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.
After the war, Polskie Radio 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.
Polskie Radio also operates 17 regional radio stations (operating on FM, also except Radio Kielce on DAB+), located in:
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 cultural stations (all operating in Internet and DAB+ only) in:
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.
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