On Friday night our much-loved colleague from Radio Prague, Olga Szantova, died at the age of 71: the end of a long battle with cancer and a life that was quite exceptional. She will be hugely missed not just by colleagues but also by many thousands of listeners, who had grown to know her over a radio career that spanned over 40 years. David Vaughan remembers.
On Thursday Czech Radio became part of the international multimedia project Tesla Planetary Gathering. The project was initiated by Serbian Radio Belgrade, and it aims to create a network of radio stations connecting the towns where Nikola Tesla lived and worked. A newly-installed bust of Tesla, unveiled yesterday in the Czech Radio building, is a memorial to the scientist who established the basic concept of radio technology, a genius who spent a significant part of his scientific and intellectual life at the Technical University in Prague. Mirna
One of the thousands of people who have worked at the station over the years is the UK-based writer and broadcaster Benjamin Kuras. Not only did Mr Kuras work at Czech Radio - he was actually on the staff here at Radio Prague. However, his time here was cut short when he - like many of his generation - left Czechoslovakia in the wake of the Soviet-led invasion of August, 1968. On a recent visit to our studio, Benjamin Kuras told Ian Willoughby exactly how long he had been at Radio Prague.
In 1930, just seven years after radio broadcasting was established in the former Czechoslovakia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs came up with the idea of creating a shortwave service which would present the country abroad. Five years later workmen began assembling shortwave transmitters and on August 31st, 1936 the station first went on the air with a speech in English by the technical director of Czechoslovak Radio. This day marked the birth of international broadcasting in Czechoslovakia.
After 1989, Czechoslovak Radio, just like almost every other institution in this country had to find a new identity. Almost overnight, it ceased to be the voice of the state and changed into a broadcaster whose goal was to provide unbiased information, education and entertainment to listeners in an increasingly competitive environment. In 1991, Czechoslovak Radio became a public-service institution, independent of the state and funded by subscription fees. 1993 was another milestone for the broadcaster - the split of Czechoslovakia gave birth to
In this week's edition of our weekly special on the history of Czech Radio - marking the station's 80th anniversary - Martin Hrobsky looks at the role radio played during the Prague Spring. It was 1968 in Czechoslovakia and optimism was in the air: students, workers, and intellectuals alike were calling for change in a political and economic system that was no longer meeting the needs of the people. The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia knew this, and once a number of innocent reforms were carried out, the winds of change could not be
In this week's edition of our special history of Czech Radio to mark the station's 80th anniversary, Rob Cameron looks at the station's unique role in the Second World War. Broadcasts from that time bear witness to Czechoslovakia's painful wartime experience: from early Radio Prague reports countering hostile Nazi propaganda, to the Nazi-run "Bohmen und Mahren" station announcing the names of Czechs executed in reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich, to the famous "Revolutionary Radio" of May 1945 calling on Czechs to rise up against their