Author Archives: Bill Tilford

About Bill Tilford

Bill has been a shortwave listener since the 1960s, a program host and producer for the past several years, and he currently produces and hosts From the Isle of Music, Uncle Bill's Melting Pot and WBCQ Concert Hall in addition to curating the Radio Angela block of entertainment programs on that station and periodic collaborative specials with other stations. He also writes about Cuban music including on the website TIMBA.com and is active in the music industry as a producer and liner notes writer.

SPECIAL BULLETIN: WBCQ’S RADIO ANGELA MOVES TO 5130 KHZ

From Bill Tilford, curator of WBCQ’s Radio Angela program block:

Effective immediately, WBCQ’s Radio Angela block of programs is moving from 4790 kHz to 5130 kHz.  The actual schedule is not changing, only the frequency.   This will get the broadcasts away from the existing CODAR and other major interference issues while hopefully maintaining a similar coverage area with a better listening experience for most people.
Reception reports may be sent to 4790info@gmail.com

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WBCQ Begins New Fundraiser To Expand Operations

From “Uncle Bill” Tilford:

In the wake of its recent Radio Angela subsidized entertainment programming initiative, WBCQ has begun a fundraising effort to upgrade its lower-power transmitters to 100kw, upgrade its antennas and expand its subsidized program offerings as well as make the station a more attractive option to potential paying customers in areas such as public affairs.   In addition to its donation links on WBCQ.com, it has opened a GoFundME page for this purpose.

Please note that this fundraiser is for WBCQ, not the SWLing Post.

– Bill Tilford

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WBCQ Radio Angela Special Programs March 31


In months with a 5th Wednesday in the Americas, Radio Angela presents two special programs:
1.  WBCQ Open Mic, March 31, 0200-0300 UTC (March 30, 10pm-11pm EDT in the Americas)
WBCQ, Radio Angela service, 4790 kHz
This is a combination of listener submissions and other “protoprograms”  worth listening to but not part of the regular schedule.
2.  WBCQ Polka Party, March 31, 0300-0400 UTC (March 30, 11pm-12am EDT in the Americas)
WBCQ’s Radio Angela service, 4790 kHz
Marion Webster & Kristina present vintage polkas.
Since these are “Week 5” shows, their next appearance after March will be in June.

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WBCQ Concert Hall, FTIOM & UBMP March 27-April 2


WBCQ Concert Hall, March 28, 0200-0400 UTC (March 27, 10pm-Midnight EDT)
WBCQ’s Radio Angela Service (4790 kHz)
This week presents Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Schubert’s 8th Symphony and some light entertainment.
Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, March 27 & April 2, 2022:
Episode 261 presents a new release by Malian singer Rokia Koné, Bamanan, some jazz fusion from Liberia and some other things.
The transmissions take place:
1.Sunday 2200-2300 UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream of 7490 kHz from the WBCQ website here: http://splatterbox.us/wbcq1
2.The Sunday that follows 0300-0400 UTC (Saturday 11:00pm-12:00am EDT in the Americas) on WBCQ’s Radio Angela service to the Americas and Europe on 4790 kHz
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford
From the Isle of Music, March 28 & April 1, 2022
This week special guest Adrián Estévez helps us present his new jazz album on the EGREM label, Despertar.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US).
If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here: http://splatterbox.us/wbcq1
2. For the Americas and Europe the following Saturday 0300-0400 UTC (11:00pm-12:00am EDT Friday) on the Radio Angela service of WBCQ, 4790 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA.
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford

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UBMP, WBCQ Concert Hall & FTIOM, March 20-26

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, March 20 & 26, 2022:
Episode 260 presents a belated reaction to the recent change to daylight savings time with an hour of songs dedicated to time.
The transmissions take place:
1.Sunday 2200-2300 UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2.The Sunday that follows 0300-0400 UTC (Saturday 11:00pm-12:00am EDT in the Americas) on WBCQ’s Radio Angela service to the Americas and Europe on 4790 kHz
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford

WBCQ Concert Hall, March 20, 2022
This episode presents the conclusion of the opera Bizet’s  Carmen and some shorter works to fill the remainder of  the program.
The broadcast takes place:
Monday 0200-0400 UTC (Sunday 10pm-12am EDT in the Americas) on WBCQ’s Radio Angela service to the Americas and Europe on 4790 kHz

From the Isle of Music, March 21 & 25, 2022
This week special guest Hugo Cruz helps us present an exciting new Cuban jazz release by his group Caminos, Punto de Partida
The broadcasts take place:
1. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US).
2. For North America and Europe the following Saturday 0300-0400 UTC (11:00pm-12:00am EDT Friday) on the Radio Angela service of WBCQ, 4790 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA.
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford

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New UTC times for Radio Angela, FTIOM & UBMP


Radio Angela, WBCQ’s new music and entertainment service on 4790 kHz, retains the same
eastern us hours after the change to daylight savings time (the hours will be 10pm-Midnight EDT nightly), meaning that UTC will change to 0200-0400 UTC nightly beginning March 14 0200 UTC (March 13 10pm EDT).   A schedule for the second half of March will be published Saturday.
Radio Angela can be heard in much of Europe with varying conditions depending upon location.   In the Americas it can be heard well in Eastern and most of central North America as well as parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean.

From The Isle of Music and Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot are now broadcast exclusively on WBCQ & Radio Angela  and follow the station’s practices regarding changing UTC rather than local hours.  For the following week this means:

From the Isle of Music, March 13 & 19, 2022 (NEW UTC):
This week we enjoy a new release by Orquesta Maravilla de Florida, 70 y mas Maravilla, along with some of their earlier recordings.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).
If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here: http://splatterbox.us/wbcq1
2. For North America and Europe the following Sunday 0300-0400 UTC (11:00pm-12:00am Saturday) on the Radio Angela service of WBCQ, 4790 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA.

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, March 13 & 19, 2022 (NEW UTC):
Episode 259 presents a brand new album by Tome Iliev, a Macedonian jazz and folk clarinetist working in Switzerland, titled Trinaiska. We also listen to some of his earlier recordings plus some recent music by Milan Zavkov.
The transmissions take place:
1.Sunday 2200-2300 UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM EST) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream of 7490 kHz from the WBCQ website here: http://splatterbox.us/wbcq1
2.The Sunday that follows 0300-0400 UTC (Saturday 11:00pm-12:00am EST in the Americas) on WBCQ’s Radio Angela service to the Americas and Europe on 4790 kHz

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