Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Radio Canada's Sackville, N.B. transmitters will be sold

After decades of service, the transmission towers outside of Sackville, N.B are no longer broadcasting Radio Canada International to the world.
Martin Marcotte, director of CBC Transmission, said he's now looking to sell the New Brunswick towers and land. He said he's focussing on selling the site to other shortwave broadcasters or wind farm companies.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

“My Cultural Bucharest – from Radio Orchestras to Contemporary Art”

Dear friends, we invite you to participate in a prize-winning contest, entitled "My Cultural Bucharest-from Radio Orchestras to Contemporary Art", organized by Radio Romania International jointly with Radio Romania "Music". The contest is devoted to Bucharest, a cultural city of European importance and is focused on symphonic music and contemporary art.
The 1st edition of the International Radio Orchestras Festival is due to take place in Bucharest, between September the 23rd and 29th 2012. The festival is designed to bring together the most important symphony orchestras of leading radio broadcasters, in the Romanian capital city, in the years when Romania does not host the "George Enescu" International Festival and Contest.

The festival is held under the artistic guidance of pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias and will present to the public at large world-famous orchestras and soloists, on the stages of two of the main concert halls in Bucharest: the Palace Hall and the Radio Hall.

Performing will be: the National Radio Orchestra, the Radio Chamber Orchestra, the "Voces" Quartet
(Romania), the RAI Turin Orchestra, the Radio France Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, together with soprano Ruxandra Donose, violinist Alexandru Tomescu, conductor Juraj Valcuha, pianist and conductor Myungwhun Chung, cellist Jian Wang, conductor Horia Andreesu, violinist Maxim Vengherov, conductor Neemi Järvi, pianist Dan Grigore, etc.

Between May the 25th and July the 22nd, Bucharest will also host the 5th Contemporary Art Biennial Exhibition, BB5, coordinated by Anne Barlow (Great Britain/ the US). No less than 20 international artists from each continent have already announced their participation.

The previous editions of the Biennial were held in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

BB5 is meant to encourage and enhance the artists' creativity, to grant wider access to culture, to promote art, culture and intercultural dialogue, to offer the public the chance to get thorough knowledge of the history and cultural heritage of peoples from Europe and outside it. The exhibition will be held in unconventional places (including an old textile factory) as well as in public spaces in Bucharest (among which the Free Press House).

We invite you to listen to the programs broadcast by RRI, visit our website, www.rri.ro , access our profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and send your correct answers, in writing, to several questions. You stand a high chance to be among the winners. The contest comes to an end on July the 31st 2012, the post date.

The Grand Prize is a 7 night stay for two, in Bucharest, FB, between September the 23rd and 30th. The winners will find accommodation in the "Hotel Royal" and will also have the opportunity to go to all festival concerts hosted by the Palace Hall. The contest is sponsored by "Hotel Royal Bucharest".

The partners of the contest are the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage, the Bucharest Prefect's Office, the Official Gazette, the Bucharest Transport Public Utility, the Romanian National Peasant Museum, the contemporary art portal Modernism.ro, the Casa Radio Publishing House, the NOI Media Print Publishing House.

As usual, you will have to cover your travel expenses from your residence to Bucharest and back, and, if necessary, the cost of the visa for Romania. We also offer many other prizes to those who don't win the Grand Prize. The smaller prizes consist in objects related to Bucharest and Romanian culture, in general, and are offered by our partners.

And here are the questions:
- Who is the artistic director of the International Radio Orchestras Festival?
- What is the name of the main contemporary art museum in Bucharest?
- Mention at least 3 cultural, historical and tourist attractions in Bucharest.
- What cultural, historical and tourist landmarks of Bucharest would you like to visit, if you win the Grand Prize, and why?

Please write to us what has made you take part in the contest and, please, mention your sources of information, others than the programs of our radio station, the site of RRI or the Facebook profile. Our
address is: 60-64 G-ral Berthelot Street, sector 1, Bucharest, Romania, PO Box 111, code 010165, fax, e-mail : engl@rri.ro The winners will be announced shortly after August 1st, to have time to make preparations for their stay in Bucharest. Good luck !

(Newsletter Radio Romania International, No. 45, 22 June 2012)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

RNW South Asia desk hands on responsibility to the region

Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) is changing course and goes forward in a slimmed-down version: a smaller organisation focussing on Free Speech. From the old RNW ("2.0") to the new: a tour of the desks which will be terminated or are changing their approach.

Radio Netherlands in english ceases transmission on 29th June, 2012

Radio Netherlands additional frequencies for last day, these are additional to regular frequencies :

Extra Shortwave frequencies on 29 June 2012
- 01:59-02:57 UTC - North America (East) - 6165 kHz - Bonaire
- 02:59-03:57 UTC - North America (Central) - 6165 kHz - Bonaire
- 04:59-05:57 UTC - North America (West) - 6165 kHz - Bonaire
- 04:59-05:57 UTC - NZ + Australia (South East) - 12015 kHz - Bonaire
- 18:59-20:57 UTC - Europe - 6065 kHz - Wertachtal

Every shortwave slot and WRN relay will broadcast Last Show, enabling as many people can listen in.
During the satellite-only hours in between the shortwave and World Radio Network hours RNW will rebroadcast documentaries and other programmes from RNW's historical archives.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide in English will cease transmissions on 29 June at 20:57 UTC.

For those listeners who enjoy picking up shortwave broadcasts and sending in a reception report, this is your last chance to dispatch your SINPO to our P.O.box 222, 1200 JG Hilversum, The Netherlands, or letters@rnw.nl (subject: 29 June Reception report).

RNW will return the favour by sending you a special QSL card commemorating the closing of RNW's English service!

Radio Nord Revival 2012

Radio Nord Revival is now started with broadcasts locally over Stockholm with 100 watts on 102.9 MHz. Feel free to tell us how the reception is.

Radio Nord Revival will be on the air one last time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closure of Radio Nord on June 30th, 1962. Our license runs for two weeks from June 25 and the following frequencies will be used:

- MW 603 kHz (the original Radio Nord channel) with a maximum of 2,5 kW of power from Sala.
- SW 5895 and 6065kHz with 10 kW of power from Sala, one frequency at a time.
- FM 102.7 MHz with a maximum of 100 W from Södermalm, Stockholm.

Reception reports can be sent to
Ronny Forslund
Vita Huset
SE-17995 Svartsjö

or by e-mail info (at) rock.x.se. If you want a QSL card, please include some form of return postage. E-mail reports will be verified with plain emails.

On June 30th we will be broadcasting live from Kammakargatan 46 in Stockholm where the Radio Nord studios were located. Today there is a youth hostel in the premises and anybody wanting to join us can book a room or a bed through their website http://www.interhostel.se/ More details will follow soon.

(Via Radio Nord Blog)

Danish Shortwave Club offers free trial E-membership

The Danish Shortwave Club International has offered free trial e-membership. Trial e-members enjoy full access to the DSWCI website, including the password-protected parts, for a limited time. E-membership expires at the end of the first month after registration.

Details at : http://www.dswci.org/contact/trial_membership.html

Saturday, June 23, 2012

NHK Radio Japan to be available on AIR FM channels

As per a response for my report to Radio Japan NHK on their relays via All India Radio they are planning to commence daily FM relays in India in coming October, 2012.
The relay transmissions will be carried by All India Radio's "FM Rainbow" network stations. Sunday, October 28 will be the first day of this FM relays.

Prior to this, All India Radio FM Rainbow Hyderabad will commence TEST transmissions on the daily basis starting from Sunday, July 1. Listeners in Hyderabad and its suburbs can hear Radio Japan every night at 2130 Indian Standard Time, or 1600 UTC on 101.9 MHz, duration of this transmission is for 30 minutes of daily programs.

Hyderabad will be followed by Jaipur, Mumbai, and some other major cities across India. Radio Japan will try to increase the number of the stations by Oct. 28.

Note: Radio Japan is already heard daily via All India Radio FM Rainbow on 101,9 MHz at 1600-1630 UTC although they saay that it will start in July.

Radio Japan bengali service is already available in Bangladesh on FM channels.

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India)

SWR - Midsummer Radio on air today on 6170 kHz

SWR (Scandinavian Weekend Radio) is on air today with Midsummer radio programming.
Check the time and frequencies here : http://www.swradio.net/schedule.htm

(Photo courtesy SWR FB page)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Deutsche Welle to award comprehensive material recycling project

Deutsche Welle (DW) has made an official call for proposals for a comprehensive material utilization project at its relay station in Sines, Portugal. The broadcasting center boasts more than 500 tons of high-quality steel (ST 37 and ST 51) that can be reused and recycled.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

KTWR DRM test to Hong Kong

DRM test from TWR targetting to Hong Kong :
11925 kHz 0913-0925 UTC on Thursday 21 June, 2012

NordAM goes on the air

Dear listeners and friends,
At first we would like to thank you for your feedback, reception reports and comments on our last broadcast. We were happy to receive reactions from all over the world and will confirm all the reception reports soon.
You are invited to tune in to our next broadcast, which will be a very special edition of NordAM. We say goodbye and begin our summer-holidays.
Actually, the  "NordAM holidays" will last until autumn 2013 at least and we are not sure if this will be the last NordAM transmission at all. Maybe. Maybe not. We dont't know anything either.

So to come to the most important information:

Do tune in on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

22/06/2012: 1400-1530 UTC
23/06/2012: 1500-1630 UTC (rerun)
24/06/2012: 1530-1700 UTC (rerun)

Frequency: 6005 kHz
Transmitter: Kall-Krekel (Radio 700), 1 kW

Or use the live-stream on our Facebook page (which can be accessed without an account at Facebook)

We are excited to read where our little "student's-radio-project" can be received and wonder what will happen to NordAM in the future. You can send your comments, reception reports and thoughts to nordam @ shortwaveservice.com or post your feedback at our Facebook wall. Feel free to forward these information to your DXing friends.

Let's meet in the 49 metre-band next Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Best wishes,
Torben and Daniel

P.S: More details about Radio 700: www.radio700.eu. Our transmission is made possible thanks to www.shortwaveservice.com (see this page for technical details and schedule updates!)

Monday, June 18, 2012


e-qsl received today for Rhein Main Radio Club (Germany) special transmission on SW, 10th June 2012

DRM contributes to French consultation on digital radio

In its submission sent in response to the public consultation on digital radio in France, the DRM Consortium stressed the technical and economic advantages of the DRM standard in fulfilling the imperatives of the French radio digitization....

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Voices from the past

Tuning a radio set in the past needed some of the same skills required to crack a high security safe. One hand on the knob and the ear close to the box; as the knob played back and forth, so did the chances of hitting the right station… BBC, All India Radio and bingo “Yeh Radio Pakistan Hai!”

Radio Pakistan is an organisation that came into being the day Pakistan was created. On the night between August 14 and 15, 1947, the first announcement was made from Lahore by celebrated broadcaster, Mustafa Ali Hamdani, followed by a similar announcement in English by Zahoor Azar, a CSS officer who later became the Director General of Radio Pakistan.

30th Anni e-qsl from Atlantic 2000 International

Comments at alokeshgupta@gmail.com

A decade of decline

With a certain time delay began after the end of the Cold War, the slow death of the international broadcasting on shortwave.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

More Radio Romania International programmes available for listening on demand

RRI has increased the number of programmes available for listening on demand in all the languages and dialects it broadcasts in. Each programme will be stored for one week and will be available to listen again to via our website, broadcast. All you need to do is click the " the right-hand side of the website, select the day and then click the " AGAIN

You can listen again to the following Radio Romania International broadcasts from the previous week (all times are given in local time in Romania):

www.rri.ro, in WMA format, approximately 2 hours afterListen Again to RRI's Broadcasts" button toLISTEN" button next to the programme you wish to listen to.

English: our 06.00, 08.30, 14.00 and 20.00 broadcasts

Romanian: our 02.03, 03.00, 10.15, 15.05, 17.07, 19.05 broadcasts (Monday to Friday), our 13.30 broadcast (on Wednesday only), our 02.03, 03.00, 04.00, 17.00, 18.10, 19.00 and 20.05 broadcasts (on
Saturday), our 02.03, 03.00, 15.00, 17.00, and 18.10 broadcasts (on Sunday)

French: our 13.00, 19.00 and 23.00 broadcasts

German: our 09.00 and 15.00 broadcasts

Russian: our 16.30 and 18.00 broadcasts

Spanish: our 22.00 and 00.00 broadcasts

Arabic: our 09.30 and 17.00 broadcasts

Chinese: our 07.00 and 16.00 broadcasts

Italian: our 17.00 and 19.00 broadcasts

Ukrainian: our 18.00 and 22.00 broadcasts

Serbian: our 18.30 and 20.30 broadcasts

Aromanian: our 17.30, 19.30 and 21.30 broadcasts.

We look forward to receiving your feedback.


Cabinet cuts shortwave radio protection, sparking concern from doomed service

OTTAWA - The Conservative cabinet has quietly changed a rule that could have prevented the CBC from following through on its plan to cut its international shortwave radio service.

Supporters of Radio Canada International, which faces a near fatal 80-per-cent budget cut from the CBC, say that amounts to the government essentially ending all uncensored Canadian broadcasts to places like China and Russia.

Heritage Minister James Moore recommended an order in council, approved on June 7, that deleted a requirement for RCI to maintain a shortwave service.

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BBC Bangla launch mobile audio sports updates

In time for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, BBC Bangla has added sports bulletins to its audio news available on mobile phones across Bangladesh.
Fans can listen to one minute sports updates by dialing the dedicated short-code, 16262, and choosing Option 2 when prompted. Sports updates will be part of the 15 two-minute news updates available throughout the day, offering audiences a unique global perspective on key national and international news stories.
The first BBC Bangla sports audio bulletin of the day will be available from 04.00 Bangladesh time. It will be updated at 12.00 and then every two hours until 22.00. The BBC Bangla world news audio bulletin will now be available from 08.00 Bangladesh time. There will be a total of 10 world news updates until 23.00. There will be additional sports and world news updates whenever there are breaking news stories. By calling 16262, mobile-phone users can also interact with the BBC via text and audio.

The BBC Bangla mobile news service is available nationally in Bangladesh on all of the country's mobile-phone networks, including Banglalink, Grameenphone, Robi, Airtel, Teletalk and CityCell.

BBC Bangla is a multimedia service, offering a wide range of news, information and analysis on radio and online, in text, audio and video. Sabir Mustafa, Editor, BBC Bangla, says: "There is clearly a high demand in Bangladesh for international sports news, particularly football and cricket. We felt that BBC Bangla will be well placed to offer this content to sport lovers across Bangladesh."
Head of BBC World Service Business Development, Asia Pacific, Indu Shekhar Sinha, adds: "We were thrilled that our decision to add sport to our audio news bulletins was welcomed by the Bangladeshi mobile operators who are hosting them."
Calls cost 2 BangladeshTaka (BDT) per minute. SMS cost 0.5 BDT.
The audio news bulletins are also available online via the website, bbcbangla.com. BBC Bangla radio is available in Bangladesh on shortwave and on BBC 100 FM in Dhaka, 101.2 FM in Comilla, 102 FM in Khulna, 105.4 FM in Chittagong, 105 FM in Rajashahi, 105.4 FM in Rangpur and 105 FM in Sylhet.
(BBC World Service Publicity)

DW's Albanian Service celebrates 20th anniversary

With its first radio show broadcast on June 1, 1992, the Albanian Service at Deutsche Welle is looking back at 20 years of programming. Today its offering includes television, online and radio content.
"Your program is like an open window that allows us Albanians to breathe in some Western air and acts as a bridge between east and west," commented one listener in 1992, when Deutsche Welle's first Albanian feature show came out on shortwave radio.
Over the past two decades Deutsche Welle has played an important role in Albania, which was completely isolated from the outside world until 1992 and which has undergone a difficult transformation process. It was also an important source of information during the Kosovo War in 1999.

"Today, as both Albania and Kosovo work towards being integrated into the European Union, DW's multimedia program in Albanian functions as an objective and globally-oriented source of news in the egion, giving the viewers, Internet users and listeners a European and German perspective that local media do not offer," said Vilma Filaj-Ballvora, head of the Albanian Service. "Despite increasing competition on the local market, Deutsche Welle remains a key information medium due to its credibility."
DW's Albanian Service produces television, online and radio content for the region. Since November 2011 it has been reaching viewers in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia with its TV magazine EUROPA OT (Europe Today), broadcast weekly via three partner stations.

DW's Albanian news website offers important current affairs updates and receives over 300,000 clicks per month. It also gains additional readership through local print media: newspapers in both Albania and Kosovo quote content from the site nearly every day.

Completing the multimedia offering are radio news bulletins in Albanian, which are broadcast via partner stations in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.

Apart from TV magazines in Albanian, Deutsche Welle also produces television shows in Romanian, Croatian and Polish. It strives to be a key source of news in central and southeastern Europe and provides multimedia content in Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian and Turkish.

(DW Press Release)

Friday, June 15, 2012

DRM+ Pilot in Slovakia

The public broadcaster in Slovakia, Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), launched a DRM+ pilot in band II last autumn, based on a temporary licence to test parameters of the DRM broadcast systems.

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Next broadcast of NordAM

Dear listeners and friends,

We are happy to announce that the next broadcast of NordAM will be on the air tomorrow! Tune in to our special show with music from all over Europe. We have selected interesting songs from all the countries which participate in this year's European football championship. Of course, we'll talk a little bit about the matches so there's nice music for those who don't love football at all and a little bit of chatter about sports for those who hate our musical taste. If you like both it would be perfect! :-)

So tune in if you like:
Saturday, 15/06/2012: 17.00-18.15 CEST (1500-1615 UTC)
Sunday, 16/06/2012: 17.00-18.15 CEST (1500-1615 UTC)

We use Radio 700's transmitters in Kall-Krekel, Germany (with 1000 Watts). Furthermore, we can be heard on Radio 700's online live streaming.
Just go to http://radio700.de/player/player_kw.php?p=1 and select the frequency we are currently broadcasting on. These streams and frequencies normally carry the nice broadcasts of Radio 700.

Plus, there will be a very special edition of NordAM next week, so do not change the frequency on your radio-dial and wait for further announcements...!

We invite you to send us again your comments and reception reports. Detailled and correct reports will be verified with our new QSL card (by regular mail or email).
Please send all your letters and reports to: nordam @ shortwaveservice.com Or visit our Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/NordAM/231948116860158

We are excited to read where our little "student-radio-project" can be received. Feel free to forward these information to your DXing friends.

Let's meet in the 49 metre-band next Saturday and Sunday!

Best wishes,
Torben and Daniel

P.S: More details about Radio 700: www.radio700.eu. Our transmission is made possible thanks to www.shortwaveservice.com (see this page for technical details and schedule updates!).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

More Iranians Getting News From VOA

Voice of America's audience in Iran grew sharply in 2012, according to new research data released Tuesday.
The Gallup poll, conducted in March, shows VOA's TV weekly audience grew to 21.4%, up from 6.5% in 2011. With the addition of radio and the Internet, VOA's total audience reach in Iran is now estimated at 22.1%.
Voice of America's Persian TV programs were taken off the popular Hotbird satellite in mid-2010, contributing to a sharp dip in audience figures from the previously estimated 20%. Resumption of VOA service on Hotbird shortly before this new survey played a role in restoring VOA's audience,
researchers say.
"This new data underscores the growing importance of satellite television in Iran, and the critical role that international broadcasters like Voice of America can play in providing balanced news coverage in a highly restrictive media environment," says VOA Director David Ensor.
"Millions of people in Iran turn to VOA and other international broadcasters to fill in the gaps left by state controlled outlets," Ensor says.
The Gallup poll, carried out under a contract with the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors' Audience Research Program, found that while 86% of Iranians get news and information from domestic television, only 49% found the broadcasts "very trustworthy."
Internet usage is also growing sharply in Iran, with 43% saying they had Internet access, and the overwhelming majority of respondents (80%) saying they had it in their homes.
In the past year, Voice of America's Persian Service has updated its schedule and introduced a number of show changes, including the addition of the new program, Inside the USA , which shows Iranian audiences various aspects of American life and American institutions.

(Press Release)

Cutting a vital link

The phenomenal hike in royalty and licence fee for community radio has come as a big blow to its rural operators.

As per the recent notification of the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing of the Ministry, the royalty and licence fee for operating a small FM community radio station broadcasting within a range of five to 10 kilometres has been raised from Rs.19,700 to Rs.91,000 per annum.

Read the Outlook story at :

BBC is developing 3D Radio

Story in Sunday's Telegraph:

"Three-dimensional television may only just have arrived, but engineers at the BBC are already working on the next step - 3D radio.

Researchers at the corporation's technology unit, BBC R&D, have been developing acoustics that can trick the listener into believing they are really at events such as concerts with sound coming from every direction - even above and below."

The article includes links to BBC Research and Development White Paper 221, Upping the Auntie - a broadcasters take on ambisonics, published in March and a spoof Radio 4 Today item, Does 3D Radio work, broadcast on April 1 last year.


(Mike Terry via DXLD list)

Shortwave still matters !

Shortwave still matters for few ...


Wait a minute shortwave is not dead yet

In a contrarian move, HCJB is transmitting via shortwave from Germany to Europe.

Read the blog entry here :

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Radio, Everywhere and on Everything

Terrestrial radio remains a huge part of listeners’ lives, with 92 percent using the medium an hour or more a day (though this is somewhat self-fulfilling, since the survey is of radio listeners to start with).

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DRM launches dedicated information for India

The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium is pleased to announce the launch later this week of their new online information web page targeted at India. This is the first initiative of the new DRM chapter/group for India which was established a year ago in New Delhi. The new "Noticeboard" is for the benefit of all stakeholders and members of the public who are interested in making DRM a reality in India. Led by former AIR senior executive, Mr Yogendra Pal, the India chapter brings together AIR, some commercial broadcasters, chipset and receiver manufacturers, OEMs and other expertise from India and abroad.
Mr Pal described the new initiative as "coming at an opportune time as India is preparing for the introduction of DRM".

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairperson, welcomed the launch of the new "Noticeboard" which can also be found on the DRM website:  "We want all those interested to have an open space to share information, ask questions and get real news about DRM developments and receivers primarily in India".

Read the inaugural issue of newsletter here :

(Press Release)

Vatican Radio's SW & MW transmission hours to be halved

As per a report published in asca.it , Vatican Radio's shortwave & medim wave transmissions from Santa Maria di Galeria will be reduced by half . The director of the Pontifical, p. Federico Lombardi, made the announcement this morning, who explained that the decision lies in a renewed strategy that favors the use of the Web for the dissemination of the contents of Vatican Radio in Europe and North America.

With effect from July 1, 2012 most of the SW & MW broadcasts towards Europe & Americas will be terminated but the services to Africa, Middle East & Asia will continue at present.
Read the translated version of news report here :

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Radio broadcasters group pushes for analog FM chips in digital smartphones

Radio’s relevance may come down to smartphones. Last week, at a House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing about the “Future of Audio,” industry heads faced off about industry standards, evolving technologies and whether FM analog chips should be placed in smartphones, an issue that has brought accusations against radio’s “refusal to innovate” since 2010.

More at this link

Monday, June 11, 2012

Codan Launches Envoy(TM) High Frequency, Software-Defined Radio

PARIS, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Eurosatory Trade Show, Hall 6, D630 -- Codan Radio Communications, a division of Codan Limited (ASX-CDA), announced today the launch of the Codan Envoy(TM), a software-defined HF radio platform. The Envoy provides the advantages of software-defined radio - the ability to add new capabilities to the radio through software upgrades - in an affordable commercial platform.
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Shortwave radio carries anti-government message to Fiji

The Australia-based Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement is now broadcasting its own radio program into Fiji. The Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement in Australia has leased half an hour a week on the World Radio Network, a shortwave broadcaster, to get its anti-government message across.

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RNZI Airs new Radio Heritage Feature Urban Pacific Radio - Suva, Fiji

Join us from Monday, June 11 2012 to explore the world of breakfast radio on several of the 15 local FM radio stations in Suva on the Mailbox program from Radio New Zealand International.
With a population of some 330,000, the Suva-Nausori corridor is one of the largest urban areas in the Pacific islands. This is not the Pacific of golden beaches, swaying palm trees and the gentle roar of the distant surf. This is high population density, traffic jams, shopping malls, and 15 radio stations competing for listeners.

You can listen directly via shortwave radio from RNZI in New Zealand, or audio on demand [for the following month] with full details of current broadcast frequencies [both DRM and analog] and times possible for your area as well as audio downloads at www.rnzi.com.

We'll take you to the home of breakfast radio personalities Allan & Sophie [2day FM], Peceli & Serafina [Gold FM], Koliaci & Apenisa [Bula FM], Apakuki & Luisa [Radio Fiji 1], Ravin [Radio Fiji 2], Ashmita & Jitendra [Mirchi FM] and wonderfully named Epi Work [Mix94] and tell you how you can join them all for breakfast!

English, Fijian and Hindi radio stations, personalities and music, from just a few of the stations in Suva, Fiji. So join us from Monday, June 11 2012 as we enjoy breakfast with the radio DJ's from Suva, Fiji on the Mailbox program from Radio New Zealand International [www.rnzi.com].

You can also use our Pacific Asian Listener and Pacific Traveller Radio Guides at our global website www.radioheritage.com. Use our Google Search to find more features about broadcasting in Fiji.

Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization connecting radio, popular culture, history and heritage with useful radio guides and features for free community use at www.radioheritage.com.

Media Release
Radio Heritage Foundation
June 11 2012

Radio Netherlands English Service to close down on 30th June 2012

As per announcement on their website, English service of Radio Netherlands Worldwide will be closing by 30th June 2012. On 29th June RNW will broadcast a radio show looking back at the past decades of Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

If you have got any memory to share, please send at the usual address or letters @ rnw . nl, or post a comment at the link below.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

In a troubled corner, Afghans jam the airwaves

By Rob Taylor
FORWARD OPERATING BASE BOSTICK, Afghanistan Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:20am EDT (Reuters) - It has just one phone line and broadcasts from a plywood hut safe within a U.S. base, but Nari Radio is proving an unlikely hit in one of Afghanistan's most troubled regions, with ;a talk-back caller base that counts even the Taliban.
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CBC president says broadcaster can't 'be all things to all people'

TORONTO - The beleaguered CBC is seeking tenants for office space it owns across the country in a bid to generate revenue that would help it cover a multimillion shortfall.
Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, said Thursday the broadcaster hopes to generate $50 million through various measures that include putting ads on Radio 2 and leasing more than 74,000 square metres of real estate by 2017.

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New shortwave station in Germany: Weenermoor tests

Germany gets a new shortwave transmitter site: In Weenermoor, near the Dutch border, southwest of Leer in East Frisia.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

North Korea testing in DRM mode ?

North Korea appears to be testing digital radio broadcasting. Hiroshi Inoue, a radio monitor in Japan, received on Wednesday the country’s international radio service, Voice of Korea, broadcasting on shortwave using DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale). DRM is a digital broadcasting technology developed for use on AM and shortwave services.

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Community radio gets Rs 50 mn for 2012-13


Indiantelevision.com Team

NEW DELHI: A Planned Scheme of "Supporting Community Movement in India" has been conceived to provide grants to Community Radio Stations in the range of Rs 100,000 to Rs 1.5 million depending on the purpose for which the grant is sought.

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Burma Agrees to Air VOA Programs

Voice of America English teaching programs will soon air on Burmese state radio under the terms of a breakthrough agreement reached Tuesday in the capital, Naypyitaw. VOA Director David Ensor, who signed the agreement with Thein Aung, Director General of Myanmar State Radio and Television, said the decision by Burma's long-isolated government is "a small step, but one that is symbolically important."

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Ensor predicted that "many Burmese will enjoy learning English through VOA programs, and we hope this will lead to bigger things in the future." During his visit, Ensor also held talks with Minister of Information Kyaw San, who expressed his support for greater access to the country, including issuing multiple entry visas for VOA reporters.

"The opportunity to provide our audience with firsthand, eyewitness reporting has become more important now, given the pace of change in the country," said VOA Burmese Service Chief Than Lwin Htun. "We commend the government of Burma for this important step in opening up its media landscape. We welcome the efforts to increase information access for the Burmese people," said Michael Lynton, presiding governor of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees VOA.

Burma, which was renamed Myanmar by military rulers following the suppression of pro-democracy protests in 1988, has been liberalizing since late last year. Voice of America's Burmese Service, which provides news coverage on radio, television, Internet and mobile platforms, recently updated the format of its daily TV news magazine and has a wide variety of English language teaching programs and podcasts available.
Under the agreement signed Tuesday, Burma's radio network will carry VOA's four-minute feature report (see: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/podcast.html ) three times weekly.

(VOA Press Release)

Shortwave Broadcasters Mull Their Opportunities

by Alexis Hauk
A large portion of presentations at the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters meeting, held in Washington in May, centered on the issue of how shortwave radio — dismissed by some as in its last throes, a relic of the Cold War era disappearing under the shadow of digital — can eke out a place in the 21st century.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Radio again seeks to include FM tuners in mobile phones

Congressional lawmakers today will hear how new tech is affecting distribution and consumption of audio content.
Today at a Congressional hearing in Washington D.C., broadcasters are expected to tell lawmakers that in case of emergencies, cell networks become clogged and have proven to be unreliable. What the people need are FM tuners built into their handhelds that will enable them to receive radio reports.
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Myanmar Radio TV, VOA to Cooperate in Program Broadcasting

Myanmar's state-run radio and television (MRTV) and the Voice of America (VOA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in program broadcasting, official media reported Wednesday.The MoU was signed on the occasion of the visit of VOA Director David Ensor.

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New clandestine radio broadcast to Fiji

** FIJI - As first reported exclusively on WORLD OF RADIO 1617 and DXLD 12-20 :
HOT NEWS: A station for Fiji named Domo I Viti should start on 4 June at 0830-0900 on 11565 via WRN from Palau. Not sure what its agenda is, clandestine or at least political? Seems there are at least two programs/stations by same name, in Auckland and Sydney by expatriates.

Related to either of them, originating where? E.g.:


WRN confirms that this new clandestine starts June 4 at 0830-0900 UTC on 11565 kHz via PALAU, and will be weekly on Mondays only. It`s sponsored by the Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement, based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Note that HFCC has WHRI rather than T8WH registered on 11565 at 08-09. WHR schedules show Angel 4, the most likely transmitter, on 17650 at that time, and Angel 3 on 9930. 11565 was probably just a place-holder in HFCC. Searching WHR program schedules is fruitless

(Glenn Hauser, June 3, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

RMRC broadcast - EDXC Conference 2012

9 June 2012 (Saturday) at 0100 - 0200 UTC on 11900 kHz to USA in English

10 June 2012 (Sunday) at 1400 - 1500 UTC on 6180 kHz to Europe in German

10 June 2012 (Sunday) at 1730 - 1830 UTC on 11900 kHz to Japan / Asia in English

(Via Siktunai, Lithuania 100 kW)

(Christian Ghibaudo via playdx)

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

BFBS Radio now heard across Kathmandu

For the first time, BFBS Gurkha Radio can now be heard across Kathmandu on 105.7 FM, seven days a week. Listeners in Kathmandu can now tune into hear BFBS Gurkha Radio’s Binod Dhoj Khadka and Saroj KC between 14.45 and 18.45 weekdays, and The Gurkha Connection from 14.45-16.45.

Radio Heritage Foundation: Papua New Guinea Shortwave Radio Help

Shortwave Radio Broadcasts from Papua New Guinea

We ask all active shortwave listeners to help us update the World Radio TV Handbook 2013 listings for the government NBC radio stations in Papua New Guinea so that our listings are as accurate as possible. The current listing is based on official government licencing records, information direct from stations and monitoring during 2011, but the situation in PNG is very fluid. The government crisis there, states of emergency in some provinces, the creation of two new provinces in the past week, and general elections during June offer unusual opportunities for SW stations to broadcast longer hours, or even restart previously silent SW transmitters.

Please tell us:

1. name of station you heard as announced
2. frequency
3. location as announced
4. any other frequencies mentioned such as an FM or MW outlet
5. any other name by which the station seems to be known and email your reply DIRECT to us at radioheritage@gmail.com

Thanks for your help with this special request, and for helping us keep the Papua New Guinea content at the World Radio TV Handbook as accurate as possible.

Kind regards
Dave Ricquish
PNG Country Editor
Radio Heritage Foundation

Digitalisation is the future: Prasar Bharati CEO

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 5:14:43 PM by IANS Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) Terming digitalisation as the future in television viewing, Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar Tuesday said it would also help content providers understand which programme is a hit among the masses.
“The entire world has embraced digitalisation. In India we earlier had 100 million internet users but it has now increased. We are expecting about 300 million internet users. At the same time, there are around 900 million mobile users, and most of them are shifting to 2G and 3G, which means they are accessing internet through mobiles,” Sircar said.

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BBG Decries Cambodian Government Cancellation of VOA, RFA Coverage During National Election

Washington, DC — The Broadcasting Board of Governors today condemned the Cambodian Ministry of Information’s decision to force FM stations to stop airing election programming from Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America.

The ministry prohibited five affiliate stations in Cambodia from running Khmer-language RFA and VOA programs on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 — the day of national commune elections. The shows were all taken off the air without notice.

“This action runs contrary to the principles of free and fair elections,” said BBG Presiding Governor Michael Lynton. “News and information programs help shape a well-educated citizenry and should be encouraged, not denied. These attempts to silence RFA and VOA are counterproductive to the goals of building a democratic society in Cambodia.”

RFA and VOA play a critical role in informing the Cambodian electorate on fundamental election issues, and they provide a platform for the full spectrum of political opinions in the country. Due to government-imposed restrictions on political coverage by all media to avoid undue influence on the elections’ outcome, their programs on Sunday were focused on information necessary to voting, such as when polling stations were to open and close.

Two VOA Khmer Radio programs on June 3 were broadcast as normal on an AM frequency, via short wave and online.
(BBG Press Release)

BBG Adds New Affiliates In Bosnia, Indonesia, and Uganda

The BBG expands the reach of Voice of America with new television affiliates in Republika Srpska and Indonesia, plus a new FM affiliate in Uganda…

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'Ineligible' firm favoured for Bangladesh Betar job

Dhaka, Jun 4 (bdnews24.com)—The government has proposed that an 'ineligible' foreign firm get the job to buy radio transmitters at Tk 200 million for national radio station Bangladesh Betar.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Amit Baruah leaves BBC Hindi

Amit Baruah, head of BBC Hindi & South Asia Hub editor, has decided to leave the BBC after working for almost three years, initially as Head of BBC Hindi and then with the added responsibility as South Asia Hub Editor, his last day will be 30th June 2012.