Tag Archives: Why Radio

In Pacific Islands, newspapers are a “luxury item”, radio remains the “staple medium”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Richard Cuff, who shares the following article from The Saturday Paper. The article speaks to how important radio is to Pacific Islanders, and the challenges Radio Australia faces with its budget: “For many Pacific islanders, newspapers … Continue reading

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SW Radio Africa: Police targeting children in radio raids

(Source: SW Radio Africa) By Nomalanga Moyo 14 March 2013 The illegal seizure of wind-up radios reached new levels this week with reports that the police are now using primary school pupils to source information about the receivers. Villagers in … Continue reading

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Video: Al Jazeera reports on Zimbabwe shortwave radio ban

Thanks to the Southgate ARC for bringing this to my attention: The radio this reporter demonstrates is a shortwave version of the Eton FR160.

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Zimbabwe: are shortwave radios now illegal?

According to SW Radio Africa, it appears that shortwave radios could now be considered “illegal communicating devices” in Zimbabwe: Police have announced a ban on ‘specially designed radios’ that are ‘not compatible with state owned stations’, claiming the devices would … Continue reading

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The relevance of shortwave radio for UNESCO’s World Radio Day 2013

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 is World Radio Day.  UNESCO describes World Radio Day as “a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access … Continue reading

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Radio 4: And now an urgent SOS message…

This is a fascinating Radio 4 documentary about a BBC service that typically had a target audience of one individual.  Before the proliferation of telecommunications in the 1990’s, the BBC’s SOS message service acted as a communications link of last … Continue reading

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RFE: Radio Farda Families A Target In Iran

One of the points I often make is that repressive regimes can track and take action against citizens who read online content from banned/blocked media sources. Here is a case in point: (Source: Radio Free Europe) In an escalation of … Continue reading

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