Friday, July 31, 2015

Voice of Nigeria, Radio Deutsche Welle Pledge Better Corporation

Nigeria's international radio broadcast organisation, the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and its German equivalent, Radio Deutsche Welle (DW), over the weekend agreed to strengthen their existing bilateral relationship with the objective of promoting socio- economic advancement of Nigeria and Germany.
This followed a high-level meeting between the two Corporations which took place over the weekend at the Broadcasting House, Ikoyi Lagos station VON.
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The New DXer's Handbook - 2nd Edition

For amateur radio operators and shortwave listeners :

Bryce Anderson's (K7UA) second edition of 'The New DXer's Handbook'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Radio Serbia to close down on 31st July

Announcement to closing International Radio Serbia on July 31:

By the decision of Serbian government, International Radio Serbia ceases to exist on 31 July 2015. Thus our fruitful cooperation with you and our tradition of continously informing the diaspora and the public worldwide of the current events, business and cultural capacities, beautiful land- marks, culture and tradition of Serbia and former Yugoslavia in 12 langs via shortwaves, Internet and satellite will be terminated. Thank you for having listened to us and for having trusted us for more than 79 years!!

This is another station which goes from shortwave. Current A-15 schedule:
1730-1800 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Italian Mon-Fri
1800-1830 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Russian
1830-1900 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu English
1900-1930 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Spanish
1930-2000 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Serbian Sun-Fri
1930-2030 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Serbian Sat, co-ch CRI Ar
2000-2030 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu German Sun-Fri, co-ch CRI Ar
2030-2100 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu French, co-ch CRI Ar
2100-2130 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu English, co-ch CRI Ar
2130-2200 on  6100 BIJ 250 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Serbian Fri, co-ch CRI Ar

(Ivo Ivanov)

Radio Free Iraq Signs Off After 17 Years Of Service

WASHINGTON -- RFE/RL's Arabic Service to Iraq, Radio Free Iraq (RFI) will air its final broadcast on July 31. The resources of RFI will be merged with Radio Sawa Iraq to provide the audience with extensive Iraq-specific news and informational programming. The new Radio Sawa Iraq programming will be broadcast on both its existing frequency and those of RFI during a period of transition.
In recognition of their service, BBG Chairman Jeffrey Shell presented letters of appreciation to RFI colleagues, noting that, "[Radio Free Iraq's] coverage of all sides of Iraq's political scene has been unparalleled and deeply appreciated by its audience, as has its coverage of news from throughout the country with its wide network of regional correspondents.  Iraqi decision makers have considered RFI a must listen or read in their daily news diet while Iraqi citizens have expressed gratitude to RFI for providing a platform for them to raise their voices and concerns."
RFE/RL Editor-in-Chief Nenad Pejic paid tribute to the sacrifices made by RFI colleagues to deliver the news in a country riven by constant political turmoil, violence, and war. A bomb blast at the AlHamra Hotel in Baghdad in 2005 ripped apart the Service's bureau, two correspondents - Khamail Muhsin Khalaf and Nazar Abdulwahid al-Radhi - were murdered in 2007, and RFI Baghdad Bureau chief Dr. Muhammad Bdaiwi Owaid al-Shammari was shot dead at a checkpoint in 2014 while on his way to work. RFI correspondents have also suffered kidnappings, death threats, harassment, and physical injury while reporting the news.
In remarks to RFI staff members, Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) President Brian Conniff said that, "At this moment in history, when Iraq is threatened by an extremist Islamic insurgency and faces numerous challenges in rebuilding from decades of open warfare and authoritarian rule, we believe adding RFI's signature programming to the Radio Sawa Iraq lineup will provide the audience high quality content that will enhance their listening experience." MBN manages and oversees Radio Sawa.
Radio Free Iraq was created by RFE/RL in 1998, in response to direction from the U.S. Congress. Led first by former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq David Newton, and since 2004 by journalist Sergei Danilochkin, it has provided accurate and non-sectarian news and information to local audiences and fostered informed debate of issues that are not otherwise reported in Iraq's ethnically, politically and religiously fragmented media.

(Press Release)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GatesAir Expands its Local Presence and Customer Support in India

CINCINNATI, July 21, 2015 — GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has officially announced plans to partner with Horizon Broadcast LLP to open a new state-of-the-art service center in Gurgaon, India; and appointed Anil Bhardwaj as GatesAir's regional sales manager. The strategic moves put GatesAir and its partner Horizon closer to customers across the expansive region, ensuring exceptional service and support to navigate broadcasters through challenging digital transitions.

GatesAir's  India channel partner , Horizon Broadcast LLP, will open and manage the service center. Horizon, will soon relocate its existing Delhi service center operation to its spacious new facility, where the company will continue providing dependable after-sales service and support to GatesAir customers.

Based at the company's New Delhi sales office, Bhardwaj reports directly to Jhonny Maroun, GatesAir's regional sales manager for the Middle East and South Asia (MESA), based in Beirut Lebanon. Bhardwaj brings extensive experience as a business development manager and entrepreneur for a variety of broadcast media companies. As GatesAir's new regional sales manager, Bhardwaj is dedicated to building strong relationships with both new and existing customers, and coordinating with the new local service center to ensure that customer needs are effectively met.

"At a time when the television and radio broadcast industry in India is experiencing dramatic growth, we want to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to our customers in the region," said Maroun. "We are partnering with Horizon to open the new service center and added Anil at a very exciting time, given the push toward Phase 3 FM radio and the transition to DVB-T/T2 digital television happening across India. We want to assure the Indian broadcast community that, as they expand their broadcast transmission facilities, we will be present and prepared to deliver proven solutions and the timely, responsive service they need to successfully expand and thrive.

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir's turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content.  With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir

(Press Release)

Ever heard of station's RDS display being hacked ?

A Houston hip-hop and R&B station is investigating how an offensive word was broadcast to digital radio displays across the city.
Listeners tweeted images Sunday night that showed KBXX 97.9 The Box broadcasting the N-word on radio displays where song info is typically shown. The audio portion of the broadcast was apparently not affected.

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The Case for Indigenous Community Radio

Community radio is uniquely situated to cater to the needs of Indigenous communities. The opportunity to produce community-generated mass media can be channeled to support Indigenous language revitalization and preservation efforts. It also provides an easily accessible channel to disseminate culturally appropriate information on public health, development, and politics in real time.

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President Kalam didn't own TV, listened to All India Radio

Harry Sheridon (53), who had been with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam as his personal secretary for the past 24 years, recalled that Kalam never had a television at home and would start his day between 6.30 am and 7 am and stay awake until 2 am. He would listen to the radio, mostly news on All India Radio.

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Radio: The All-But-Forgotten Medium With The Biggest Reach

You wouldn't know it from all the media coverage focused on streaming video and streaming music, but recent Nielsen data shows radio actually has the most reach among American media consumers. 93% of adults listen to the radio each week as compared to 87% who watch TV, a substantive difference.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

E-Auction of the First Batch of Private FM Radio Phase III Channels Commences

The long awaited e-auction of more than 800 additional FM channels in almost 300 Indian cities started on 27 July 2015.

E-Auction of the First Batch of Private FM Radio Phase III commenced on 27th July 2015 at 09.30 A.M. and during the day, four rounds of bidding took place. 135 FM Channels in 69 existing cities of Phase II have been put on auction in the first batch. At the close of first day of bidding, 78 Channels in 54 cities became Provisionally Winning Channels with cumulative provisional winning price of around Rs 395 Crore against their aggregate reserve price of about Rs 357 crore.

The Auction began today with Auction Activity Requirement set at 80%. Total 26 bidders were allowed to participate in the auction. The ongoing auction is a Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending (SMRA) e-auction which is being conducted online from Auction Control Room No. 404 B Wing, Shastri Bhawan.

Daily auction report for day one of e-Auction has been put on MIB website, Bidding will re-commence tomorrow on 28th July, 2015 at 09.30 AM.

(Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tomorrow's BBC, Your say - BBC Trust wants your views on the BBC

AIR observes 88th anniversary of India's first radio broadcast with 'New India Vision'symposium

Commemorating the 88th anniversary of the first radio broadcast in the country here on Thursday, All India Radio organised a symposium at the National Media Centre on the theme "Naye Bharat ki Rachna aur Prasaran Madhyam".
The symposium was inaugurated by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Colonel (Retired) Rajyavardhan Rathore.
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50 years on the air - Radio Seychelles celebrates half-century as the archipelago's first broadcaster

This week marks fifty years since the first radio station in Seychelles began broadcasting - Radio Seychelles, presently part of the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), made its maiden broadcast from the station in July 1965. 

The occasion is currently being celebrated with a two-day exhibition at its studios at Union Vale, a northern suburb surrounding the Seychelles capital of Victoria. The exhibition consists of a collection of historic photographs as well as live programmes produced by some of its former radio hosts to demonstrate the evolution of radio broadcasting.

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Typhoon Dolphin & KTWR Guam

KTWR is a powerful shortwave station on Guam, a great island for snorkeling and diving. Much of the island's reputation is due to the clean water and abundant marine life. The spinner dolphins, in particular, are quite an attraction and are fun to watch as they surf the tour-boat wakes. Recently, however, we at KTWR were visited by a dolphin no one wanted to see.
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