The oldest continuing Estonian radio program, "Päevakaja," turned 55 yesterday, marked by broadcast number 19,152. The news program first aired in 1958.
"Although in recent years online media have made big steps forward, radio news continues to offer listeners trustworthy and prompt information. News is the backbone of Estonian Public Broadcasting radio stations. And it will stay that way," said ERR radio news chief Indrek Kiisler.
The evening news show gives an overview of the day's most important stories and is broadcast on three of ERR's radio stations. The oldest recording dates back to 1966.
Päevakaja marked a breakthrough in the development of Eesti Raadio (later merged with Eesti Televisioon to become ERR), with the addition of sound bites and interviews to the conventional narration by presenters.