Category Archives: Radio History

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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Shortwave Radio Recordings: HCJB 45th Anniversary, December 25, 1976

I’m very grateful to Shortwave Radio Audio Archive contributor, Greg Shoom, who is digitizing shortwave radio recordings he made in the 1970′s. His latest contribution is a 1976 recording of HCJB’s 45th Anniversary broadcast. This is a special program, broadcast on Christmas Day … Continue reading

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SWLing with heavy metal: my Signal Corps BC-348-Q

I write a great deal about DSP portables, SDRs, and modern ham radio transceivers, but truth be known, my passion is for older rigs–ahem, much older–the antique “boat anchors” of the radio world. Tuesday afternoon, I had a rather involved soldering project to do on behalf of … Continue reading

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Can you help George identify a Radio Moscow tune?

George Stein, a subscriber to the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive writes: “When I used to listen to Radio Moscow back in the mid- to late 1960s, they used to play a little ditty just after they came on the air … Continue reading

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