Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Free Europe FM

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].

Share your own memories of Free Europe Radio

87.6BFN British Forces NetworkWest GermanyBerlin
 Hessischer RundfunkWest GermanyBiedenkopf II
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyGeislingen-Oberbohringen
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyWitthoh I
87.9Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyLubeck
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyHeidelberg-Konigstuhl I
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyBlauen II
88.2Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyMunchen
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyReichberg II
 Radio SaarbruckenSaarSaarbrucken II
88.5Radio OsterreichAustriaInnsbruck
 Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyGelbelsee
 Hessischer RundfunkWest GermanyFeldberg I
88.8Bayerischer RundfunkWest GermanyBurgstall
 Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyBelin
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyGottingen
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyBonn
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyMuhlacker
88.85Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyBad Mergentheim-Loffelstelzen
89.1Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyTraunstein-Hochberg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyAachen
 Radio BremenWest GermanyBremen
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyAalen I
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyHochreinsender I
Mainz II
89.4Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyRothbul
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyFlensburg
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyBetsdorf II
Hornisgrinde II
89.6Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyStuttgart-Funkhaus
89.7Radio OsterreichAustriaBregrenz
 Bayerische undfunkWest GermanyBerchtesgaden
 Hessischer RundfunkWest GermanyHardberg II
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyKoln
89.9SudwestfunkWest GermanyBaden-Baden I
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyMonte Penice II
90.0Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyCoburg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyBerlin
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyHaardtkopf II
90.3Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyBad Reichenhall
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyWeinbiet II
90.6Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyGrunten
90.9Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyBamberg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyBraunschweig
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyStuttgart-Degerloch I
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyKoblenz II
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyBologna III
91.2Radio OsterreichAustriaGraz
 Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyWurzburg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyOldenburg
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyPotzberg II
Witthoh II
91.4BBC Third ProgrammeGreat BritainWrotham
91.5Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyBrotjacklriegel
Nurnberg [Schweinau]
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyUlm-Wilhelmsburg
Heidelberg-Konigstuhl II
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyBlauen I
91.7AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyHoechst
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyMonte Penice III
91.8Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyLandshut
 Hessischer RundfunkWest GermanyWurzburg II
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanySiegen
 Radio BremenWest GermanyBremerhaven
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyReichberg I
92.1Hessischer RundfunkWest GermanyFeldberg II
92.4Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyLingen
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyWaldburg II
92.5SudwestfunkWest GermanyBaden-Baden II
92.7Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyAalen II
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyHochrheinsender II
92.9RAI Radio ItalianaTrieste Free TerritoryTrieste III
93.0Radio OsterreichAustriaKlagenfurt
 Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyKreuzberg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyHannover
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyBetsdorf I
Hornisgrinde I
93.3Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyKoln
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyOsterloog
93.6RIAS Radio in American SectorWest GermanyWest Berlin
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyOsnabruck
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyWaldenburg
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyHaardtkopf I
93.7RAI Radio ItalianaItalyMilano II
93.8BBC Third ProgrammeGreat BritainWrotham
93.9AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyHeidelberg
 Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyMoritzberg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyNordhelle
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyFirenze III
94.2Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyPfaffenberg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyKiel
94.5Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyHohe Linie
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyMunster
 Suddeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyStuttgart-Degerloch II
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyKoblenz I
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyNapoli III
94.8Radio OsterreichAustriaSalzburg
 Swiss Broadcasting CorporationSwitzerlandSt.Anton
94.9AFN American Forces NetworkWest GermanyFrankfurt
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyGenova II
Venezia III
95.1Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyHamburg
95.4SudwestfunkWest GermanyPotzberg I
95.7Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk NORDWest GermanyBungsberg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyLangenberg
95.9RAI Radio ItalianaItalyTorino II
96.0SudwestfunkWest GermanyLinz am Rhine II
96.3Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyHamburg
96.6BFN British Forces NetworkWest GermanyHerford
 Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyButtelberg
96.9RAI Radio ItalianaItalyGenova III
97.8Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyHohenpeissenberg
 Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkWest GermanyHannover
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyLinz-am-Rhine I
98.4Bayerische RundfunkWest GermanyHuhnerberg
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyMonschau
98.9RAI Radio ItalianaItalyRoma III
Torino III
99.0RTF Culture Francaise/Club d’EssaiFranceRomainville
 Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk WESTWest GermanyTeutoburger Wald
99.3Radio OsterreichAustriaLinz
 BFN British Forces NetworkWest GermanyDrachenberg
 SudwestfunkWest GermanyWolfsheim II
99.9Radio OsterrreichAustriaWien
 RAI Radio ItalianaItalyMilano 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 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
Playboy magazine
Pat Benetar
Pierce Brosnan
Alex Van Halen
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Bassinger
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

From Here to Eternity

Roman Holiday

The War of the Worlds

Peter Pan

The Big Heat

Stalag 17

House of Wax

Little Fugitive

Julius Caesar

The Band Wagon

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

Classic Sinatra – His Great Performances 1953-1960

The Best Years of Our Lives 1953

Your Hit Parade: 1953

Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked The Jukebox 1953

Hits of 1953 – Coronation Party

Reflecting on Free Europe

Top 10 Recommended Reading available right now:

Cold War Radio: The Dangerous History of American Broadcasting in Europe, 1950–198

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: The CIA Years and Beyond

Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy: My War Within the Cold War

London Calling: Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War

Discovering the Hidden Listener: An Empirical Assessment of Radio Liberty and Western Broadcasting to the USSR during the Cold War

Broadcasting Empire: The BBC and the British World, 1922-1970

Sparks of Liberty: An Insider’s Memoir of Radio Liberty

The Voice of America and the Domestic Propaganda Battles, 1945-1953 (Volume 1)

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

Trieste Crisis 1953: The First Cold War Confrontation in Europe

Share your own memories of Free Europe Radio

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)
Share this to your favourite social media
Comments: 0

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *