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 To Cease Broadcasts From Germany & Bulgaria

The following message is from “Uncle Bill” Tilford, producer and host of From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot:

I began From The Isle of Music six years ago and Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot five years ago, starting small on WBCQ and eventually expanding to Europe and beyond with Channel 292 for both programs and Space Line for FTIOM.  I am not a wealthy man,  and my programs have been literally 99.9% self-funded during that period.  The very small handful of contributors has been appreciated but has never been large enough to put a dent in costs. 

Over the past two years, my living expenses have increased precipitously while my income and contributions have not.  With great reluctance, I must make some difficult financial decisions.  One of them is that broadcasts on Space Line have already ceased,  and broadcasts on Channel 292 will cease March 5.  This is a purely financial decision, I have very much enjoyed working with both stations and will deeply miss the audiences that I will probably lose.  While the financial support from listeners was minimal, the emotional support has been huge, many of those listeners feel like family now.  

Broadcasts will continue on WBCQ The Planet where these programs began.  FTIOM will continue on 7490 kHz, currently Tuesdays 0000-0100 UTC, and UBMP will continue on 7490 kHz Sundays, currently 2300-0000 UTC.  Both of these livestream on WBCQ.com, so listeners unable to catch the terrestrial broadcast (or who are asleep at those hours) may be able to record live for later listening.  Both programs will also be part of the new special  lineup on 4790 kHz which is being fully sponsored by Angela and Allan Weiner.  More details about that will be forthcoming, that frequency may reach parts of Europe terrestrially as an early morning show at a tolerable hour.  Note however that both broadcasts on 7490 can be “breakfast listening” using the WBCQ.com website or some remote WebSDRs in Eastern Europe, a key target area for the broadcasts from Europe. 

I regret the necessity for these changes and hope listeners will find the remaining options on WBCQ usable.

William “Bill” Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

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FTIOM & UBMP February 13-19 (14-20); 4790 Test Schedule Update


From the Isle of Music, February 13-19, 2022:

This week we honor World Radio Day and St. Valentine’s Day with music from the 1999 Bridge To Havana concert featuring prominent musicians from the US and Cuba.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. 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).
3 & 4. 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 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 13-19, 2022:
Episode 255 presents music from Botswana.
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. 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


WBCQ 4790 kHz Test Update February 13-19 US dates (14-20 world dates), 2022
Propagation testing continues on 4790 kHz using 0100-0300 UTC every night.  So far, the
signal has been good to excellent in most of eastern and central North America, problematic due to CODAR west of the Rockies and fair to good in much of continental Europe, especially Germany, the Czech Republic and Finland.
On February 14 world date 0100-0200 UTC, there will be a special tribute to World Radio Day and St. Valentine’s Day

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WBCQ 4790 kHz Testing Update


That’s not a typo, in addition to its flagship frequency 7490 kHz, WBCQ will be running staggered propagation tests of 4790 kHz during February for a new entertainment program
block sponsored by Angela and Allan Weiner and curated by Uncle Bill Tilford.  When the
regular schedule begins in March, it will be 2 hours per night of music and other entertainment from around the world.  Several new programs under development will participate when the regular schedule begins.
The February tests will use archival episodes of From the Isle of Music, Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot,
Marion’s Attic, Behavior Night, Rock Wave, Tom Call Theater, a Bluegrass State of Mind and Jetzt Geht’s Los!, a wonderful program from Germany of Weimar-era jazz.  In March these programs will be joined by several new ones from around the world.
The first week’s tests will run from February 1-5 from 6-8pm EST (2300-0100 UTC).  Each following week will run an hour later to determine optimum transmission times.  An eQSL will
be available for reception reports sent to 4790info@gmail.com
For February 6-12, tests will run from 7-9pm EST (0000-0200 EST) 

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FTIOM & UBMP, February 6-12


From the Isle of Music, February 6-12, 2022:
This week we enjoy descargas (jam sessions) from the great Cachao.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. 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).
3 & 4. 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 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 6-12, 2022:
Episode 254 presents contemporary folk music from Estonia.
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. 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 TESTS 4790 KHZ IN FEBRUARY


That’s not a typo, in addition to its flagship frequency 7490 kHz, WBCQ will be running staggered propagation tests of 4790 kHz during February for a new entertainment program
block sponsored by Angela and Allan Weiner and curated by Uncle Bill Tilford.  When the
regular schedule begins in March, it will be 2 hours per night of music and other entertainment from around the world.  Several new programs under development will participate.
The February tests will use archival episodes of From the Isle of Music, Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot,
Marion’s Attic, Behavior Night, Rock Wave, Tom Call Theater and Jetzt Geht’s Los!, a wonderful
program from Germany of Weimar-era jazz.  In March these programs will be joined by several new ones from around the world.
The first week’s tests will run from February 1-5 from 6-8pm EST (2300-0100 UTC).  Each following week will run an hour later to determine optimum transmission times.  An eQSL will
be available for reception reports sent to 4790info@gmail.com
Watch these pages for weekly updates.

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FTIOM & UBMP, Jan 30-Feb 5, 2022


From the Isle of Music, January 30-February 5, 2022:

This week our guest is Cuban jazz trumpeter and composer Diego Hedez, who helps us present his new album Distante.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. 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).
3 & 4. 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.
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, January 30-February 5, 2022:
Episode 253 presents Oy, Canada, a celebration of Canada’s Jewish entertainers, with special guest Fred Waterer.
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. 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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FTIOM & UBMP, January 23-29

From the Isle of Music, January 23-29 2022:
This week we enjoy the music of Cimafunk.
The broadcasts take place:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. 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).
3 & 4. 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.
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, January 23-29, 2022:
Episode 252 presents music from Réunion and Mauritius.
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. 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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