Tag Archives: Why We Listen

BBC World Service program discusses Chinese jamming

In the latest episode of Over To You, host Rajan Datar discusses how the BBC World Service’s shortwave transmissions are being affected by jamming in parts of Asia. It’s a short but informative episode. Even Datar and his guest, Nigel Fry (Head … 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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Syria stifles the Internet while Canada stifles shortwave

This past Saturday, I found the irony a bit much to take: on one hand, there was Syria, a highly volatile country struggling for stability, while on the other hand, there was…Canada? Both, on the same fateful day, effecting media … 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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Shortwave radios keep Burmese informed

Filed under our ever-growing tag, “why shortwave radio“: (Source: The Guardian, via Kim Andrew Elliot) Zigon does, however, have electricity – unlike 90% of Burmese villages – installed by the government late last year. This has meant a number of … Continue reading

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BBG: Radio audience far exceeds that of TV, internet

(Source: BBG) (WASHINGTON, D.C.—November 15, 2011) U.S. government funded international broadcasters reached an estimated 187 million people every week in 2011, an increase of 22 million from last year’s figure, according to new audience data being made public by the … Continue reading

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Excellent video: Communication is aid

I’ve often told people that radios should be some of the first things shipped to an area after a natural disaster. Why not food or medicine? Good question. HERE is the answer: information feeds us! Click here to view if … Continue reading

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