Germany P3


A report dated December 2008 stated “There are 82 active hospital radio stations in Germany”. The number of services that may have existed needs to be established.

As of September 2016 only the history of three services have been identified and further research into the history of hospital broadcasting in Germany is required.   

  1. Backnang 

1.1 Radio 88 Klinikfunk Rems-Murr (1988) 

A service called Radio 88 Klinikfunk Rems-Murr (Hospital Radio Rems-Murr) started broadcasting in 1988. 

“It all began in 1987 with a wanted advert in a newspaper seeking “radio enthusiastic people”. A team of 9 members was formed who together planned the first studio in Backnang and using a landline network. Initially the service broadcasted twice a week. The transmission times were soon extended so that by 1989 the service was presented every day”. 

  1. Waiblingen 

2.1 The Patient Waiblingen Broadcasting Service (1993) 

Five years after the first broadcast the members of Radio 88 helped establish: a similar service in Waiblingen. “The Patient Waiblingen Broadcasting Service was established in 1993 under the direction of Radio 88”. 

  1. Stuttgart 

3.1 RiO Children’s Hospital Radio (1982)

A service for children operates at the Olga Hospital in Stuttgart.

“Young radio broadcasters produce radio programmes for young patients, imparting knowledge about everyday life at a children’s hospital”.

“In between, tedious examinations and doctors’ visits are on the agenda. So they welcome any kind of diversion. Fortunately for them, every Wednesday the children’s hospital radio programme RiO goes on the air at Olga Hospital in Stuttgart with entertaining and encouraging reports on day-to-day life at the hospital. Young radio broadcasters who are patients at the children’s hospital immerse themselves in the world of radio and develop their own reports together with teachers at Olga Hospital’s school for patients”

“Other small patients sit at the other end of the radio receiver and listen to insights provided by a senior physician, an interview with the hospital cook, and a radio play devoted to the subject of “oxygen measurement. No patient can be approached between 11 am and 4 pm on Wednesdays: its radio time!”