Category Archives: Radio History

Today: Catch and record the BBC’s broadcast to the British Antarctic Survey Team

Every year, the BBC broadcasts a special program to the 41 scientists and support staff in the British Antarctic Survey Team. The BBC will play music requests and send special messages to the team who winter over in this isolated … Continue reading

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George Stein’s connection to the 1906 Fessenden Christmas Eve broadcast

Some of you may recall that last year, I posted an announcement about WG2XFQ; this station annually airs Brian Justin’s longwave broadcast honoring Reginald Fessenden’s famous Christmas Eve’n 1906 AM voice transmission. I had been lucky enough to capture a recording … Continue reading

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Shortwave Radio Recordings: the Voice of Greece, one year on

Last night, while learning the ropes of the new Elad FDM-S2, I noticed some great music on 9,420 kHz, the former Voice of Greece frequency. It was then that I realized yesterday (June 11) marked the one year anniversary of the day … Continue reading

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BBC broadcasts original D-Day news scripts

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day: the WWII Normandy invasion. In honor, the BBC has been broadcasting the original radio news scripts throughout the day, at the same time of day they would have been originally broadcast. The news scripts … Continue reading

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Remembering Radio Beijing: 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre

Today is the 25th anniversary of the horrible events that took place in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, during which Chinese troops opened fire on unarmed student demonstrators. In this off-air shortwave radio recording of Radio Beijing, made on June … Continue reading

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Today: Choppy seas for the Shipping Forecast

Since the dawn of time, there is, there was, and there always has been…the Shipping Forecast. We set our clocks by it. Despite the complexities of our planet–war, famine, daytime television–the Shipping Forecast has been there for us.  Our steady friend … Continue reading

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Remembering BBC Ottringham on Memorial Day

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Jonathan Marks, who shares this amazing story of the BBC Ottringham (a.k.a. OSE5) broadcast site. Since Ottringham was an active transmitting site during in World War II, it makes for a fitting tribute here on … Continue reading

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