How to Stay Tuned In

Moscow's diverse radio spectrum offers something for almosteveryone.

General music:

• 88.3 FM, Retro FM, www.retrofm.ru
Features popular songs of the 1980s and early 1990s, including anything from Abba and Ace of Base to Alla Pugachyova, the authoritative epicenter of Russian pop.

• 91.6 FM, Kultura, www.cultradio.ru
Run by the people behind the Kultura TV channel, the station broadcasts classical music and talk shows about literature, history, and cultural happenings in the capital.

• 100.1 FM, Serebryany Dozhd, www.silver.ru
A variety station with hits from various years and talk shows. The station initiates the yearly Silver Galosh awards for "most dubious achievements in show business," which humorously commends stars and exposes plagiarists.

• 101.7 FM, Nashe Radio, www.nashe.ru
The station that popularized Zemfira, Leningrad, and other famous post-Soviet performers, its worst enemy is popsa, or Russian pop music.

• 105.7 FM, Russkoye Radio
Russian pop, ranging from the old-time stage singers of the 1990s to graduates of the "Fabrika Zvyozd" TV show, dominates on this station. The music is diluted with tacky jokes. It is the station of choice among Russian bus and truck drivers and the most popular station in Russia according to TNS Gallup Media.

Talk radio:

• 87.5 FM, Business FM, http://radio.businessfm.ru
This station features frequent business and stock news with commentary from experts.

• 91.2 FM, Ekho Moskvy, http://echo.msk.ru
"Echoed" in many Russian cities, this station focuses on social and political issues. There are news broadcasts and talk shows that include top experts and newsmakers. The station is famous for liberal-minded hosts that frequently tear their guests apart on the air.

• 1044 AM, Radio Svoboda, www.svobodanews.ru
Similar to Echo in content and slant, Svoboda is part of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) informational service, funded by the U.S. Congress

Jazz:

• 89.1 FM, Radio Jazz
Broadcasts classic jazz, mostly instrumental, interrupted by the rumbling sound of a man's voice saying "Radio Jazz -- music of a big city." There are no DJs.

• 90.8 FM, Relax FM, www.relaxfm.ru
Easy breezy elevator music, more or less within the "smooth jazz" radio format. The station won a "European Radio Award" last year.

Radio for children:

• 96.8 FM, Detskoye radio, http://deti.fm
Songs from Russia's classic animated series and musicals, educational programs, children's stories and poems.

Dance music:

• 89.5 FM, Megapolis, www.megapolisfm.ru

• 101.2 FM, DFM, www.dfm.ru
Both stations feature techno, house, and all kinds of predominantly Western clubbing music, selected by Russian and Western DJs.

Foreign stations:

• 810 AM, Voice of America

• 1246 AM, BBC World Service

• 693 AM, Deutsche Welle

A web site, Moskva.FM lists and airs songs playing on each of the 43 FM stations in Moscow, provides lists of the current hit parade, and lets you add songs to a play list. If any music has caught your attention while you were out and about, you can find out what it was by typing in the time frame and the station on which you heard it.