Radio Waves: Radio 77, RRI Personality of the Year, Radio Repair in Iraq, and Bernard’s Collection of 500+ Radios

Radio Waves:  Stories Making Waves in the World of Radio

Because I keep my ear to the waves, as well as receive many tips from others who do the same, I find myself privy to radio-related stories that might interest SWLing Post readers.  To that end: Welcome to the SWLing Post’s Radio Waves, a collection of links to interesting stories making waves in the world of radio. Enjoy!


The DJ Who Broadcast to One Listener for 40 Years (Narratively)

The Deke Duncan show on Radio 77 had it all — the latest hits, bouncy jingles, and a DJ who was born to be on the airwaves. In the 1970s it ran around the clock, several days a week, playing to the smallest audience in the world: Deke’s only listener was his wife. Radio 77 was based in a shed in Duncan’s backyard in a small English town, and everything on the show was a figment of his imagination. “My ultimate ambition would be to broadcast my radio station to the rest of Stevenage,” he told the BBC’s Nationwide TV show, when they visited his shed in 1974.

In a new podcast episode from Snap Judgement and Narratively, Duncan, now 75, reveals how he made up the news, the weather, and even the commercials — and kept Radio 77 alive for over forty years. It was Britain’s ‘pirate’ radio stations that inspired him, he said, recalling the rock’n’roll ships that broadcast illegally from international waters in the 1960s. But the young DJ’s dreams had been dashed when the BBC turned down his job application.

“They said, ‘I suggest you go away and get yourself a real job,’” Duncan recalled. (Check out an original Radio 77 show, recorded in 1974.) [Continue reading…]

RRI Personality of the Year (Radio Romania International)

Dear friends, RRI continues its traditional polling of listeners on short wave, the Internet and social media, with a new challenge, in a further complicated context generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to ask you which person you think left their imprint on the world in a positive way in 2021.

We are preparing to designate, based on your options, “The Personality of the Year 2021 on RRI”. Will this person be a public person, an opinion leader or a regular person with a special story? The decision is yours. We would also want to ask you why you picked that particular person.

You can send your answers, as usual, by commenting on our website, at rri.ro, by e-mail at engl@rri.ro, on our Facebook profile, on WhatsApp at +40744312650, by fax at 00.40.21.319.05.62, or by post (Covid-19 may cause postal services delays), at 60-64, General Berthelot Street, sector 1, Bucharest, area code 010165 (PO Box 111), Romania.

We remind you that last year, RRI’s listeners and Internet and social media users chose healthcare workers, who were on the front line of the battle against the pandemic, as Personality of the Year. We’re looking forward to your proposals this year! We will announce the winner on the 1st of January, 2022.

Mideast in Pictures: Radio repairer in Iraq (News.cn)

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) — Sayyid Hameed, a senior technician in Iraq, still repairs old radio receivers despite the fact that few of them are in use today.

Click here to view photos.

Radio ham has over 500 wireless sets (Southgate ARC)

France 3 TV reports on keen radio enthusiast Bernard Pottin F6CND who has more than 500 wireless sets

Bernard Pottin has been collecting for twenty years old radio sets. In the garage of his house in Bouquigny, in the Marne, he has accumulated more than 500.

Bernard Pottin spends hours in his garage in Bouquigny, west of Epernay in the Marne, repairing his radio sets. The oldest can only pick up long wave.

Bernard has been passionate about radio since childhood. “At my parents’ house, there were TSF [wireless telegraphy] stations where you could listen to amateur radio,” he says. This is where the passion was born. I became a radio amateur in 1972. Then I developed this collection about twenty years ago.”

Bernard sometimes manages to receive BBC programs in the United Kingdom, “but very weakly”. Destroyed by television and replaced by transistors, the wireless counts its last hours of reception on the long waves.

Read the full France 3 story at this link


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1 thought on “Radio Waves: Radio 77, RRI Personality of the Year, Radio Repair in Iraq, and Bernard’s Collection of 500+ Radios

  1. Rabbit

    I was thinking I had too many radios then I read about Bernard’s 500+ and decided that maybe I don’t have enough.

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