Voice of Russia to abandon shortwave in April 2014

Voice-of-Russia-LogoIt appears that after all of the rumors from last year, and after the cuts to shortwave broadcasts earlier this year, the Voice of Russia has decided to stop broadcasting on shortwave entirely.

This morning, Alokesh Gupta shared the following message from Elena Osipova at the Voice of Russia World Service Letters Department:

“This is just a short message to thank you for your letter and let you know that the Voice of Russia is closing shortwave broadcasts as of April 1st. Our programs will be available online at http://voiceofrussia.com/play/

We hope you will stay with the Voice of Russia and hope to hear from you soon again.”

2nd Update: Shortly after publishing this original post, SWLing Post reader Stephen Cooper, noticed a VOR twitter account announcing the final date as April 30, 2014–I now believe this account to be fake:

VORTwitter

Update 2 (10:00 UTC on March 21, 2014): I just received the following message from Elena Osipova at the Voice of Russia World Service Letters Department:

Dear Mr Witherspoon,

This is to thank you for your message and confirm the information about the upcoming cancellation of the Voice of Russia’s short- and medium wave transmissions as of April 1, 2014.

Best regards,

Elena Osipova
Letters Department
World Service
Voice of Russia

I remember when the Voice of Russia and Radio Moscow absolutely dominated the shortwaves, especially in my early years as a radio listener. Times have changed for this broadcaster who has been the mouthpiece for Russia and the Soviet Union.

On a side note, if you have the ability to record the Voice of Russia in its final days on the air, please consider submitting and sharing your recordings on the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Many thanks!

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10 Responses to Voice of Russia to abandon shortwave in April 2014

  1. TP Reitzel says:

    Although the VOR hasn’t targeted North America in years, they still had one of the most reliable configurations for their digital (DRM) broadcasts to Europe. Regardless, other broadcasters will fill the void left by VOR and other public broadcasters. It’s ironic, however, that as VOR apparently leaves broadcasting on the shortwave bands in favor of the Internet, I’m leaving the Internet in favor of shortwave broadcasting. ;)

  2. Lee says:

    This is sad news indeed. Another giant of SW bites the dust. Almost everyday now you hear of some station or other closing down or some shortwave service closing down. Not everybody wants to or can, listen via internet.for me it just isn’t the same, although at times I admit it is very handy.
    Still, you can’t beat that feeling of trawling the SW bands trying to tease out that signal.That was always the fun of it for me as much as the listening to programming.
    I will be holding onto my gear because there is still plenty to go at if you care to scan the bands.Not just broadcast stuff.Those mysterious places between broadcast sections are wonderful !

  3. LYNN KELLY says:

    More SW towers soon to fall in Russia and I am not even mildly suprised. Why? I have seen it to many times is why. When the VOA began sending PSK 31, MT 63 and the like for people to decode with a PC and free ham radio software some people on this blog where happy to see it. I was not. I saw a VOA site seeking a reason to exist and that will not provide that reason to the powers that be to spend the huge sums required to keep the Greenville site in existence. The radiograms were and are a very ill omen for the continued existence of thje Greenville SW site, a once huge cold war mission to millions reduced to fun radio signals to a handfull in relative terms. Thus no suprise at all when the last tower and transmitter at Greenville goes to the scrapyard. No goverment will expend the huge sums required to keep a large SW site in existence just so a handfull of people can play with a PC and ham software. Just the facts that no hyperbole will change nor will wishfull thinking.

  4. LYNN KELLY says:

    AS for comments to the BBG about the radiograms two points. First the BBG will see those comments as more reason to close the Greenville site, second that is a moot consideration because the decision to scrap the Greenville site has already been taken BEFORE the fake poll on SW relavancy by the BBG. All congressman Jones did was delay the decision to scrap Greenville. His claim to have saved the site and the jobs in Pitt County was just the usual political hot air

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  7. Richard KW0U says:

    Just barely picked up the last day broadcast of VOR on 13805 at 13Z. I live in MN and used a dipole antenna in the attic. No mention on air of a final broadcast, which some services have given before closing down. Too bad to lose it, but time does move on. It’s funny, though given the issues with Russia that they would cease using another media outlet right now.

    Anyway, Radio Havana still has the old Cold War attitude, though am guessing that might change fairly soon. And Radio China is still a big player (I actually had a tour of their headquarters last year). And as you know there are others. So we can still enjoy what’s left.

  8. AM1620 says:

    A shame to see VOR go. Russia has away been an interesting country to DX, weather the old Radio Moscow in the 1980′s, to all those independent short lived stations in the former Soviet Blocks of the early 1990′s, (Remember Radio Galaxy rockin’ out at 750KW?), to todays Russian pirates like Radio Magic Eye on 25.900MHz. Yep, Russia has been quite the source for DX’ers for all sorts. Still, hate to see Voice Of Russia go off the bands.

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  10. Marcus Couch says:

    VOR-RADIO MOSCOW was one of the great radio stations of all time. So sorry to see them stop broadcasting on SW. They are definitely missed.

    Can’t help but feel that with a little advertisement in magazines and newspapers by SW Broadcasters, that Short Wave Radio may still be made popular and acquire many more listeners. There must be a billion Short Wave Radios out there, and they are still being manufactured. Used Short Wave Radios fetch a good price at on-line auctions.

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