Music discovery via shortwave radio

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A few days ago, SWLing Post reader LondonShortwave posted a playlist on his blog; it’s a great playlist of music he’s been exposed to via shortwave radio broadcasters over the years. I was quite inspired by this playlist (of all absolutely brilliant songs, by the way), not to mention, by the clever concept.

So this morning I jotted down a few artists and songs I’ve also discovered via shortwave radio. Here are a just a few I could find on YouTube:

Ariane Moffatt’s “Montreal,” via former CBC North Quebec Service:

Istanbul Oriental Ensemble’s “Burhan Öçal” via Voice of Greece:

Ania’s cover of “Strawberry Fields Forever” via the Polish Radio External Service:

Novika’s “I Depend on You” also via the Polish Radio External Service:

Shiny Toy Guns’ cover of “Major Tom” via the pirate radio station All Along The Watchtower Radio (note this video is actually a car commercial featuring the song by STG; a strange combo):

Boards of Canada album “Tomorrow’s Harvest” via the pirate radio station BOCHF:

Have you made any music discovery via shortwave radio?  If so, please feel free to comment.

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6 thoughts on “Music discovery via shortwave radio

  1. Andy Preece

    Nearly 10 years ago I discovered K-pop via KBS World Radio. Prior to that I had listened to pop music from Sweden, Russia and Poland via shortwave stations (Radio Sweden had a good MW signal here in Scotland).

    This came from @bigpodcast Vasily Strelnikov’s show on Radio Moscow World Service: Alla Pugacheva – Allo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSZj_CZpWx4

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