Hitradio Ö3 Online
Hitradio Ö3 is one of the nationwide radio stations of Austria's public broadcaster ORF. The format focuses on contemporary hit radio, specialising pop music and chart hits from the 1980s to the present. Ö3 has the biggest audience share by far (averaging 31%) of all Austrian radio stations.
Since 1997, Ö3 broadcasts from a large office floor in the Heiligenstadt district of Vienna. Transmissions include the survey of the Austrian record charts, since 1967 presented by the weekly Austria Top 40programme. Current renowned presenters include Andi Knoll and Katharina Bellowitsch. Band contests like Ö3-Soundcheck promoted the career of Austrian music groups such as SheSays, Luttenberger*Klug, Mondscheiner, and Excuse Me Moses. The station participates in the annual Donauinselfest music festival, the Licht ins Dunkel telethon and co-operates with the Austrian Red Cross.
The station also broadcasts via satellite television, with a display showing the previous, current and upcoming tracks, the time and other information such as traffic reports. The station's website provides latest reports and informations, record charts, a studio webcam, streaming audio, and a daily playlist reaching back to 2009. Several broadcasts are available as podcasts.
Ö3 was for a long time the only ORF station permitted to broadcast commercials, and it remains the station with the largest reach and amount of advertising time per day, more than all private radio stations together. For this reason it is often called "ORF's cash cow".