Cult radio NABA back on air

Student radio program NABA returned full time to its own airwaves in and around Riga this week, as Latvian Public Radio launched its alternative Channel 6 at 95.8 mHz on the FM dial, which it will share with live regular and extraordinary Saeima plenary session broadcasts, whenever scheduled.

The alternative music community of volunteer deejays and listeners celebrated all day Monday at the Radio NABA studio, welcoming individual program developers (called ‘music instructors’) to guest spots to introduce their concepts and guidelines.

Underwritten by the University of Latvia, Radio NABA was founded in 2004 as a public medium for alternative music and lifestyles, offering more than 40 original programs about music, culture, history, science, the environment and people. The full program can be viewed at, where it is also streamed live to listeners beyond the FM broadcast radius around Latvia’s capital city.

In mid-December, the National Electronic Mass Media Council gave the green light for a proposed project from Latvian Radio – to establish a new, alternative, non-commercial music/arts radio station - LR6, to be set up with/by independent producers - NABA.

Radio NABA, known as the "LU student radio station" began operations on December 1, 2002. As an independent production entity, the NABA team in March 2014 began part-time cooperation with LR5. However, NABA and LR5 failed to see eye to eye, hence LR management's decision to establish an on-air forum solely manned by the NABA team.


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