The English-language service of Radio Luxembourg began in 1933 as one of the earliest commercial radio stations broadcasting to Britain. It was an important forerunner of pirate radio and modern commercial radio in the United Kingdom. It boasted the most powerful transmitter in the world (1200 kW broadcasting on medium wave); in the late 1930s, and again in the 1950s and 1960s, it captured very large audiences in the British Isles with its programmes of popular entertainment.
The final broadcast of the old Radio Luxembourg was on 30th December 1992, and I was there to hear it all and tape it. The 2 old C90 tapes I did have now been transfered to MP3 so they will last a bit longer. Never know one day I may put them on here for you to download, if RTL allow me !
1951, Radio Luxembourg transfers its English programming to medium wave on the AM band on a frequency of 1440 KHz, or 208 meters (wavelength). “Two-Oh-Eight” quickly becomes a new musical reference point for young Britons. It was a time of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Radio Luxembourg delivered it in quantity to the masses. ‘208’ becomes the best-known radio wavelength and gains massive acclaim as The Station of the Stars. For the next several decades, this English Service of Radio Luxembourg inspires and influences all those involved in any aspect of the music and recording industries: musicians, DJs, promoters, record companies and bands; even news organizations. Radio Luxembourg’s influence, even in English, included the European continent as well. Listeners, especially at night, numbered in the millions. Some Europeans say today they learned to speak English just by listening regularly to Radio Luxembourg. It’s certainly where they got their rock ‘n’ roll!
2011 : Radio Luxembourg is broadcasting via internet radio, you can listen from your PC or internet radio 24/7 at www.radioluxembourg.co.uk