Is your family going overboard for Christmas?

Christmas greetings to sailors all over the world

Also on this Christmas Eve, Norddeutscher Rundfunk will broadcast Christmas greetings to seafarers all over the world in the program "Greetings on board". Families and friends have the opportunity to wish their loved ones a happy holiday at sea. "Greetings on board" has been broadcast since Christmas 1953.

For the program director of NDR Info and editor-in-chief of NDR radio, Claudia Spiewak, "Greetings on board" is one of the oldest radio programs in the world and belongs to the station's silverware: "The program shows how close radio can get to people, and I think that 'Greetings to Bord 'has its special quality in this emotional, direct contact between people at home and those far away. "

The audience: people who live in Germany but work on oil platforms in the North Sea, frigates off Somalia, research vessels in Antarctica or freighters around the world. The show, which thrives on a mixture of personal messages and maritime music, is moderated by Birgit Langhammer and Ocke Bandixen.

"Greetings on board": Music, singing - and always very close to people

So that the crews and passengers on cargo and cruise ships can receive the traditional broadcast on all oceans and in distant ports, the NDR also broadcasts it on shortwave frequencies.

On December 24th of 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. UTC (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. CET) transmits the shortwave over the following frequencies:


6080 [kHz] North Atlantic

11650 [kHz] Atlantic South

9800 [kHz] Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)

9740 [kHz] Indian Ocean West

9570 [kHz] Indian Ocean East

6030 [kHz] Europe


In the time of9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. UTC (10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. CET) over the following frequencies:



6145 [kHz] North Atlantic

9830 [kHz] Atlantic South

9590 [kHz] Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)

9740 [kHz] Indian Ocean West

9675 [kHz] Indian Ocean East

6155 [kHz] Europe


NDR Info will broadcast "Greetings on board" on Christmas Eve, initially from 20.05 to 22.00 CET. This is followed by the broadcast of the Christmas mass from the Church of St. Maria Magdalena in Bochum-Wattenscheid from 10 p.m. to 11.150 p.m. CET. Then there will be the second part of "Greetings on board" until midnight CET.

mm / ack (NDR)