Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Free Europe AM – Longwave & Mediumwave

Philips Radio Model 436-AN dial.

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].

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Longwave
kcStationCountryLocation
151Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyHamburg
164Paris Inter NetworkFranceAllouis
173VOA Voice of AmericaWest GermanyMunich-C
200BBC Light ProgrammeGreat BritainDroitwich
233Radio LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourg I
Mediumwave
kcStationCountryLocation
511Radio KlagenfurtAustriaHermagor
519Landessender TirolAustriaReutte
520Landessender TirolAustriaInnsbruck II
Landeck
 Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaGraz II
 Bayerischer RundfunkWest GermanyBayreuth
Nurnberg
529Swiss Broadcasting CorporationSwitzerlandBeromunster
548AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyMunich
557Swiss Broadcasting CorporationSwitzerlandMonte Ceneri
565British Forces NetworkAustriaGraz
Klagenfurt
566Landessender VorarlbergAustriaBludenz
 Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaSchonbrunn
 Radio EireannRepublic of EireAthlone
 Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyBerlin
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyCaltinisetta I
575Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyMuhlacker
584Radio Wien IAustriaWien I
 RT Francaise Paris Inter NetworkFranceParis Grenelle
593Hessischer RundfunkWest GermanyFrankfurt
Meissner
 SER: EAJ7 Radio MadridSpainMadrid
602RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceLyon I
611AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyNurnberg
615Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaEisenerz
Murau
616Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaBad Ausee
624Radio KlagenfurtAustriaRadentheim
629Landessender TirolAustriaInnsbruck I
Kitzbuhel
 Landessender VorarlbergAustriaDornbirn
 Radio KlagenfurtAustriaGreifenburg
630Belgian National Broadcasting Service French NetworkBelgiumBrussels
638Radio Nacional de Espana NationalSpainSevilla
647BBC Third ProgrammeGreat BritainDaventry
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Newcastle
Redmoss
 BBC European ServiceGreat BritainDaventry
656RAI Radio ItalianaItalyBolzano I
Firenze I
Napoli I
Torino I
Venezia I
665Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaGraz I
 AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyBayreuth
Kaiserlautern
 National Broadcastin InstituteGreeceAthens II
 Emissora Nacional de RadiodifusaoPortugalLisboa I
674AFRS Blue Danube NetworkAustriaSalzburg
 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceRennes I
692Radio KlagenfurtAustriaVillach
 Radio Wien IIAustriaZwettl
 Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaAdmont
710RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley]FranceMarseille I
714Radio KlagenfurtAustriaObervillach
719Radio Free EuropeWest GermanyHolzkirchen
 Emissora Nacional de RadiodifusaoPortugalLisboa II
728Radio KlagenfurtAustriaKlagenfurt 1
 National Broadcasting InstituteGreeceAthens 1
732Radio KlagenfurtAustriaKotschach
737RIAS Radio in American SectorWest GermanyHof [West Berlin]
 Radio Nacional de Espana NationalSpainMadrid
746Stichtung Nederlandsche Radio UnieHollandLopik I
755Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-RotAustriaWien
 Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyFlensburg
Siegen
 Emissora Nacional de RadiodifusaoPortugalPorto I
764Swiss Broadcasting CorporationSwitzerlandSottens
773Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-RotAustriaLinz
 SER: EAJ5 Radio SevillaSpainSevilla
 HV2 Radio VaticanVatican CityVatican City
791RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceLimoges I
 Greek American Radio StationGreeceSalonika
 VOA Voice Of AmericaGreeceSalonika
800Bayerischer RundfunkWest GermanyMunich
 SER: EAJ1 Radio BarcelonaSpainBarcelona
809BBC ScottishGreat BritainBurghead
Dumfries
Redmoss
Westerglen
818Radio TriesteTrieste Free TerritoryTrieste I, Zone A
827SudwestfunkWest GermanyBaden-Baden
Freiburg
Kaiserlautern
Koblenz
Sigmaringen
Trier
836RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceNancy I
845RAI Radio ItalianaItalyRoma II
854AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyBerlin
Fulda
 EAJ2 Radio EspanaSpainMadrid
863RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley]FranceParis I
866Radio AndorraAndorraAndorra la Vieja
868British Forces NetworkAustriaWien
Zeltweg
872AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyFrankfurt
 Radio ZaragozaSpainZaragoza
881AFRS Blue Danube NetworkAustriaLinz
 BBC WelshGreat BritainPenmon
Towyn
Washford
Wresham
885Radio KlagenfurtAustriaGmund
890AFRS Blue Danube NetworkAustriaZell am See
899RAI Radio ItalianaItalyMilano I
908BBC LondonGreat BritainBrookmans Park
917Emisora Radio IntercontinentalSpainMadrid
926Belgian National Broadcasting Service Flemish NetworkBelgiumBrussels
944RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceToulouse I
 RT Francaise Foreign ServiceFranceToulouse I
962RT Francaise Culture Francaise/Club d’EssaiFranceRomainville
 Bayerischer RundfunkWest GermanyHof [West Berlin]
971Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyHamburg
Langenberg
Gottingen
980Radio TriesteTrieste Free TerritoryTrieste II, Zone A
989RIAS Radio in American SectorWest GermanyWest Berlin
998Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyHeidelberg-Dossenheim
1000Radio Nacional de EspanaSpainMalaga
National
1002Landessender TirolAustriaKufstein
1006Radio ThessalonikaGreeceThessalonika
1007Stichtung Nederlandsche Radio UnieHollandLopik II
1016SudwestfunkWest GermanyRheinsender
1022Radio Nacional de EspanaSpainMadrid II & III
1025Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaGraz-Dobl
 BBC European ServiceGreat BritainDaventry
 SER: EAJ8 Radio San SebastianSpainSan Sebastian
1034AFRS Blue Danube NetworkAustriaWien
 AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyAnsbach
Bad Kissingen
Kassel
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyGenova II
Milano II
Napoli II
Pescara II
Venezia II
 Radio Clube PortuguesPortugalParede
1038Landessender TirolAustriaMayerhof
1043National Broadcasting Institute RegionalGreeceSalonika
1052Radio Wien IIAustriaKrems
Neuenkirch
 BBC WestGreat BritainFremington
Start Point
1061RAI Radio ItalianaItalyCagliari
1070Radio KlagenfurtAustriaVolkermarkt
 RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceParis II
Marseille III
1079Radio BremenWest GermanyBremerhaven
1088Radio KlagenfurtAustriaFriesach
Oberdrauberg
Wolsberg
 Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaKindberg
Knittelfeld
 BBC MidlandGreat BritainDroitwich
Norwich
1106AFN American orces NetworkWest GermanyStuttgart
1115RAI Radio ItalianaItalyAosta II
Bari II
Bologna II
Pisa II
1124Landessender TirolAustriaImst
 Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaMurzzuschlag
 Belgian National Broadcasting Service French NetworkBelgiumBrussels Regional
 EAJ15 Radio EspanaSpainBarcelona
1133SER: EAJ28 Radio BilbaoSpainBilbao
1142AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyBremerhaven
Coburg
Fussen
Hersfeld
Wurzburg
1148EAJ65 Radio Ciudad RealSpainCiudad Real
1151Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaJudenburg
 BBC Northern IrelandGreat BritainLisnagarvey
Londonderry
Scarborough
Stagshaw
1160RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceStrasbourg 1
1169Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyUlm-Jungingen
Heilbroom-Oberreisesheim
 Radio RenascencaPortugalPorto
 Radio TriesteTrieste Free TerritoryCapodistria, Zone B
1186GreeceMegara
1196VOA Voice of AmericaWest GermanyMunich-A
1200Radio S.E.U: Radio Juventud de AlmeriaSpainAlmeria
1205RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley]FranceBordeaux I
 Radio S.E.U: Radio Juventud de La CorunaSpainLa Coruna
1214BFN British Forces NetworkWest GermanyBerlin
Hamburg
Hannover
Herford
Langenberg
 BBC Light ProgrammeGreat BritainBrookmans Park
Burghead
Lisnagarvey
Londonderry
Moorside Edge
Newcastle
Plymouth
Redmoss
Redruth
Westerglen
 Emissora Nacional de Radiodifusao Atlantico RegionalPortugalAzores
1223AFRS Blue Danube NetworkAustriaTullin
1233Radio Nacional de Espana NationalSpainBarcelona
1241RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley]FranceLille II
Lyon II
Nancy II
Nice III
Pau
Quimper I
Rennes II
1250Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-RotAustriaSalzburg
Zell am See
 Radio EireannRepublic of EireCork
Dublin
1255Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-RotAustriaBischofshofen
1259VOA Voice Of AmericaGreeceU.S. CGC Courier
Island of Rhodes
 SER: EAJ3 Radio ValenciaSpainValencia
1277RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley]FranceStrasbourg II
 RT Francaise Foreign ServiceFranceStrasbourg II
1286Radio RenascencaPortugalLisbon
1295BBC European ServiceWest GermanyNorden Osterloog
1300Central Radio Station of the Greek Armed ForcesGreeceAthens
 Radio S.E.U: Radio Juventud de CadizSpainCadiz
 Radio Juventud de MadridSpainMadrid
 Radio MenorcaSpainMahon
 FET-1 Radio Falange de ValladolidSpainValladolid
1304AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyBamberg
Berchtesgaden
Heidelberg
Regensburg
Sonthofen
 American Forces Radio StationTrieste Free TerritoryTrieste, Zone A
1313Radio KlagenfurtAustriaKlagenfurt II
 Sendergruppe AlpenlandAustriaLeoben
Mariazell
 EAJ56 Radio SalamancaSpainSalamanca
1322Radio RibatejoPortugalSantarem
1331RAI Radio ItalianaItalyBari I
Bologna I
Catania I
Genova I
Messina I
Palermo I
Pescara I
Roma I
1340BBC European ServiceGreat BritainCrowborough
1349RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley]FranceClermont
Dijon
Grenoble I
Limoges II
Nantes
Toulouse II
1358Radio BremenWest GermanyBremen
 Emissora Nacional de RadiodifusaoPortugalFaro
1367AFRS Blue Danube NetworkAustriaSt.Johann
 BFN British Forces NetworkWest GermanyBonn
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyBari 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 RadiodifusaoPortugalCoimbra
 Swiss Broadcasting CorporationSwitzerlandBasel
Chur
Saviese
Sool
1376RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceLille I
 RT Francaise Foreign ServiceFranceLille I
 EAJ41 Radio CorunaSpainCoruna
1385British Forces Radio StationTrieste Free TerritoryTrieste, Zone A
1394AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyStraubing
1395Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-RotAustriaBad Ischl
Radstadt
Windishgarten
1403RT Francaise Parisienne Network [Reseau Ferrie]FranceBordeaux II
Louvetot
Montpellier I
Nice II
Quimper II
1412Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyBad Mergentheim
Loffelstelzen
 EAJ23 Radio GandiaSpainGandia
 EAJ61 Radio JaenSpainJaen
1421Radio SaarbruckenSaarSaarbrucken I
1428Radio Falange de OviedoSpainOviedo
1430SER: EAJ11 Radio ReusSpainReus
1432EAJ 13 Radio MallorcaSpainMallorca
1439Radio LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourg II
1447SER: EAJ4 Radio GalaciaSpainSantiago de Compostela
1448RAI Radio ItalianaItalyAncona II
Catania II
Firenze II
Palermo II
San Remo II
Sassari II
Torino II
 Emissora Nacional de RadiodifusaoPortugalGuarda
 SER: EAJ31 Radio AlicanteSpainAlicante
 EAJ27 Radio CastillaSpainCastilla
 EAJ16 Radio GranadaSpainGranada
 EAJ47 Radio ValldolidSpainValladolid
1457Landseender VorarlbergAustriaSchruns
 Radio Wien IIAustriaAmstetten
Gloggnitz
St.Polten
Wr.Neustadt
 BBC WestGreat BritainBartley
Brighton
Folkestone
Hastings
 EAJ62 Radio VitoriaSpainVitoria
1460Radio Polo NortePortugalCoramulo
1466Radio Monte CarloMonacoMonte Carlo
1475EAJ22 Radio HuescaSpainHuesca
1484RT Francaise National Network [Reseau Branley]FranceAnnemasse
Caen
Poitiers
St.Brieux
 RT Francaise Paris Inter NetworkFranceGrenoble II
Montpellier II
 Bayerischer RundfunkWest GermanyAugsburg
Coburg
Kempten
Landshut
Passau
Regensburg
Weiden
Wurzburg
 BBC LondonGreat BritainRamsgate
 BBC NorthernGreat BritainBarrow
 National Broadcasting Institute RegionalGreeceVolos
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyLa Spezia I
Verona I
Bolzano II
Cagliari II
Udine II
 EAJ52 Radio ExtramaduraSpainExtramadura
 RAI Radio ItalianaTrieste Free TerritoryTrieste II, Zone A
 HV5 Radio VaticanVatican CityVatican City
1492EAJ72 Radio ZamoraSpainZamora
1493Sendergruppe Rot-Weiss-RotAustriaMittersill
Saalfelden
Schwarzach
St.Michael
 RT Francaise Paris Inter NetworkFranceMarseilles III
Nancy III
Nantes II
Strasbourg III
Toulouse III
 EAJ44 Radio AlbaceteSpainAlbacete
 EAJ40 Radio PontevedraSpainPontevedra
1495Radio AltitudePortugalGuarda
1500SER: EAJ54 Radio AlciraSpainAlcira
 EAJ 14 Radio CastellonSpainCastellon
 EAJ50 Radio Las PalmasSpainLas Palmas
1502AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyGiessen
Hof
1511Belgian National Broadcasting Service Flemish NetworkBelgiumBrussels Regional
 National Broadcasting Institute RegionalGreeceChania
Patras
 Radio S.E.U: Radio SoriaSpainSoria
 EAJ 17 Radio MurciaSpainMurcia
1529Emissora Nacional de RadiodifusaoPortugalMadeira
 HV100 Radio VaticanVatican CityVatican City
1538SudwestfunkWest GermanyBad Durheim
Ravensburg
Reutlingen
1546BBC Third ProgrammeGreat BritainBelfast
Bournemouth
Brighton
Dundee
Exeter
Fareham
Leeds
Liverpool
Plymouth
Preston
Redruth
Sheffield
Stockton
 Radio Pendas de SaudePortugalCovilha
1554RT Francaise Paris Inter NetworkFranceNice I
1562Emissora Nacional de RadiodifusaoPortugalPorto II
 Portuense Radio ClubePortugalOporto
1570Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyLingen
1578RAI Radio ItalianaItalyAncona 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
1586Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyBonn
Hannover
Kiel
Munster
Oldenburg
Osnabruck
1594RT Francaise Paris Inter NetworkFranceNimes
Toulon
 Stichtung Nederlandsche Radio UnieHollandHengelo
Hoogezand
Hulzberg
 Emissores Associados de Lisboa: Radio Peninsula Radio Graca Voz de Lisboa Club Radiofonico Radio ResturacaoPortugalLisbon
1602Bayerischer RundfunkWest GermanyNurnberg
Kirchheim
Landau
 Emissora Reunidos do NortePortugalOporto

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 in 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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