Cadena SER

La Cadena SER (the SER Network) is Spain's premier radio network in terms of both seniority (it was created in 1924) and audience share (it had a regular listenership in 2018 of 4,139,000). The acronym SER stands for Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión (Spanish Broadcasting Company).

Cadena SER's programmes – which encompass news, sport, talk, entertainment and culture – can be received throughout Spain. The network's main studios are located on the Gran Vía in Madrid; in addition, studios across the country contribute local and regional news and information, with local programming in each location amounting to between 2 and 3.5 hours daily.

Cadena SER is owned by Unión Radio, the majority shareholder in which is currently the PRISA group, a major player in the Spanish media market which also controls, for example, such music radio stations as LOS40, LOS40 Classic, Máxima FM, Radiolé and a number of newspapers (including the influential national daily El País), as well as other media in Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

Cadena SER
Cadena Ser logo
Broadcast areaSpain and Worldwide
SloganCuenta con la SER, pase lo que pase.
Count on the SER, whatever happens.
FrequencyAM: Various
FM: Various
First air date14 November 1924
FormatNews, politics, sport
Language(s)Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque
Former callsignsEAJ-1, EAJ-5, EAJ-7, EAJ-9, and others
OwnerPrisa Radio
WebsiteOfficial Website


At 18.30 on Friday, 14 November 1924, station EAJ-1 Radio Barcelona, the first Spanish radio station to receive an official licence from the government of General Miguel Primo de Rivera, began regular broadcasting. Seven months later, on 17 June 1925, Unión Radio – a company which had the backing of the leading manufacturers of electrical and broadcasting equipment in Spain, Germany, and the United States – opened station EAJ-7 Radio Madrid, and when, on 10 November 1926, this same company also took over the ownership of Radio Barcelona the foundations were in place for the formation of Spain's first national radio network. By 1927 Unión Radio was operating not only Radio Madrid and Radio Barcelona, but also EAJ-5 Radio Sevilla, EAJ-9 Radio Bilbao, and EAJ-22 Radio Salamanca, enabling all of these stations to broadcast simultaneous, i.e. networked, programming for most of their time on air, with Radio Madrid as the chief production centre.

Through the remaining years of the monarchy (until 1930), and during the Second Spanish Republic (1931–39), Unión Radio continued to be Spain's only nationwide radio network. Unión Radio created Spain's first national radio news programme La Palabra ("The Word"), broadcast several times daily. However, from 1939 until 1977, under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and the initial part of the transition to democracy, the network was forbidden from carrying any national news programming other than the compulsory twice-daily relays of the official news bulletins prepared by the government-controlled Radio Nacional de España.

On 25 September 1940, ownership of Unión Radio was transferred to the newly constituted Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión ("Spanish Broadcasting Company"), and the network renamed itself Cadena SER. In 1975, 25% of the shares in the network were compulsorily acquired by the Spanish state, and in 1984 most of the remaining shares were purchased by the PRISA media conglomerate. The nationalized shares were subsequently sold back to the private sector (in effect, to PRISA) under the premiership of Felipe González in 1992.

The network played a significant role in the period of transition to democracy following the death of Franco and in the years leading up to and immediately following the adoption of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, notably in its coverage of the attempted coup of 23 February 1981. Cadena SER also played a vital journalistic role with its reporting of the events and circumstances of the 2004 Madrid train bombings.


Cadena SER, along with other media in the PRISA group, is considered to be close to Spain's centre-left political party, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). There have been many disputes with the other main privately owned radio network in Spain, the right-wing Cadena COPE, which is owned by the Catholic Church.


Cadena SER is also the leader in radio sports coverage. The network covers every match in La Liga, in the UEFA Champions League games whenever a Spanish team is playing, and matches involving the Spanish national football team.

Notable programmes

Notable programmes on Cadena SER include Hoy por hoy, broadcasting news and current affairs in the morning, which was first aired on 22 September 1986; El Larguero (the late nightly sports programme, on air since 1989); Hablar por hablar, a talk show first broadcast in 1989 for Radio Barcelona; El Mundo Today for comedy, and Carrusel Deportivo for sports, Spain's oldest, and still remaining, radio programme dating to 1952.


  • Carmelo Garitaonaindía; La radio en España (1923-1939), Siglo Veintuno de España, Madrid, 1988. ISBN 84-7585-109-6
  • Lorenzo Díaz; La radio en España, 1923-1977, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1997. ISBN 84-206-0834-3

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Coordinates: 40°25′13″N 3°42′12″W / 40.4204°N 3.7034°W

2005 Basque regional election

The 2005 Basque regional election was held on Sunday, 17 April 2005, to elect the 8th Parliament of the Basque Autonomous Community. All 75 seats in the Parliament were up for election.

The electoral coalition Basque Nationalist Party–Basque Solidarity (PNV–EA) won 29 seats, the Socialist Party of the Basque Country–Basque Country Left (PSE–EE) came second with 18 seats, the People's Party (PP) came in third with 15 seats. The controversial Communist Party of the Basque Homelands (PCTV/EHAK) won 9 seats, having been endorsed by the banned Batasuna party.

2005 Galician regional election

The 2005 Galician regional election was held on Sunday, 19 June 2005, to elect the 7th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Galicia. All 75 seats in the Parliament were up for election.

Ana Pastor García

Ana Pastor García (born December 9, 1977 in Madrid, Spain) is a Spanish journalist and anchorwoman.

Antena 3 Radio

Antena 3 Radio was a nationwide Spanish radio station opened on February 1, 1982 and closed on June 19, 1994. It served as the basis for the creation of Antena 3 Televisión.

Carles Francino

Carles Francino Murgades (born 3 January 1958, in Barcelona) is a Spanish journalist. He started his career in Cadena SER Tarragona. In 1979 he got his first job at COPE Reus as a sports editor. Later, he joined the Tarragona studio of the COPE, which he left in 1987.In 1990 he started in the world of television and he became part of the founding team of Canal+ in Madrid. There he worked as an editor and presented the evening news bulletin, being the presenter of the first program ever broadcast in the history of the channel.In 1994 he returned to Barcelona to work at TV3, the channel where, for eleven years, he presented the evening edition (and briefly the midday edition) of Telenotícies. Whilst Carles Francino was at the helm, it became the most-viewed news bulletin in the Spanish region of Catalonia, beating all the national Spanish bulletins. His rigour and independence were recognized by both the audience and political critics. In 1999, he was awarded the City of Barcelona Award. In 2005, he joined Cadena SER to replace Iñaki Gabilondo as the presenter of the morning radio program Hoy por hoy. But in 2012, the network decided to move him to the afternoon radio program La Ventana.

El Larguero

El Larguero (lit, The Crossbar) is a Spanish radio sports program that concentrates mostly on football discussion. The program began on Cadena SER in 1989, and is broadcast daily from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am. It is the most listened-to nighttime Spanish radio program, and is presented from Sundays to Thursdays by its director José Ramón de la Morena, and Fridays and Saturdays by Yago de Vega.

Segments of the program include sports results and fixtures, with interviews conducted by de la Morena, and sports analysis, with that of football particularly about Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Hoy por hoy

Hoy por hoy is a Spanish radio program, produced by the news department of the Cadena SER. It is the most listened-to radio program in Spain with an average of about three million listeners a day and is considered the most listened-to program in Spanish radio history. Directed and presented by the journalists Pepa Bueno and Toni Garrido, the program is broadcast from Monday to Friday, from 5:59 am to 12:19 pm, with the later 101 minutes (until 2 pm) dedicated to local opt-out broadcast from local studios. The program, on news and current affairs, spends the first 4 hours reviewing Spanish and international general information, especially political matters. It features live interviews with the most relevant figures of the day, including the main political leaders and leaders of government. The last two hours and nineteen minutes of the program are more relaxed with sections on different themes, and humour.

Hoy por Hoy began broadcasting on 22 September 1986, directed and presented by Iñaki Gabilondo who stayed until 2005. During its first years on the air it was rivalled by Protagonistas, which was then the leading morning program on Spanish radio. In the mid-1990s Hoy por hoy gained the highest listenership figures of more than three million a day. Today it is the most listened-to radio program in Spain.On 30 August 2005 Gabilondo left the program to take charge of the evening news program of the new television network Cuatro, belonging to the same media group as Cadena SER, the Grupo Prisa. Cadena SER substituted Gabilondo with Carles Francino, who presented and directed Hoy por hoy from 19 September 2005 to June 2012.

Iñaki Gabilondo

José Ignacio Gabilondo Pujol (born 19 October 1942, in San Sebastián) better known as Iñaki Gabilondo is a Spanish journalist, and TV news anchor.

Gabilondo started his career at 21 (1963) in Radio Popular (COPE) until 1969, when he became the director of Radio San Sebastián (Cadena SER). Two years later, he directed the news department of Cadena SER Sevilla.In 1978 he directed and hosted Hora 25 (Cadena SER), until he became the TV news director of Televisión Española, the Spanish public TV channel network. His first night in front of the cameras was during Antonio Tejero's coup d'etat, on 23 February 1981. After he left Televisión Española, he directed Radio Televisión 16 for a short time, before coming back to Cadena SER, where he hosted Aquí la SER, Matinal SER, Pido la palabra and Onda Media. On 22 September 1986, he started hosting Hoy por hoy, the main radio show in Spain. He is Ángel Gabilondo’s brother

After almost 20 years of success, he left Cadena SER to host the news show Noticias Cuatro 2 at Cuatro, the TV channel from Sogecable. He stayed there for four years, and in February 2010 moved to CNN+ (Sogecable and Turner's Spanish news channel) to present a news and debate program called Hoy ("Today").

José Ramón de la Morena

José Ramón de la Morena Pozuelo (born 1956 in Brunete, Madrid) is a Spanish journalist. Holding a bachelor's degree in information science, he is the director and presenter of the radio program El Transistor of the Onda Cero radio network.

LOS40 Music Awards

LOS40 Music Awards, formerly known as Premios 40 Principales, is an award show by the musical radio station LOS40. It was created in 2006 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the worldwide station.

Los 40

Los 40 (The 40, stylized as LOS40 and formerly Los 40 Principales, Spanish: Los-cuarenta) is a Top 40 musical radio network and radio station brand in many Spanish-speaking countries from Prisa Radio. The station has its origins as a music show at Radio Madrid, today Cadena SER in 1966, where the 40 Principales chart was born, then evolved into a standalone radio station in 1979. LOS40 is the number one music station in most of the regions it serves.

Some stations under this brand name are owned and operated or are licensed by Grupo PRISA to use the brand. Some LOS40 stations are operated by a local broadcasting company and affiliated with the company that holds a license to use the brand from Grupo PRISA. Each LOS40 network typically broadcasts its own national feed from its respective country.

LOS40 stations broadcast in:




Costa Rica

Mexico (franchised to Televisa Radio and aired by many Radiorama stations)



SpainMost LOS40 networks generally air Spanish and English contemporary hit music that mostly includes American, Latin American, Pan-European and British singers and bands. Most stations emphasize Latin Top 40 music; however Mexico and Panama stations feature more European and English-language music whilst Chile and Costa Rica stations plays more reggaeton and bachata. It has a high-rotation playlist consisting mainly of tracks from its private chart. The main music genres that can be heard are pop, pop-rock and some dance music from the '90s, '00s and present day.

Micky (Spanish singer)

Micky (born Miguel Ángel Carreño Schmelter October 20, 1943, in Madrid) is a Spanish singer.

He began his music career in 1962 leading the band Micky y Los Tonys, which brought out 30 singles (including hits like "No sé nadar") and 5 albums. Meanwhile, Micky acted in some films as it was usual for singers in Spain in the 1960s and worked for Cadena SER as a radio presenter.Micky began his solo music career in the 1970s. Some of his first hits were "Soy así" and "El chico de la armónica". The single "Bye bye fräulein" (1976) entered the charts in Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and made the Billboard Easy Listening charts in the United States. In 1977 he was chosen to participate for Spain at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest. With the song "Enséñame a cantar", he placed 9th in a field of 18 entries.In the 1980s and 1990s, he continued his music career but also focusing on theatre and television. In 2003 he participated in the television contest Vivo Cantando, which featured former pop stars. In 2010 he released a new album, La Cuenta Atrás.

Máxima FM

Máxima FM is the main Spanish top 40-leaning electronic dance music station. It is part of Cadena SER radio stations, owned by PRISA Group. It was founded in 2002 and it is based in Madrid.

Current Máxima FM radio DJs include highly regarded electronic scene artists like Roger Sánchez, Wally Lopez and Carl Cox.

Opinion polling for the 2004 Spanish general election

In the run up to the 2004 Spanish general election, various organisations carried out opinion polling to gauge voting intention in Spain during the term of the 7th Cortes Generales. Results of such polls are displayed in this article. The date range for these opinion polls is from the previous general election, held on 12 March 2000, to the day the next election was held, on 14 March 2004.

Voting intention estimates refer mainly to a hypothetical Congress of Deputies election. Polls are listed in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" columns on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll.

Opinion polling for the 2008 Spanish general election

In the run up to the 2008 Spanish general election, various organisations carried out opinion polling to gauge voting intention in Spain during the term of the 8th Cortes Generales. Results of these polls are displayed in this article. The date range for these opinion polls are from the previous general election, held on 14 March 2004, to the day the next election was held, on 9 March 2008.

Voting intention estimates refer mainly to a hypothetical Congress of Deputies election. Polls are listed in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" columns on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll.

Paco González

For the racehorse trainer see: J. Paco Gonzalez

Francisco "Paco" González González (Madrid, 1966) is a Spanish sport journalist.

Gonzalez was born in Madrid in 1966, but raised in Folgueras de Cornás (Tineo, Asturias). He returned to Madrid to study journalism at Complutense University. He started work as an intern at broadcaster Cadena SER in 1987 and did not graduate. Due to his talent, he was put in charge of Carrusel Deportivo, one of the most important radio programmes, at the age of 25. He was the producer of Carrusel, where he worked alongside Pepe Domingo Castaño and Manolo Lama, until May 2010.

González has been the Spanish color commentator (alongside Manolo Lama) of the EA Sports' FIFA series video game since 1998. In May, 2010, he was fired after a dispute with the management of Cadena SER, and joined Telecinco for its coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2010. Since August 2010, alongside most of the collaborators he had at "Carrusel", including Pepe Domingo Castaño and Manolo Lama, he runs the program Tiempo de Juego at Cadena COPE, direct competitor of Cadena SER.

Pepa Bueno

María José Bueno Márquez (born 1964), better known as Pepa Bueno is a Spanish journalist, currently host of the well-known radio show Hoy por hoy in Cadena SER./

Born in Badajoz, Bueno started her career as news director of the local station of Radio Nacional de España in Extremadura and later was transferred to Aragón. She was also editor of Diario 16.

In 1991 Bueno joins Televisión Española to anchor the regional news bulletin in the Territorial Center in Andalucia. Soon she was promoted to the Madrid Territorial Center.

In September 1996, along with José Toledo, she began directing and anchoring the current affairs show Gente. She stayed there for eight years.

In 2004, soon after Fran Llorente was hired as news director of Televisión Española, Bueno was selected to substitute Luis Mariñas in the breakfast interview program Los Desayunos de TVE, work that occupied until 2009. Also between 2007 appeared anchoring the news magazine Informe Semanal and the morning magazine Esta mañana.In September 2009, Bueno was hired as anchor of the nightly edition of TVE's flagship newscast Telediario after Lorenzo Milá was named as correspondent to Washington, D.C..In 2012 Bueno left TVE soon after was hired by Cadena SER to host, along with Gemma Nierga the most listened to radio show in Spain, Hoy por hoy.

Premios Ondas

The Premios Ondas (Spanish: literally "wave awards", also known in English as the Ondas Awards or simply The Ondas) have been given since 1954 by Radio Barcelona, a subsidiary of Cadena SER, in recognition of professionals in the fields of radio and television broadcasting, the cinema, and the music industry.Past winners have included R.E.M., U2, The Corrs, Eric Clapton, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Miguel Bosé, Luz Casal, Phil Collins, Joaquín Sabina, Mecano, Ketama, Coldplay, Ricky Martin, Mikael Bertelsen & Roger Moore.

To Talk For The Sake Of Talking

To Talk For The Sake Of Talking (Hablar por hablar in Spanish, Parlar per parlar in Catalan) is a nighttime radio talk show broadcast by Cadena SER in Spain and Radio Caracol in Colombia.

The show was created by Gemma Nierga for Radio Barcelona in 1989. In its 2007 spring season, it had an audience average of 604,000 listeners.The program receives telephone calls from listeners who express their problems or opinions and receive advice and feedback.

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