Category Archives: Radio History

RNZ Sounds Historical: 90 years since first NZ/UK radio contact

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Frank Holden, for sharing this episode of Sounds Historical via Radio New Zealand. In commemoration of the first radio link between New Zealand and the UK, host Jim Sullivan features a 1964 recording of New Zealand radio … Continue reading

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The BBC Genome Project

Many thanks to Mike Barraclough who shares this news: “BBC has today launched a website publishing every BBC programme ever broadcast by the Corporation from digitised editions of the Radio Times 1923-2009. Getting occasional internal errors at the moment presumably due … Continue reading

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Video: IBB Kuwait transmitter site

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Scott, who discovered the following seven minute slide show/video on Rob Wagner’s excellent blog, the Mount Evelyn DX Report. This YouTube video documents the IBB’s shortwave, medium wave and FM transmitter site in Kuwait. Enjoy:

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Video: The Battle of the Beams

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Jonathan Marks, who shares this video about Luftwaffe Navigation Beams via YouTube–fascinating WWII history: Video description: This episode documented how British Intelligence became aware of various German Luftwaffe Navigation Beams, such as Knickebein, X Gerat … Continue reading

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Wartime radio: The secret listeners

After publishing the post about Geoff Hanley and the Radio Security Service last week, I discovered this brilliant 1979 documentary from the BBC which highlights civilian involvement in radio-based intelligence during WWI and WWII. Here’s a description from the East Anglian Film Archive: “It … Continue reading

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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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