Rainer Wulf


May 17, 2022

Rainer Wulff (February 8, 1943 in Hamburg – May 11, 2022) was a German journalist and author of satirical texts. He was also the stadium announcer at FC St. Pauli.

Life and work

Rainer Wulff worked for Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) for 37 years, most recently as head of the service. Even during his studies (subjects: German and history), Wulff worked as a reporter in the Kiel state studio and was a member of the state press conference. He was also a correspondent and freelancer for various newspapers (including the Frankfurter Rundschau). In 1972 he was hired by the NDR as an editor. That year he witnessed the Olympic Games in Germany as a radio reporter. A little later he made talk shows public in Germany's media landscape: Wulff hosted the first public radio talk show, which was broadcast regularly on NDR from Kiel and Hamburg for many years. During this time, Wulff was able to make a name for himself as a reporter and commentator on current affairs, e.g. also in the daily programs of the NDR main political department such as courier at noon or the echo of the day. But he was also part of the team for the 5 o'clock club series, which soon achieved cult status, especially among young people, with its mixture of rock and pop music as well as reports on politics, schools, training and youth culture. In 1978 Wulff moved his office to Hamburg, where he worked first in youth radio, then from 1981 as head of the NDR magazine editorial team (entertainment department). responsible for daily magazine broadcasts and also for organizing and moderating major events broadcast live (e.g. the annual NDR 2 New Year's Eve parties with up to 20,000 visitors). A new chapter began in 1989: Wulff switched to the cultural program (NDR 3, today: NDR Kultur) and soon became head of the service there. He also headed the opera editorial team. In 1991 he founded the series Start, live broadcasts with outstanding young artists from the music colleges in Hamburg, Berlin, Lübeck, Hanover and Rostock, which he - together with Kerstin Janse - also moderated in 69 episodes from Hamburg, Lübeck, Hanover, Rostock and Berlin. Wulff passed on his journalistic and organizational experience as a lecturer in the field of cultural management at the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg. After retiring in 2003, Wulff was on stage as a presenter at opera galas and singing competitions, e.g. in the Hamburg and Hanover State Operas, the Hamburg Laeiszhalle (music hall), the Kiel Opera and at the Eutin Festival. The voice connoisseur has also been in demand as a jury member at national and international singing competitions (including in Vienna, Dresden, Frankfurt am Main and Berlin) since the early 1990s. Until the end of 2019, he was also the director and organizer of the Maritim Music Prize, a competition that has been held every December since 2000 as part of the Maritim Music Week in Timmendorfer Strand for the best international students in the singing classes of the Hamburg, Lübeck and Rostock music colleges (Hanover since 2014, since 2015 also Bremen) with high cash prizes and commitments. Following his retirement due to age reasons, the future of this well-established competition is uncertain. Wulff was active in cultural committees on a voluntary basis and in an advisory capacity. Rainer Wulff presented his satirical texts at readings e.g. on cabaret stages in northern Germany. In November 2014 he published his first audio book on the Hamburg label Grand Hotel van Cleef. "Dry and always to the point. The worst thing about 'Vom Runden Ins Eckige' is actually that it ends at some point because it could go on forever.” (Deepground). “The police should ban this audio book. Hearing it is much more dangerous than talking on a cell phone while driving. The listener could at some point from all the L