Category Archives: What’s On Shortwave

Here comes the Sun (again)

Hi FastRadioBurst 23 here from the Imaginary Stations crew. This weekend we have another KSOL broadcast to Europe via Shortwave Gold on Sunday 14th April 2024 at 0900/1300 hrs UTC on 6160 kHz and then at 2000 UTC on 6160 kHz and 3975 kHz. This time it’s a show featuring sunshine and soul which is a lovely combination!

On Thursday 18th April via WRMI  we bring you another episode of The Shortwave Music Library at 0200 UTC on 9395 kHz. With an eclectic mix and an across the board policy, you’ll enjoy hearing over those shortwaves what DJ Frederick picks out from his record collection this week.

For more information on the shows please email [email protected] and check out our old shows here.

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It’s a mystery

Hi FastRadioBurst 23 from the Imaginary Stations crew here letting you know about the Imaginary Stations Spring mystery challenge. We are inviting all our listeners to guess the theme of the show below on Mixcloud.

Please send your suggestions to [email protected] and the person who comes closest will be sent an individual QSL and a prize.

For more information on the shows please email [email protected] and check out our old shows here.

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A shortwave solar eclipse for Europe

Hi I’m FastRadioBurst 23 from the Imaginary Stations crew letting you know about this week’s shows. The first  broadcast is to Europe via Shortwave Gold on Sunday 7th April 2024 at 0900/1300 hrs UTC on 6160 kHz and then at 2000 UTC on 6160 kHz and 3975 kHz. Sadly Europe will miss out on the eclipse on Monday 8th so we bring you the next best thing, a shortwave solar eclipse with KSOL – The eclipse edition. We won’t leave you in the dark (well probably for a minute or two) and will supply some tunes to bring you a bit of sunshine.

On Thursday 11th April via WRMI we bring you another episode of The Shortwave Music Library at 0200 UTC on 9395 kHz. Expect the unexpected, as DJ Frederick goes through his record collection and pulls out some eclectic tunes!

More on KSOL here!

For more information on the shows please email [email protected] and check out our old shows here.

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International sounds for the umbraphiles

Hi I’m FastRadioBurst 23 from the Imaginary Stations crew letting you know about this week’s shows. The first  broadcast is to Europe via Shortwave Gold on Sunday 31st March 2024 at 0900/1300 hrs UTC on 6160 kHz and then at 2000 UTC on 6160 kHz and 3975 kHz. This week we will bring you the worldwide sounds of Skybird Radio International. Tune in, chill out and listen to sounds from all around this planet of ours.

On Thursday 4th April via WRMI we bring you another episode of KSOL – The Eclipse Edition at 0200 UTC on 9395 kHz. You could use this show as a rehearsal for the big event on the folowing Monday. You’ll need your solar glasses, telescopes, binoculars and solar filters at the ready and listen in while we bring you some path of totality musical classics. It may go dark for a few minutes but don’t worry, normal service will be resumed!

For more information on the shows please email [email protected] and check out our old shows here.

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Turning those clocks back again

It’s another week gone again and I’m FastRadioBurst 23 from the Imaginary Stations crew letting you know about this week’s shows. The first  broadcast is to Europe via Shortwave Gold on Sunday 24th March 2024 at 1000/1400 hrs UTC on 6160 kHz and then at 2100 UTC on 3975 kHz. This time we turn the clocks back for a bit of time anomaly broadcasting with KTAB. We’re talking old time business with some real oldies but goodies. It’s all about the power of the wireless. Tune in and go way back into time with us.

On Thursday 28th March via WRMI we have a dreamy paradise lost of a show called WSFR – Lost Island Radio at 0200 UTC on 9395 kHz. Get those bags packed and that passport at the ready as you are going to be transported to a dreamy destination far far away.

Don’t worry, you won’t be marooned as we will bring you back safely to your armchair after the hour concludes. Tune into WRMI at the alloted time (Do give yourself enough time to check in and settle down of course) for some paradise island classics.

For more information on the shows please email [email protected] and check out our old shows here.

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Tuning In: An Artistic and Auditory Exploration of Korean Radio by Carlos Latuff

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor and noted political cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, who shares this special dive into the world of radio both in and targeting the Korean peninsula. His report includes off-air recordings along with his own original artwork.


Koreas’ Radio War

by Carlos Latuff, a special for the SWLing Post

The war that divided Korea in two began in 1950. A truce was signed by both sides in 1953, but a peace agreement never came to fruition. Therefore, North Korea and South Korea remain at war. And this war is not just happening on the ground, but also over the airwaves.

Every day, a battle for hearts and minds takes place on AM, FM and shortwave. Whether the DPRK broadcasts are directed to South Korea, or South Korean broadcasters (including clandestine ones) broadcast to the DPRK.

I bring here a small collection of radio listenings made between February 29th and March 17th, all of them happened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, using a XHDATA D-808 receiver, with long wire antenna (outdoor), except for Radio Free Asia, listened with a Toshiba TR 486 receiver, using a telescopic antenna (indoor). Translations from Korean to English were made using transcription and translation apps.

KBS World

KBS World Radio was created in 1953, the year the truce was signed between the two warring Koreas, under the name “The Voice of Free Korea”, and today, as a public radio station, it broadcasts to several countries in different languages. Its programming includes news, music, variety, and of course, opposition to the DPRK government.

 

As part of the effort to promote “regime change” in the DPRK, the Seoul government, through its intelligence service, maintains clandestine radio stations (“Echo of Hope” and “Voice of the People”) whose role is basically broadcast 24 hours a day anti-Communist propaganda to North Korea, along South Korean and American pop music.

Echo of Hope

Voice of the People

Radio Free Asia

Created by the CIA in 1951, at the height of the Cold War and the conflict in Korea, Radio Free Asia has undergone changes throughout its history, but continues to be operated by the United States government and aims, in its own words, to “provide independent, uncensored and accurate local news” for countries like China, Vietnam and, of course, North Korea. Content directed at the DPRK follows the same principle as South Korean clandestine broadcasters: basically anti-Communist orientation, in order to achieve a “regime change”. The articles broadcasted on the radio are the same as those published on the Radio Free Asia’s website.

KCBS Pyongyang

Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) Pyongyang is the DPRK’s domestic radio station, whose programming reaches North and South Korea, even being heard in Japan. News about the achievements of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, music and attacks on Seoul government, seen by Pyongyang as a puppet regime.

Voice of Korea

On October 14, 1945, the year Japan was defeated in World War II, KCBS Pyongyang and Voice of Korea were founded (domestic and international radio stations respectively). Voice of Korea broadcasts programming in several languages ??to the world via shortwave. The content is not much different from KCBS Pyongyang: achievements of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, attacks on Seoul government and the United States, and traditional/patriotic music.

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It’s shortwave sleepy time again!

Hi all SWLing Post Community, FastRadioBurst 23 from the Imaginary Stations crew letting you know about our shortwave shows this week. The first is another very chilled, dreamy and sleep inducing programme (in the best way possible of course). It’s called WZZZ 2 and is broadcast to Europe via Shortwave Gold on Sunday 17th March 2024 at 1000/1400 hrs UTC on 6160 kHz and then at 2100 UTC on 3975 kHz. More music to snooze to!

On Thursday 21st March via WRMI we have another adventure in sound called WMMR – Mystery Mix Radio. You will only know what tunes will be played if you tune in at 0200 UTC on 9395 kHz. Don’t worry, they will be of the highest quality and of an eclectic mix from very own DJ Frederick. And here’s more on WZZZ:

For more information on the shows please email [email protected] and check out our old shows here.

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