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Radio station ( public law )
Program type Traffic broadcast
reception DAB , live stream
Reception area North Rhine-WestphaliaNorth Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia
Start of transmission January 30, 1997
Broadcaster West German Broadcasting Cologne
Intendant Tom Buhrow
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Former logo of WDR VERA

WDR VERA , also spelled WDR Vera or WDR VeRa , was a 24-hour program of the West German Broadcasting Corporation and was an automatic voice output system / program to inform car, truck and bus drivers as well as other road users about the traffic situation . Such programs are also referred to as announcement programs. In order to save transmission capacity and enable more regional stations, Vera was removed from the DAB + station list of the radios on July 6, 2020 and can only be received via the apps and websites of the WDR.

General information

The West German broadcasting company VERA started as a so-called traffic channel on January 30, 1997 as part of the North Rhine-Westphalian DAB pilot project. Until June 2020, the program was broadcast 24 hours a day via digital radio DAB . Until July 2015, this was also done via medium wave during the busy rush hour . At the time the broadcast began, VERA also fed a telephone announcement service. Westdeutscher Rundfunk has been broadcasting its DAB programs on a regular basis since May 15, 2000. With this, the channel WDR VERA was taken over from the then ending test operation since 1997.

The system is also used in Bavaria under the name BR Verkehr .

The acronym or the designation VERA stands for " Ve rverkehr in R eal A udio". Sometimes the term is also called " Ve rkehrs ra interpreted dio".


The program consisted entirely of traffic information provided and bundled by the WDR traffic department. All traffic information and messages were sent to a so-called speech synthesis system. The result was a computer-generated male voice that read the messages and information out loud. There was no active moderation.


The channel could be received via the DAB digital radio, terrestrially using a DAB-Plus receiver in block 11 D, frequency 222.064 MHz, audio sampling rate 40 kbit / s, mono. Furthermore, the station could be received from Monday to Friday mornings and evenings on medium wave 720 kHz and 774 kHz until July 6, 2015 (2 a.m. CEST) .

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Individual evidence

  1. Short message to switch off the ARD medium wave programs .