55 years ago: The first radio station for youth aired in Russia

Radio Yunost was the first radio station for the Soviet youth.

Radio Yunost was the first radio station for the Soviet youth.

V. Aleshkevich/TASS
Popular Soviet bard singer actively participated in the creation of the radio station.

Radio Yunost (Youth) began broadcasting on Oct. 16, 1962. It was the first radio station for the Soviet youth. Bard Yuri Vizbor played a big hand in setting it up.

The station played popular Soviet music – Alla Pugacheva, Larisa Dolina, as well as rock music – Kino, Alisa, Nautilus Pompilius, etc. Moreover, the radio broadcasted fresh foreign music. It was the first radio station in Soviet Union that started live broadcasts.

Until 1991, the radio station did not have its own frequency so its programs were aired at different times on different waves.

In 1998, the radio station became part of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK). After its rebranding, it was titled YuFM and aired popular dance music. The last radio program was broadcasted in July 2016.

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