WDR 2 is a radio program of the West German Radio, who describes it as his " Informationsleitwelle ". WDR 2 is aimed at a target audience of 25 - to 59 -year-old man and reached an average of about 3.3 million listeners per day.

  • 5.1 Shows 5.1.1 General
  • 5.1.2 Individual shipments morning show
  • With WDR 2 is always good through the day
  • Mittagsmagazin
  • Between the Rhine and Weser
  • Reports of today
  • WDR 2 on Saturday
  • Sunday Questions and WDR 2 on Sunday
  • Liga Live and sports time
  • Staying with Tobias Häusler and Staying with Thomas Bug
  • Evening music programs
  • addition
  • Westzeit
  • Yesterday
  • 5.2.1 Transmitter own news
  • 5.2.2 Transfer of the general WDR News
  • 5.2.3 Regional News NRW info
  • 7.1 General
  • 7.2 Action WDR 2 for a city

Program Profile

WDR 2 is a news and information station that is assigned to the adult contemporary genre. The program is designed to accompany daily, but there are - especially in the evenings - even content that enable selective switching. In the day's program, the program offers a change of news, pop and rock music of the past 30 years, current contributions, service and entertainment. The Wort-/Musikanteil is about 40/60. The program usually includes radio advertising before each full and half hour. Take place every half hour and when required traffic information. The current slogan is " Always there for NRW. "

Programme Head is since 2003 Angelica network, its predecessor was Rheinhold W. Vogt. Musical director is Michael Zimmermann and Sports boss is since 2001 Sabine Töpperwien. It broadcasts primarily from the digital WDR 2 program center at the radio station Wallrafplatz in Cologne. The transmitter has its own hotline that can be reached by e -mail, telephone, fax, and since 2013 also by SMS. The telephone number is free for handset calls for listener requests is a Cologne landline number.

WDR 2 is the most successful information wave and Germany with 1.027 million listeners ( per hour, Monday to Friday 6-18 clock ) after the current radio - Media Analysis 2013 / I at the position 6 of the most listened to radio station in Germany.

Source: ARD - Werbung SALES & SERVICES GmbH


  • Daily reach: All those who heard the station in the daily schedule at least 15 minutes.
  • Market share: Specifies how large is the percentage of the total listening time of all stations in Germany.
  • Widest Audience: All persons who claim to have heard this station within the last 14 days ( prior to the time of the survey).
  • Listeners per average hour: Number of listeners that will be achieved on average per hour (6 to 18 clock clock und ).

* Compared to the previous media analyzes the expulsion from the analysis was changed 2011 / I: Instead of an average hour between Monday and Saturday, the average number of listeners one hour between Monday and Friday will now be given. The comparative data for the previous MA 2010/II were adjusted to it.

Program center

The program center of WDR 2 is located in Cologne in the radio house Wallrafplatz directly in the city center near the Cathedral, which was built from April 1948, in turning away from classicism with curved lines and many areas for light, the lightness of the 1950s embodied. Inside is a paternoster lift that may be used but only by the staff. Otherwise, normal lifts and a spiral staircase are available.

WDR 2 is located on the third floor, the other floors in the waves WDR 4 WDR and 5 as well as the studios of the multi-station messages are housed. For the actual program center for which the floor was in the late 1990s completely gutted and rebuilt, including four studios, each with associated control rooms. All rooms are separated by glass windows or portholes each other, which is why it is also called " glassy Broadcasting House ". First, there are two actual broadcast studios, built with their backs to each other and alternately are in operation, so that a smooth transition is assured of shipments. Prior to these two studios there is the Arena, a multifunctional broadcast studio, in which spectators can be accommodated so that programs can be broadcast with audience from here. These include, for example, issues of Music Quiz Yesterday or music recordings. A fourth studio is a little further away in the rooms of the newsroom, the news studio in operation since 2001. In close proximity to the broadcasting studios and the hotline is housed, stand for the three acceptance and jobs available. Between hotline and broadcast studio is the desk area, a busy round the clock area for the current editing with computer workstations and a long table for editorial conferences. To the studios around the individual editorial offices are located along two corridors.

As part of the project WDR Radio 2020 2-2014 leaves Broadcasting House at Wallraf Square and pulls in the WDR -Arkaden little further west in the center of Cologne. There, the radio stations are housed 1Live ( catchment in April 2012) and the Multicultural Radio Broadcasting Center Europe in 1Live house already. Together with WDR 5 WDR 2 applies where the News - house. The WDR WDR 3 and 4 are then reside in the old Broadcasting House, which is converted into a cultural center.

Due to its position as Informationsleitwelle WDR 2 would be off last of all WDR programs in the event of a crisis.

The program flow is predominantly digitized, only for some music recordings in the context of musical evening programs will make use of records. Otherwise, there is a completely digitized system, as a transmission system of the company VCS Dira is used - for transmit flow control is on-air Control.

Historical development

Historical Overview to the mid-1990s

The program was founded on April 3, 1950 during the NWDR era. This public broadcaster was responsible for the British zone of occupation since 1946. After the founding of the Federal Republic of NWDR sent for the states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine -Westphalia and Schleswig -Holstein and for West Berlin, first a common program on medium wave. Since the Copenhagen Conference of 1948 wave defeated Germany had only left a few well -receiving medium-wave frequencies, was wanted in Germany for alternatives. After the introduction of FM technology in 1950, the NWDR sent with headquarters in Hamburg, next to his medium-wave program two FM stations - FM and FM North West - which later NDR and WDR 2 2 grow up.

During these early years the oldest still standing in the program radio broadcasts originated in Germany. For example, the regional transmission between the Rhine and Weser, which sent FM West since 30 April 1950. The same goes for lunch magazine in the " Second program of the West German Radio " - was broadcast on February 1, 1965 for the first time - as WDR 2 was officially called in the 1960s. The show ran from 13:05 bis 15:30 clock clock. Moderator of the first show was Walter Hahn, together with Dieter Thoma (later WDR radio editor in chief ) of all current Radio Magazine is considered the " inventor " of this archetype in Germany. First editorial director Hellmut was Prince, who came from the Saarland Radio. The lunch magazine was a success from the state and had a few months already an audience of over 50 percent. This encouragement has meant that as of February 13, 1967 the Mittagsmagazin by the morning show was supplemented ( 6:05 bis 8:45 clock ). First presenters were Gisela Marx and Reinhard Hagen Munich.

After WDR 2 was coined in the 1960s by current magazines and modern popular music, the program was gradually expanded to the current wave of popular rock and pop music from the mid- 1980s. Legendary in the program this time were shows such as vibrations and rock in moderated by Winfried Trenkler, Beat rally hosted by Wolfgang Neumann, later Robert Treutel and Wolfgang Roth ( later on WDR 1), a nightclub in the WDR with time Sondock that oldie show and later Yesterday Roger towels, Dave Coleman - show, the broadcast Five by Seven -. Radiothek or free ride to the Weekend ' on Saturday morning

From the mid- 1980s, there was a constant internal competition between the two shafts 1 and WDR WDR 2 to the young audience, as WDR 2 until then was the actual youth radio station WDR. There was at that time also many presenters who were heard at both stations. Since the summer of 1986, and even more so, since October 1991, WDR 2 had to share this group with WDR 1, which was already a bit " young " was in its orientation. The juvenile audience of the 1970s and 1980s correspond to the target group of the present station.

Following decision by the Broadcasting Council also radio advertising broadcasts on WDR 2 were introduced in 1987, which led to difficult policy discussions.

In 1991, the previously broadcast on WDR 1 broadcast sports and music, in the Bundesliga and the German - final conference were transferred, was added to the program of WDR 2 WDR 1.

After WDR 1 was converted due to dwindling ratings on 1 April 1995 in the new youth wave EinsLive to WDR 2 positioned as a consequence in multiple steps to today's service, such as information wave of the WDR.


On January 2, 1995, a comprehensive reform program was held at WDR 2. In this context, we built the radio station from the current Informationsleitwelle the WDR. From this time one made an embossed with music shares news, information and service program in Abgrenztung especially at Eins Live. Parallel to this, coinciding with a new overall appearance of the WDR, the rectangular logo and the slogan " WDR 2 - The sender. " Created. At this time, for example, the broadcast Westzeit (sent from Dortmund ) is established, and regional news from the then North Rhine- wave WDR Radio 5 (now WDR 5) adopted and implemented. During the day, was switched to just after half for two to four minutes in each regional studios of the WDR. Another innovation was the unification of the evening broadcasts from 19:20 clock. In addition, the hitherto legendary double Moderation was abolished in the morning show.

In 1998, the orientation was continued as an information program and introduced the news magazine. These were separate messages of WDR 2, which were first aired every two hours from 8 bis 18 clock clock during the week. During the remaining time continued to fly the general WDR messages. An essential component in comparison to the rest of WDR messages were posts in the form of original sounds as recordings, hence the term " O-Ton News ".

At the beginning of 2000, there were more changes. The broadcast time signal, far from 19:05 clock, was transferred to the programs of WDR 3 and WDR Radio 5 and created with the date at WDR 2 own series with a view of historical content. In addition, the jingles were a little altered, so that the addition of " The station " accounted for at the end and instead the name of the presenter of the program is called. The slogan was used partly modified in subsequent years, for example with the addition of " The Essential " in the context of an image campaign in print media in 2003. The independent news magazine was abolished and instead there were 8 clock in the week every hour own messages. Since 2001, for a private news studio in the program center.


On March 1, 2005, a further reform program was undertaken. There was a completely new on-air design. The jingles were more general from now on, so that no name of the moderator was called more. The claim " The station. " Remained and was not permanently to the next to use additional " hear Life. " Supplements. Station Voices have since Karsten claw and Marion von Stengel. Since the reform program are 6-18 clock, on weekends from 8 clock, hourly sent their own messages. In addition, the regional news were brought to a uniform length of three minutes to half an hour. Another change was that from that date no longer the West time but the mission between the Rhine and the Weser from the studio Dortmund will be sent. As a new shipment the nightlife in the night from Saturday to Sunday was introduced, which has already been set in mid 2007.

In mid-April 2007, the program was redesigned at the weekend. The West time and Mittagsmagazin compact on Saturday and Sunday the show accounted for on Sunday morning. For two personality shows were introduced by 9:05 clock to 14 clock: On Saturday bug on Saturday hosted by Thomas Bug and Sunday Matuschik on Sunday with Matthias Matuschik. The beginning of the broadcast League Live on Saturday was brought forward to 14:05 clock. Beginning of January 2008 Matuschik was ( since August 2009: WDR 2 on Sunday ) on Sunday by the content- related mission two on Sunday replaced. Instead bug on Saturday has been running since March 2008 The Saturday ( since August 2009: WDR 2 on Saturday ).

On 5 May 2008, the music shows in the evening were the uniform designation Music Club and the sender 's messages have been extended to 20 clock. There was also at the on-air design new jingles for the program and it became a separate traffic Jingle introduced.

Individual songs using EMT 948 again recorded from the record - since September 2008 - especially in the broadcasts Yesterday and Music Club Classics.

January 2, 2009 WDR 2 set up his own night program and instead took the ARD Popnacht that you only Monday and Wednesday continued to produce itself.

Since January 2, 2011 WDR 2 withdrew from the ARD Popnacht and assumes instead the night program of NDR 2 The program has since been NDR and WDR 2 2: The night. In addition, it radiates zwischen 1.00 und 5.00 clock clock from the hourly radio news of the NDR. Thus, the WDR radio radiates at night on any of its waves more a self-produced live program.

On 17 January 2011, the website of the WDR 2 received a complete overhaul. A significant innovation was the greater involvement of news - including from the home page the news - so it is now more likely to be a news portal as a representation of the transmitter. Almost all posts of the program can be listened to again online since the revision.

Since March 2011 WDR 2 transmits exclusively from Cologne, Dortmund, the studio is now used by WDR 4.

As of January 9, 2012 we renewed after 13 years, the regional news in the program, which are now designated by the name NRW information. Time was a reduction in the emission on hourly hours, weekdays only 6:31 to 9:31 clock and 14:31 to 17:31 clock and on Saturdays between 7:31 and 10:31 clock clock. Content there instead of many individual short messages on fewer topics. It more live reports, background reports, comments and polls are sent instead. During the week, twice a day ( 14:31 clock and 17:31 clock ) is treated even just a topic, what with two and a half minutes than usual is a little more time. On Saturday there is information specifically for the weekend in the region with information on events. The name changed in " WDR 2 for ..." (For example: "... the Munsterland ").

With the start of the 2012/13 season in the Bundesliga League has been the broadcast live content makeover. Now a total of 75 minutes of live reports are prepared from the stadiums and it is played less music. The messages previously sent at 16:00 clock move to the end of the half -time break. Stronger focus also move the NRW teams. At all away games now accompany own WDR reporter teams and there during the season conferences only between the Western clubs.

Since the beginning of September 2012 there after 16 years for the public image, a new logo, which is inspired by the newly introduced corporate design of the WDR. The former typical blue angle emblem of the WDR and the claim is omitted in the figure. Instead, it can be seen with a " 2 " is purely a word mark with a trapezoidal beams. The latter is held in the red color of the radio station.

Since 2013

On January 28, 2013 there was a reform program, which involved the transmission routes of the daily program from Monday to Friday. The previously used continuous program structure with morning show (from 5:05 bis 9:00 clock clock ), West time (from 9:05 bis 12:00 clock clock ), lunch magazine ( from 12:05 clock bis 15:00 clock ) as well as between the Rhine and Weser (from 15:05 clock bis 18:00 clock ) at which even the individual programs were focused, it was abandoned in favor of a tripartite division. The morning show has lasted an hour longer ( 5:05 bis 10:00 clock clock ) accompanying West time, Mittagsmagazin and between the Rhine and Weser merged into two new programs: Under the motto "With WDR 2 is always good through the day " goes the first new transmission line from 10:05 bis 14:00 clock clock from 12:05 clock and includes lunch magazine. The second extends under the motto " WDR 2 to happy hour " from 14:05 bis 18:00 clock clock and includes from 16:05 clock between the Rhine and Weser. Revised the on-air design with new Jingles, Drops and sub ​​-layers was also while maintaining the introduced in spring 2005, Station Voice. The slogan for 18 years used " WDR 2 -. Transmitter " is no longer used, instead, carried different terms referring to the station names like " Getting your music. WDR 2 " or" Always well informed. WDR 2 " The sound logo ( Dreitonklang ) can be heard only in part. The program no longer starts with the name of the show, but by means of " WDR 2 with ... " quoting the respective moderator and a brief introduction about the topics moderated the next hour on a music bed. After a jingle comes with the boilerplate "Always well informed. WDR 2 .. "It follows the name of the broadcast.

Mid- August 2013 there was a reorganization of the evening program, as well as changes in the football program league Live: After setting Yesterday because of the member retires Roger Handts comes on Saturday the newly created shipment Staying with Tobias Häusler and Staying with Thomas Bug in the weekly change. A stronger subdivision got the newly created nightly music journalism programs WDR 2 Made in Germany, WDR 2 lounge, WDR 2 Heart of Rock and WDR 2 trends that replace the introduced in 2008, music club. The shipment League Live has been added to Social Radio. Listening to radio football fans can exchange from now on or reporters in the stadiums ask questions or participate via Twitter in the events of this platform. In the studio, the social radio reporter watching the discussions on the net and bring the themes in the program with a.

Known moderators

In WDR 2 some of the most prominent German radio journalists have worked or are still doing it.

  • Former Moderators: Manfred Breuckmann, Kurt Grumpy (†), Renata Calani, Randi Crott, Gert Depenbrock, Walter Erasmy († ), Manfred Earth Berger, Klaus Jürgen Haller, Roger towels, Werner Höfer ( † ), Stephan Karkowsky, Wolfgang Klein, Friedrich Küpperbusch, Patrick Lynen, Gisela Marx, Matthias Matuschik, Reinhard Hagen Munich, Rüdiger summer Ling (†), Dietmar Schott, time Sondock († ), Claus Stürznickel, Dieter Thoma, Carmen Thomas
  • Current Moderators: Matthias Bongard, Thomas Bug, Anke Feller, Tom Hegermann, Heike Knispel, Dieter Könnes, Jürgen Mayer, Steffi New, Sven Pistor, Helmut Rehmsen, Uwe Schulz, Gisela Steinhauer, Detlev Steinmetz, Udo Vieth, Christine Westermann

Today's program design



The daily program from Monday to Friday marked by three transmission routes, so it's not primarily about individual shipments. The morning includes five hours from 5:05 bis 10:00 clock clock ( " Your morning show for a fresh start to the day "). Relevant content are the quick -date information on the happenings of the night and an outlook on the issues of the day. Especially interviews, comments and services are offered content. The transmission distance at noon includes four hours from 10:05 bis 14:00 clock clock ( "With WDR 2 is always good through the day. "). Central elements are the transmission of news, interviews, reports and background reports on important issues of the day. From 12:05 clock lunch magazine is distributed outside the scope of this transmission route. The afternoon also extends over four hours from 14:05 bis 18:00 clock clock ( "With WDR 2 home in the evening. " ), The content of extrapolating the currency and me suggestions for the evening ( culture, service ) and entertainment by comedy.

The evening broadcasts from 19:05 clock are more divided: Monday the Montalk is sent, in which two-hour interviews carried out with well-known personalities. Next Tuesdays are the consignment World Time with foreign reports, Wednesdays, the service time on consumer issues as well as on Thursday to hear the arena as a call-in show from 19:05 o `clock each evening program. Friday night the shipment League Live comes among others, the Friday game of the Bundesliga. Following from 21:05 clock follows Monday to Thursday a pure music show every day with a different theme.

The program from Monday to Friday will be rounded off with the reports coming today between 23:30 clock to 24 clock, each in the weekly change of the WDR and NDR. Night until the early morning, the magazine produced by NDR 2 night together program NDR and WDR 2 2 aired the night.

On Saturday afternoon the shipment League Live is following the morning broadcast WDR 2 on Saturday from 14:05 clock aired for the current Bundesliga match day. The evening will be broadcast Staying with Tobias Häusler and Staying with Thomas Bug in the weekly change. Following follows from 22:05 clock the consignment addition. As of 1:03 clock until early Sunday morning then again NDR and WDR 2 2: To hear the night.

On Sunday can be heard from 8:05 clock the Sunday talk show questions from 9:05 clock then follows WDR 2 on Sunday. From 14:05 clock the broadcast WDR 2 is coming on Sunday with Liga Live with information and entertainment content, as well as reports of the Sunday games of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga soccer and other sports events. Evening from 20:05 clock come the WDR 2 Classics.

Individual shipments

Morning Show

The morning show will be sent from Monday to Saturday from 5:05 clock ( on Saturday from 6:05 clock ) to 9 clock. The show was first broadcast on February 13, 1967 to January 2, 1995 Double moderation. The main themes of the night are summarized content and an outlook on the respective day. Today can be heard from the day before, especially in the first hour of broadcasting contributions of the reports today, in the hour from 7:05 clock there is then propagated telephone interviews with a political background. Regularly against 7:50 clock follows a detailed weather report.

Part of the morning show is also the short post Church in WDR 2, Monday through Friday at 5:55 and Saturday at 6:20 clock clock.

From 28 January 2013, the shipment takes an hour longer and goes under the transmission line " your morning show for a fresh start to the day. " 10:00 Clock.

With WDR 2 is always good through the day

Since January 28, 2013, there is this new transmission line, which replaces the consignment West time, the magazine includes lunch and an hour later begins. The content has not changed fundamental against the West time. Thus, the WDR section will continue at 10:50 clock 2 Cabaret (until 2005: U- point) sent, alternating daily with Wilfried Schmickler (Mo ), Volker Pispers ( Di ), Fritz Eckenga (Wed ), Dieter Noor (Thu) and Jürgen Becker and Didi Jünemann (Fr). Before that could be heard in this time slot, inter alia Gerburg Jahnke, Eckart von Hausen Hirsch, Herbert Knebel and serial Stenkelfeld.


The lunch magazine was sent the first time on February 2, 1965 and ran for many years from Monday to Friday Between 12:05 clock to 15 clock. Mid -1990s, there were up to 2005 Saturdays also a Mittagsmagazin compact edition with a shorter transmission time.

In this show, political and economic issues from around the world are in the foreground. Contents are interviews, reports and comments on current affairs. The concept for the show had the former radio editor in chief Dieter Thoma and later head of the studio Brussels, Walter Hahn, developed.

Since February 1972 part of the lunch magazine is the quintessence be a concise and understandable to the consumer topics. Originally on a regular slot Between 14:45 clock to 15 clock, since 1998, from 14:33 clock, the service tips run since June 2010, although still under the name quintessence, but now distributed as individual contributions over the entire day.

From 28 January 2013, the mission is part of the newly created send path "With WDR 2 is always good through the day. " And begins at 12:05 clock.

Between the Rhine and Weser

With first broadcast on 30 April 1950 between the Rhine and Weser one of the oldest broadcasts on German radio. It was sent from Monday to Friday from 15:05 bis 18:00 clock clock until 2005, only to 17:00 clock.

The focus will be to and from North Rhine -Westphalia in particular topics.

From 28 January 2013, the mission is part of the newly created send path "With WDR 2 home in the evening. " And begins at 16:05 clock.

Reports from today

The reports today are broadcast since 2 January 1979. The produced in the weekly change with the NDR show is open from Monday to Friday from 23:30 clock a half hour summary of the main events of the day without interruptions by music. The program also runs on the stations WDR 5, Northwest Radio, NDR Info and country programs of the NDR.

WDR 2 on Saturday

The Saturday morning session will be moderated by 9:05 clock to 14 clock in the alternation of Steffi New and Uwe Schulz and is designed as an interactive program on which you can send as a contact and interactive way on the homepage messages to the moderator directly in the studio. Often a subject part of the overall mission. Solid contents include cooking with Helmut Gote, several satirical series and a celebrity quiz. Here speaks the moderator, with a celebrity, the name of the other person is doing but do not tell. Task of the listener is to recognize the celebrities on the voice and its history. In addition, however, political issues and interviews on current affairs content, especially during the lunch hours.

The show was first broadcast on 21 April 2007. She wore until March 1, 2008 the name bug on Saturday and was moderated by Thomas Bug. From April 2008 to August 2009, the show was under the name Saturday.

Sunday Questions and WDR 2 on Sunday

On Sunday morning Gisela Steinhauer moderated by 8.05 clock bis 9.00 clock the ' Sunday ', in which she talks with her guests about the meaning and the questions of life: " unexcited, interested and with a lot of humor " as their certified the Grimme jury Gisela Steinhauer 2012 with the "German Radio Award " distinguished.

On Sunday morning, coming from 9:05 clock to 14 clock a moderated alternately by Jürgen Mayer and Heike Knispel entertainment program with content like the interview in a Paternoster, a book presentation with Christine Westermann, music consulting, as well as the radio quarks with Ranga Yogeshwar, the build up of content on the television program quarks and co.

By December 2007, Matthias Matuschik carried out the mission that was until then Matuschik on Sunday. From January 2008 to August 2009, the show was under the name Two on Sunday in line with the changing moderator occupation.

League live sports and time

Every Saturday from 14:05 clock to 18 clock are in the context of the League Live games of the 1st football league in the foreground. WDR 2 is host and control center of the German Bundesliga conference so that all other ARD stations take over the mid-term conference from 16:08 clock and the final conference from 16:55 clock. Friday runs League Live from 19:05 bis 22:30 clock clock, Sundays reports from the sport in the afternoon show from 14:05 clock to 20 clock are integrated. The Bundesliga conference has about 10 million listeners nationwide.

In addition, special packages will be sent during the week, when teams from the transmission area important matches in the UEFA Champions League contest ( Champions League live ) or if games in the DFB Cup pending (DFB Pokal live).

On weekends with no games in the Bundesliga, for example during the summer break, running instead League Live sports time ( Sundays only from 18:05 clock ).

On the occasion of the awarding of the first German Radio Award on 17 September 2010 League Live in the category "Best sports format " excellent.

For the Bundesliga season 2012/13 the program (see above) has been revised content.

Staying with Tobias Häusler and Staying with Thomas Bug

The broadcast Staying with Tobias Häusler and Staying with Thomas Bug comes on Saturday evening from 19:05 bis 22:00 clock clock. In the first hour of the evening top match of the Bundesliga is the focus. Following is a celebrity guest at the moderators Thomas Häusler bug or Tobias. The concept is that the listeners get to know the guest about his favorite music he selects in advance. The first broadcast took place on 10 August 2013, and was a guest Armin Maiwald.

Evening music programs

During the week, music-journalistic formats from 21:05 clock (Fridays from 22:30 clock ) to 23.30 clock broadcast with interviews and music reviews, which are each dedicated to a specific topic. Monday it goes in WDR 2 Made in Germany to rock and pop music, which is sung in German or that originated in Germany. Part is the music scene NRW, will be presented at the junior band. On Tuesday are in WDR 2 lounge soul classics, electronic chillout music and more songs to let your soul at the center. The Wednesday night belongs to WDR 2 Heart of Rock rock music. The spectrum ranges from rock classics to songs of new talent, from alternative to classic. Component are also live recordings from the Rockpalast. On Thursday, it comes in WDR 2 trends to new songs and albums. There are interviews, background information and the presentation of current music trends. Also, new books and DVDs are presented. On Friday night, WDR 2 is In Concert. Here, a concert recording is broadcast. On Sunday evening two Classics is reminiscent of the music of past decades from 20:05 bis 00:00 clock clock in WDR. It goes in the jukebox within the first hour after sending a singles chart, in which the listener put together interactively one week in advance via the Internet Channel for an hour.

The music programs are, in contrast to the rest of the program, run in so-called self-op of the respective moderator. Predecessor of the programs were the music club from 2008 to 2013 - where there was already partly thematic priorities depending on the week - the WDR 2 Sound files from 2001 to 2008 and WDR 2 Roxy 1995-2001.


As part of the addition, which will be broadcast on Saturday evening from 22:05 clock to 1 clock, current events of the weekend events are processed satirical. The program had been in the meantime listen in highly abbreviated form only on Friday night, but will re-broadcast on Saturdays and three hours in extent from 12 August 2006.

Former shipments


The West time was from 1995 to 2013 from Monday to Friday from 9:05 clock to 12 clock to hear a so-called " morning - Boulevard " on WDR 2. The program mainly included service issues about medicine, psychology, law ( with Wolfgang Büser ), cooking ( Simple Goth! Helmut Gote ), tips for car, garden and life. It should also be regularly heard against 9:40 clock the date that will be remembered in a historic event. Other content is the CD of the week, the current weather, DVD and cinema tips, and competitions.

Since 28 January 2013, the West time is no longer heard as such, since the structure of the daily program has been changed. The contents


Yesterday, the Oldies Quiz on WDR 2, 1995 emerged from the started in 1986 oldies show. It was broadcast every Saturday night between 19:05 clock and 22 clock. Content were two rounds, which dealt alternating weekly with questions from music, sports, politics and current events of the last decades. Each four listeners who played along by phone, had the opportunity to win concert tickets, CDs. Once a month the shipment arrived with studio guests from the so-called " WDR 2 - Arena ", the largest room of the program center of WDR second author and host of the show was Roger towel, which was sometimes also represented by Detlev Steinmetz.

On March 30, 2013, the latest edition of Yesterday ran, the moderator Roger towel went into retirement.


At WDR 2 there are three different types of messages.

Make your own news channels

On the hour sends WDR 2 during the week from 6 bis 20 clock clock, Saturday from 8 am Clock bis 16 clock and Sundays 9am clock bis 18 clock hour your own messages. You are five minutes long, usually involve anmoderierte original soundtrack contributions and at the end of a weather report.

In addition, one-minute short messages are sent from around the world in the form of short headlines on the half hour during the week from 5:30 bis 17:30 clock clock and Saturdays from 7:30 bis 13:30 clock clock.

The news comes since 2001 from its own studio in the program center, called Namo (messages with original sound ). They are spoken by own news presenters.

Acquisition of general WDR News

At other times, the general WDR messages are applied, which are also adopted for the other waves WDR 3, WDR 4 WDR and 5. They contain since early April 2011, also sound bites and are spoken by speakers of the WDR.

Regional News NRW info

WDR 2 sends weekdays 6:31 to 9:31 clock and 14:31 to 17:31 clock and on Saturdays between 7:31 and 10:31 clock clock under the name NRW Info Regional news from the various regional studios of the WDR. These include live reports, background reports, comments and polls. During the week, twice a day ( 14:31 clock and 17:31 clock ) a single topic is treated centrally even.

In the individual studios will be sat on by the WDR 2 program center in Cologne from Central after finishing the sender 's messages. The switch back after two minutes performed centrally, so that the regional news must be completed up to this point. Otherwise, the respective newscaster disappears or fades from the subsequent traffic information.

In the event that due to technical problems in the respective studio is no broadcasting of messages, runs in the background an underlay music as a stopgap. This is the intro to the message, which is extended by the underlay.

Traffic information

Traffic information for over 30 years, part of the program of WDR 2 you are currently being per hour, usually after each of the news on the hour and at half past, sent twice. Exception is the consignment League Live on Saturday, where the information is already coming against 16:50 clock before the advertising because of the Bundesliga Simulcast by 17 clock. Current warnings are placed during the current program before or after a post or two between songs, for reports of wrong-way drivers, the program is interrupted immediately.

Daytime and evening the messages until January 27, 2013 were spoken without music bed by moderator on the broadcast, since the launch of the new on-air designs, there is also a background music. The traffic reports come from the transport editorial of the WDR in Dortmund (also: WDR traffic Studio), which draws on police reports, the ADAC and the WDR congestion indicators. Since summer 2006, this is also a private aircraft traffic monitoring available.

In the night program NDR and WDR 2 2: The night there are the traffic service for the transmission coverage areas of the North German and West German Radio.

On Air Design

The current on-air design, so the sound of WDR 2 with its specific Jingles, Drops and sub ​​-layers since the reform program in January 2013 in use. It has been produced by the WDR itself.

The main slogan was since 1995 the slogan " WDR 2 - The sender. " Used. In subsequent years there have been modifications to, partly in conjunction with independent print and poster campaigns. So it was in the years from 1995 partially marked " Just so you know. " And in 2003, the supplement " The essence. ". As of 2005, called the complete claim " hear Life. WDR 2 - The transmitter ". . From spring 2008 additions were "Always" supplemented with the word and used depending on the situation ( for example, " Always there for NRW WDR 2 -. Transmitter. " Or "Always your music WDR 2 -. Transmitter. "). Since the year 2013, after 18 years, the slogan " The station. " No longer used, instead come "Always well informed. " Or " Getting your music. " Used. In addition to the central slogans, there are several jingles for special occasions such as Easter or Christmas or determine actions such as the apprenticeship fair. Moreover, it was few months ago introduced the jingle "XXL", which announces musical pieces that have a length of more than 5 minutes in the daily program.

As part of the On Air design WDR 2 possessed many years on a sound logo, consisting of a musical wave ( Dreitonklang ). Since the new On Air Design in 2013, this sound can be heard only in some elements.

The station voices are since 2005 Karsten claw and Marion von Stengel. Its predecessor was Mario Grete (1995 to 2005).

Compared to other public service shafts, but especially to CSBs, falls on the very sparing use of sub -layers. The only recurring doilies since 1998, then still sent as part of the every two hour news magazine, the background music for the weather at the end of the sender 's messages. Contributions in the form of interviews, reports or reports are always under casual free. But since 2007 underlays are available at rather " loose" topics such as the weather interview or even own events such as WDR 2 for a city.

For the on-air design is at WDR 2, the editorial "pep - Projects. events. program design. " responsible.

Actions and events


WDR 2 sponsors regular rock and pop concerts in North Rhine -Westphalia.

From 1995 to 2005 WDR 2 has hosted the WDR -2- apprenticeships action in cooperation with the Regional Employment Office NRW in the summer months, under which free training courses were taught in NRW. In part this were personalities, celebrities and makers of the WDR 2 program as godfather available. Since 2005, the campaign will run throughout the year and is performed along with 1 live. In 2008, driven together by bus through the country.

In the years 1997 to 2000 WDR 2 was present on the WDeRlebnis, organized together with the various regional studios of the WDR, among others, in Dortmund, Cologne and Schloss Holte- Stukenbrock.

Since 2002, usually in autumn, returning outdoor activities of WDR 2 In 2002 it organized, together with the AOK WDR 2 activity day in Detmold in the Teutoburg Forest with inline skating and cycling. In October 2005, the WDR was organized hiking 2, in which selected listeners are a week hiked with the moderators in regions of the country for a day. In October 2006, the WDR was discharged 2 sports festival, whose mountain biking, climbing or diving tours were offered in the frame.

In 2002 the WDR 200 action was carried out in addition for the first time. With her were played in one day from midnight to evening in a marathon Charts elected by the listeners in advance by telephone, Internet or mail 200 best songs. In the following years there were repetitions of the action in which it comes to the 200 best singers and in 2007 went to the 200 best albums in 2005. In autumn 2009 the 200 best bands were chosen and presented to the action over 120,000 listeners have participated.

  • 2002 (best songs ): Music by John Miles
  • 2005 ( best singer and singer ): Anastacia and Freddie Mercury
  • 2007 (Best Album): Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  • 2009 (Best Band): Depeche Mode

Every three months since 2005 instead of the WDR -2 house party where a " WDR 2 apartment " will be set up in various towns of NRW in a concert hall and two facilitators or moderators along with the WDR -2- DJ Andreas Zwingmann long under the motto perform an evening of "Celebrating at home " through the program.

In 2010, the listeners of the program were under the motto 50 things. This must be a North Rhine- Westphalian did introduce 50 activities that you should have done as a resident of the state, and can choose from other listeners as part of a leaderboard. After a book is published, in which the individual activities are described. With this action, WDR 2 was in the category "Best Action Listeners " nominated for the German Radio Award 2011. In the summer of 2013, the action was performed a second time.

WDR 2 has brought several CDs on the market over the years. For example, to the different WDR 200 actions, within the framework of the house party, for sending Yesterday, at Christmas and now also three WDR 2 XXL double CDs with longer pieces of music can be found from five minutes duration.

Action WDR 2 for a city

Since spring 2008 the WDR 2 action is being organized for a city annually. Here, the city in North Rhine-Westphalia, fall on the over a period of about a month at the most votes per capita in an election and wins in a subsequent competition among the ten most chosen cities, the radio station with shows and concerts for a day. win On each day WDR 2 is all the time on site and next concerts shows such as The Saturday Yesterday and addition to a live broadcast from the city, also a copy of Montalks is recorded. In addition, there are issues of Radio quarks or cooking with radio chef Helmut Gote. Included are also many presenters of the station that lead through the day each.


In addition to regular program courses for comedic content such as WDR 2 Kabarett or the shipment leaves (see above), there are recurring comedy elements also in the regular program. These are usually about two minutes long recordings, usually with a reference current issues.

Over the past few years there have been, among others, the following comedies:

  • Summer - Workers weather with the boss - since 2000 regularly particularly fine weather and bad comedy broadcast in allusion to the DGB chairman Michael Sommer, each in the form of a trade union demonstration speech with atmosphere in the background.
  • Moritz & Lucie - parallel to the Football World Cup in 2006 with the two children Moritz and Lucie, who brought the world of football in more detail.
  • The of the Leyen - Representation of a German family patterns in reference to Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Family Minister von 2005 to 2009.
  • Serengreti and Pleti - Expeditions into the realm of " SaTiere " to current political events.
  • Sarko de Funès - aired from 2007 to 2012 as a parody of the French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the form of the hustle and Louis de Funès.
  • Obama for you! - Since November 2008 broadcast comedy in reference to the U.S. President Barack Obama; during the festive season of 2008, under the title Ho Ho Hobama!
  • Castle Coalition stone - sent since autumn 2009 satire with reference to the CDU / FDP government coalition among others Dr. Merkel stone (according to Angela Merkel ), Castle Warden Pofalleraff ( parody of Ronald Pofalla ) and the Guido - Droid ( based on Guido Westerwelle ).
  • Tim meal cooks - since the beginning of 2010 to the chef Tim Mälzer related comedy about the current political situation.
  • Breakfast at Stefanie - Comedy of NDR 2, which can be heard by the common mission at night in repetition on WDR 2.
  • Wulff at calls - early 2012 in parallel with the credit and media affair of the German President Christian Wulff broadcast comedy.
  • Angie and peer privately - The dream couple in 2013 - January to autumn 2013 broadcast with reference to the forthcoming parliamentary elections and the candidacy of Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück.
  • Crime scene with Til, Herbert, Udo - since May 2013 as the pastiche of Til Schweiger, Herbert Grönemeyer and Udo Lindenberg.

As part of the program live laugh! were the comedians Maria basic Scholer and René Steinberg from spring 2009 until early 2011 at various locations of NRW in a stage show on. Due to the great success it has been a renewed tour of the two (Laughter Live - MORE) from September 2011 to September 2012.

WDR 2 Klassik

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WDR 2 Klassik was a radio program that was broadcast in parallel to WDR 2. WDR 2 - word entries were sent there with about 30 seconds time delay. In this case, these contributions have been recognized by a computer and then replaced by the pop music light classical music. The program was discontinued for sending political reasons in 2009.


In 2010 WDR 2 won the German Radio Award in the categories "Best Interview" ( Montalk ) and "Best Sports Format" ( League Live) and was the channel with the most honors. The nine-member jury of the Adolf Grimme Institute praised the mission Liga Live as a " federal work of art, in which listeners and radio professionals at the football intoxicated ". The award was presented by Reiner Calmund the sports boss Sabine Töpperwien as well as representative of the entire team Sven Pistor and Ludwig Hertel. As the best interview, the jury awarded an episode of the program Montalk on May 2010, in which the presenter Christine Westermann athletes and ex-junkie Hermann Wenning had a guest. Laudator was Maybrit Illner.

In 2012, the station but this time won the German Radio Award again in the category "Best Interview", with the mission of WDR 2 Sunday issues. The award was the talk of presenter Gisela Steinhauer with the psychologist Bas Kast about his book for freedom in everyday life. The laudation was Thomas Easter grain.

The receipt and distribution

The program of WDR 2 can be heard on FM in all of North Rhine -Westphalia and adjacent areas of neighboring states. But in the entire state 12 transmitters are available.

The reports also distribution of the Program by MW on the Langenberg transmitter (720 kHz) and Bonn (774 kHz). About the frequency 720 kHz WDR 2 can also be received on the borders of North Rhine -Westphalia addition, while the frequency is 774 kHz can only be received in the Bonn area. In the morning and in the afternoon are sent over these frequencies usually instead of the main program traffic information ( WDR VERA ). On the medium wave frequency 1593 kHz was tentatively the program of WDR 2 Klassik sent in digital mode DRM from the transmitter Langenberg and now converted to WDR 1 Live Kiraka / diggi. To receive a special DRM radio is necessary. WDR 2 Klassik was otherwise only available by ADR, DAB , DVB -S and as an Internet live stream.

Additional distribution channels are cable and DAB each in all of North Rhine -Westphalia and Berlin, DVB- S and internet live stream ( Radio) on the homepage of WDR 2, which operates the station since 1995.

Since 2005, parts of the program are also available as a podcast.

On December 2, 2013 was a change of digital radio transmission standards of DAB to DAB . In addition, an increase in power of broadcasters has been made to give a better reception to be achieved.

Further uses WDR 2 for communication its own Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Rolling stock

In addition to the ability to access broadcast vans of the WDR is also owned vehicles of WDR 2

In 2002, Smart - transmission cars were for the regions Studios purchased with satellite technology - in his own words, the smallest transmission car in the world - the studio victories got an A-Class. The vehicles are equipped with a built-in wireless microphone system with return line. On the roof there is a satellite system. Thus, it is possible that the reporters report directly from the scene and be integrated into the current program. The vehicles have a two-part paint: one side is held in the WDR -2 design, the other in the studios of the country.

Another means of transportation is a Zeppelin. It was produced in 2001, is filled with helium in operation and consists of 2000 m² fabric. It is used mainly for advertising purposes during open-air events of the transmitter. For this, there is the possibility to attach to the outside of changing logos, such as the local frequency of WDR 2 or references to the apprenticeship action. In addition, the airship was part of a guessing game on the show Sunday, in which a route has been flown and had to guess the handset, where was the Zeppelin at the time about North Rhine -Westphalia.

Since the summer of 2006, introduced for the World Cup in Germany, there is a private aircraft for traffic monitoring. This is a Cessna 172 in the colors of the transmitter with the registration D - EETS, which has its home base in Bonn- Hangelar in Sankt Augustin. It flies to the dam observation in 450 to 750 meters in height and is equipped with two people, a pilot and a radio operator - the contact to WDR traffic information center holds - occupied. Benefit of air observation is the greater level of detail of the information, as it can not only be seen if a congestion still exists, but also that the length of a jam from the air is better to grasp. Within forty-five minutes each area in North Rhine -Westphalia can be achieved. Previously, the aircraft was in yellow paint for the ADAC in use, but it has been withdrawn from traffic monitoring.