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Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Free Europe AM
Longwave & Mediumwave


 
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Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Republic of Eire, France, West Germany [including West Berlin], Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal, Saar, Spain, Switzerland, Trieste Free Territory [for Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden see Nordic Europe 1953].

 
Longwave
 
kc Station Country Location
 
151 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Hamburg
164 Paris Inter Network France Allouis
173 VOA Voice of America West Germany Munich-C
200 BBC Light Programme Great Britain Droitwich
233 Radio Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg I
 
Mediumwave
 
kc Station Country Location
 
511 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Hermagor
519 Landessender Tirol Austria Reutte
520 Landessender Tirol Austria Innsbruck II
Landeck
  Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Graz II
  Bayerischer Rundfunk West Germany Bayreuth
Nurnberg
529 Swiss Broadcasting Corporation Switzerland Beromunster
548 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Munich
557 Swiss Broadcasting Corporation Switzerland Monte Ceneri
565 British Forces Network Austria Graz
Klagenfurt
566 Landessender Vorarlberg Austria Bludenz
  Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Schonbrunn
  Radio Eireann Republic of Eire Athlone
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Berlin
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Caltinisetta I
575 Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Muhlacker
584 Radio Wien I Austria Wien I
  RT Francaise Paris Inter Network France Paris Grenelle
593 Hessischer Rundfunk West Germany Frankfurt
Meissner
  SER: EAJ7 Radio Madrid Spain Madrid
602 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Lyon I
611 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Nurnberg
615 Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Eisenerz
Murau
616 Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Bad Ausee
624 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Radentheim
629 Landessender Tirol Austria Innsbruck I
Kitzbuhel
  Landessender Vorarlberg Austria Dornbirn
  Radio Klagenfurt Austria Greifenburg
630 Belgian National Broadcasting Service French Network Belgium Brussels
638 Radio Nacional de Espana National Spain Sevilla
647 BBC Third Programme Great Britain Daventry
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Newcastle
Redmoss
  BBC European Service Great Britain Daventry
656 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Bolzano I
Firenze I
Napoli I
Torino I
Venezia I
665 Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Graz I
  AFN American Forces Network West Germany Bayreuth
Kaiserlautern
  National Broadcastin Institute Greece Athens II
  Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Lisboa I
674 AFRS Blue Danube Network Austria Salzburg
  RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Rennes I
692 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Villach
  Radio Wien II Austria Zwettl
  Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Admont
710 RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley] France Marseille I
714 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Obervillach
719 Radio Free Europe West Germany Holzkirchen
  Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Lisboa II
728 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Klagenfurt 1
  National Broadcasting Institute Greece Athens 1
732 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Kotschach
737 RIAS Radio in American Sector West Germany Hof [West Berlin]
  Radio Nacional de Espana National Spain Madrid
746 Stichtung Nederlandsche Radio Unie Holland Lopik I
755 Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-Rot Austria Wien
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Flensburg
Siegen
  Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Porto I
764 Swiss Broadcasting Corporation Switzerland Sottens
773 Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-Rot Austria Linz
  SER: EAJ5 Radio Sevilla Spain Sevilla
  HV2 Radio Vatican Vatican City Vatican City
791 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Limoges I
  Greek American Radio Station Greece Salonika
  VOA Voice Of America Greece Salonika
800 Bayerischer Rundfunk West Germany Munich
  SER: EAJ1 Radio Barcelona Spain Barcelona
809 BBC Scottish Great Britain Burghead
Dumfries
Redmoss

Westerglen
818 Radio Trieste Trieste Free Territory Trieste I, Zone A
827 Sudwestfunk West Germany Baden-Baden
Freiburg
Kaiserlautern
Koblenz
Sigmaringen
Trier
836 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Nancy I
845 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Roma II
854 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Berlin
Fulda
  EAJ2 Radio Espana Spain Madrid
863 RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley] France Paris I
866 Radio Andorra Andorra Andorra la Vieja
868 British Forces Network Austria Wien
Zeltweg
872 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Frankfurt
  Radio Zaragoza Spain Zaragoza
881 AFRS Blue Danube Network Austria Linz
  BBC Welsh Great Britain Penmon
Towyn

Washford
Wresham
885 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Gmund
890 AFRS Blue Danube Network Austria Zell am See
899 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Milano I
908 BBC London Great Britain Brookmans Park
917 Emisora Radio Intercontinental Spain Madrid
926 Belgian National Broadcasting Service Flemish Network Belgium Brussels
944 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Toulouse I
  RT Francaise Foreign Service France Toulouse I
962 RT Francaise Culture Francaise/Club d’Essai France Romainville
  Bayerischer Rundfunk West Germany Hof [West Berlin]
971 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Hamburg
Langenberg
Gottingen
980 Radio Trieste Trieste Free Territory Trieste II, Zone A
989 RIAS Radio in American Sector West Germany West Berlin
998 Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Heidelberg-Dossenheim
1000 Radio Nacional de Espana Spain Malaga
National
1002 Landessender Tirol Austria Kufstein
1006 Radio Thessalonika Greece Thessalonika
1007 Stichtung Nederlandsche Radio Unie Holland Lopik II
1016 Sudwestfunk West Germany Rheinsender
1022 Radio Nacional de Espana Spain Madrid II & III
1025 Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Graz-Dobl
  BBC European Service Great Britain Daventry
  SER: EAJ8 Radio San Sebastian Spain San Sebastian
1034 AFRS Blue Danube Network Austria Wien
  AFN American Forces Network West Germany Ansbach
Bad Kissingen
Kassel
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Genova II
Milano II
Napoli II
Pescara II
Venezia II
  Radio Clube Portugues Portugal Parede
1038 Landessender Tirol Austria Mayerhof
1043 National Broadcasting Institute Regional Greece Salonika
1052 Radio Wien II Austria Krems
Neuenkirch
  BBC West Great Britain Fremington
Start Point
1061 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Cagliari
1070 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Volkermarkt
  RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Paris II
Marseille III
1079 Radio Bremen West Germany Bremerhaven
1088 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Friesach
Oberdrauberg
Wolsberg
  Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Kindberg
Knittelfeld
  BBC Midland Great Britain Droitwich
Norwich
1106 AFN American orces Network West Germany Stuttgart
1115 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Aosta II
Bari II
Bologna II
Pisa II
1124 Landessender Tirol Austria Imst
  Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Murzzuschlag
  Belgian National Broadcasting Service French Network Belgium Brussels Regional
  EAJ15 Radio Espana Spain Barcelona
1133 SER: EAJ28 Radio Bilbao Spain Bilbao
1142 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Bremerhaven
Coburg
Fussen
Hersfeld
Wurzburg
1148 EAJ65 Radio Ciudad Real Spain Ciudad Real
1151 Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Judenburg
  BBC Northern Ireland Great Britain Lisnagarvey
Londonderry
Scarborough
Stagshaw
1160 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Strasbourg 1
1169 Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Ulm-Jungingen
Heilbroom-Oberreisesheim
  Radio Renascenca Portugal Porto
  Radio Trieste Trieste Free Territory Capodistria, Zone B
1186 - Greece Megara
1196 VOA Voice of America West Germany Munich-A
1200 Radio S.E.U: Radio Juventud de Almeria Spain Almeria
1205 RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley] France Bordeaux I
  Radio S.E.U: Radio Juventud de La Coruna Spain La Coruna
1214 BFN British Forces Network West Germany Berlin
Hamburg
Hannover
Herford
Langenberg
  BBC Light Programme Great Britain Brookmans Park
Burghead
Lisnagarvey
Londonderry

Moorside Edge
Newcastle
Plymouth
Redmoss
Redruth

Westerglen
  Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Atlantico Regional Portugal Azores
1223 AFRS Blue Danube Network Austria Tullin
1233 Radio Nacional de Espana National Spain Barcelona
1241 RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley] France Lille II
Lyon II
Nancy II
Nice III
Pau
Quimper I
Rennes II
1250 Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-Rot Austria Salzburg
Zell am See
  Radio Eireann Republic of Eire Cork
Dublin
1255 Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-Rot Austria Bischofshofen
1259 VOA Voice Of America Greece U.S. CGC Courier
Island of Rhodes
  SER: EAJ3 Radio Valencia Spain Valencia
1277 RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley] France Strasbourg II
  RT Francaise Foreign Service France Strasbourg II
1286 Radio Renascenca Portugal Lisbon
1295 BBC European Service West Germany Norden Osterloog
1300 Central Radio Station of the Greek Armed Forces Greece Athens
  Radio S.E.U: Radio Juventud de Cadiz Spain Cadiz
  Radio Juventud de Madrid Spain Madrid
  Radio Menorca Spain Mahon
  FET-1 Radio Falange de Valladolid Spain Valladolid
1304 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Bamberg
Berchtesgaden
Heidelberg
Regensburg
Sonthofen
  American Forces Radio Station Trieste Free Territory Trieste, Zone A
1313 Radio Klagenfurt Austria Klagenfurt II
  Sendergruppe Alpenland Austria Leoben
Mariazell
  EAJ56 Radio Salamanca Spain Salamanca
1322 Radio Ribatejo Portugal Santarem
1331 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Bari I
Bologna I
Catania I

Genova I
Messina I
Palermo I
Pescara I

Roma I
1340 BBC European Service Great Britain Crowborough
1349 RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley] France Clermont
Dijon
Grenoble I
Limoges II
Nantes
Toulouse II
1358 Radio Bremen West Germany Bremen
  Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Faro
1367 AFRS Blue Danube Network Austria St.Johann
  BFN British Forces Network West Germany Bonn
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Bari III
Bologna III
Bolzano III
Catania III
Firenze III
Genova III
Milano III
Napoli III
Palermo III
Roma III
Torino III
Venezia III
Verona III
  Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Coimbra
  Swiss Broadcasting Corporation Switzerland Basel
Chur
Saviese
Sool
1376 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Lille I
  RT Francaise Foreign Service France Lille I
  EAJ41 Radio Coruna Spain Coruna
1385 British Forces Radio Station Trieste Free Territory Trieste, Zone A
1394 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Straubing
1395 Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-Rot Austria Bad Ischl
Radstadt
Windishgarten
1403 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie] France Bordeaux II
Louvetot
Montpellier I
Nice II
Quimper II
1412 Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Bad Mergentheim
Loffelstelzen
  EAJ23 Radio Gandia Spain Gandia
  EAJ61 Radio Jaen Spain Jaen
1421 Radio Saarbrucken Saar Saarbrucken I
1428 Radio Falange de Oviedo Spain Oviedo
1430 SER: EAJ11 Radio Reus Spain Reus
1432 EAJ 13 Radio Mallorca Spain Mallorca
1439 Radio Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg II
1447 SER: EAJ4 Radio Galacia Spain Santiago de Compostela
1448 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Ancona II
Catania II
Firenze II
Palermo II
San Remo II
Sassari II
Torino II
  Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Guarda
  SER: EAJ31 Radio Alicante Spain Alicante
  EAJ27 Radio Castilla Spain Castilla
  EAJ16 Radio Granada Spain Granada
  EAJ47 Radio Valldolid Spain Valladolid
1457 Landseender Vorarlberg Austria Schruns
  Radio Wien II Austria Amstetten
Gloggnitz
St.Polten
Wr.Neustadt
  BBC West Great Britain Bartley
Brighton
Folkestone
Hastings
  EAJ62 Radio Vitoria Spain Vitoria
1460 Radio Polo Norte Portugal Coramulo
1466 Radio Monte Carlo Monaco Monte Carlo
1475 EAJ22 Radio Huesca Spain Huesca
1484 RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley] France Annemasse
Caen
Poitiers
St.Brieux
  RT Francaise Paris Inter Network France Grenoble II
Montpellier II
  Bayerischer Rundfunk West Germany Augsburg
Coburg
Kempten
Landshut
Passau
Regensburg
Weiden
Wurzburg
  BBC London Great Britain Ramsgate
  BBC Northern Great Britain Barrow
  National Broadcasting Institute Regional Greece Volos
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy La Spezia I
Verona I
Bolzano II
Cagliari II
Udine II
  EAJ52 Radio Extramadura Spain Extramadura
  RAI Radio Italiana Trieste Free Territory Trieste II, Zone A
  HV5 Radio Vatican Vatican City Vatican City
1492 EAJ72 Radio Zamora Spain Zamora
1493 Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-Rot Austria Mittersill
Saalfelden
Schwarzach
St.Michael
  RT Francaise Paris Inter Network France Marseilles III
Nancy III
Nantes II
Strasbourg III
Toulouse III
  EAJ44 Radio Albacete Spain Albacete
  EAJ40 Radio Pontevedra Spain Pontevedra
1495 Radio Altitude Portugal Guarda
1500 SER: EAJ54 Radio Alcira Spain Alcira
  EAJ 14 Radio Castellon Spain Castellon
  EAJ50 Radio Las Palmas Spain Las Palmas
1502 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Giessen
Hof
1511 Belgian National Broadcasting Service Flemish Network Belgium Brussels Regional
  National Broadcasting Institute Regional Greece Chania
Patras
  Radio S.E.U: Radio Soria Spain Soria
  EAJ 17 Radio Murcia Spain Murcia
1529 Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Madeira
  HV100 Radio Vatican Vatican City Vatican City
1538 Sudwestfunk West Germany Bad Durheim
Ravensburg
Reutlingen
1546 BBC Third Programme Great Britain Belfast
Bournemouth
Brighton
Dundee
Exeter
Fareham
Leeds
Liverpool
Plymouth
Preston
Redruth
Sheffield
Stockton
  Radio Pendas de Saude Portugal Covilha
1554 RT Francaise Paris Inter Network France Nice I
1562 Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Portugal Porto II
  Portuense Radio Clube Portugal Oporto
1570 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Lingen
1578 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Ancona I
Brindisi I
Catanzaro I
Cosenza I
Lecee I
Perugia I
Taranto I
Terni I
Allessandria II
Aquila II
Arezzo II
Ascoli Piceno II
Biella II
Bressanone II
Cuneo II
Foggia II
Merano II
Potenza II
Reggio-Calabria II
Salerno II
Savona II
Siena II
Trento II
Verona II
Vicenza II
1586 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Bonn
Hannover
Kiel
Munster
Oldenburg
Osnabruck
1594 RT Francaise Paris Inter Network France Nimes
Toulon
  Stichtung Nederlandsche Radio Unie Holland Hengelo
Hoogezand
Hulzberg
  Emissores Associados de Lisboa:
  • Radio Peninsula
  • Radio Graca
  • Voz de Lisboa
  • Club Radiofonico
  • Radio Resturacao
Portugal Lisbon
1602 Bayerischer Rundfunk West Germany Nurnberg
Kirchheim
Landau
  Emissora Reunidos do Norte Portugal Oporto

Stations in bold are the most powerful stations [50kw or more] on the air at the time and provided the best reception over a wider area for their music, news, information and entertainment programs.

It Happened 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
North Sea Floods kill almost 2,500 people in Holland, Great Britain and in the Irish Sea
Large earthquake causes major damage to Greek Ionian Islands
EEC holds first meeting in Strasbourg
USA and USSR both announce they have the H-bomb
Josef Stalin dies
Dwight D Eisenhower becomes U.S. president
First James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’ published in Great Britain

Arrivals:
 
Playboy magazine
Pat Benetar
Pierce Brosnan
Alex Van Halen
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Bassinger
 
Departures:
 
Hank Williams
Joseph Stalin
Alice Prin ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’
Django Reinhardt
Rene Fonck
Dylan Thomas

Population 1953:
 
50.958m West Germany
50.593m Great Britain
47.957m Italy
43.495m France
28.804m Spain
10.500m Holland
8.777m Belgium
8.579m Portugal
7.817m Greece
6.932m Austria
4.878m Switzerland
2.947m Republic of Eire
0.955m Saar
0.330m Trieste Free Territory
0.301m Luxembourg
0.018m Monaco
0.006m Andorra
 
Radio Receivers 1953:
 
10.873m West Germany
10.518m Great Britain
7.926m France
4.500m Italy
2.216m Holland
1.750m Belgium
1.596m Austria
1.135m Switzerland
0.605m Spain
0.394m Republic of Eire
0.354m Portugal
0.212m Saar
0.071m Luxembourg
0.061m Trieste Free Territory
0.003m Monaco
 

Favorite Movies of 1953: Your Personal Collection

Top 20 Singles

  Artist Song
 
1 Percy Faith The Song from Moulin Rouge
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios
3 Patti Page [How Much is] That Doggie in the Window
4 Eddie Fisher I’m Walking Behind You
5 Ames Brothers You, You, You
6 Teresa Brewer Till I Waltz Again with You
7 Les Baxter April in Portugal
8 Perry Como No Other Love
9 Perry Como Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
10 Frankie Lane I Believe
11 Pee Wee Hunt Oh
12 Frank Chacksfield Ebb Tide
13 Nat King Cole Pretend
14 Richard Hayman Ruby
15 Stan Freberg St George and the Dragonet
16 The Hilltoppers PS I Love You
17 The Gaylords Tell Me You’re Mine
18 Julias La Rosa Eh Cumpari!
19 Tony Bennett Rags to Riches
20 Doris Day Anna
 

Top 5 Music Albums: Your Personal Collection

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