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Radio Berlin International

Radio Berlin International
Type Radio broadcasting
Country  East Germany
Availability International
Launch date
May 1959
Dissolved 2 October 1990
A Radio Berlin International QSL card

Radio Berlin International was the international broadcaster for the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).


  • History 1
  • RBI revival rumours 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


Radio Berlin International (RBI) started in May 1959 to counter Deutsche Welle, the West German international broadcaster.[1] Much of its output was news reports and information about the GDR. It offered a state-sponsored view on life in a socialist country. It distributed large quantities of colorful and professionally produced publicity material about life in the GDR to its listeners.

RBI used transmitters at Leipzig, Königs-Wusterhausen, and Nauen. In 1964, RBI's system at Nauen built by the state enterprises VEB Funkwerk Berlin Köpenick and VEB Industrieprojekte featured rotatable tiltable antennas under remote control and able to handle 200 KW of power, making RBI the second most powerful shortwave service in the Soviet bloc.[2]

The broadcaster ceased operations on 2 October 1990 just before German reunification.[1] The final broadcast was noted for the bitterness among some RBI staff about its "takeover", rather than "unification" with Deutsche Welle. The last words were, "Take care and good luck."

Radio Berlin International broadcast in many languages, with many of its announcers at the different services — such as English, French and even Danish — coming from their country's respective communist parties. It was one of the major international broadcasters of the Cold War era.

RBI revival rumours

In August of 2012, Taiwan-based

  • RBI final English broadcast - Part 1
  • RBI final English broadcast - Part 2
  • Affectionate history blog of RBI
  • program of 25 August 2012Media Network Plus

External links

See also

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