Category Archives: Radio History

1930s refrigerator had built-in radio

Many thanks to Andy Sennitt for sharing this fascinating piece of radio nostalgia: Gizmodo columnist, Matt Novak, writes: Jesse Walker, author of the book Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, pointed me to this rather … Continue reading

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Geoff Hanley and the Radio Security Service

Many thanks to my friend, Phillip, for sharing this brilliant article from the Express and Star: Researchers discover Wolverhampton man’s secret past He was a happily married insurance agent with a secret that he took to the grave.  Geoff Hanley … Continue reading

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Paul Litwinovich’s Vintage Radio series

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Richard Cuff, for pointing out a brilliant series of articles called Vintage Radio by WSHU Chief Engineer, Paul Litwinovich. Here are links to each article written thus far in the Vintage Radio series. If you would like … Continue reading

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Coldwar Radio: When the VOA was an offshore broadcaster

(Source: VOA News) In 1952, amidst the Cold War, a 338-foot Coast Guard Cutter was transformed into the mobile broadcasting base of the Voice of America. Its mission for more than a decade: send information beyond the Iron Curtain to … Continue reading

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BBC Radio 4 Extra: The First Pirate

The First Pirate is the title of a Radio 4 Extra–an interview with Les Woodland who tells the story of Captain Plugge, founder of Radio Normandy, the first station to take on the BBC. (Source: Southgate ARC) Capt Leonard Plugge was … Continue reading

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A chat with Peter Homfray

On the topic of Radio Australia, Jonathan Marks writes: “It doesn’t seem like 10 years ago that I sat down with Peter Homfray to discuss the early days of Radio Australia. What a truly fascinating person.” A Chat with Peter … Continue reading

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BBC World Service Documentary: “Hang On, I’ll Just Speak to the World”

Many thanks to Mike Barraclough who shares this documentary about the BBC World Service from 1982: “Hang On, I’ll Just Speak to the World.” I’ve embedded video players and linked to each of the four parts on YouTube: Part 1 Part … Continue reading

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