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Aomori Broadcasting Corporation
Native name
Aomori Hōsō Kabushiki Gaisha
FoundedSeptember 30, 1953; 69 years ago (1953-09-30)
Headquarters1-8-1 Matsumori,
Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
Key people
Kenta Yamamoto (President and CEO)
Number of employees
130 (as of April 1, 2021)
Footnotes / references
Data from its Company Profile
AffiliationsNippon News Network and Nippon Television Network System
OwnerAomori Broadcasting Corporation
FoundedSeptember 30, 1953
First air date
October 1, 1959
Former call signs
All-Nippon News Network (April 1, 1975–September 30, 1991)[1]: 80, 117 
Technical information
Licensing authority
WebsiteOfficial site

Aomori Broadcasting Corporation (RAB, 青森放送株式会社, Aomori Hōsō Kabushiki Gaisha) is a television and radio broadcaster in Aomori, Japan. It is affiliated with Japan Radio Network (JRN), National Radio Network (NRN), Nippon News Network (NNN) and Nippon Television Network System (NNS).

As the prefecture doesn't have an FNN/FNS affiliate, RAB alongside ATV & ABA air certain Fuji TV programming.


Launch as radio broadcaster

There were initial attempts to establish a commercial broadcaster in the prefecture in December 1947, which was then supported with the passage of the "Three Radio Laws" (Radio Law, Broadcasting Law, and Radio Supervisory Committee Establishment Law) in 1950.[1]: 22 

At that time, there were competition for private broadcasting license between Radio Tohoku (not related to the former name of Akita Broadcasting), an unnamed local newspaper in Aomori, and Tohoku Broadcasting.[1]: 22–23  In April 1953, Tohoku Radio and Tohoku Broadcasting made a settlement, and Tohoku Broadcasting cancelled its application for a broadcasting license in Aomori Prefecture, and the two cooperated fully.[1]: 26  In August of the same year, Radio Tohoku received its broadcasting license which was then renamed to Radio Aomori on September 26.[1]: 27 

Radio Aomori was then established on September 30, 1953.[2] A day before its establishment, they conducted trial radio broadcasts.[1]: 30  On October 12, 1953, Radio Aomori officially started broadcasting.[1]: 20  Upon its launch, Radio Aomori wasn't receivable to southern parts of the prefecture.[1]: 31  This was later resolved when the Hirosaki relay transmitter was opened in 1956.[1]: 39  According to a survey conducted by the local government of Aomori Prefecture in 1957, Radio Aomori accounted for 76.2% in audience share compared to NHK Radio 1's 21%.[1]: 41 

Expansion to TV broadcasting and further developments on radio

Radio Aomori started preparing to broadcast on TV since August 1955, and obtained a TV broadcast license in October 1957.[1]: 44  They conducted trial broadcasts on September 14, 1959, and officially started TV broadcasting on October 1 of the same year.[1]: 44  RAB initially intended to join JNN. However, before it started broadcasting it was discovered that Nippon TV were the most favorable.[1]: 44  In October 1961 to reflect the rapid development of their television broadcasting, Aomori Radio changed its name to Aomori Broadcasting.[1]: 50  In 1965, RAB joined the JRN and NRN networks at the same time, avoiding costs of having another AM radio station in the prefecture.[1]: 59 

RAB started color TV broadcasting in 1966[1]: 60  and expanded 24 hour broadcasts in May 1970.[1]: 46  On April 1, 1975, RAB started airing TV Asahi programming as it joined ANN after ATV withdrew from being an ANN affiliate.[1]: 80  RAB then withdrew from airing ANN programming when Asahi Broadcasting Aomori opened on October 1, 1991, and continued to air Fuji TV programming.[1]: 117 

In 1991, RAB won 7 awards in the 1991 Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association Award.[1]: 116  Since Video Research started conducting rating surveys in Aomori on 1989, RAB continued to be number 1 in terms of TV rating.[1]: 40 



RAB Radio

Analog TV

JOGR-TV - RAB Television

Digital TV(ID:1)

JOGR-DTV - RAB Digital Television

Radio&TV common






Rival stations


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u 青森放送50年史 [50 Years of Aomori Broadcasting] (in Japanese). Aomori Broadcasting Corporation. 2004. OCLC 639988216.
  2. ^ "会社概要" [Company History]. Aomori Broadcasting (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-08-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)