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Charly 2000

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Charly 2000 (born as Wolfgang Pichler; died September 24, 2014[1][2]) was a German radio pioneer[3], television technician, radio presenter, DJ and discotheque operator. He was best known for his mobile discotheques in the Southern German area of Baden.


The success of Charly 2000 started in 1987 with one of the first private radio stations, called Euroradio Powerplay[4][5]. Its transmitter was located in Alsace, France and broadcasted on the frequency 106.80 FM. Because radio and television were produced and transmitted entirely using analogue technology during the later years of that decade, the conception and operation of a professional radio station was a highly demanding task which required much experience and a lot of technical know-how. In 1989, despite careful planning and implementation, Euroradio Powerplay was closed by the French public authorities due to licensing problems.[6]

Just one year later, Charly was back on the air at the German radio-station Radio Ladies First – now with a valid license – and soon after that at Radio Regenbogen with a regular live program, running on Friday nights for a whole decade. After the turn of the century, his collaboration with Radio Regenbogen ended and from 2010 Charly could once again be heard on Hitradio Ohr.

Charly 2000 permanently ran several local discotheques in parallel to his radio shows, e.g. the Fun Factory (started in 2009, in Achern) and the Codex-Club[7] (started in 2010, also in Achern). However, Charly 2000 had already become very widely known with his mobile discotheques; in the 1970s he and his team were regularly touring through the festival-halls of the Baden and Upper Rhine regions with several trucks full of equipment. This presence continued until the turn of the century.

At the end of the 1990s, Charly hosted his own TV show on Baden TV. He was seen in front of the camera together with the Backstreet Boys as well as with many other internationally known artists[8]. His name and his life's work are inextricably connected to the Southern German disco business and radio entertainment scene.

Mobile discotheque[edit]

The pioneering work of Charly 2000 within the mobile-discotheque business has significantly influenced the event and entertainment industry in the German Upper Rhine region[9]. The efforts that were invested in those commercial ventures were enormous for that time. Subwoofers covering entire gym walls were quite common, as were the 168-kilowatt spotlights, operated with halogen spotlight technology.

You can no longer imagine that today. At that time we had the largest mobile discotheque in southern Germany. We came with four seven-and-a-half ton trucks, set up with five people, then did the event, dismantled immediately afterwards and drove to the next location, where we set up again.

— DJ Rocchound, son of Charly 2000,[10]

Local discotheques[edit]

These discotheques were operated temporarily by Charly 2000:

At the end of the 90s, [...] ›Charly 2000‹ opened the disco ›Charly's Fun Factory‹ above the Scheck-In Center. In the years that followed, well-known musicians such as Scooter or the Vengaboys made pilgrimages to Achern and were guests in the discotheque. [...] Charly has been active in nightlife for over 40 years [...]

— Vanessa Valkovic, Acher- und Bühler Bote[11]


Charly typically greeted his listeners with the German words "Hallo Nachtschwärmer!" ("Hello night-revelers!")

External links[edit]


  1. "Charly 2000: Wolfgang Pichler gestorben". Claude. 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2020-07-27. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Charly 2000 ist tot: Trauer um Radio- und DJ-Legende". RADIOSZENE. Redaktion unter Deutschland. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2020-07-24. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. ""Charly" gehört zu den großen Pionieren des Privatfunks in der Regio!". RegioTrends. Reinhard Laniot. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2020-07-27. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Euroradio Powerplay". Stadtwiki Karlsruhe. Stadtwiki Karlsruhe-Bearbeiter. 2019-01-03. Retrieved 2020-07-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Euroradio Powerplay 106,80 UKW". Karlsruher Radiokult. DJ Baden. 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2020-07-24. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Euroradio-Powerplay-Programm". Karlsruher Radiokult. DJ Baden. Retrieved 2020-07-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Website of the former discotheque CODEX-CLUB". Website of the former discotheque CODEX-CLUB. Retrieved 2020-07-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Charly2000 with the Backstreet Boys, 1996". Charly 2000 Discotheken-Betriebs GmbH. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2020-07-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Hitradio Ohr trauert um Charly 2000". RegioTrends. Funkhaus Ortenau. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2020-07-27. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Interview mit DJ Rocchound: "Thekentratsch mit Jay-T"". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "Zimmer 11 schließt seine Türen". FM Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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