RIAS Berlin - Radio in the American sector Berlin
RIAS = Radio in the American sector
It was located in Berlin and not easy to receive where I grew up. But we listened to it carefully as the perfect alternative to mainly mainstream and commercial conventional radio stations.
Founded by the United States of America, DIAS (Wire Broadcasting in the American Sector), later to be known as RIAS (Radio in the American Sector), started broadcasting on February 7, 1946.
From the Blockade of 1948/49 to June 17, 1953, from the Khrushchev ultimatum to the erection of the Wall, from the Kennedy visit to the first Agreement on Permits, up to November 9, 1989, when the Wall finally came down: RIAS BERLIN was the Berlin radio station reporting live from the scene.
RIAS BERLIN, under American administration was special for us. It was the radio station in the famous divided city, and it remained committed to the tradition of rational, critical American journalism. Thus, it was credibility that distinguished this station. Besides the music!
Reunification and the abolition of Berlin’s special status made it necessary to incorporate the station into the German radio landscape.
RIAS BERLIN, “Deutschlandfunk” and “DS-Kultur” were charged with setting up a legally responsible public body as a joint institution of ARD and ZDF to create two nation-wide radio programs.
This aim fulfilled with the foundation of the DeutschlandRadio with the two radion stations Deutschlandfunk (DLF) and Deutschlandradio Kultur.
And then this sad date occured on the schedule:
December 31, 1993, 24:00 hrs: Good-bye RIAS BERLIN!
Nevertheless, the name RIAS continued to exist! This was already provided for by the governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America in 1992 in their agreement on the establishment of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION. The Commission is to continue the tradition of German-American cooperation in the field of broadcasting and is to promote a new tradition in transatlantic media dialogue in the form of new encounters and relationships between broadcast journalists on both sides of the Atlantic.
Among other things the commision provides an award for excellence in reporting on German-American issues.
There is a community for fans as well, where old broadcasts and highlights can be downloaded or looked at.