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Speaking your language for 85 years

2021 marks the 85th anniversary of the Bulgarian National Radio’s foreign language service to the world. It all began on 16 February, 1936. One year after the Bulgarian radio was officially launched, what is now Radio Bulgaria went on the air. It was a Sunday when Radio Sofia’s full morning programme was launched, to reach Europe, North America and North Africa.

Now, 85 years later, Radio Bulgaria is still talking to the world about the country in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Serbian, Greek, Albanian, Turkish and Bulgarian.

Our special feature presents intriguing facts from the history of Radio Bulgaria, its golden voices, as well as reminiscences from the people who have worked at Radio Bulgaria through the years.

Foreigners find it difficult to name the first Bulgarian sea resort

On the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the first broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Radio abroad , their successor – "Radio Bulgaria" launched a quiz with questions about Bulgarian culture, history, tourism, sports and music. In..

published on 7/29/21 4:05 PM
Dimitar Nikolova and his muse and wife - Boryana Zheleva

Dimitar Nikolov: Music, Muse and Radio Bulgaria give meaning to my life

The Bulgarian National Radio has entered life and has long remained a school, music scene and inspiration for the Bulgarian composer Dimitar Nikolov. He is among the few of our colleagues who we can call the doyens of the Music Department..

published on 7/10/21 10:30 AM
Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery and Old Nessebar are the most recognizable UNESCO sites in Bulgaria, our web quiz shows

On the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the first broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Radio abroad , their successor – Radio Bulgaria has launched a quiz with questions about Bulgarian culture and history. In the second issue..

published on 6/17/21 2:10 PM

Radio Bulgaria wins Association of Spanish-speaking Journalists in Bulgaria awards

Once again, Radio Bulgaria is among the prize-winners of the Worlds and Colours competition organized by the Association of Spanish-speaking Journalists in Bulgaria . The awards are for articles and programmes in Bulgarian and in..

published on 4/18/21 10:30 AM

Radio Bulgaria’s first online quiz shows good knowledge of Bulgarian history abroad

On the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the first broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Radio abroad their successor - "Radio Bulgaria" launched a quiz with questions about Bulgarian culture and history. In its first edition we..

published on 4/17/21 7:45 AM

Raina Konstantinova: I wish you success in these difficult times!

Raina Konstantinova is among the personalities who have dedicated their entire professional career to the radio medium. In recent years she was the chairman of the Public Council of the Bulgarian National Radio, and for a long time before..

published on 4/11/21 7:55 AM

Ventseslav Nikolov: Radio Bulgaria in Spanish has been the best time of my life

In the year in which Radio Bulgaria celebrates its 85 th anniversary we present some of the veterans of its foreign-language services, trailblazers in the BNR’s programmes targeted at audiences abroad. Without doubt many of..

published on 3/27/21 7:00 AM

Ivan Avuski: "Radio Bulgaria is the best translation school"

Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle - each with its own shape, features and unique place, translators and journalists arrange the colourful history of the BNR foreign-language programmes - Radio Bulgaria. In love with their work for 85..

published on 3/20/21 10:25 AM

Sonya Kasavetova: Radio Bulgaria’s journalists are independent and free-spirited people

In 2021, Radio Bulgaria celebrates 85years since its establishment. It was a Sunday, when the shortwave radio transmitter, known as “Elza” radio station, started broadcasts to Europe, North Africa and North America in Esperanto. “The radio..

published on 3/13/21 9:00 AM

Q & A from Radio Bulgaria

To mark the national day of the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as our own 85th birthday, Radio Bulgaria is launching a new online initiative – a quiz - in an attempt to find out what foreigners associate Bulgaria with most often, and what the lesser..

published on 3/3/21 10:00 AM