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Cadena SER
CadSER.png
Broadcast area Spain
Slogan Te hablamos a ti... y te escuchamos (We talk to you... and we listen)
Frequency AM: Various
FM: Various
First air date 14 November, 1924
Format News, Politics & Sports
Language Spanish
Former callsigns EAJ-1
Owner Unión Radio
Website Official Website

Cadena SER (Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión - Spanish Society of Radio) is the principal radio station in Spain covering news, sports, talk shows and culture. Cadena SER belongs to Unión Radio. Unión Radio is owned by 3i, Grupo Godó and a majority shareholder is Grupo Prisa, that has a considerable power in the Spanish media, for example musical radio stations like (M80 Radio, Los 40 Principales), newspapers (El País) and digital TV (Digital+). Cadena SER is the most listened radio station in Spain. Cadena SER can be tuned in the whole Spanish territory. Despite the fact that Cadena SER has local and regional stations that cover the local and regional information for about two hours a day, the main studios are located at the Gran Vía avenue in Madrid.

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History

Cadena SER was created in 1926 when Radio Madrid and Radio Barcelona merged. Since then, Cadena SER has covered some of the most important events in the Spanish and international history (Flight of the Plus Ultra across the Atlantic ocean, murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, ...) Cadena SER also played a very important role, although controversial at times, in the Spanish transition to democracy and the terrorist attacks of the 11-M. The station was nationalized and later privatised in the 1980s, being sold to Grupo PRISA.

Politics

Cadena SER, alongside with the other Grupo Prisa media, is considered to be close to the PSOE, the main Spanish left-wing political party. Because of this, there have been many disputes with the other main radio network in Spain, Cadena COPE, which is owned by the Spanish Catholic episcopal power and is considered to be close to the PP, the main right-wing political party in Spain.

Sports

Cadena SER is also leader in covering sports. Cadena SER covers completely all La Liga matches, the UEFA Champions League games where a Spanish team is playing and the matches of Spain. The main sport programs are Carrusel Deportivo and El Larguero.

Programs

  • Hoy por hoy ("As of today"): with Carles Francino and Pedro Blanco.
  • Hora 14 ("14th Hour"): with José Antonio Marcos.
  • La Ventana ("The Window"): with Gemma Nierga.
  • Hora 25 ("25th Hour"): with Àngels Barceló, Javier Casal and Manolo Lama.
  • El Larguero ("The Crossbar"): José Ramón de la Morena.
  • Hablar por hablar ("Talk & Talk"): with Cristina Lasvignes.
  • Si amanece nos vamos ("We leave at the break of Dawn"): with Roberto Sánchez.
  • SER Consumidor ("To be Consumer"): with Jesús Soria.
  • SER Aventureros ("To be Adventurous"): with José Antonio Ponseti.
  • Matinal SER ("SER Morning"): with Elena Jiménez.
  • A vivir que son dos días ("Living your life like there's no Tomorrow"): with Montserrat Domínguez.
  • Hora 14 Fin de Semana ("Weekend 14th Hour"): with Jesús Cintora.
  • SER Latino ("To be Latin American"): with Julio Sánchez Cristo and María Fernanda Lencina.
  • SER Digital ("To be Digital"): with Chema Lapuente and Miguel Ángel Muñoz.
  • La salud en la SER ("The Health on SER"): with Paloma Delgado.
  • El cine de "Lo que yo te diga" ("The Cinema of What I tell you"): with Carlos López Tapia.
  • Carrusel Deportivo: (Sports Magazine"): with Paco González and Pepe Domingo Castaño.
  • Hora 25 Fin de Semana ("Weekeng 25th Hour"): with Jesús Cintora.
  • El Larguero Fin de Semana ("The Weekend Crossbar"): with Joseba Larrañaga.
  • Los toros ("The Bullfighting"): with Manuel Molés.
  • Milenio 3 ("Millennium Number 3"): with Iker Jiménez and Carmen Porter.
  • Punto de Fuga ("Point of a Escape"): with Pablo Morán.
  • SER Curiosos ("To be Curious"): with Puri Beltrán.

In October 2009 the Colombian broadcaster Herbin Hoyos began broadcasting Las voces del secuestro ("The voices of the kidnapped") after being forced into exile in Spain by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc)[1].

References

  1. ^ La voz que las FARC quieren acallar

External links

Official website

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Cadena SER
Broadcast areaSpain
SloganTe hablamos a ti... y te escuchamos (Talking — and listening — to YOU)
FrequencyAM: Various
FM: Various
First air date14 November 1924
Format News, politics, sport
LanguageSpanish
Former callsignsEAJ-1, EAJ-5, EAJ-7, EAJ-9 and others
Owner Unión Radio
WebsiteOfficial Website

La Cadena SER (the SER Network) is Spain's premier radio network in terms of both seniority (it was created in 1926) and audience share (it had a regular listenership in 2009 of 4,819,000). The acronym SER stands for Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Spanish Broadcasting Company).

Cadena SER's programmes – which encompass news, sport, talk, entertainment and culture – can be received throughout Spain. The network's main studios are located on the Gran Vía in Madrid; in addition, studios across the country contribute local and regional news and information, with local programming in each location amounting to between two and three and a half hours daily.

Cadena SER is owned by Unión Radio, the majority shareholder in which is currently the PRISA group, a major player in the Spanish media market which also controls, for example, such music radio stations as M80 Radio and Los 40 Principales and a number of newspapers (including the influential national daily El País), as well as the digital TV station Digital+.

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History

At 18.30 on Friday 14 November 1924 station EAJ-1 Radio Barcelona, the first Spanish radio station to receive an official licence from the government of General Miguel Primo de Rivera, began regular broadcasting. Seven months later, on 17 June 1925, Unión Radio – a company which had the backing of the leading manufacturers of electrical and broadcasting equipment in Spain, Germany, and the United States – opened station EAJ-7 Radio Madrid, and when, on 10 November 1926, this same company also took over the ownership of Radio Barcelona the foundations were in place for the formation of Spain's first national radio network. By 1927 Unión Radio was operating not only Radio Madrid and Radio Barcelona but also EAJ-5 Radio Sevilla, EAJ-9 Radio Bilbao, and EAJ-22 Radio Salamanca, enabling all of these stations to broadcast simultaneous, i.e. networked, programming for most of their time on air, with Radio Madrid as the chief production centre.

Following the demise of the monarchy headed by Alfonso XIII, and throughout the period of the Second Spanish Republic (1931-39) which followed it, Unión Radio continued to be Spain's only nationwide radio network, and created Spain's first national radio news programme La Palabra ("The Word"), broadcast several times daily. However, from 1939 until 1977, under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and the initial part of the transition to democracy, the network was forbidden from carrying any national news programming other than the compulsory twice-daily relays of the official news bulletins prepared by the government-controlled Radio Nacional de España.

From 25 September 1940, when ownership of Unión Radio was transferred to the newly constituted Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Spanish Broadcasting Company), the network renamed itself Cadena SER. In 1975 25% of the shares in the network were compulsorily acquired by the Spanish state, and in 1984 most of the remaining shares were purchased by the PRISA media conglomerate. The nationalized shares were subsequently sold back to the private sector (in effect, to PRISA) under the premiership of Felipe González in 1992.

The network played a significant role in the period of transition to democracy following the death of Franco and in the years leading up to and immediately following the adoption of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, notably in its coverage of the attempted coup of 23 February 1981. Cadena SER also played a vital journalistic role in its reporting of the events and circumstances of the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Politics

Cadena SER, along with the other Grupo Prisa media, is considered to be close to Spain's left-wing political party, the PSOE. Because of this, there have been many disputes with the other main radio network in Spain, Cadena COPE, which is owned by the Spanish Catholic episcopal power and is considered to be close to the PP, the main right-wing political party in Spain.

Sports

Cadena SER is also the leader in radio sports coverage. The network covers every match in La Liga, in the UEFA Champions League games whenever a Spanish team is playing, and matches involving the Spanish national football team. Cadena SER's main sports programmes are Carrusel Deportivo and El Larguero.

Programmes

  • Hoy por hoy (with Carles Francino and Pedro Blanco): news and current affairs programme, on the air since 22 September 1986. Broadcast Mondays to Fridays between 6.00 and 12.20, it is one of Spain's most listened-to programmes, with a daily audience of 2,704,000 in September to November 2006.[1].
  • Hora 14 (with José Antonio Marcos): news programme, on air from 14.00 to 15.10, with local opt-outs.
  • La Ventana (with Gemma Nierga): weekly political programme. 728,000 listeners in September-November 2006.
  • Hora 20 (with Javier Casal).
  • SER Deportivos (with Manolo Lama).
  • De nueve a nueve y media (with Celia Montalbán).
  • Hora 25 de los negocios (with Javier Ruiz).
  • Hora 25 (with Carlos Llamas): daily programme of news and topical debate, on air from 22.00 until midnight; created in 1972.
  • Matinal Fin de Semana (with Isabel León).
  • Hora 14 Fin de Semana (with Jesús Cintora).
  • El Larguero (with José Ramón de la Morena): after-midnight sports programme, on air since 1989. 1,356,000 daily listeners in September-November 2006.[1]
  • Hablar por hablar (with Cristina Lasvignes): talk show first created in 1989 for Radio Barcelona. Listenership of 549,000 in September-November 2006.
  • Si amanece nos vamos (with Roberto Sánchez).
  • La hora extra (with Ana Borderas).
  • Milenio 3 (with Iker Jiménez y Carmen Porter): a bi-wekly look at the paranormal and the mysterious.
  • Punto de fuga (with Pablo Morán).
  • SER Curiosos (with Alberto Granados): science programme.
  • SER Consumidor (with Jesús Soria).
  • SER Aventureros (with José Antonio Ponseti).
  • A vivir que son dos días (with Àngels Barceló).
  • SER Digital (with Chema Lapuente et Miguel Ángel Muñoz): looking at new technologies; on air since 2003.
  • La salud en la SER (with Paloma Delgado)
  • El cine de "lo que yo te diga" (with Carlos López Tapia): on air since 1989, this programme looks at cinema.
  • Carrusel Deportivo (with Paco González and Pepe Domingo Castaño): dating from 1954, this is Spain's longest-running radio programme. Covering the world of sport, it is broadcast on Saturdays (18.00-24.00) and Sundays (15.30-23.00). It has an audience of 1,700,000 on Saturdays and 2,112,000 on Sundays.[1]
  • Los toros (with Manuel Molés): reporting on bullfighting.

In October 2009 the Colombian broadcaster Herbin Hoyos began broadcasting Las voces del secuestro ("The voices of the kidnapped") after being forced into exile in Spain by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc)[2].

References

  • Carmelo Garitaonaindía; La radio en España (1923-1939), Siglo Veintuno de España, Madrid, 1988. ISBN 84-7585-109-6
  • Lorenzo Díaz; La radio en España, 1923-1977, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1997. ISBN 84-2060-834-3

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