Shortwave Radio Recordings: The Talking Machine Show

EdisonRecordSleeveLivingArtistFor your listening pleasure: 30 minutes of  The Talking Machine Show via WWCR. This broadcast was recorded October 18, 2014 at 2300 UTC, on the shortwave frequency of 9350 kHz.

A big hat tip to SWLing Post reader, Thomas Ally, who first informed me about The Talking Machine Show via WWCR. As many of you may know, I’m a sucker for early recordings and radio nostalgia!

This recording was made with the Elad FDM-S2 SDR and horizontal delta loop antenna. Click here to download the recording as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below:

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3 thoughts on “Shortwave Radio Recordings: The Talking Machine Show

  1. Joe

    Tnx for ur posting es recording…. I am hooked on the Talking Machine Show and listed with my PL660 on sunny afternoons on the bank of The East Holland River near Lake Simcoe ,Ontario. Makes me feel like I am back in the “teens” when things were so much slower and different- yet this new technology must have seemed amazing.

    Thanks to WWCR for such a unique show – sure these kinds of recordings may be called up at anytime on the Internet- but there is still something magical about receiving them by airwaves- and leaving the programming up to the shows host.


  2. Hun Király

    Although I can hear that this is a SW recording I cannot undertsand how is the sound quality so good. It’s not only clear but also very understandable how voice and old music is recovered. I have a SW radio, I also listen to WWCR here in Europe on 15825 kHz, and sometimes the reception is as good as on the recording. But the voice recovery is not even comperable. I have a Degen DE 1103, which is considered to have a good sound for its size, so the difference must have an other kind of explanation.

    1. Thomas Post author

      Well, I should have posted that Nashville, TN (where WWCR is located) is only about 240 miles from my home. I may be hearing them on ground plane or some sort of NVIS effect. WWCR is one of the strongest stations I hear on the bands besides, perhaps, RHC.

      You’re using a Degen DE1103 from a much further distance–so I would expect less clarity. I’m also using WAY more receiver than is needed to hear WWCR here. 🙂 It just happens to be convenient for making the recording. If I used a portable, I’d need a separate digital recorder–the SDR does it natively. A portable could hear WWCR without having the antenna extended. It’s that strong!

      Thanks for your comment!



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