The major Denmark radio stations are controlled by Danmarks Radio or DR. DR is license fee financed and everyone in Denmark who wants to watch tv or listen to the radio must pay this yearly fee.
Actually most people pay every 6 months. There are different levels of fees. One is for radio only, one is for radio and black and white tv (like who has a black and white TV anymore) and the other is for radio and color TV. Even if you use a computer to listen to radio or watch TV, you still need this license.
DR has 4 public radio stations, which are known as P1, P2, P3 and P4. The P stands for program, so it is Program 1 Radio, Program 2 Radio, etc. . Each station has its own distinct type of programing.
P1 is a talk radio station with various guests (if you listen often enough, they seem to repeat many of the same guests) discussing the hot topics of the day. The discussions are in Danish, but occaisionally you will international guests. Discussions are often very deep, thought provoking, analytical and controversial. Their listening audience is not very large and this is not one of the most popular radio stations in Denmark.
P2 is a classical station featuring lots of classical music including chamber music, opera, jazz and art noveau style music. They also do book reviews and some guest artist interviews. Probably the most popular of the 4 stations - well okay it is just my favorite of the 4!
P3 specializes in popular music including rock and pop music. There are also popular entertainment shows, sporting events and hourly news bulletins.
P4 is the local radio stations in Denmark. There are 11 such stations and each serves a different part of Denmark. The 11 stations are:
Each name will tell you in what region of Denmark it serves.
P4 will transmit both local and national news, traffic reports, popular music and many of the same programs are on each station. Now do not let the above dissuade you from listening, because there are also independant Denmark radio stations on the dial!
Some of the other stations are Go FM, The Voice, Nova FM, Pop FM, and Radio ALFA. Again these are regional radio stations and they may not be available in certain parts of Denmark. Overall the number of radio stations in Denmark is pretty low and the variety is limited.
You can listen to all these Denmark radio stations on the internet or you can listen to all the DR Denmark stations on www.dr.dk. Remember as you go about your daily life in Denmark, you can also choose to listen to online radio stations from your homeland at the above link too1 :)
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