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Infobox radio tower icon
Station logo
Radio station ( public service )
reception terrestrial ( VHF , DAB + ), via satellite ( DVB-S ), as an Internet live stream and in most cable networks (VHF, DVB-C )
Reception area North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
Broadcaster West German Broadcasting Cologne
Program director Jochen Rausch
Intendant Tom Buhrow
Start of transmission April 30, 1950
Program type Service wave , information wave, pop wave
List of radio stations
Logo from 1996 to 2012

WDR 2 is a radio program of the West German Broadcasting Corporation , which describes itself as an "information guide wave". WDR 2 is aimed at a target group of 25 to 59 year olds and reaches an average of around 3.3 million listeners per day. This makes it one of the most listened to radio stations in Germany.

Program profile

Entrance of the broadcasting house on Wallrafplatz

WDR 2 is a news and information channel that belongs to the Adult Contemporary genre. The program is designed to accompany the day, but there is also content - especially in the evening hours - that enable targeted activation. In the daily program, the program offers a change from news, pop and rock music from the last 30 years, current reports, service and entertainment. The word / music share is around 40/60. The program usually contains radio advertising before the full and half an hour. Traffic notices are given every half hour and if necessary. The current claim is “We are the West.” Alternatively, “Information that I need. Music I like. " During the music presentation, “This is WDR 2” (followed by a short medley ) with “This is new on WDR 2” and the title / artist is mentioned.

Angelica Netz has been program director since 2003, her predecessor was Reinhold W. Vogt. Michael Zimmermann is the music director and Sabine Töpperwien has been the sports director since 2001 . Most broadcasts are from the digital WDR 2 program center in the Wallrafplatz radio station in Cologne. The broadcaster has its own hotline that can be reached by email, telephone, fax and, since 2013, also by SMS. The telephone number is free of charge when the listener is called; a Cologne landline number is available for listener inquiries.

WDR 2 is the most successful wave of information in Germany and has 1,118,000 listeners (per hour, Monday to Friday 6 am to 6 pm). According to the current radio media analysis 2014 / II, the station is now the fourth most popular radio station in Germany.

Daily reach, market share, broadest audience and listeners per average hour over the past few years at a glance
Elevation Daily range (Mon-Fri) Market share (Mon-Fri) Widest audience Listeners per average hour (Mon-Fri)
2004 II 695,000
2005 I. 772,000
2005 II 772,000
2006 I. 793,000
2006 II 791,000
2007 I. 774,000
2008 II 2,886,000 3.7% 7,517,000 719,000
2009 I. 2,900,000 3.7% 7,517,000 763,000
2009 II 3,056,000 3.7% 7,786,000 839,000
2010 I. 3,255,000 4.2% 8,234,000 966,000
2010 II 3,395,000 4.0% 8,378,000 1,000,000 (1,004,000) *
2011 I. 3,415,000 8,493,000 962,000 *
2011 II 3,289,000 8,505,000 927,000
2012 I. 3,291,000 8,222,000 932,000
2012 II 3,281,000 8,072,000 972,000
2013 I. 3,239,000 8,375,000 1,027,000
2013 II 3,466,000 8,650,000 979,000
2014 I. 3,687,000 9,058,000 1,030,000
2014 II 3,539,000 9,113,000 1,118,000
2015 I. 3,431,000 9,083,000 1,066,000

Source: ARD-Werbung SALES & SERVICES GmbH


  • Daily range: All people who have listened to the station for at least 15 minutes during the day.
  • Market share: Indicates how large the percentage of the total listening time of all stations in Germany is.
  • Widest audience: all people who state that they have heard this station within the last 14 days (before the time of the survey).
  • Listeners per average hour: Number of listeners reached on average per hour (between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.).

* Compared to the previous media analyzes, the reporting was changed from the 2011 / I analysis: Instead of an average hour between Monday and Saturday, the average number of listeners for an hour between Monday and Friday is given. The comparative data of the previous MA 2010 / II were adjusted accordingly.

Program center

Door sign

The program center of WDR 2 is located in Cologne in the broadcasting house on Wallrafplatz directly in the city center near the cathedral, which was built from April 1948 and embodies the ease of the 1950s in turning away from classicism with curved lines and many areas for incidence of light . Inside there is a paternoster lift , which can only be used by employees. Otherwise normal elevators and a spiral staircase are available.

Entrance to the program center

WDR 2 is located on the third floor, the other floors house the waves WDR 4 and WDR 5 as well as the studios for the cross-channel news. The actual program center, for which the floor was completely gutted and rebuilt at the end of the 1990s, includes four studios, each with their respective control rooms. All rooms are separated from each other by glass windows or portholes, which is why it is also known as the “glass broadcasting house”. Initially there are two actual broadcasting studios, which are built with their backs to one another and operate alternately, so that a seamless transition from broadcasts is guaranteed. In front of these two studios is the arena , a multifunctional broadcasting studio that also has space for viewers so that programs can be broadcast with an audience from here. These include B. Editions of the music quiz Yesterday or music recordings. A fourth studio is a little further away from the newsroom, the news studio that has been in operation since 2001. The hotline, for which three reception and workplaces are available, is located in the immediate vicinity of the broadcasting studios. The desk room is located between the hotline and the broadcasting studios , an area manned around the clock for the current editorial team with computer workstations and a long table for editorial conferences. The individual editorial rooms are located around the studios along two corridors.

View of a broadcasting studio.
Moderator's seat in the broadcast studio.

As part of the Radio 2020 project , WDR 2 left the Funkhaus on Wallrafplatz by 2014 and moved to the WDR Arkaden a little further west in downtown Cologne. The 1LIVE radio station (moving in April 2012) and the Cologne editorial team of the multicultural radio program COSMO are already located there in the 1LIVE building. Together with WDR 5, WDR 2 moves into the news house there . The broadcasters WDR 3 and WDR 4 will then reside in the old broadcasting house, which is being converted into a cultural center.

Due to its position as an information beacon, WDR 2 would be switched off last by all WDR programs in the event of a crisis.

The program sequence is predominantly digitized, only for some music recordings in the context of the musical evening programs, records are used. Otherwise, a completely digitized system is available; Dira from VCS is used as the transmission system - on-air control is available for the transmission sequence control .

Historical development

Historical overview up to the mid-1990s

The program originated on April 30, 1950 during the NWDR era. This public broadcaster had been responsible for the British zone of occupation since 1946. After the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany, the NWDR initially broadcast a joint program on medium wave for the federal states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein as well as for West Berlin . Since the Copenhagen Wave Conference of 1948 left defeated Germany only a few medium-wave frequencies that were easy to receive, alternatives were sought in Germany. After the introduction of VHF technology in 1950, the NWDR, headquartered in Hamburg, broadcast two VHF programs in addition to its medium wave program - VHF North and VHF West - from which NDR 2 and WDR 2 later grew .

During these early years, the oldest radio programs still on the program in Germany were created. For example, the regional program Between Rhine and Weser , which VHF-West has broadcast since April 30, 1950 and which was only discontinued in May 2017. This also applies to the Mittagsmagazin , which was broadcast for the first time on February 1, 1965 in the "Second Program of West German Broadcasting" - as WDR 2 was officially called in the 1960s. The program ran from 1:05 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The moderator of the first program was Walter Hahn , who, together with Dieter Thoma (later WDR radio editor -in- chief ), is considered to be the “inventor” of this archetype of all current radio magazines in Germany. The first editor-in-chief was Hellmut Prinz, who came from Saarland radio . The midday magazine was an instant success and after a few months it had an audience rate of over 50 percent. As a result of this encouragement, from February 13, 1967, the noon magazine was supplemented by the morning magazine (6:05 am to 8:45 am). The first moderators were Gisela Marx and Reinhard Münchenhagen .

After WDR 2 was dominated by current magazines and modern light music in the 1960s, the program was gradually expanded to the current wave of popular rock and pop music from the mid-1970s. Programs such as In Between moderated by Michael Rüsenberg , Vibrations and Rock in moderated by Winfrid Trenkler , Schlager rallye moderated by Wolfgang Neumann , later Robert Treutel and Wolfgang Roth (later on WDR 1), disco in WDR with Mal Sondock , were legendary in the program of this time . the oldie show and later Yesterday with Roger Handt , the Dave Colman show , the broadcast Five After Seven - Radio Library or Free Ride into the Weekend ' on Saturday morning. For many years, Adolf "Buddha" Krämer was the music editor of the Schlager rallye and the midday magazine .

Between 1974 and 1994 Carmen Thomas hosted Hallo Ü-Wagen , the first co-op broadcast on the radio, in which for 20 years she interviewed people live with experts and the audience on everyday and taboo topics suggested by the audience.

From the mid-1980s, there was constant internal competition between the two waves WDR 1 and WDR 2 for young listeners, as WDR 2 was the actual youth broadcaster of the WDR until then. There were also many moderators at that time who could be heard on both channels. Already since the summer of 1986, and even more so since October 1991, WDR 2 had to share this target group with WDR 1, which was already a bit more "youthful" in its orientation. The young listeners of the 1970s and 1980s correspond to the target group of today's station.

Following decision by the Broadcasting Council also were from 1987 radio advertisements in WDR 2 introduced, leading to difficult policy discussions.

In 1991, the program Sport und Musik , which had previously been broadcast on WDR 1 and broadcast the Bundesliga and the ARD final conference, was included in WDR 2's program by WDR 1.

After WDR 1 was converted into the new youth wave Eins Live on April 1, 1995 due to dwindling ratings , WDR 2 positioned itself as a consequence in several steps to today's service and above all information wave of WDR.

1995 to 2005

The newly introduced logo after the program reform in 1995 with the claim "Der Sender."

On January 2, 1995, an extensive program reform took place at WDR 2. The station has been expanded to become the current information wave of the WDR: In contrast to Eins Live, WDR 2 became a news, information and service program with a musical element. At the same time, with a new overall appearance for the WDR, the right-angled logo and the claim "WDR 2 - The Sender." During this time, for example, the program Westzeit (broadcast from Dortmund) was created and the regional news from the then NRW-Welle WDR Radio 5 (today WDR 5 ) was taken over and introduced. During the day, a short after half past two to four minutes switched to the individual regional studios of the WDR. Another innovation was the standardization of the evening programs from 7:20 p.m. In addition, the previously legendary double moderation in the morning magazine was abolished.

In 1998 the orientation was continued as an information program and the news magazine was introduced. These were WDR 2's own messages, which were initially broadcast every two hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week. During the rest of the time, the centrally produced WDR news continued to be broadcast. Compared to the other WDR news, an essential component was contributions in the form of original sounds as a recording, hence the name "O-Ton-Nachrichten".

The logo after the program reform of March 2005.

At the beginning of 2000 there were further changes. The broadcast time signal , Was from 19:05, was in the programs of WDR 3 laid and and WDR Radio 5 with the date created a new series with a view of historical content at WDR second In addition, the jingles were changed a little, the addition “The Sender” was dropped at the end and the name of the presenter of the show was used instead. In the following years, the claim was used in a partially modified way, for example with the addition “The Essentials” as part of an image campaign in print media in 2003. The independent news magazine was abolished and instead there was every one from 8 a.m. Monday to Friday Hour wave-own news. Since 2001 there has been a separate news studio in the WDR-2 program center.

2005 to 2013

Another program reform was carried out on March 1, 2005, during which a completely new on-air design was introduced. The jingles were kept more general from now on, so that the name of the moderator was no longer mentioned. The claim “Der Sender.” Was retained and was supplemented by the addition “Listening to life”, which was not used permanently. Since then, station voices have been Karsten Klaue († 11/2014) and Marion von Stengel. Since the program reform, separate messages have been sent every hour between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., on weekends from 8 a.m. Incidentally, the regional news was brought to a uniform length of three minutes every half hour. Another change was that from that date no longer the West time , but the shipment between the Rhine and Weser from the Studio Dortmund is sent. Nightlife was introduced as a new broadcast during the night from Saturday to Sunday, but was discontinued in mid-2007.

In mid-April 2007 the program was redesigned over the weekend. The Westzeit and the midday magazine compact on Saturday as well as the program Der Sonntag on Sunday morning were canceled. For this purpose, two personality shows were introduced from 9:05 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Bug on Saturday , moderated by Thomas Bug on Saturday , and Matuschik on Sunday with Matthias Matuschik on Sunday . The start of the Liga Live broadcast on Saturday was brought forward to 2:05 p.m. At the beginning of January 2008, Matuschik am Sonntag was replaced by the content-related program Zwei am Sonntag (since August 2009: WDR 2 am Sonntag ). Instead Bug on Saturday running since March 2008. The Saturday (since August 2009: WDR 2 on Saturday ).

On May 5, 2008, the music programs in the evening were given the uniform name music club and the station's own messages were extended to 8 p.m. In addition, new openers were introduced for the programs and a separate traffic jingle was introduced.

Since September 2008 - especially in the programs Yesterday and Musikclub-Classics  - individual music tracks have been recorded from the record using the EMT 948 .

On January 2, 2009, WDR 2 discontinued its own night program and instead took over ARD Popnacht , which it only continued to produce itself on Mondays and Wednesdays.

From around 2010 they began to realign the music selection in the daily program. In the previous years, the focus was increasingly on music titles that were not yet familiar to the general public and those that were well received by critics, thus creating a counterpoint to the only private competitor radio NRW that could be received nationwide . From now on, the use of titles whose acceptance had previously been adequately ensured in surveys was increasingly practiced. In this context, the rotation was narrowed significantly and the focus was increasingly on current music in order to do justice to the model of the average listener who spends less than an hour at a time on the radio, but wants to hear his favorite tracks during this time.

On January 2, 2011, WDR 2 left the ARD Popnacht and has since taken over NDR 2's night program with the joint title NDR 2 and WDR 2: Die Nacht . In addition, it radiates 1:00 to 5:00 the hourly radio news of the NDR from. This means that WDR radio does not broadcast its own live program on any of its waves at night.

On January 17th, 2011 the homepage of WDR 2 received a complete revision. The main innovation was the greater integration of current news - including from the Tagesschau homepage  - so that it is now more of a news portal than a representation of the station. Almost all contributions to the program can be heard online again since the revision.

Since March 2011 WDR 2 has been broadcasting exclusively from Cologne, the Dortmund studio is now used by WDR 4.

From January 9, 2012, the regional news in the program was renewed after 13 years and is now called NRW Infos . In terms of time, the broadcasts were reduced to the hourly times Monday to Friday only between 6:31 and 9:31 a.m. and between 2:31 p.m. and 5:31 p.m. and on Saturdays between 7:31 a.m. and 10:31 a.m. In terms of content, there is a restriction to a few topics instead of many individual short messages. Instead, more live reports, background reports, comments and surveys are sent. From Monday to Friday, twice a day (2:31 p.m. and 5:31 p.m.), only one topic is dealt with, for which two and a half minutes are a little more time than usual. On Saturday there will be information especially about the weekend in the respective region with event information. The name changed to "WDR 2 for ..." (for example: "... the Münsterland").

With the start of the 2012/13 season of the Bundesliga , the content of the Liga Live program has been revised. A total of 75 minutes of live reports from the stadiums are now provided and less music is played. The messages previously sent at 4:00 p.m. will be postponed to the end of the half-time break. The NRW teams are also moving more into focus. The teams are now accompanied by their own WDR reporters for all away games and there are only conferences between the western clubs during the season.

Since the beginning of September 2012, after 16 years, a new logo has existed for the external appearance, which is based on the also newly introduced corporate design of the WDR. The previously typical blue triangular emblem of the WDR and the claim are omitted from the illustration. Instead, a pure word mark with a trapezoidal bar with a “2” can be seen. The latter is kept in the red color of the radio station.

2013 to 2017

A program reform took place on January 28, 2013, which affected the transmission routes of the daily program from Monday to Friday. The previously used continuous program structure with morning magazine (from 5:05 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.), Westzeit (from 9:05 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.), midday magazine (from 12:05 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and Zwischen Rhein and Weser (from 3:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), in which the individual programs were still in the foreground, was given up in favor of a tripartite division. The morning magazine now lasts an hour longer (5:05 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), the programs Westzeit , Mittagsmagazin and Zwischen Rhein und Weser have merged into two new programs: under the motto “Always good through the day with WDR 2” first new transmission route 10:05 a.m. to 14:00 and includes from 12:05 noon magazine . The second takes place under the motto "With WDR 2 in the evening" from 2:05 pm to 7:00 pm and includes from 4:05 pm between the Rhine and Weser . The on-air design has also been revised with new jingles, drops and underlays while retaining the station voice introduced in spring 2005. The slogan "WDR 2 - Der Sender.", Which has been used for 18 years, is no longer used. Instead, various terms are used with reference to the station name, such as "Always your music." WDR 2. "or" Always well informed. WDR 2. "

The sound logo (three-tone sound) can only be partially heard. The programs no longer begin with the name of the program, but rather by means of "WDR 2 with ..." naming the respective moderator and a short moderated introduction on the topics of the next hour on a music bed. Then comes a jingle with the link “Always well informed. WDR 2 ... “This is followed by the name of the respective program.

In mid-August 2013 there was a reorganization of the evening program as well as changes to the football show Liga Live : After Yesterday was discontinued due to Roger Handt's age-related retirement, the newly created show Guest at Tobias Häusler and Guest at Thomas Bug will alternate weekly on Saturday . The newly created evening music journalistic programs WDR 2 Made in Germany , WDR 2 Lounge , WDR 2 Heart of Rock and WDR 2 Trends , which replace the music club introduced in 2008, were given a stronger subdivision . The broadcast Liga Live was supplemented by social radio . From now on, football fans listening to the radio can use this platform to exchange ideas, ask the reporters in the stadiums questions or take part in the events via Twitter. In the studio, the social radio reporters observe the discussions on the Internet and bring the topics into the broadcast.

In 2015 there were again some changes. At the beginning of the year, the program Der Tag was abolished and the afternoon program was extended to 7 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays, Liga Live or the sports time was extended to 7 p.m. In April 2015, the program Zu Gast bei ... was discontinued and it was replaced by the programs Nachspiel from 6 to 8 p.m. and Alles BUG! from 8 p.m. to midnight. The latter is designed and moderated by Thomas Bug . In April 2015, Tobias Häusler succeeded Christine Westermann in Montalk, who had given up moderating the same in December 2014. From April 2015, the Montalk program also included the element from As a guest at ... , that the guest can choose the music. The satirical broadcast WDR2 encore moved to Friday evening and from now on only lasts one hour from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. In return, the concert recordings from the WDR2 In Concert series were returned to their original slot on Sunday evening at 11:05 p.m.

Since April 2015 David Annel is the new station Voice of the station.

Since 2017

On May 29, 2017, WDR 2 was repositioned. The program was fundamentally revised. Programs such as WDR 2 MonTalk and WDR 2 Arena have been canceled. World time has been moved to Sunday and now runs for four hours from 8 p.m. to midnight. New is the program WDR 2 Jörg Thadeusz , which is presented by the eponymous presenter for one hour from Monday to Thursday. This is followed by WDR 2 POP! until 11:30 p.m. with moderators Michael Gebhart and Mike Litt , as well as moderators Steffi Klaus and Conni Wonigeit.

The WDR 2 midday magazine was reactivated and is now broadcast on weekdays from 1pm to 3pm. The moderators of the two-hour program are Marlis Schaum and Jascha Habeck. As a result, the newly named program WDR 2 Der Morgen (before: WDR 2 The Fresh Start to the Day ) lasts from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. In the course of this change, presenter Uwe Schulz left the station for WDR 5, Jan-Malte Andresen from the afternoon switched for him. Thorsten Schorn supports the team in the afternoon. After 9 a.m. follows WDR 2 The Morning . In addition, presenter Steffi Neu got her own format on Saturday with WDR 2 Die Steffi-Neu-Show . The broadcast runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., before WDR 2 Saturday Live , otherwise WDR 2 Liga Live , is moderated by Sven Pistor or Michael Dietz when there is no football .


Today's programming



The Arena , the third studio, which also broadcasts Yesterday (Saturday) or Arena (Thursday) programs.

The daily program is characterized by four broadcast routes from Monday to Friday, so it is primarily not about individual programs. The morning comprises four hours from 5:04 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (WDR 2 Der Morgen) . The main content is quick, up-to-date information about what is happening at night and an outlook on the topics of the day. In terms of content, interviews, hands-on activities and service are primarily offered. The morning broadcast is four hours from 9:04 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (WDR 2 The Morning) . Central elements are interviews, reports and background reports on important topics of the day. Radio chef Helmut Gote is also a frequent guest. The afternoon extends over six hours or seven hours on Fridays, which are divided into two programs. The reactivated lunchtime magazine runs from 1:04 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It provides current information, a lot of background and, above all, classifications. After that - from 3:04 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Fridays 8:00 p.m.) - follows the afternoon (WDR 2 The Afternoon) , the content of which is updated as well as suggestions for the evening (culture, service) and entertainment through comedy .

From Monday to Thursday runs between 19:04 and 20 pm, the talk show Jörg Thadeusz which the same Moderator is presented. Thadeusz always broadcasts from the ARD capital studio in Berlin.

Most of the previous evening programs were canceled or were given a new slot. From Monday to Friday from 8:04 p.m. WDR 2 POP! . This magazine picks up on current trends in music, but also presents the songs that shaped people in the past.

The program is rounded off from Monday to Friday with reports from today from 11:30 p.m. to midnight, alternating weekly from WDR and NDR.

On Saturday afternoon, following the morning broadcast 2 Steffi-New Show / The Saturday show WDR the mission from 14:04 Saturday Live at the current Bundesliga Match broadcast. In the evening WDR 2 Hausparty , the radio show with Johannes Simon or Michael Westerhoff, can be heard.

Since January 17, 2018, WDR 2 has been taking over ARD Popnacht from Südwestrundfunk , produced by SWR3, as part of a restructuring of the night programs .

On Sunday from 8:04 a.m. there will be the talk show Sunday Questions , from 9:04 a.m. WDR 2 Die Sonntagsshow will follow . From 2:04 p.m. the broadcast WDR 2 Sonntag Live will be broadcast with information and entertainment content as well as reports from the Sunday games of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga and other sporting events. In the evening from 8:04 p.m., WDR 2 Weltzeit will follow - on its new slot . Then NDR 2 and WDR 2: Die Nacht will run again .

Individual shipments

WDR 2 The morning

From July 4, 2016 to May 28, 2017, a new morning program was broadcast on weekdays from 5:04 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., which only bore the name The fresh start to the day with WDR 2 . Since then, the addition of the morning magazine has been dispensed with. The show is moderated alternately by Sabine Heinrich , Uwe Schulz and Stefan Vogt. The co-moderators Fabian Raphael, Birthe Sönnichsen and Conny Raupold, who are primarily responsible for the traffic information and the weather report and also report major disruptions in the NRW rail traffic, have been put at their side. In addition, the so-called sidekicks also have an eye on the sender's Facebook page and their e-mail inbox, so that listeners are involved in the program on certain topics.

On May 29, 2017, the program was changed slightly so that the renamed program, now WDR 2 Der Morgen , only runs until 9:00 a.m. In addition, Jan-Malte Andresen took over from Uwe Schulz, who left WDR 2 and joined the team of moderators at WDR 5 at the end of July 2017. There was also a change in the so-called sidekicks . From now on, Conny Raupold will moderate with Andresen. Birthe Sönnichsen and Stefan Vogt left the program at the end of November 2018.

WDR 2 the morning

This new broadcasting route has been available since January 28, 2013, replacing the Westzeit program, including the midday magazine and starting an hour later. In terms of content, nothing fundamental has changed compared to the West . The WDR 2 Cabaret section (until 2005: U-Punkt ) continues to be broadcast at 10:50 a.m. , alternating daily with Wilfried Schmickler (Mondays), Nils Heinrich (Tuesdays), Fritz Eckenga (Wednesdays), Dieter Nuhr (Thursdays) as well as the breakfast break with Jürgen Becker and Didi Jünemann (on Fridays). Previously, Gerburg Jahnke , Eckart von Hirschhausen , Herbert Knebel , Volker Pispers and the series Stenkelfeld could be heard on this slot .

From 2016 to 2017, the name Mittagsmagazin no longer appeared. Like the morning show with Steffi Neu , Jürgen Meier and Jörg Thadeusz , the show has three permanent presenters and was only called Mit WDR 2 through the day .

Since May 2017, the former program Mit WDR 2 has been running smoothly through the day - now WDR 2 Der Morgen - from 9:04 a.m. to 1 p.m. The place of Jörg Thadeusz, who got his own talk show, was also taken over by Johannes Simon.

WDR 2 the afternoon

From the end of January 2013 to 2017 there was the new broadcasting route, which replaces the program Between the Rhine and Weser , Der Tag and part of the midday magazine . It contained at 14:50 quintessential tips and trends and at 18:40 the WDR 2 date .

Until 2016, part of the program (from 4 p.m.) was run under the name WDR 2 between the Rhine and Weser . In addition, there have also been permanent presenters in this program since July 2016, specifically Gudrun Höpker, Thomas Bug , Jan Malte Andresen and Stefan Quoos.

Since May 2017 the program has been called (formerly: With WDR 2 in the evening ) WDR 2 Der Afternoon . With the exception of Jan Malte Andresen, the program retains the permanent moderators and runs according to the WDR 2 midday magazine from 3:04 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or on Fridays until 8:00 p.m.). Andresen, who switched to the morning program, will also be replaced by Thorsten Schorn , who switched from 1 Live to WDR 2. In addition, Gudrun Höpker left the station in the course of 2017, since then the afternoon program has usually been moderated by Bug, Schorn and Quoos and occasionally by Marco Schreyl.

WDR 2 The midday magazine

As part of the realignment in May 2017, the old WDR 2 midday magazine was reactivated and runs from 1:04 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the moderators Marlis Schaum, Ralph Günther and Jascha Habeck.

Today's reports

Today's reports have been on the air since January 2, 1979. The program, which is produced on a weekly basis with the NDR , offers a half-hour summary of the most important daily events from Monday to Friday from 11:30 p.m. without interruptions due to music tracks. The program also runs on the channels WDR 5 , NDR Info and the national programs of the NDR .

WDR 2 on Saturday

The Saturday morning was moderated by Steffi Neu and Uwe Schulz alternately from 9:04 a.m. to 2 p.m. in May 2017 and was designed as an interactive program in which messages can be sent to the moderator directly in the studio via the homepage as an opportunity to contact and participate could. Often a topic was part of the entire program. Fixed content included cooking with Helmut Gote , several satire series and a celebrity quiz. The moderator spoke to a prominent personality, but the name of his counterpart was not revealed. It was the task of the audience to recognize the celebrity by his voice and his story. In addition, there were also political topics and interviews on current events, especially in the lunchtime.

The show was first broadcast on April 21, 2007. It was called Bug on Saturday until March 1, 2008 and was moderated by Thomas Bug . From April 2008 to August 2009, the program ran under the name of Saturday .

Since May 29, 2017, the show has been called WDR 2 Die Steffi Neu Show . It is moderated by the moderator of the same name, Steffi Neu. The ideas of the former broadcast WDR 2 on Saturday were adopted. If other presenters come to the microphone on a Saturday at the same time, the program is then called “The Saturday Show”.

Sunday questions and WDR 2 on Sunday

On Sunday morning, moderated Gisela Steinhauer 8:04 to 9:00 the Sunday issues in which she talks with her guests about the meaning and questions of life: "calmly, interested and with lots of humor," as her Grimme Jury certified which Gisela Steinhauer awarded the German Radio Prize in 2012 .

Before that - as a counterpart to the weekday (5:55 am or 6:20 am) church in WDR 2 - at 7:45 am, the short article Listen to the program.

On Sunday morning, an entertainment program is from 9:05 to 14:00 with content such as the interview in a Paternoster, a book presentation with Christine Westermann , the music consulting , as well as radio quarks with Ranga Yogeshwar , the content on the TV show quarks and Co build .

Until December 2007 Matthias Matuschik hosted the show, which until then was called Matuschik am Sonntag . From January 2008 to August 2009 the program ran under the name Zwei am Sonntag based on the changing line-up of presenters with Jürgen Mayer and Heike Knispel. Since Knispel left WDR 4 , the program has been presented by him or other moderators.

The Sunday show

On May 29, 2017, WDR 2 Die Sonntagsshow was launched on WDR 2 radio, a new format that will be broadcast on Sunday morning and moderated by Marco Schreyl .

League live and sports time

Every Saturday from 2:04 p.m. to 6 p.m., the games of the 1st Bundesliga are in the foreground as part of Liga Live . WDR 2 is the host and control center of the ARD Bundesliga conference , all other ARD broadcasters take over the half-time conference from 4:08 p.m. and the final conference from 4:55 p.m. On Fridays, Liga Live runs from 7:05 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., on Sundays the reports from the sport are integrated into the afternoon program from 2:05 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Bundesliga conference has around 10 million listeners nationwide.

In addition, there are special programs when teams from the coverage area important matches in the UEFA Champions League contest (Champions League live) , or if games in German Cup queue (DFB Cup live) .

To play free weekends in the Bundesliga, for example during the summer break, running instead Liga Live the sports time . Since May 29, 2017, the program has been called WDR 2 Saturday Live or WDR 2 Sonntag Live , since other content will also be included in the program in the future.

On the occasion of the awarding of the first German Radio Prize on September 17, 2010, Liga Live received an award in the “Best Sports Format” category.

The content of the broadcast has been revised for the 2012/13 Bundesliga season (see above ).

Since the program reform of May 29, 2017, the programs have only been moderated by Sven Pistor and Michael Dietz.

Evening music shows

Since May 2017, the program WDR 2 Jörg Thadeusz with the host of the same name Jörg Thadeusz has been running from Monday to Thursday evenings from 7:04 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Everything that moves the West is discussed there: In interviews, in disputes, together with listeners and experts, as well as prominent guests. Thus, the program is based on the former program WDR 2 MonTalk . From 8:04 p.m. WDR 2 POP will follow on weekdays ! until 11:30 p.m. The show is moderated by Michael Gebhart, Mike Litt and Steffi Klaus. The cultural scenes in the west are illuminated and everything is presented that is pop culture and exciting: books, films, series, exhibitions and much more. In addition, the WDR 2 encore I can hear a lot of comedy there.

The Saturday evening ends with the WDR 2 house party, which can be heard from 6:04 p.m. and is moderated by Johannes Simon and Michael Westerhoff. Since late summer 2017, the two have also been supported by Conni Wonigeit as the third moderator.

On Sunday evening, WDR 2 Weltzeit starts at 8:04 p.m. and has four hours of broadcasting time on its new slot. The program is no longer moderated by Horst Kläuser , who also left the station, but alternately by Ralph Günther and the morning sidekicks Conny Raupold, Fabian Raphael, the editors Carsten Manz, Stephan Laack, Phillipp Ruhmhardt and Tobias Altehenger and, since August 2017, the presenter Laura-Fabienne Schneider-Mombaur.

Former broadcasts

Western time

The West time could be heard from the year 1995 up to 2013 from Monday to Friday from 9:05 am to 12 pm as a "morning-Boulevard" on WDR second The program mainly included service topics on medicine, psychology, law (with Wolfgang Büser ), cooking ( Simply Gote! With Helmut Gote), tips for the car, garden and life. In addition, at 9:40 a.m., the deadline was regularly heard, when a historical event was remembered. Further content was the CD of the week , the current weather, DVD and cinema tips and competitions.

Since January 28, 2013, the western time as such can no longer be heard because the structure of the daily program has been changed.

Lunchtime magazine

The midday magazine was first broadcast on February 2, 1965 and ran Monday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., then from 12:05 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and after the introduction of the consumer program Quintessenz in 1972 from 12 : 5 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. From the mid-1990s to 2005, there was also a midday magazine compact on Saturdays with reduced airtime.

This program focuses on political and economic topics from all over the world. Correspondent reports, interviews, reports and comments on current events alternate with light music. The concept for the broadcast was developed by the former radio editor-in-chief Dieter Thoma and the later head of the Brussels studio, Walter Hahn . Moderators of the show were initially Dieter Thoma and Helmut Prinz and later Kurt Gerhardt, Klaus Jürgen Haller, Rolf Buttler and finally some female journalists, including Gisela Marx. The show became the most popular radio show on the WDR and a model for almost all other West German broadcasters, which mostly took similar magazine programs into their programs in the course of the 1970s.

Since 2015, the name Mittagsmagazin no longer appears in the WDR 2 program. From the end of May 2017, a new broadcasting schedule will apply at WDR 2, in which the "Mittagsmagazin" will be reactivated.

Between the Rhine and the Weser

With the start of broadcasting on April 30, 1950, Zwischen Rhein und Weser is one of the oldest programs on German radio. It was broadcast from Monday to Friday from 3:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., until 2005 only until 5:00 p.m.

The focus is primarily on topics from and around North Rhine-Westphalia.

As of January 28, 2013, Between Rhine and Weser will be the subtitle of the broadcast “With WDR 2 in the evening” (2–7 pm).


Yesterday , the oldie quiz on WDR 2, emerged in 1995 from the oldie show that started in 1986 . It was broadcast every Saturday evening between 7:05 p.m. and 10 p.m. In addition to music requests, the content included two quiz game rounds, which alternated weekly and dealt with questions from music, sport, politics and current affairs from the last few decades. Four listeners who played by phone had the opportunity to win concert tickets or CDs. Once a month the program came with studio guests from the so-called "WDR 2-Arena", the largest room in the WDR 2 program center. The author and presenter of the program was Roger Handt , who was sometimes represented by Detlev Steinmetz.

The last edition of Yesterday ran on March 30, 2013, and the presenter Roger Handt retired.

The day

WDR2 The day started with the program reform in 1995 initially as a subtitle for Zwischen Rhein & Weser in the last hour of broadcast from 6 to 7 p.m. From 2000 the show became independent and lasted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In 2005 the program was shortened to one hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. At the turn of the year 2014/15, the program, which in recent years had also been broadcast on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays that were not in the Bundesliga, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The content of the broadcast was classic radio with reports and summaries of the day. On weekdays, these are now broadcast as part of the extended afternoon route with WDR2 in the evening .

Visiting Tobias Häusler and Visiting Thomas Bug

The program “ Guest at Tobias Häusler” and “ Guest at Thomas Bug” came on Saturday evening from 7:05 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. In the first hour, the evening's top game in the Bundesliga was the focus. Afterwards, a celebrity was a guest of the moderators Thomas Bug or Tobias Häusler. The concept was that the listeners got to know the guest through their favorite music, which they selected in advance. The first broadcast took place on August 10, 2013 and Armin Maiwald was the guest . On March 28, 2016, it ran out with a final best of .

Evening music shows

The evening programs from 7:04 p.m. were more subdivided until May 2017: On Mondays, the MonTalk was broadcast with Matthias Bongard or Gisela Steinhauer, in which two-hour interviews with well-known personalities were carried out. The evening program also featured the Weltzeit program on Tuesdays with reports from abroad, on Wednesdays the service time on consumer issues and on Thursday the arena as a call-in broadcast from 7:04 p.m. On Friday evening, the Liga Live broadcast came with the Bundesliga match on Friday - short sports reports were on offer every weekday at 10.30 p.m., which will continue to be broadcast after the program change in May 2017. This was followed by a pure music program from Monday to Thursday at 9:04 p.m., with a different motto every day. On Fridays from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm the satire of the encore was broadcast.

Until May 2017, music journalistic formats with interviews and music reviews were broadcast during the week from 9:04 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., each devoted to a specific topic. On Mondays, WDR 2 Made in Germany was about rock and pop music that is sung in German or that originated in Germany. The music scene in North Rhine-Westphalia was also part of the event, where the young band will be presented. On Tuesday, the focus in WDR 2 Lounge was on soul classics, electronic chillout music and other songs to relax and unwind. The Wednesday evening belonged to rock music with WDR 2 Heart of Rock . The spectrum ranged from rock classics to songs by new talents, from alternative to classic. Live recordings from the Rockpalast were also included . On Thursday, WDR 2 Trends was about new songs and albums. There were also interviews, background information and the presentation of current music trends. New books and DVDs were also presented. On Sunday evening from 8:04 p.m. to midnight in WDR 2 Classics , the music of past decades was remembered.

The predecessors of the programs were the music club from 2008 to 2013, where there was also a thematic focus depending on the day of the week, the WDR 2 sound files from 2001 to 2008 and WDR 2 Roxy from 1995 to 2001.


As part of the encore , which was broadcast on Saturday evening from 10:05 p.m. to 1 a.m., current events of the week were satirically processed. In the meantime, the program could only be heard in a much shortened form on Friday evening, but since August 12, 2006, it has been broadcast on Saturdays again and for three hours.

Since January 2015, the encore has only been broadcast from 10 p.m. to midnight; on April 1, 2015, the time slot was moved to Friday at 10:30 p.m. Due to the program change on May 29, 2017, the WDR 2 encore lost its slot. The encore is now available online on Friday at 2 p.m. at www.wdr2.de. In addition, small excerpts are shown on weekdays in the program WDR 2 POP! .


WDR news

Since June 2016, WDR2 has also been taking over the new central news broadcast by WDR under the WDR Aktuell brand . These are produced using the so-called timeshift process and usually last 4 minutes. The waves WDR 2, 3, 4 and 5 can then broadcast them as required. On weekdays, on the one hand, a main spokesman comes from the team of the former WDR 2-Nachrichten, and on the other, a headline spokesperson, who usually comes from the WDR speaker ensemble. During the rest of the time, WDR Aktuell is read in full by a member of the WDR speaker ensemble.

Local time on WDR 2

Since 4 July 2016 WDR sends two weekdays under the (chrono graphically not quite correct) Motto Always at half - from six to six between 6:31 and 17:31 the local time on WDR 2 . Since December 13, 2016, the phrase Always at half past. From your region has been used. A short magazine window is broadcast from the individual state studios - with the placement of the placemark - summarizing the current topics. Local news is not broadcast on weekends and bank holidays.

In contrast to VHF, since July 6, 2020, all local times can be received nationwide via DAB +.

region WDR studio RDS -Kennung DAB + identifier
Aachen region Aachen WDR 2 AC WDR 2 Aachen
Region Düsseldorf / Niederrhein / western Ruhr area Düsseldorf / Essen (alternating) WDR 2 RR WDR 2 Rhine-Ruhr
Cologne / Bonn / Rhine-Sieg region Cologne WDR 2 K WDR 2 Cologne
Bergisches Land region Wuppertal WDR 2 W WDR 2 Wuppertal
Dortmund / eastern Ruhr region Dortmund WDR 2 DO WDR 2 Dortmund
South Westphalia region Wins WDR 2 SI WDR 2 wins
Münsterland region Muenster WDR 2 MS WDR 2 Münster
East Westphalia-Lippe region Bielefeld WDR 2 BI WDR 2 Bielefeld

The window programs began on June 4, 1984 on WDR 1 and were transferred to WDR 5 on October 7, 1991, and to WDR 2 on January 2, 1995. Initially there were five (Bielefeld, Münster, Essen, Düsseldorf, Cologne) December 1987 eight (also Aachen, Wuppertal, Siegen). In 1995 Dortmund was added; for this, Essen and Düsseldorf were merged in 1999.

Traffic information

Traffic notices have been part of the WDR 2 program for over 30 years. They are currently broadcast twice an hour, usually after the news on the hour and at half past one. The exception is the broadcast Liga Live on Saturday, where due to the Bundesliga conference at 5 p.m., the information comes at around 4:50 p.m. before the advertisement. Current warning messages are also brought before or after a program or between two music tracks during the current program; the program is interrupted immediately for reports about wrong- way drivers .

During the day and in the evening, the reports were spoken by the presenter of the respective program without a music bed until January 27, 2013; since the start of the new on-air design, there has also been background music here. The information comes from the traffic department of the WDR in Dortmund (also: WDR traffic studio ), which falls back on the traffic situation service of the police , the ADAC and observations of the listeners (WDR traffic jam alarm) . A separate observation aircraft has also been available for this purpose since summer 2006.

In the night program of WDR 2 there is the traffic service as part of the ARD Popnacht from SWR 3 .

On air design

The claim from March 2005 with poster

The current on-air design , i.e. the sound image of WDR 2 with its specific jingles , drops and underlays, has been in use since the program reform in January 2013. It was produced by WDR itself.

Since 1995 the slogan "WDR 2 - Der Sender" has been used as the main claim . In the years that followed, there were always changes to it, sometimes in connection with independent print and poster campaigns. In the years from 1995 onwards there was sometimes the addition “Just so you know.” And in 2003 the addition “The essentials.”. As of 2005, the full claim was “Hear life. WDR 2 - The transmitter. ". As of spring 2008, additions with the word “Always” were added and used depending on the situation (for example “Always for NRW. WDR 2 - The transmitter.” Or “Always your music. WDR 2 - The transmitter.”). Since 2013, after 18 years, the slogan “Der Sender.” Has not been used any more, instead “Always well informed” or “Always your music.” Are used. In addition to the central slogans, there are various jingles for certain occasions such as Easter or Christmas or for certain activities such as B. the apprenticeship exchange. In addition, a few months ago the jingle “XXL” was introduced, which announces pieces of music that are longer than 5 minutes in the daily program.

As part of the on-air design, WDR 2 had a sound logo for many years, consisting of a musical wave (three-tone sound). Since the new On Air design in 2013, this sound can only be heard on some elements.

The station voices since 2005 were Karsten Klaue († 11/2014) and Marion von Stengel. Her predecessor was Mario Grete (1995 to 2005). Karsten Klaue's voice could be heard until April 2015. David Annel has been the new Voice station since April 11, 2015.

Compared to other public service waves, but especially to private broadcasters, the very economical use of underlays is striking. Since 1998, the only recurring underlay has been the background music for the weather report at the end of the station's own news , back then as part of the news magazine that was broadcast every two hours . Contributions in the form of interviews, reports or reports are always free from underlays. Since 2007, however, underlayers have been available for a city for rather "casual" topics such as the weather interview or own events such as WDR 2 .

For the on-air design at WDR 2, the editorial team is “pep - projekte. events. program design. ”responsible.

Actions and events


WDR 2 regularly sponsors rock and pop concerts in North Rhine-Westphalia.

From 1995 to 2005, WDR 2 organized the WDR-2 apprenticeship campaign in the summer months in cooperation with the state employment office in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the context of which vacant training positions were found in North Rhine-Westphalia. In some cases, personalities, celebrities and makers of the WDR-2 program were available as sponsors. The campaign has been running all year round since 2005 and is carried out together with 1 Live . In 2008, a bus will travel across the country together.

From 1997 to 2000, WDR 2 was present at the WDeRlebnis , which was organized together with the individual WDR regional studios in Dortmund, Cologne and Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, among others.

Since 2002 there have been recurring outdoor activities by WDR 2, mostly in autumn. In 2002, together with the AOK, the WDR 2 active day was organized in Detmold and in the Teutoburg Forest with inline skating and cycling. In October 2005 the WDR 2 hiking day was organized, during which selected listeners wandered with the moderators in regions of the country for a day for a week. In October 2006 the WDR 2 Sportfest was held, as part of which mountain biking, climbing and diving tours were offered.

In addition, the WDR 200 campaign was carried out for the first time in 2002 . On one day from midnight until evening, the 200 best songs selected by the listeners in advance by telephone, internet or post were played in a chart marathon. In the following years there were repetitions of the action, which was about the 200 best singers in 2005 and the 200 best albums in 2007. In autumn 2009 the 200 best bands were chosen and presented, and over 120,000 listeners took part in the campaign.

The WDR-2 house party has been taking place every three months since 2005 , at which a "WDR-2 apartment" is set up in a concert hall in various cities in North Rhine-Westphalia and two moderators each with WDR-2 DJ Andreas Zwingmann for an evening Long lead through the program under the motto “Celebrate like at home”.

In 2010, listeners to the program under the motto 50 things. A North Rhine-Westphalian must have done that, present 50 activities that one should have done as a resident of the state, and let other listeners vote on a list of the best. A book was then published in which the individual activities are described. With this campaign, WDR 2 was nominated for the 2011 German Radio Prize in the “Best Listener Action” category. In summer 2013 the campaign was carried out again.

WDR 2 has released various CDs over the years. For example, on the various WDR 200 campaigns , as part of the house party , on the show Yesterday , at Christmas and now also three WDR 2 XXL double CDs on which longer pieces of music can be found with a running time of five minutes or more.

Action WDR 2 for a city

The WDR 2 campaign for a city has been held annually since spring 2008 . The city in North Rhine-Westphalia, which receives the most votes per inhabitant in an election over a period of about one month and which wins in a subsequent competition among the ten most elected cities, can use the radio station with broadcasts and concerts for one day win. On the respective day, WDR 2 is on site all the time and in addition to concerts, programs such as Saturday , Yesterday and encore are broadcast live from the city, and an edition of the Montalk is recorded. There are also issues of RadioQuarks or cooking with radio chef Helmut Gote. There are also many moderators from the station who lead through the day. In 2017 and 2018 the campaign was temporarily interrupted. It is not yet clear whether the campaign will be continued.

date city Concerts Guest of the Montalk broadcast show Others Visitors
05/24/2008 Hückeswagen BAP , Basta and Gentle Beats Hellmuth Karasek Ranga Yogeshwar : scientific experiments Radio chef Helmut Gote; Live broadcast Yesterday with Roger Handt; Live broadcast encore
06/27/2009 Attendorn Sasha and Max Mutzke Bernd Stelter Sven Plöger: Weather experiments Radio chef Helmut Gote; Live broadcast encore 20,000
04.09.2010 Nettetal Nena , Stanfour and Amy Macdonald Olli Dittrich Metin Tolan : How realistic is James Bond Radio chef Helmut Gote; Live broadcast encore 20,000
09/16/2011 Warburg Milow , Mike & the Mechanics , Alphaville , Sunrise Avenue , Selig , I Blame Coco and Gone Astray Hera Lind Metin Tolan: How realistic is Star Trek Radio chef Helmut Gote; Live broadcast encore 32,000
06/30/2012 Dorsten Rea Garvey , Stefanie Heinzmann , Morten Harket and Katzenjammer and The Moekicks Ingo Appelt Carsten Schwanke: Weather experiments Radio chef Helmut Gote; Live broadcast encore ; For the first time broadcast of the live broadcast from the marketplace and the concert on WDR 2 television on the Internet, live broadcast encore 40,000
06/29/2013 Bocholt Tim Bendzko , Leslie Clio , Lenka and Jamie Cullum (the originally planned act Anastacia had to cancel the performance in advance due to her renewed breast cancer, a spontaneous cancellation came from Lukas Graham ). Jean-Marie Pfaff Sven Plöger: Climate Show Radio chef Helmut Gote; Live broadcast encore
09/06/2014 Remscheid Mando Diao , Christina Stürmer , Element of Crime , Jupiter Jones and Madeline Juno Jan Josef Liefers Radio chef Helmut Gote: cooking show Change of the voting procedure: voting for the first time also via Twitter instead of the mayor - for the first time city quiz (questions no longer about the city, but about the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia and answers by a competence team, which can be freely composed of three people).

Live broadcast encore ; WDR 2 Tooor in Germany with reporter legend Heribert Faßbender and the sports voices of the broadcaster Holger Dahl and Sven Pistor, as well as René Steinberg.

06/20/2015 Kleve Marlon Roudette , Andreas Bourani , Madcon , Max Mutzke Change of the voting procedure: The preliminary round consists of a lightning qualification, in which in February at some point during the day's program on the radio for voting between comparable cities. Then you have 30 minutes to vote on wdr2.de and the WDR 2 app. The city with the most votes ends up in the lottery pot, from which two finalists for the final round (after the end of last year) are drawn every day at the beginning of March.
09/10/2016 Gladbeck Hurts , Stanfour , Sarah Connor , Silbermond Change of the voting procedure: The Blitz qualification is extended to two hours, only five cities move into the final. In the final week, a so-called "city hero" takes on three tasks: On the one hand, he has to correctly assess the result of an online vote, then park a car in the shortest possible time and finally answer as many questions as possible correctly in the quiz.


In addition to regular program slots for comedic content such as WDR 2 Cabaret or the program Addition (see above), there are also recurring comedy elements in the regular program. These are usually about two minutes long recordings, mostly with a current topic reference.

In the course of the last few years there have been, among others, the following comedies:

  • Summer - employee weather with the boss - since 2000, comedy has been broadcast regularly on particularly good or bad weather, alluding to DGB chairman Michael Sommer , each in the form of a union speech with a demonstration atmosphere in the background.
  • Moritz & Lucie - parallel to the 2006 World Cup with the two children Moritz and Lucie, who brought the world of football closer.
  • The von der Leyens - depiction of a German model family alluding to Ursula von der Leyen , Federal Minister for Family Affairs from 2005 to 2009. (The series ran from spring 2007 to the 2016 program reform and is therefore one of the longest-running comedy series in Germany)
  • Serengreti and Pleti - expeditions into the realm of the "SaTiere" on current political events.
  • Sarko de Funès - broadcast from 2007 to 2012 as a parody of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the form of the hectic Louis de Funès .
  • Obama for you! - Comedy broadcast since November 2008, alluding to US President Barack Obama ; in the run-up to Christmas 2008 also under the title Ho Ho Hobama!
  • Schloss Koalitionsstein - satire broadcast since autumn 2009 with reference to the CDU / FDP government coalition with, among others, Dr. Merkelstein (based on Angela Merkel ), Castle Overseer Pofalleraff (parody of Ronald Pofalla ) and the Guido-Droid (based on Guido Westerwelle ).
  • Tim meal cooks - since the beginning of 2010, chef Tim Mälzer -related comedy on the current political situation.
  • Breakfast with Stefanie - Comedy from NDR 2 , which can also be heard repeatedly on WDR 2 during the joint broadcast during the night.
  • Wulff calls - Comedy broadcast at the beginning of 2012 parallel to the credit and media affair of Federal President Christian Wulff.
  • Angie and Peer private - Das Traumpaar 2013 - broadcast from January to autumn 2013 with reference to the upcoming federal election and the candidates for chancellor Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück .
  • Tatort with Til, Herbert, Udo - since May 2013 as a parody of Til Schweiger , Herbert Grönemeyer and Udo Lindenberg .
  • Angie and Erdi - parody phone calls between Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan referring to the repeated complaints of the Turkish President.

As part of the Lachen Live! The comedians Maria Grund-Scholer and René Steinberg appeared in a stage show from spring 2009 to early 2011 at various locations in North Rhine-Westphalia. Because of their great success, the two of them did another tour ( Lachen Live - MORE ) from September 2011 to September 2012. In 2013 there was Lachen Live as "Angie and Peer the last duel" before the general election. In 2016 they toured with a different ensemble (except for Steinberg) under the title "WDR2: die whole truth".

WDR 2 classic

WDR 2 Klassik was a radio program that was broadcast parallel to WDR 2. WDR 2 word contributions were broadcast there with a delay of about 30 seconds. These contributions were recognized by a computer and then the pop music was exchanged for light classical music. The program was discontinued in 2009 for political reasons.


In 2010, WDR 2 won the German Radio Prize in the categories “Best Interview” (Montalk) and “Best Sports Format” (Liga Live) , making it the broadcaster with the most honors. The nine-member jury of the Adolf Grimme Institute praised the broadcast Liga Live as a “federal total work of art, in which listeners and radio makers got intoxicated with football”. Reiner Calmund presented the award to sports director Sabine Töpperwien and, on behalf of the entire team, Sven Pistor and Ludwig Hertel. The jury chose an issue of the Montalk program from May 2010 as the best interview , in which the presenter Christine Westermann hosted the athlete and ex-junkie Hermann Wenning. Maybrit Illner was the laudator .

In 2012, the station won the German Radio Prize again in the “Best Interview” category, but this time with the broadcast WDR 2 Sonntagsfragen . The talk by moderator Gisela Steinhauer with psychologist Bas Kast about his book on freedom in everyday life was awarded. The laudation was given by Thomas Osterkorn .

In 2016, the German Radio Prize in the “Best Interview” category went to WDR2: The award went to Steffi Neu and Vera Laudahn for the program MonTalk with Thomas Gottschalk. The laudation was given by Dunja Hayali.

Reception and dissemination

The WDR 2 program can be heard on VHF throughout North Rhine-Westphalia and the neighboring areas of the neighboring federal states. For this purpose, 12 transmission systems are available throughout the state.

Until the beginning of July 2015, the broadcasting of the program also took place via the medium-wave transmitters Langenberg (720 kHz) and Bonn (774 kHz), these were permanently decommissioned in the early morning hours of July 6, 2015 for cost reasons. On the medium wave frequency of 1593 kHz, after the powerful main transmitter was switched off, the program of WDR 2 Klassik , WDR Kiraka and 1 Live diggi was sent experimentally in digital mode DRM by the transmitter Langenberg , but it was discontinued quite soon. Further distribution channels are cable and DAB + in all of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as in Berlin, DVB-S and Internet livestream ( web radio ) via the homepage of WDR 2, which the broadcaster has been operating since 1995.

Since 2005, parts of the program have also been offered as podcasts .

On December 2, 2013, the digital radio transmission standard changed from DAB to DAB + . In addition, the power of the broadcasting stations was increased, which is intended to improve reception.

Furthermore, WDR 2 uses its own Facebook page and a Twitter account for communication .

Since the end of April 2014 there has been an independent WDR 2 app for Apple iOS and Android . On the one hand, it enables interactive participation in the broadcasts (send comments, photos or videos directly to the broadcast studio), on the other hand, the broadcasts can be listened to directly via the live stream via the integrated radio player.


Smart broadcast vehicle from WDR 2

In addition to the option to access broadcast vehicles from WDR, WDR 2 also has its own vehicles.

In 2002, Smart broadcast vehicles with satellite technology were purchased for the individual state studios - according to their own statement, the smallest broadcast vehicle in the world - and Studio Siegen received an A-Class . The vehicles have a built-in wireless microphone system with return line. There is a satellite system on the roof. This makes it possible for the reporters to report directly from the location of the event and to be involved in the current program. The vehicles have a two-part paintwork: one side is in the WDR-2 design, the other in that of the respective national studio.

Zeppelin from WDR 2 with the frequency information for the transmitter Bielstein near Detmold

Another means of transportation is a zeppelin . It was produced in 2001, is filled with helium and consists of 2000 m² of fabric. It is mainly used for advertising purposes during the broadcaster's open-air events. For this purpose, there is the possibility of adding changing lettering on the outside, such as the local frequency of WDR 2 or information about the apprenticeship campaign. In addition, the airship was part of a guessing game in the program Der Sonntag , in which a route was flown and the listeners had to guess where the zeppelin was currently above North Rhine-Westphalia.

Since the summer of 2006, introduced for the soccer World Cup in Germany, there has been a separate aircraft for traffic observation. It is a Cessna 172 in the colors of the transmitter with the registration D-EETS, which has its home airport in Bonn-Hangelar in Sankt Augustin . It flies at an altitude of 450 to 750 meters to monitor traffic jams and is manned by two people, a pilot and a radio operator who is in contact with the WDR traffic information center . The advantage of aerial observation is the greater level of detail in the information, such as the length of a traffic jam. Every area in North Rhine-Westphalia can be reached within three quarters of an hour. The aircraft was previously in yellow livery for the ADAC , but the ADAC has withdrawn from traffic monitoring.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  10. WDR radio brochure April 2015, p. 15
  11. Overview moderators WDR2 POP!
  12. Overview of program reform
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