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.

FTIOM & UBMP March 6-12


From the Isle of Music, March 6-12, 2022:

This week we enjoy two brand new Cuban dance music albums, Evolution 6.5 by Elito Revé y su Charangón, and Mucho by Giraldo Piloto and Klimax.
Remember that Channel 292 is having a special FTIOM & UBMP Marathon 0700-2300 UTC on 6070 kHz March 8
The broadcasts take place:
1. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).
2. For the Americas and Europe, Saturday on WBCQ’s Radio Angela service, 4790 kHz from 0400-0500 UTC (Friday 11:00pm-12:00am EST in the Americas)

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, March 6-12, 2022:
Episode 258 explores the world of dangdut, a genre of modern Indonesian popular music.
** Note that this week, Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot will be part of a special 16-hour marathon of it and From The Isle of Music on March 8 from 0700-2300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Europe
The transmissions take place:
1.Sunday 2300-0000 (6:00PM -7:00PM EST) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2.The Sunday that follows 0400-0500 UTC (11:00pm-12:00am EST Saturday 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

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FTIOM & UBMP Farewell to Europe Marathon March 8


Farewell To Europe Special Marathon
Channel 292, 6070 kHz
March 8, 0800-2400 CET (0700-2300 UTC)

From “Uncle Bill” Tilford, producer and host of From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot:
Personal financial circumstances beyond my control recently made it necessary for me to discontinue broadcasts of my programs from stations in Europe, and Channel 292 has made the wonderful gesture of throwing us a going-away party – a 16 hour marathon of some of our favorite From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot episodes on 6070 kHz on March 8 from 0800-2400 CET (0700-2300 UTC).   Working with the station and interacting with its listeners  has been a joy these past few years,  and I am deeply humbled by this act of generosity.  I hope to be able to return to broadcasting from Europe some day.  In the meantime, I have personally selected some favorite episodes of both shows from the past few years for this special event.   Let us make the most of  this bittersweet moment. 
– “Uncle Bill” Tilford

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WBCQ’s New Radio Angela Service On 4790 kHz Begins Next Week

WBCQ’S new Radio Angela Service on 4790 kHz, which has been propagation testing during February, will begin its regular broadcast schedule on March 1 world date (February 28 US date)
using the nightly hours of 10pm Eastern US time to Midnight Eastern US time (currently 0300-0500 UTC, the UTC will change with daylight savings time).   That two hour block will feature  music and radio theater programs from around the world, several of which are appearing for the very first time anywhere.  The full schedule will be published on the WBCQ website and various other places in cyberspace within a few days.   The March schedule will have a few repeat slots as a second wave of new programs prepares for April rollouts.
On February 28 world date from 0300-0500 UTC (US time and date February 27, 10pm-Midnight EST), a two hour special program, A Taste of Radio Angela, will be presented featuring clips from various programs that will be part of  the service.
This special 2-hour broadcast block on 4790 kHz is sponsored by Angela and Allan Weiner and curated by “Uncle Bill” Tilford, who also hosts three of the programs.  Propagation testing during February has demonstrated that reception is mostly favorable in Eastern and Central North America from 7PM Eastern US onwards, and although the signal is aimed southwest from the transmitter in Monticello, Maine, it also lands very well in parts of Europe, especially parts of Ireland, Portugal, Germany and Italy but also in several other countries to a lesser extent.
Airtime will be available for purchase outside of the 10pm-Midnight program block with priority given to music (especially but not exclusively new music) and other entertainment or cultural programs that align with Radio Angela’s mission to become a stellar entertainment and cultural institution on shortwave.  Inquiries about airtime should be directed to wbcq@wbcq.com
Watch the March NASWA Journal, Spectrum Monitor and British DX Communication magazines (and of course this space) and listen to Glenn Hauser’s World of Radio  for more coverage of Radio Angela.

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FTIOM & UBMP, February 27-March 5, 2022


From the Isle of Music, February 28-March 5, 2022:

This week will be our final regular episode on Channel 292, which will give us a Farewell to Europe marathon on March 8.  (More about that next week.)
We will feature the epic third album by Los Van Van.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 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 & 3. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1300-1400 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to uplinks from various websdrs in Europe.
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

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, February 27-March 5, 2022:
Episode 257 is our last regular episode on Channel 292. It will feature music from Greece. (Channel 292 will have a Farewell to Europe marathon for the program on March 8, more about that next week.)
The transmissions take place:
1.Sunday 2300-0000 (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 from the WBCQ website here: http://splatterbox.us/wbcq1
2. Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
3. Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with a directional booster aimed eastward.
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

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WBCQ 4790 kHz (Radio Angela) Tests February 20-26

WBCQ 4790 kHz (Radio Angela) runs its final week of propagation tests February 20-26 US local date (February 21-27 world date) as follows:
0300-0500 UTC February 20-21 world date (10pm-12pm EST US date)
0200-0400 UTC February 22-27 world date (9pm-11pm EST US date)
Programs used in the testing are Behavior Night, Marion’s Attic, From the Isle of Music, Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, Bluegrass Frame of Mind, Jetzt Geht’s Los!, Tom Call Theater, Rock Wave and a sneak preview of WBCQ Concert Hall.
When the Radio Angela regular schedule begins world date March 1 (US date February 28), these programs will be joined by several new shows presented by talent from around the world.  So far the signal is performing well in most of North America east of the Rockies and several countries in western and central Europe.
EQSLs are available from 4790info@gmail.com

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FTIOM & UBMP February 20-26

 

From the Isle of Music, February 20-26, 2022:
This week we have a Cuban dance party. Note that our broadcasts from Bulgaria have discontinued.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 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 & 3. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1300-1400 UTC (NEW FOR B21) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to uplinks from various websdrs in Europe.
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic


Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, February 20-26, 2022
Episode 256 features Latin Soul from the United States.
The transmissions take place:
1.Sunday 2300-0000 (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 from the WBCQ website here: http://splatterbox.us/wbcq1
2. Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
3. Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with a directional booster aimed eastward.
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

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