Polish Radio
Native name
Polskie Radio S.A.
Company typeSole-shareholder company of the State Treasury
IndustryMass media
Founded18 August 1925 (1925-08-18)
FounderZygmunt Chamiec and Tadeusz Sułowski
Al. Niepodległości 77/85, 00–977 Warsaw
Area served
Key people
Paweł Majcher (general director)
ProductsBroadcasting, radio, web portals
ServicesRadio broadcasting
Interval signal used by Polskie Radio since the 1920s
Polish Radio's headquarters in Warsaw
Reach of Polish Radio transmitters on 31 Aug 1939

The Polish Radio (PR; Polish: Polskie Radio, PR) is a national public-service radio broadcasting organization of Poland, founded in 1925. It is owned by the State Treasury of Poland. On 27 December 2023, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, due to the President's veto on the financing of the company, placed it in liquidation.[1]


Polskie Radio was founded on 18 August 1925 and began making regular broadcasts from Warsaw on 18 April 1926.

Before the Second World War, Polish Radio operated one national channel – broadcast from 1931 from one of Europe's most powerful longwave transmitters, situated at Raszyn just outside Warsaw and destroyed in 1939 due to invasion of German Army – and nine regional stations:

A tenth regional station was planned for Łuck, but the outbreak of war meant that it never opened.

The invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union led to the destruction of the network in September 1939, with its final broadcast being a performance of Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. posth. by Władysław Szpilman. Years later, Szpilman played the same piece for the reopening of the station.[2]

After the war, Polskie Radio was reconstructed with the assistance of the Soviet Red Army, which valued radio as a propaganda medium.[2] It came under the tutelage of the state public broadcasting body Komitet do Spraw Radiofonii "Polskie Radio" (later "Polskie Radio i Telewizja" – PRT, Polish Radio and Television). This body was dissolved in 1992, Polskie Radio S.A. and Telewizja Polska S.A. becoming politically dependent corporations, each of which was admitted to full active membership of the European Broadcasting Union on 1 January 1993 with the merger of EBU and OIRT.



Regional stations

Polskie Radio also operates 17 regional radio stations (operating on FM and DAB+), located in:

City stations

Polskie Radio offers city stations in:

All city stations but Radio Szczecin Extra are being broadcast on FM and in Internet, while Radio Szczecin Extra is available only in Internet and via DAB+.


Polskie Radio also offers regional digital-only stations (all operating in Internet and DAB+ only) in:


Music charts

Polskie Radio Trójka has been compiling Polish music charts since 1982 – in an era before there were any commercial sales or airplay rankings – making them a significant record of musical popularity in Poland. Chart archives dating from 1982 are available to the public via the station's website.[13]

Notable people associated with Polskie Radio

Czesław Miłosz, recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature, worked as a literary programmer at Polish Radio Wilno in 1936.[14]

See also

Flagship commercial radio stations in Poland:


  1. ^ "TVP, PR i PAP w stanie likwidacji. Nagła decyzja MKiDN". 2023-12-27.
  2. ^ a b Applebaum, Anne (2012). Iron Curtain : The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56. New York: Doubleday. pp. 181–187. ISBN 978-0-7139-9868-9.
  3. ^ "Strona główna - Jedynka". PolskieRadio.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  4. ^ "Strona główna – Dwójka". PolskieRadio.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  5. ^ "Strona główna – Trójka". PolskieRadio.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  6. ^ "Polskie Radio 24 – nowy portal informacyjny Polskiego Radia". PolskieRadio24.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  7. ^ "Strona główna – Czwórka". PolskieRadio.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  8. ^ "Strona główna – Radio Chopin". PolskieRadio.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  9. ^ "Strona główna – Polskie Radio Dzieciom". PolskieRadio.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  10. ^ "Polskie Radio Kierowców | Strona Główna". radiokierowcow.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  11. ^ "Strona główna – Radio Rytm". PolskieRadio.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  12. ^ "Radio Poland :: News from Poland". external.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  13. ^ "PR Program 3 Music Chart archives (Archiwum Listy Przebojów Programu Trzeciego)". www.lp3.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2022-01-07.
  14. ^ Haven, Cynthia L. (2006). Czesław Miłosz: Conversations. University Press of Mississippi. pp. xxiv. ISBN 9781578068296.