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The remembrance day to the date  of

1956. October, 23.

 The public radio celebrates
within broadcasting documentaries, having live connections to the festive scenes and opens its doors to the public with a historical exhibition at
the radio’s museum


The first major historical discovery of mankind was  by  Christopher COLUMBUS, the explorer to reach the shores  in 1492 of America.

Before the second major historical discovery of mankind was Capt. COOK’s discovery in 1770 of Australia.

The second major historical discovery of mankind was undertaken by Thomas EDISON to invent and develop of radio technology in 1885.

Let alone, the history of the “birth” of the radio  was involved by several scientific individuals. So by the late 19th century, it was clear to various scientists and experimenters that wireless communication was possible and alive.

As the history’s decades rolled along, the radio became important for economic, political and nationalistic reasons.

I would say, it was a naval string to reach out over the borders by sharing information and connecting people.

Even to-day, as the technical revolution have had been taken far ahead, it still has a strong connection  for many individuals all over the World.

Leaving the way back historical  times and data, to-day’s main update is to give an overview of  Hungary’s  55th year’s anniversary of the public radio, as a part in the War of Revolution.

The representatives of the Press and Media were invited to participate on a tour in Europe’s oldest radio building. Not just the building’s age was surprising with its existent of 85 years that lifted up the heads, but the fact of the Hungarian Radio, at the time being was on-air as the third existing transmitting radio in the World.

Throughout the 85 years,  past and present collected and displayed selection of transmitting belongings at the Radio’s Museum was on display. Within the 85 years, the Hungarian Radio developed its own Symphonic   Orchestra, the initiator was  Ernő DOHNÁNYI.  Dohnányi’s main objective target was to bring to the highest standard the live music through to the radio-listeners and concert-lovers.  The Orchestra was known  outside the country as  BpSO. During the years of the WW2, Dohnányi selected on his own the Orchestra’s musicians. His main selection was connected to religion, as to save the lives of the jewish musicians.  The internationally and worldwide already known musician and the Hungarian Radio’s  own Orchestra was out of harm. Dohnányi saved many lives in those dark days.

The Radio’s BUNKER, for many was a taboo, as  an unknown building which is not under the ground, but above the surface. Even was not known about the function of it between the local workers. The representatives of the press and media  had a chance to glance on the one-and-only treasure of voluminous archive documents, that lay there for decades-. Inside the fence of the radio’s six-storey HQ’s contains this 3 meter thick walls of concrete. Mr. István JONÁS, Director of the Hungarian Radio (MR Zrt.) said: This secret building was built the yard area in ‘52. Was in use by spying their own broadcasting, radio co-workers between March, 15. 1957 until 1991. The bunker was build-up in the time of Mátyás RÁKOSI, for the purpose to give shelter  to the broadcasting workers on-air, if there were to be a bomb blast. The authorities of the Security of State were the regular visitors. Behind the walls they had two studios.  One held within the walls as  the  tapping center.

The bunker will  be opened between October,19-21 to cca. 340  high-school pupils, as to have at the spot a live history class. This irregular hour is a part of the series of the 1956’s festive programs given by the Public Radio. Throughout  the day of October, 23 there will be many formal programs broadcasting through the Public Radio and other media channels.

The mission to visit the  bunker is to challenge, generate new knowledge, and to deepen the understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities. Within the plans for the coming future, the Museum of the Radio wish to provide exhibitions, research, tours, lectures to open it’s doors to everyone that feels the need to expand their knowledge behind the walls of the World’s  second major invented  senario.

The Director, closing thoughts were by saying: To understand the improvement of to-day’s technical evolution, here at  the museum there are out on display original items, documents that were in use from the past. The Radio has to fulfil the need to outreach activities, as present social and cultural issues that impact communities.

Update and snaps by: Aggie Reiter

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on 24/10/2011 at 10:13

    Fifty five years on , this report is truly an appraisal of how the media dealt with such difficulties in it’s infancy and how it has progressed over time….Very interesting and informative considering the historical importance of it’s early transmissions…Thank You.

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