Category Archives: Radio History

Shortwave Radio Recordings: Mikhail Gorbachev’s 1991 resignation speech via Radio Moscow

One of the advantages of hosting a contributor-driven shortwave radio audio archive, is receiving off-air recordings of defining moments in our world history. This is certainly one of them. SRAA contributor, Richard Langley, writes: “I’ve started to convert some of … Continue reading

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Shortwave Radio Recordings: A Tale of Two Cities via Global 24

Tuesday morning, I tuned my WWII era BC-348-Q to Global 24 on 9395 kHz. The signal, via WRMI’s transmitter, was quite strong. At 2:00 UTC, I heard an announcement that The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio play of A … Continue reading

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Trevor Baylis: a CBE in the New Year Honours list

Inventor of the clockwork radio, Trevor Baylis, has been made a CBE in the New Year Honors list. Mr. Baylis very much deserves this honor as his inventions have directly and indirectly fueled many self-powered innovations we enjoy today. I’m … Continue reading

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Jonathan’s interviews with Gerry Wells

Gerald Wells, the Curator of the British Vintage Wireless & Television Museum passed away on December 22nd, 2014. In our previous post about his passing, I pointed to a brilliant BBC radio documentary which featured Mr. Wells. Last week, Jonathan … Continue reading

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Treasure trove of radio nostalgia

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Jarno, who shares a link to AmericanRadioHistory.com where you’ll find hundreds of issues of popular radio magazines from the 20th century. All of the issues are downloadable PDFs, thus can be viewed on any computer, smart phone, … Continue reading

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Video: 1940s-era holiday treat from Tommy Dorsey (c/o a vintage rig)

Below you’ll find a short video of my 1945 Scott Marine Radio Model SLR-M playing Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra’s  jazz-infused version of “March of the Toys” from Victor Herbert’s holiday classic “Babes in Toyland.” It’s a little holiday time-travel I … Continue reading

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Gerry Wells 1929-2014

Very sad to learn that Gerry Wells, Curator of the British Vintage Wireless & Television Museum passed away on December 22, 2014. We featured Gerry Wells in this post from 2011; the included radio documentary is a must-listen. Many thanks to … Continue reading

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