100 Years of Radio
Opening in autumn 2024, a special exhibition created in cooperation with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) demonstrates that the past is always a part of the present: “100 Years of Radio” takes visitors on a rich journey through a century of radio history in Austria. From the birth of the medium, which initially required technical skills from its users, the exhibition traces the development of radio and its role in society up to the present day. As an interactive element, a recording studio provides an exciting experience.

There is still a lot to be done before the opening: two extraordinary objects are currently undergoing technical examination in our Restoration Department and are in urgent need of restorative work.


Mag. Martina Wriesnig, BA.


Help us restore two particularly valuable objects of radio history and preserve them for future generations.

Preserving valuable cultural artefacts

Your donation will not only help preserve our cultural treasures for future generations, but will also make a significant contribution to preparing society for new challenges with a broad knowledge of technical and scientific phenomena. Many of our projects would not be possible without your valuable contribution.

Every EURO helps!

With your donation, the object will be accessible to the public and can be seen as part of the radio exhibition. We need 6,000 euros to complete the restoration. 

Your donation is tax-deductible. Please provide your full name and date of birth.

Grammophon Braun Cosmophon:

Braun Cosmophon gramophone

The Cosmophon represented the professionalisation of music programming, particularly in radio. With its double drive mechanism, records could be played without interruption and elegantly faded in and out.
The 1930 object dates back to the early days of modern radio programming, which increasingly shifted away from the original live mode in favour of the much more affordable “record concert”.

Siemens & Halske ribbon microphone with built-in preamplifier:

Siemens & Halske ribbon microphone with built-in preamplifier

The ribbon microphone marked the beginnings of radio broadcasting in Austria, then dominated by live programming. What was broadcast was whatever was presented in front of the microphone in the studio. Adequate recording methods were not yet available. The working conditions must have been quite difficult at times. The “ribbon microphone” is said to have developed particularly high operating temperatures, often requiring broadcasts to be interrupted so that those present could attempt to cool the microphone in various ways, such as fanning or blowing on it.

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