Polish Radio Stations
Why not practice your Polish language skills by listening to Polish radio stations?
Listening to any of the radio stations listed below can open your horizons and give you first-hand experience with Polish language, culture, and music. And it does not matter if you are only starting your linguistic study of Polish or if you are an experienced, consummate Polish language user. Anybody who tries to master this difficult language can benefit from listening to Polish radio.
Passive listening is very important in learning a language; here is a perfect chance to get yourself exposed to the live language. Even if you don’t consciously listen to something, your brain is still registering the sounds, the pronunciation, the accents, and the tone of voice — meaning that you are subconsciously expanding your knowledge of the language without focusing on it.
So, enjoy some live Polish music or news and do not worry if you can’t understand every word. With time, your brain will start picking up the meanings that you learn and associate them with sounds that it has heard before!
NATIONAL POLISH RADIO STATIONS
This is the website of the Polish national radio Polskie Radio. It has four different channels, with each of them having different functions and offering a variety of entertainment. An eager Polish radio listener will find anything on these sites — news, political debates, sport commentaries, live music of all kinds, radio plays, running commentaries, and many more choices. Please note that the website interfaces are in Polish, with no English version available as of yet.
All of the four channels of Polskie Radio are available here:
This is the Polish radio channel for listeners abroad. It offers the contents of classical Polish radio in various foreign languages.
Radio ZET is a commercial Polish radio station with national coverage. It offers a wide mix of news and entertainment, world music, English and American music, Polish music, as well as some commentaries and sports updates.
This link enables you to listen to RMF FM, another Polish commercial radio station. It plays mainly pop and top hits music, but it also broadcasts news, sport commentaries, political debates, various cultural auditions and other content.
Radio Eska is another radio with national coverage; it provides light-hearted entertainment and music of all types, combined with interesting debates and live radio programs. It has several radio stations in all major cities in Poland;
- For a complete list of radio frequencies and Internet links to each regional channel, visit http://www.eska.pl/
TOK FM is a Polish national radio station strongly focused on the spoken word: interviews, commentaries, debates, and news are predominant here and live music is not heard that often. Main topics discussed on TOK FM’s waves are politics and economics.
Radio “Zlote Przeboje” (The Golden Hits) has a mission: to revive and immortalize all classical, immensely popular and appreciated songs — whether they are songs from last year’s hit lists, or from over 50 years ago. Tune in and listen to your favorite song being played non-stop!
Radio Maryja is a national, Roman Catholic radio with a strong emphasis on religious content. Prayers, psalms, and religious commentaries to the Bible are very common, but Radio Maryja also broadcasts political debates and interviews, sometimes with a degree of controversy.
LOCAL POLISH RADIO STATIONS
Radio WaWa is a commercial radio station that caters mainly to listeners in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and in nearby regions. It provides local news updates, live music, radio competitions, and contests.
Radio Krakow is focused on providing news, entertainment, and music of various kinds to its listeners in Krakow and Lesser Poland (Malopolska). It allows listeners to hear news, updates on local weather and traffic conditions in Krakow city, and a wide range of offerings including live music, both foreign and Polish.
Radio Wroclaw offers local news and focuses on the listeners from the Lower Silesia region (Dolny Slask). Apart from news and music it offers radio programs on current cultural and social initiatives in the region, and broadcasts on history, politics, the economy, and sports.
Radio Szczecin is a local radio in northern-western Poland. It offers a good mix of music, local news, road traffic updates, weather forecasts, and updates from the Baltic Sea.
Radio Zachod (Radio West) caters to listeners from western parts of Poland. Here you can find a wide selection of local news and politics, the most popular music, and sometimes radio programs about Germany.
This Catholic radio station plays both Polish and foreign music, but in the evenings you can listen to classical music, church choirs, and instrumental music. It promotes contents related to the region of Lesser Poland (Malopolska) and also traditional Catholic ways of life.
This radio channel allows you to hear Polish music that is currently on top of the charts. This could be a perfect opportunity to get familiar with Polish songs and artists of all types!
This channel of RMF ON enables you to listen to classical Polish rock songs, created in the space of the last 20 to 30 years.
POLISH SUNG POETRY
This radio provides sophisticated broadcasts of Polish poetry and sung literary works, catering to the most demanding culture vultures.
FILM AND CINEMA MUSIC
This channel of RMF ON gives listeners a chance to hear music from the most popular and respected films from all over the world, of all times (includes Polish films).
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