Polskie Radio Spółka Akcyjna (PR S.A., "Polish Radio") is Poland's public radio network broadcasting corporation.
Polskie Radio was founded on August 18, 1925. Regular broadcasting was started on 18 April 1926
. From 1931 broadcasts were transmitted by one of the strongest stations in Europe in Raszyn
(which in 1939 was destroyed by the invading German Army
). After the Second World War
, Polskie Radio was as a part of the public broadcasting body Polskie Radio i Telewizja
(PRT - Polish Radio and Television). It was admitted as a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union
Before the Second World War, Polish Radio broadcasted one national channel (Warszawa I) and 9 regional stations (see: : [[Krakow (from 15/2/1927), Poznan (from 24/4/1927), Katowice (from 4/12/1927), Wilno (from 15/1/1928), Lwow (from 15/1/1930), Lodz (from 2/2/1930), Torun (from 15/1/1935), Warszawa II (from 1/3/1937) and Baranowicze (from 1/7/1938). Polish Radio planned to start new regional station in Lutsk, but the war made it impossible.
Today Polskie Radio broadcasts 6 national radio channels:
- Program 1 (Jedynka - One) - (information and easy listening music) - LW (198kHz and 225 kHz), FM and the internet
- Program 2 (Dwójka - Two) - (cultural) - FM and the internet
- Program 3 (Trójka - Three) - (alternative, jazz, rock and all other music) - FM and the internet
- Polskie Radio Euro - (youth oriented, educational) - FM and the internet
- Polish Radio External Service (till January 2007 as Radio Polonia - (external service in Polish, English, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Hebrew) - shortwave, medium wave, satellite and the internet
- Radio Parlament - (parliament speeches) - LW
- Service in Esperanto - separate internet service
and 17 regional radiostations in Bialystok, Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice (Radio Katowice - one of the largest regional channel), Kielce, Koszalin, Kraków (Radio Kraków), Lublin (Radio Lublin), Lodz, Olsztyn, Opole, Poznan, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Wroclaw, Warszawa (Radio dla Ciebie) and Zielona Gora.
(Trójka - Three) - (alternative, jazz, rock and all other music) - FM i
has been listing the Polish poll-charts since 1982. In the 80's and the 90's, when there wasn't any airplay and sales hitlists on Polish market, it was the most important music chart in Poland. The chart archives from 1982 are here: