Radio continues to reach people: Some 80 per cent of the German population aged ten or above use it each day. Of the ten most popular stations, three come from Cologne.
As the second largest broadcasting company in Europe, the WDR has a range of stations which broadcast on the radio network. A particularly large number of listeners throughout Germany tune in to WDR 2, WDR 4 and the young people’s station 1Live. The many other stations which broadcast from the media metropolis on the Rhine also contribute to the great variety available on the radio, for example the local market leader Radio Köln, Kölncampus (the largest university radio in Germany) and Deutschlandfunk. Whether analogue or digital, on air or online, live or listened to later via podcast – Cologne’s radio processionals take advantage of all the opportunities to reach their target groups. They also succeed in doing this in the numerous events with which they enrich Cologne’s cultural life. Radio plays have a long tradition in Cologne. It was no coincidence that the WDR and its subsidiary WDR mediagroup launched the German Audiobook Prize in 2003. This is awarded each year at a ceremonial gala – naturally in the media city on the Rhine.