Sputnik (radio station)

Sputnik (radio station)

Sputnik or MDR Sputnik is a youth-oriented, mainly alternative German radio station, and is part of Leipzig-based public broadcaster MDR. The station, which plays primarily a huge variety of pop and rock music, is the successor to the East German youth station DT64, founded in 1964. It was given its present name on May 1, 1993, following German reunification in 1990; the new name, inspired by the Soviet Sputnik satellite, was the suggestion of Saxon prime minister Kurt Biedenkopf. While DT64 broadcast throughout former East Germany, Sputnik is available on FM only in three of the five Federal states which replaced the GDR; it is available throughout Europe on satellite radio via the Astra satellite.

Due to restructuring the program in December 2006 English news are broadcast the whole afternoon, between 1.30 P.M. and 6.30 P.M.

Sputnik also operates an internet radio station, Sputnik.de, which has channels for World Music, melancholic music, R&B, dance, rock music, a stream broadcasting the alternative evening programme Popkult the whole day.

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