"Folkrádió is a not-for-profit, 24-hour online radio service featuring traditional folk music. It primarily broadcasts Hungarian folk music, but music of other peoples and ethnic groups living in the Carpathian Basin, as well as other types of music of folk origin also can be heard on Folkrádió. The Folkrádió Foundation has been founded to maintain the radio and the website.

The idea of Folkrádió was born at the end of 2001. Since traditional folk music could hardly be heard on any channel, we felt it important to have a radio that filled this gap. After creating the necessary technical and legal conditions, on March 15, 2003 the first, experimental show went on the air. Folkrádió is run by enthusiastic folk music lovers who receive no compensation for their work. Currently the radio can only be heard online but we plan to launch the service via other channels as well.

In the meantime many supporters and volunteers have assisted the project. Among our professional supporters we are proud to mention the Hungarian Heritage House and the folklorist István Pávai whose advices and assistance means particularly much to us. We work together with a lot of folk music labels, musicians and collectors, therefore new releases appear almost immediately on our playlist.

The folkradio.hu domain name not only leads to a folk music radio channel but also includes a searchable folk music database and an Internet meeting place for folk music lovers. On our Hungarian-language pages visitors can also find lyrics, an event calendar, a press review, a photo gallery, links, a forum and a mailing list.

We hope Folkrádió will continue to spread and share the love for this beautiful music for a long time."



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