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Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Free Europe FM


 
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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].

 
FM
 
Mc Station Country Location
 
87.6 BFN British Forces Network West Germany Berlin
  Hessischer Rundfunk West Germany Biedenkopf II
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Geislingen-Oberbohringen
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Witthoh I
87.9 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Lubeck
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Heidelberg-Konigstuhl I
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Blauen II
88.2 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Munchen
Ochsenkopf
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Reichberg II
  Radio Saarbrucken Saar Saarbrucken II
88.5 Radio Osterreich Austria Innsbruck
  Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Gelbelsee
  Hessischer Rundfunk West Germany Feldberg I
88.8 Bayerischer Rundfunk West Germany Burgstall
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Belin
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Gottingen
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Bonn
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Muhlacker
88.85 Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Bad Mergentheim-Loffelstelzen
89.1 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Traunstein-Hochberg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Aachen
  Radio Bremen West Germany Bremen
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Aalen I
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Hochreinsender I
Mainz II
89.4 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Rothbul
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Flensburg
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Betsdorf II
Hornisgrinde II
89.6 Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Stuttgart-Funkhaus
89.7 Radio Osterreich Austria Bregrenz
  Bayerische undfunk West Germany Berchtesgaden
  Hessischer Rundfunk West Germany Hardberg II
Meissner
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Koln
89.9 Sudwestfunk West Germany Baden-Baden I
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Monte Penice II
90.0 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Coburg
Wendelstein
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Berlin
Heide
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Haardtkopf II
90.3 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Bad Reichenhall
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Weinbiet II
90.6 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Grunten
Tegernsee
90.9 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Bamberg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Braunschweig
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Stuttgart-Degerloch I
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Koblenz II
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Bologna III
91.2 Radio Osterreich Austria Graz
  Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Wurzburg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Oldenburg
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Potzberg II
Witthoh II
91.4 BBC Third Programme Great Britain Wrotham
91.5 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Brotjacklriegel
Nurnberg [Schweinau]
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Ulm-Wilhelmsburg
Heidelberg-Konigstuhl II
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Blauen I
91.7 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Hoechst
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Monte Penice III
91.8 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Landshut
Lindau
Munchen-Freimann
  Hessischer Rundfunk West Germany Wurzburg II
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Siegen
  Radio Bremen West Germany Bremerhaven
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Reichberg I
92.1 Hessischer Rundfunk West Germany Feldberg II
92.4 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Lingen
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Waldburg II
92.5 Sudwestfunk West Germany Baden-Baden II
92.7 Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Aalen II
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Hochrheinsender II
92.9 RAI Radio Italiana Trieste Free Territory Trieste III
93.0 Radio Osterreich Austria Klagenfurt
  Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Kreuzberg
Kreuzeck
Passau
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Hannover
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Betsdorf I
Hornisgrinde I
93.3 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Koln
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Osterloog
93.6 RIAS Radio in American Sector West Germany West Berlin
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Osnabruck
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Waldenburg
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Haardtkopf I
93.7 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Milano II
93.8 BBC Third Programme Great Britain Wrotham
93.9 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Heidelberg
  Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Moritzberg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Nordhelle
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Firenze III
94.2 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Pfaffenberg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Kiel
94.5 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Hohe Linie
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Munster
  Suddeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Stuttgart-Degerloch II
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Koblenz I
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Napoli III
94.8 Radio Osterreich Austria Salzburg
  Swiss Broadcasting Corporation Switzerland St.Anton
94.9 AFN American Forces Network West Germany Frankfurt
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Genova II
Venezia III
95.1 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Hamburg
95.4 Sudwestfunk West Germany Potzberg I
95.7 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORD West Germany Bungsberg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Langenberg
95.9 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Torino II
96.0 Sudwestfunk West Germany Linz am Rhine II
96.3 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Hamburg
96.6 BFN British Forces Network West Germany Herford
  Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Buttelberg
96.9 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Genova III
97.8 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Hohenpeissenberg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk West Germany Hannover
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Linz-am-Rhine I
98.4 Bayerische Rundfunk West Germany Huhnerberg
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Monschau
98.9 RAI Radio Italiana Italy Roma III
Torino III
99.0 RTF Culture Francaise/Club d’Essai France Romainville
  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WEST West Germany Teutoburger Wald
99.3 Radio Osterreich Austria Linz
  BFN British Forces Network West Germany Drachenberg
  Sudwestfunk West Germany Wolfsheim II
99.9 Radio Osterrreich Austria Wien
  RAI Radio Italiana Italy Milano III

No FM station at the time is known to have used more than 10kW transmitter power, and coverage was designed to be local or regional only. In Austria and West Germany, the rapid development of local FM coverage is very noticeable within a decade of the end of World War II.

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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