Category Archives: Broadcasters

Australia To Leave SW Broadcasting

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ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmission

*06 December 2016*

The ABC will end its shortwave transmission service in the Northern Territory and to international audiences from 31 January 2017.

The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.

The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the VAST satellite service.

Whatever Happened To WWBS Macon, Georgia?

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Image from Rudolf Sonntag’s website

WWBS is just one of many US shortwave broadcasters who have vanished into the ether. Thanks to the Southgate ARC website, here is the story of WWBS.

New Zealand Broadcasting History

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Paul Rawdon had dug up some interesting links to articles on New Zealand radio broadcasting history.

The first is the winning tender document for the installation of a tower for Auckland station 1YA.

The second article is on early Auckland broadcasting from the infamous “K-Road” and other sites.

The third details with broadcasting the celebration of New Zealand’s centennial in 1940.

 

Making Radio Matter

English: DEGEN DE1103 MULTIBAND FM/AM/SW DIGIT...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This interesting article from the New Statesman helps to remind us that in the Third World, radio and in particular shortwave, is still a valid medium for informing the masses.

 

NASB Celebrates 25 Years

Thanks to Radiomagonline for advising the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters have celebrated 25 years. The AGM was held in Radio Free Asia’s Washington premises, more here.

BBC On Shortwave To Nepal

bbcqslThanks to the Soughtgate Amateur Radio News for posting this item spotted by BDXC’s Mike Barraclough:

BBC WS uses Shortwave for Nepal broadcasts
The BBC World Service has announced an expansion of its shortwave radio transmissions to earthquake hit Nepal

In response to the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, the BBC World Service is now broadcasting additional programming on shortwave in both Nepalese and in English.

BBC Media Action – the BBC’s international development charity – is working with the Nepali Service on BBC World Service (radio and online) and local partner radio stations to broadcast ‘Lifeline’ programming.

Radio Marti To Become Independent

martiThe White House has proposed turning Radio Marti, the U.S. government-controlled broadcaster created in part to undermine communist rule in Cuba, into a separate entity. This, as Washington seeks as new direction in its dealings with Havana.

Under the plan, the Miami based broadcaster, which is part of the Broadcasting
Board of Governors would become a separate entity along with unspecified parts
of Voice of America’s Spanish-language service. In essence, Radio Marti would
cease to be part of the U.S. government and would turn into a “grantee”
receiving federal funding. The proposal does not specify how it would be
structured beyond that it would a private, nonprofit organization.