Tag Archives: Why Radio

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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Paul will never travel without a shortwave radio again

This South African traveler, Paul Ash, will never travel without his shortwave radio again. It has taken him around the world and he has taken it around the world: (Source: The Times Live) […]Some time in the 1980s, my ma gave me … Continue reading

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In Zimbabwe, “if you want to hear the truth…listen to Shortwave Radio Africa…listen to VOA”

This is a brilliant piece on the lack of press freedom in Zimbabwe and the importance of shortwave radio. It was broadcast yesterday on Weekend All Things Considered. Links to the show and audio are below. (Source: NPR) In Seke, … Continue reading

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“Shortwave listening like a fishing expedition”

(Source: Ventura County Star) Shortwave listening like a fishing expedition Trading clicks for turns, clarity for static … and really loving it It starts with a high-pitched squeal followed by a burst of static. […]We’re living in the richest time … Continue reading

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China blocks foreign websites for one hour

(Source: The Guardian) China’s internet users have been cut off from accessing all foreign websites for around an hour in an unexplained incident that sparked speculation the country’s censorship system was being tested or further tightened. The “great firewall” already … Continue reading

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Censorship in Djibouti: International broadcasters, take note

I just caught wind of a now all-too-familiar story in international broadcasting–this time, via Reporters Without Borders. While I encourage you to read the full press release below, the summarized story is that Reporters Without Borders has launched a mirror web … Continue reading

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