North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s largest radio market. There is nowhere else where the network of public and private radio operators is so concentrated, or where more listeners are reached – via VHF or Internet stream, regionally or locally. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW backs German-language radio drama with bursaries and production funding as well as various radio prizes and events. 

Facts and figures 

  • Germany’s largest radio market
  • four of the stations with the largest audience in Germany
  • WDR reaches almost 8 million listeners each day
  • 45 local radios of radio NRW have maintained the leading position for several years
  • numerous award ceremonies – from the 1LIVE Krone to the NRW-Hörfunkpreis

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Radio in NRW

Valerie Weber
Director of Radio WDR
Westdeutscher Rundfunk is first and foremost a little piece of home for the people in North Rhine-Westphalia. We also give a home to the creative artists with our 11 studios in all of the regions throughout North Rhine-Westphalia - from Aachen to Siegen, from Münster to Bonn. WDR has long since become more than just television and radio and is now also conquering the digital platforms with its diverse content.
Jochen Rausch
Head of Programming 1LIVE, Deputy Director Radio, WDR
Although NRW is now called sector by 1LIVE, many radio practitioners are nonetheless envious of what we have: quantity and quality are not mutually exclusive in NRW. Even large stations still have place for experiments, and there are regular slots at 1LIVE for radio drama, features and readings.
Sabine Heinrich
WDR2-Presenter
At breakfast in Münster Hiltrup, in a traffic jam on the B1, on a construction site in Alsdorf, under the shower in Essen Werden, secretly in a maths lesson in Oerlinghausen, jogging up the hill to the Hermann in Detmold, when waking up/ falling asleep/dosing/making love in a bedroom in Nettersheim, when smooching in the Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg ... I like to join in all the time. Thank you for letting me.
Timo Naumann
Managing Director Verband Lokaler Rundfunk in NRW e.V.
NRW creates unique conditions for local radio: the people, the mentality, the subjects and the events. Only those close to the action stay relevant for the listeners and offer them the right information and entertainment. That's precisely what NRW's local stations do.
Peter Limbourg
Director General, Deutsche Welle
Creative, international and diverse - that's what NRW is. Every day, it provides material for stories about outstanding subjects and people. Industry 4.0 and InnovationAlliance, theBeethoven Festival and the Ruhrfestspiele - that's how the Deutsche Welle reaches the global decision-makers on a worldwide basis.
Sven Thölen
Managing Dircetor radio NRW
Hardly anyone knows NRW and its people as well as the staff of local radio stations in NRW. Drawing on a close-knit network and excellently positioned throughout the region, NRW's local radios make a decisive contribution to the editorial quality and local diversity in the media region of NRW.
Michael Dietz
presenter Aktuelle Stunde WDR
Urbanity and rusticality are united here in a warmth that's unique in Germany. Perhaps not everything is wonderful, but the charm never gets lost and it's never boring.
Stefan Raue
Director-General, Deutschlandradio
We have been producing programmes from Cologne for all of Germany for more than fifty years. The most populous federal state also plays an important role as an area of reporting. Our broadcasting centre in Berlin and a network of correspondents at home and abroad guarantee the particularly diverse perspective that one can rightly expect from a national radio station.