Czech Radio Ostrava

12.00–18.00 Open Day

Come find out what work is behind getting spoken word of presenters and editors or a song to your radio receivers. We offer a tour of the radio broadcast equipment, broadcasting and recording studios. You will learn about the process of producing programs and the work of presenters and editors. First you visit a large music studio, where live concerts are usually held or where music orchestras and bands create their recordings. In the studio you can listen to cimbalom music, learn about the history of radio broadcasting and then you will be picked up by individual guides. The following tour will take you to an outside broadcasting vehicle, which provides live broadcasts and outside recordings. You will look into production rooms in which spoken word is recorded or music recordings edited. Along the route you may see an exhibition of radio broadcasting technology. Then a live broadcast studio will await your visit and the more adventurous of you can become part of a live broadcasting. Directly from the studio you can send greetings to your loved ones or wishes along with a song.

History of Czech Radio Ostrava:

This year the Czech Radio station Ostrava commemorates the 85th anniversary of its founding when the dream came true “for all the radiophony fans from the wider Ostrava region”. It is also the anniversary of the beginning of regular radio broadcasts in Ostrava and its surroundings. In the first years the broadcasting studio was located in unsuitable premises of no longer existing firehouse on Smetana’s Square by the Antonin Dvorak Theater. The studio aired its own program three hours a day, the remaining time was filled by borrowed program from Prague and Brno. In 1936, Radio Ostrava moved from the firehouse to a building on Dr. Šmerala street, where it resides today. This classicist four-story corner building is also called the Rütgers Palace. Julius Rütgers was an owner of a large chemical company in Zábřeh na Moravě. The building was designed for his limited partnership company offices. The author of the design is a German architect Ernst Korner, who has left a noticeable trace in Ostrava in the form of the Commercial bank on Nádražní Street or the reconstruction of the Hotel Palace with the interior design of a café, etc. However, in 1921, before the finishing of the building, Julius Rütgers sold his business and the building became a common property of the Ostrava-Karviná miners. With the newly acquired premises, individual radio redactions were established – literary-dramatic, for children, music, and a large music studio was built where the acoustic plaster was used for the first time… and original production has slowly began to replace borrowed programs. Five years ago, wooden lobby, representative hall on the second floor, wooden spiral staircase and colored stained glass windows went through complete renovation. In 1992, the Ministry of Culture incorporated the building to the list of cultural monuments.


Český rozhlas Ostrava
Dr. Šmerala 2, Ostrava

tel. 596 203 111