Earlier today, I tuned to the BBC World Service on 17,830 kHz at 16:00 UTC, hoping they would be covering the USA vs. Germany game of the FIFA World Cup. I was pleased to hear World Cup coverage the moment I tuned in–but was a little disappointed that BBC had selected the Ghana vs. Portugal game. Still, I can’t complain; this BBC service is, after all, intended for Africa. And a lot was at stake for Ghana…
So, I listened to the BBC coverage of that game while watching the USA vs Germany game stream over ESPN. I also watched a little of the Portugal/Ghana game, and realized I had an advantage over others streaming the game because the shortwave coverage from the BBC was almost 5 seconds ahead of the live stream. That’s the power of shortwave: goals at the speed of light!
For your listening pleasure, here is the full recording I made from the BBC World Service today. Click here to download the recording as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below:
@SWLingDotCom it was about time you used that "goals at the speed of light" sentence 🙂 73
— ????? ????????? (@K7al_L3afta) June 26, 2014
BBC 5Live is covering all the matches (well, most) and relaying only the games featuring an African team on the World Service’s Africa feeds.
There must be broadcasting rights issues in other parts of the world.
True. Unfortunately, there is broadcasting rights issue. Here in India, I struggled on SW radio and was able to listen to only the men’s finals of the Wimbledon.