Rundschau: The people are not that stupid. September 9, 2010, accessed December 2, 2014 .