This is the International Section of
The Broadcast Archive
Barry Mishkind - The Eclectic Engineer
Danish Broadcast History:
The first station in Denmark
began transmitting in 1922.
In 1926 became the only radio allowed to transmit
in Denmark, using one channel (P1). In 1951 a second channel (P2)
From August 2, 1958 until July 31, 1962 a pirate station called Radio Mercur transmitted commercial radio from a ship in the international
waters between Denmark and Sweden. It was aimed at youthful
listeners. Another pirate, named DCR, or Danmarks
Commercielle Radio, was on air from September 15 1961 until January 29 1962 when
it combined with Radio Mercur. Eventually, the ship called Cheta II was forced - by the
Danish FCC - to stop transmitting. (The law even forbade Danish
citizens from recording programs from Radio Mercur!)
Danmarks Radio began broadcasting as the successor to Statsradiofonien
in 1959. In 1962 Danmarks Radio got one channel more which was
programmed for the young audience. The programming debuted on January 1, 1963.
The different channels have the names P1, P2, P3 and P4. (P4 is the
In 1986 local stations were permitted to originate and
transmit on there own frequencies, using a power of 30 watts from
a height of 40 meters. About 300 such stations are on the air
today in Denmark.
Danish information can be found at http://www.dr.dk
Early regulation of broadcasting
The current regulatory body is the local radio board,
operating under the Cultural Minister.
If you want to start a radio station in Denmark, you
need to get a license from the "local radio board."
Such licenses are available only to companies or organizations
which only have radio as their main activity.
Every municipality has it's own "local radio
board" similar to the US FCC; if there are any complaints
about the radio station the board can take the license away. (The
station can ask the cultural minister to investigate the problem
and restore the license back to the station.)
Thanks to Kristian Rasmussen, Henrik
Noergaard, and Kevin Flynn
for their assistance with this page.