Slogan Le grand mix
|Broadcast area France|
First air date 25 May 1981
|Frequency 101,5 MHz (Paris)
105,7 MHz (Marseille)
87,8 MHZ (Nantes)
Full list of frequencies|
Format World music Jazz New Wave Reggae
Radio Nova (or simply Nova) is a radio station broadcast from Paris, created in 1981 by Jean-François Bizot. Its playlist is characterized by non-mainstream or underground artists of various music genres, such as electro, new wave, reggae, jazz, hip hop and world music.
On 25 May 1981, Nova is created following the fusion of several radio stations. The radio is since its creation, owned by the Nova Press company, which today also owns the record label Nova Records, and the jazz-oriented radio station TSF Jazz.
From 1985, Radio Nova is oriented mainly on world music, around 1988 the musical programming changes to only broadcast reggae, funk and rap.
Around 1991, Nova changes its musical programming again, to acid jazz and French rap. In 1999, its musical programming consists of mainly the following genres, Ambient, chill-out and jungle.
In 1999, Nova Press bought the station jazz station TSF, which then becomes TSF 89,9 and installs its studios next to those of Radio Nova.
Throughout its history, several well-known Parisians have had shows on Radio Nova, such as Ariel Wizman, Edouard Baer, Jamel Debbouze, Gilles Peterson, Ivan Smagghe, Laurent Garnier and David Guetta.
In September 2011, Nova and TSF Jazz quits the GIE of Les Indés Radios to commercialize national advertising via their own Nova Régie. Given a year's notice, it will be effective starting in September 2012.