Category: RIAS

On this day: The RIAS Symphony Orchestra is founded (15th November 1946)

  Following the end of World War Two, the US military administration in Allied occupied Berlin founded the RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) to balance the broadcasts emanating from the Soviet controlled Berliner Rundfunk. This new station went live in February 1946, initially via telephone line only, until a medium wave transmitter could be introduced in September. On 15th November 1946, the RIAS Symphony Orchestra was established to contribute to the station's entertainment programme, later joined by the RIAS Chamber Choir, the RIAS Dance Orchestra and the RIAS Big Band. In 1956 after the Americans pulled the funding for RIAS, Sender Freies Berlin (or Radio Free Berlin) took the symphony orchestra under its wing, renaming it the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester-Berlin, based in the Western zone of the divided city. Following reunification in the 1990s, Berlin found itself with two radio symphony orchestras, leading to yet another name change, to the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (DSO), reflecting…