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Vienna gets the world´s smallest radio station

It may be the smallest radio station in the world but at least that guarantees the personal touch.

From now on visitors to the Paolos restaurant in Vienna’s Westbahnhof underground station can tune into owner Alexander Wacker's very own radio station on 107,8 MHz.

It may not have the range of conventional radio station - not really extending much beyond the walls of the restaurant - but there is a full selection from the menu as well as this week's special offers of Caffè Latte, Strawberry Muffin and Chili Ciabatta.

Anybody with a conventional radio such as that found on a mobile phone can tune in to the menu and other tips and the service has been particularly popular with blind customers.

Paolo’s founder Alexander Wacker said: "It was actually a blind woman who visited the restaurant that made me realise the challenges she had to face during every day out and I wanted to do something to help.

"We have our own FM-Transmitter, which generates the radio signal, And this is now legal thanks to a recent change in the law. The only requirement is to keep the strength of the signal low which is why radio reception is only possible within a distance of a few meters.

"I hope that this technology will be evaluated for a broader use, since it is very easy to understand, it is really cheap, an fm-transmitter costs approximately 35 Euros, and it works reliably. In my opinion Info points for blind and visually handicapped people could be easily set up in public places and shops."

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