Latvijas Radio

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Latvijas Radio
Type Public-service sound broadcasting
Country Latvia
Broadcast area
Latvia (nationwide)
Owner Republic of Latvia
Key people
Jānis Siksnis, director-general; Inese Matjušonoka, Armins Ronis, Gunda Vaivode, Ilona Madesova, programme directors
Launch date
1 November 1925
Official website

Latvijas Radio (LR) is Latvia's national public-service radio broadcasting network. It began broadcasting on 1 November 1925, and has its headquarters in the Latvian capital, Riga. Latvijas Radio broadcasts six different channels in the FM band as well as via the internet: Latvijas Radio 1, Latvijas Radio 2, Latvijas Radio 3 Klasika, Latvijas Radio 4 Doma laukums, Latvijas Radio 5, and Latvijas Radio 6 – Radio NABA.

Latvijas Radio is a national cultural institution, fostering radio drama, and organizing a radio choir as well as children's vocal groups. The organization's phonographic archives contain approximately 200,000 sound recordings. Latvijas Radio became a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on 1 January 1993.[1]

Since 2013 it has collaborated with Latvijas Televīzija (Latvian Television) as part of the Latvijas Sabiedriskie Mediji (Public Broadcasting of Latvia) news platform and online streaming service.

Latvijas Radio (as Radio Riga) also broadcast programming in Swedish from 1960 to 1995.

Radio stations[edit]

Latvijas Radio 1 (LR1)[edit]

LR1 is Latvia's main national radio station, presenting news, talk, current affairs programmes and analysis of economics, Latvian politics and culture, as well as programmes for children. The station's first broadcast was made on 1 November 1925.

Slogan: Latvijas radio 1 – vienmēr pirmais ("Always first").

Latvijas Radio 2 (LR2)[edit]

LR2, originally conceived as a youth station, today specializes in the broadcasting of Latvian-language pop music.

Slogan: Dziesmas dzimtajā valodā ("Songs in our native language").

Latvijas Radio 3 – Klasika (LR3)[edit]

LR3 is the only station in Latvia broadcasting classical music and jazz. Latvijas Radio's membership of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) means that the station's output includes relays of international concerts and other live broadcasts.

Slogan: Mode mainās – klasika paliek ("Fashions change – the classics remain").

Latvijas Radio 4 – Doma laukums (LR4)[edit]

LR4 broadcasts in minority languages, chiefly in Russian, with programmes serving Latvia's Russian-speaking community.

Slogan: Jūsu telpa, jūsu laiks ("Your space, your time").

Latvijas Radio 5 – (LR5)[edit]

LR5 is Latvijas Radio's newest station, playing youth-oriented music from Latvia and other countries.

Latvijas Radio 6 – Radio NABA (LR6)[edit]

Free-format radio produced in association with the University of Latvia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Latvijas Radio misija" (in Latvian). Retrieved 2009-02-25.

Coordinates: 56°57′00″N 24°06′21″E / 56.95000°N 24.10583°E / 56.95000; 24.10583