Classic 21

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Classic 21
Classic21 logo.png
Broadcast areaBelgium
SloganÉcoutez l'original
Frequency93.2 MHz (Brussels)
90.8 MHz (Namur)
99,1 MHz (Charleroi/Mons)
104.6 MHz (Tournai/Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France)
95.6 MHz (Liège/Verviers)
87.6 MHz (Ardennes/Luxembourg)
First air date1 April 2004
Former callsignsRadio 21 (1983-2004)
Sister stationsLa Première
Pure FM

Classic 21 is a Belgian public FM radio station, part of the RTBF broadcasting organisation. The station, based in Mons, is the only Classic rock radio in Belgium. It plays predominantly Anglophone music of the 1960s to 1990s for a French-speaking audience across Wallonia and Brussels and beyond.


Classic 21 was created in 2004, at the same time as "Pure FM", in replacing Radio 21.[1] Marc Ysaye, once best known as the drummer with Machiavel and Burning Plague,[2] has been controller of the station since its creation. Ysaye, great-grandson of composer-violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, had become an established feature on Radio 21 with his Sunday morning's Show "Les Classiques du dimanche matin", a show which continues on Classic 21 featuring 1960's-1980's rock. Another Radio 21 show to have been carried across to Classic 21 is Walter de Paduwa's 'Doctor Boogie' which has been featuring upbeat blues, boogie and zydeco music since 1994[3] - every show starting with a track by Canned Heat.

Market Share[edit]

Classic 21 reached 9% of the Belgian Francophone market share in 2016 [4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Story of Radio 21 in French
  2. ^ Ysaye drummer for Burning Plague before 1998
  3. ^ Walter de Paduwa's self introduction on RTBF Archived 2012-03-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ CIM. "CIM 2016-3 Belgian Radio Market Share". CIM Belgian Media Market Statistics Authority. CIM. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

Coordinates: 50°51′7.24″N 4°24′9.94″E / 50.8520111°N 4.4027611°E / 50.8520111; 4.4027611