Rai Radio 3
|Broadcast area||Italy - National FM, DAB & DVB-T and Satellite|
FM 88.8 – 107.8 MHz|
SKY Italia Channel 763
Alice Home TV Channel 772
|First air date||1 October 1950|
|Format||Talk, classical music|
|Sister stations||Rai Radio 1, Rai Radio 2|
Rai Radio 3 (radio tre) is an Italian radio channel operated by the state-owned public-broadcasting organization RAI and specializing in culture and classical music. It is currently directed by Marino Sinibaldi.
Founded in 1950 as the Terzo programma, it was loosely based on its British namesake, the BBC Third Programme, which had been established in 1946. It adopted its current name in 1976.
Radio 3 is a thematic channel focused on the cultural sphere, within the scope of classical music and avant-garde music (including live concerts), drama, literature, readings of classic works, history, economics, philosophy, religion, mythology, art and cinema. Information is presented with a critical and analytical slant. In the past, no commercials were broadcast on this channel. All the transmissions are produced by Radio Rai.
At night, at the end of the program schedule, the network connects with Rai Radio FD 5, a cable radio channel broadcasting classical music. The radio news headline is hosted in three main issues (at 8.45, 13.45 and 18.45) and other short-term issues in the course of the day.
It broadcast one of the long-lived strips of classical music, "Concerto ogni sera" (A concert every evening), then "Concerto della sera" (The evening's concert), which aired from 4 January 1953 to December 1977, around 19.15. Beforehand, from 1951 to 1953 aired "Concerto d'apertura" (Opening concert) at 20.30, which was replaced by "Spazio Tre".