Listen to Radio 88.6: The Rock Station of Austria!

This is radio 88.6! Real voices, real instruments, really good music! From AC/DC to Linkin Park to Nirvana and Volbeat! That’s how life rocks.

Radio 88.6 is a private radio station that broadcasts in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland. It reaches over one million listeners every week. The station plays rock music from various genres and eras. From classic rock to new rock, from hard rock to alternative rock. Radio 88.6 claims to be the only radio station in Austria that plays “real music with real instruments”. It aims to provide a diverse and authentic musical experience for its Listeners.


Radio 88.6 was founded in 1998 as a successor of the former Radio CD International. It was one of the first private radio stations in Austria after the liberalization of the radio market in 19933. The station was initially owned by a consortium of media companies. Including the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), the newspaper publisher Kurier, and the German media group Bertelsmann. In 2004, Radio 88.6 was acquired by the Austrian media entrepreneur Wolfgang Fellner. Wolfgang Fellner also owns several newspapers and magazines, such as Österreich, News, and Woman. In 2007, Radio 88.6 rebranded itself as a rock station. Focusing on playing more guitar-based music and less pop and dance music.


Radio 88.6 hosts various programs to cater to different listener tastes and moods. Some popular programs include TimpelTime, a morning show hosted by Thomas Timpel, which provides entertainment, information, and humor. Rocksperte is a quiz show where listeners can test their knowledge of rock music and win prizes. Rot-Weiß-Rock Stage is a talent show where aspiring rock bands compete for a chance to perform at major festivals. Rock Talk is an interview show where Kinga Mathe talks to famous rock stars and celebrities about their lives, careers, and passions. Best Of is a program that plays the best songs from a specific theme or genre, such as Happy End, Alles auf Anfang, or One Hit Wonder.


Radio 88.6 hosts a team of passionate presenters who share their love for rock music with listeners. Notable presenters include Thomas Timpel, the main host and leader of the morning show TimpelTime, and Kinga Mathe, the female voice and host of Rock Talk and Rot-Weiß-Rock Stage. Beate Redemske, the host of Beate mit Ö, interviews Austrian artists and bands and is a journalist. Batka Schmidl, the host of Batka plaudert, shares stories and anecdotes from his travels and is a comedian who performs stand-up shows and podcasts.


Radio 88.6 is the first and only Austrian radio station focused on rock music, supporting local and international artists. It organizes and sponsors various rock events and festivals, including Rock in Vienna, Nova Rock, Rockfest, Merry RoXXmas, and Rot-Weiß-Rock Stage. It has won numerous awards, including the Austrian Radio Award, Austrian Event Award, Austrian Music Award, and European Radio Award.

Radio 88.6, with over one million weekly listeners and a 7.4{60297c3c1f31c932e6d9e222881b19d68abc8a6c613ff5fa51397582320704f4} market share in Vienna, Lower Austria, and Burgenland, is a highly popular radio station.




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Address: 1190 Wien, Austria

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