Radio Wolga

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Radio Volga (Russian: Радио Волга) was a radio station for the Soviet armed forces stationed in the former East Germany and Czechoslovakia, broadcasting mainly in Russian.[1]

Broadcasting station[edit]

Based in Potsdam, Radio Volga broadcast from the Königs Wusterhausen radio facility near Berlin, as well as the Burg AM transmitter near Magdeburg.[2]

From 1967 to 1976 Radio Volga used the 350-meter SL-3 tower, 2.2 kilometers from the transmitter. After it collapsed in 1976, one of the site's two 210-meter high steel tube masts was used instead. Radio Volga originally broadcast on the longwave frequency 283 kHz.[3]


Beside programs for the Soviet soldiers stationed in the GDR, Radio Volga also broadcast German language programmes from Radio Moscow.[4] After German reunification in 1990, transmitting time was rented to the German-language news station Radioropa Info, broadcasting on 261 kHz.[5]


Soviet Central Television's main channel, TSS-1, was also relayed in East Germany via satellite.[6]


With the departure of Russian troops from Germany, Radio Volga ceased broadcasting in June 1994.[3] Radioropa Info took over its frequency, broadcasting from late 1994 to 2000, first from Daun and then from Leipzig.[7] In 1999 a new cage aerial was mounted on the 324-meter radio mast in Burg.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Mass Media of the German-speaking Countries, John Sandford, Oswald Wolff, 1976
  2. ^ World Radio TV Handbook, Oluf Lund-Johansen Cardfont Publishers under license from Billboard Publications, 1974, page 70
  3. ^ a b Radio und Musik von und für Soldaten: Kriegs- und Nachkriegsjahre : 1939-1960, Günter Grull, Herbst, 2000, page 16
  4. ^ Radiogeschichten: Zeitreise und Exkursionen in die Berliner RadioWelten, Die Radionauten, BoD, 2005, page 41
  5. ^ World Radio TV Handbook, Volume 48, O. Lund Johansen, 1994, page 81
  6. ^ World Radio TV Handbook, Volume 39, Billboard Publications, 1984, page 398
  7. ^ World Radio TV Handbook, Volume 51,Cardfont Publishers under license from Billboard Publications., 1997, page 88
  8. ^ Station Profile - Burg 261 kHz

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