Radio Romania Timisoara | Radio Reports, 2013
H4n, Cubase

During my radio days in Timisoara, the largest city in the Banat area of western Romania, I experienced a wonderful blend of diverse culture, charming architecture, the arts and hospitality. With 29 ethnical minorities and 17 religious groups, Timisoara is one of the most multicultural cities in Europe and since the 30s the Romanian radio broadcasting service maintains programmes for all major population groups and abroad. In summer 2013 I spent three months at the German department of Radio Romania Timisoara.

Every day the three-member editorial staff produces two programmes, which are broadcasted at 1 p.m. EET on 630 KHz (AM) and at 6 p.m. EET on 105.9 MHz (FM). They are conceived as generalist programmes and throughout the week cover European and worldwide issues, cultural themes, business topics and also offer a youth and musical request programme. In addition, there are permanent parts of the programme, such as news, sports, press reviews and information about upcoming events. They're available as audio on demand for seven days after broadcast. Furthermore, the German department of ‚Radio Romania Timisoara‘ is the central coordination point of the so called Funkforum, a media forum of German-speaking editorial offices from Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Kroatia.

Foreign-language programmes offer considerable freedom in reporting that is often lacking in other media. Whether it’s news, features, opinion or interviews, I was basically at liberty to create content in a responsible, critical and appealing manner. Besides duties like selecting stories, researching, writing, voicing and producing reports in general, I conducted interviews with, among others, members of the German Economic Club, the Continental AG and the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Romania.

Greetings to Astrid Weisz, Adrian Ardelean & Hannelore Neurohr from the german department and a big thank you to Spiri, Nico, Mihai, Vlad, Brisca and all residents over at Hostel Costel, without whose support I wouldn’t have made any progress. Desteapta-te, romane!

'Spleen' - Figure theatre 'Wilde & Vogel'
photo: Gerrit Heber

The figure theatre 'Wilde & Vogel' played in more than 30 countries of the world and collaborated with numerous theatres in Berlin, Stuttgart and Leipzig. Initiated by the German cultural center Timisoara, they now performed their multiple award winning play 'Spleen' at the national theatre Timisoara.

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Emil Kindlein - Silver microphones
photo: Gabriel Bucataru

The musician Emil Kindlein wants to revive his family tradition. As the grandson of a jeweler and son of an electronics technician, it was only logical for him to combine these capabilities and build silver microphones in an artisan tradition. For his presentation, Emil organized a gala concert at the old synagogue in Timisoara together with his musician friends Beck Corlan, Gabi Szorad and Dorothea Iordanescu. I tried to reveal, what makes his microphones unique in terms of sound and design.

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Chamber concert of the municipal music school Munich
photo: Gerrit Heber

The municipal music school Munich emerged from the last existing Meistersinger Conservatory of Bavaria and is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in Germany. In the course of a transnational exchange project, the children and adolescents from Munich played a classical chamber concert together with students from the renowned Ion-Vidu Art Lyceum. I attended to the guest performance and spoke with director Karl-Wilhelm Agatsy, who shares a long history with the city of Timisoara.

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Film project: 'Another History'
Odessa during the Romanian occupation 1943, photo: Willy Pragher

While in German schools students are confronted with the Holocaust early on, coming to terms with the past in Romania only makes slow progress. The film project ‘Another History’ is an attempt to bring the topic to the public’s attention once again. Four German college students, along with pupils from the Romanian Nikolaus-Lenau school, reconstruct the fate and suffering of Holocaust victim Alexandru Ornstein. For this purpose, they undertake research at the National Archives, conduct interviews with contemporary witnesses and visit locations where Jewish life had taken place. They are supported in this effort by the German cultural center Timisoara, lecturers from the West University and the Jewish community. I spoke with the team members about their research and film work in Timisoara.

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Gold mining project in Rosia Montana
photo: Gerrit Heber

The Rosia Montana area, located in the Apuseni Mountains of western Transylvania, is considered to be one of the most important gold ore deposits of Europe. Since 1998 the Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources wants to transform the region into a gigantic open-pit mine, leading to significant risks regarding the patrimony, the environment and the community. However, a strong public resistance has emerged against the destruction of an entire village, the associated resettlement of its inhabitants and the heavy use of cyanide in the production process. During the eighth edition of the music festival Fan Fest, organized in aid of the Save Rosia Montana campaign, I spoke with supporters and opponents of the gold mining project.

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