Bulgaria National Radio Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Society » CULTURE | January 25, 2010, Monday // 12:07
Bulgaria National Radio Celebrates 75th Anniversary: Bulgaria National Radio Celebrates 75th Anniversary The building of the Bulgarian National Radio in downtown Sofia. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian National Radio celebrates Monday the 75th anniversary since its establishment by a decree of Tsar Boris III.

In occasion to the anniversary, BNR offers a special program lineup during the day while in the evening the date will be marked by an official ceremony at the National “Ivan Vazov” Theater. The radio will bestow its traditional annual awards under the name of its first director “Sirak Skitnik.”

The Bulgarian Ministry of Transport and Communication issued Monday a special commemorative stamp dedicated to the anniversary.

On January 25 1935, Boris III orders the radio broadcast to become State property.

Until that date there has been a radio station in Sofia managed and owned by the public organization known as "Hometown Radio". Many of the Bulgarian intellectual elite at the time have participated in the organization and the broadcasts. The cities of Varna and Stara Zagora had similar regional broadcasts, managed on the same principle.

Panayot Todorov aka Sirak Skitnik (Orphan Wanderer) was appointed as the first Director of the State Sofia Radio. By becoming State property, the radio was able to expand its program lineup to include not just news, but music and educational programs. The first radio musical bands in Bulgaria were also created.

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