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Radio Waves: Chelmsford Radio at 100 Years, First Broadcast Station Site, Alfred Vail, and News Executives Purged from VOA

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!

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributors John Hoad, Bruce Atchison, and David Korchin for the following tips:


Chelmsford celebrates 100 years of radio with a play (Radio Today)

The city of Chelmsford is celebrating its status as ‘the birthplace of radio’ 100 years ago today with a special live stream of a new play about the Marconi Company tests of 1920.

Britain’s first ever radio entertainment broadcast took place on 15 June 1920, and featured two arias by Australian operatic tenor Dame Nellie Melba, one of most famous singers of the late Victoria era. The broadcast from the Marconi Factory was heard all over Europe and picked up as far away as Canada.

To mark the milestone, Chelmsford City Theatre is streaming a radio play The Power Behind the Microphone: The First Live Radio Entertainment Broadcast about the original broadcast, 100 years to the minute at 7.10pm this evening. International opera star Anna Steiger will recreate the concert given by Madame Melba as part of a radio play based on the story of that fateful night and the breakthroughs that made it possible.[]

Site of the World’s First Radio Broadcasting Station (Atlas Obscura)

Three plaques mark the spot where the “forgotten father of broadcasting” worked.

CHARLES “DOC” HERROLD WAS A pioneer. After founding his College of Engineering and Wireless in 1909 inside the Garden City Bank building at 50 West San Fernando Street in San Jose, California, he launched the world’s first radio broadcasting station, which beamed music, news, and notably, advertising to listeners on a regular basis.

Herrold and his team at Station FN, which included his own wife, the world’s first female disc jockey, epitomized the mantra of many a Silicon Valley startup today: “move fast and break things.” His early transmitting devices burned out one after the other, and Herrold had to use a water-cooled microphone. He stole wattage from San Jose’s street car line to power his innovative “Arc Fone” transmitter, and cut a deal with a local store to play records on a Victrola that he would point at the microphone.[]

Morse’s Partner Argued He Invented Famous Code—to No A-Vail (HistoryNet.com)

Alfred Vail came up with dots and dashes, but Patent Office gave credit to Samuel Morse, the better known inventor

In 1887, 18 years after his father’s death, Stephen Vail took up metaphorical arms to claim Alfred Vail’s place as a key figure in communications history. Starting a war of words that would last decades and end with a declaration carved into stone, the younger Vail bombarded newspaper editors with letters. Alfred Vail’s son insisted that his dad had invented the dot-and-dash system used in telegraphy and known to all, and most gallingly to the younger man, as “Morse” code.

Before telegraphy, the United States had been more a collection of outposts than a nation—when a treaty ended the War of 1812, word from peace talks in Europe between Britain and the United States took so long to creep across the Atlantic that two weeks after the signatures on the peace treaty had dried British and American troops were fighting the Battle of New Orleans. Until telegraphy arrived for good in 1844, information traveled no faster than horses could gallop, trains could roll, or ships could sail. News from Boston reached San Francisco and vice versa by traveling aboard vessels that had to round South America’s southern tip. Only dreamers spoke of rails crossing North America or a canal traversing the Isthmus of Panama. []

Trump administration purges news execs from U.S. agency meant to counter disinformation, leaving staff fearing more to come (CBS News)

The overnight purge of top news organization officials at the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) has raised concern among its federal government employees and reporters that their jobs, immigration status, and editorial independence may soon be at risk following the arrival of new CEO Michael Pack.

Pack, who is a conservative filmmaker and close ally of one-time Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and had just stepped into the job after being confirmed by the Republican-led Senate earlier this month, did not respond to a request by CBS News for comment or explanation.

“Pack uses deep state language. Is Bannon calling the shots?”

A USAGM source said this is the question being pondered by executives and journalists inside the organization now.

Four news division heads were removed from their positions, including Middle East Broadcasting Network chief Alberto Fernandez, who is a former US Ambassador, Radio Free Asia’s Bay Fang, Emilio Vazquez of the office of Cuba Broadcasting, and Radio Liberty’s Jamie Fly. Replacements have yet to be named.

Steve Capus, the former CBS and NBC News executive who had been serving as a senior advisor, was also dismissed. Earlier this week, the top director and deputy director at Voice of America resigned as did the head of the Open Technology Fund Libby Liu, which promotes global internet freedoms.[]


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WRTH A19 Bargraph Frequency Guide

(Source: WRTH via John Hoad)

WRTH A19 Bargraph Frequency Guide

Now Available – Buy your CD or Download today!

We are delighted to announce the availability of the new WRTH Bargraph Frequency Guide for the A19 season. The CD contains the complete, and monitored, A19 international broadcasts on LW, MW and SW, and fully updated domestic shortwave, displayed as a pdf colour bargraph.
There are also other pdf and xls files to help you get the most out of the Bargraph. All these files are also available on a downloadable Zip file.

If you have not yet got your copy of WRTH 2019 then why not buy one now. Readers in the USA can also buy from Amazon.com or Universal Radio Inc.

The CD and Download are only available from the WRTH site. Visit our website to find out more and to order a copy.

I hope you enjoy using this new Frequency Guide.

Nicholas Hardyman

Publisher

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Shortwave Service A19 Schedule

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, John Hoad, who notes that the German broadcaster, Shortwave Service, has posted their A19 schedule. We’ve included it below for your convenience:

(Source: Shortwave Service)

3985 kHz Montag-Freitag

1500-1530 UTC Radio Tirana Französisch
1530-1600 UTC Radio Slowakei Französisch
1600-1700 UTC SRF Echo der Zeit
1700-1800 UTC Radio Mi Amigo International
1800-1830 UTC Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1830-1900 UTC Radio Slowakei Französisch
1900-1930 UTC Radio Slowakei Englisch
1930-2000 UTC Radio Tirana Deutsch (Mo-Sa)
2000-2030 UTC Radio Tirana Italienisch (Mo-Sa)
2030-2050 UTC Radio Belarus Französisch
2030-2110 UTC Radio Belarus Spanisch

3985 kHz Samstag

1500-1530 UTC Radio Tirana Französisch
1530-1600 UTC Radio Slowakei Französisch
1600-1700 UTC SRF Echo der Zeit
1700-1800 UTC Radio Canada International Französisch
1800-1830 UTC Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1830-1900 UTC Radio Slowakei Französisch
1900-1930 UTC Radio Slowakei Englisch
1930-2000 UTC Radio Tirana Deutsch (Mo-Sa)
2000-2030 UTC Radio Tirana Italienisch (Mo-Sa)
2030-2050 UTC Radio Belarus Französisch
2030-2110 UTC Radio Belarus Spanisch

3985 kHz Sonntag

1500-1530 UTC Radio Tirana Französisch
1530-1600 UTC Radio Slowakei Französisch
1600-1700 UTC SRF Echo der Zeit
1700-1800 UTC Radio Canada International Englisch
1800-1830 UTC Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1830-1900 UTC Radio Slowakei Französisch
1900-1930 UTC Radio Slowakei Englisch
1930-2030 UTC Musik / Sonderprogramme
2030-2050 UTC Radio Belarus Französisch
2030-2110 UTC Radio Belarus Spanisch

6005 kHz Mo-Fr

0700-0900 Radio Belarus Deutsch
0900-0930 DP07 Seewetter
0930-1000 Voice of Mongolia Englisch
1000-1030 Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1030-1100 SRF RendezVous
1100-1130 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1130-1200 Radio Slowakei Französisch
1200-1230 DP07 Seewetter
1230-1300 Radio Tirana Englisch
1300-1330 Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1330-1400 Radio Slowakei Französisch
1400-1430 Radio Slowakei Spanisch
1430-1500 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1500-1530 Polskie Radio Deutsch
1530-1600 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1600-1700 SRF Echo der Zeit

6005 kHz Sa

0700-0900 Radio Belarus Deutsch
0900-0930 DP07 Seewetter
0930-1000 Voice of Mongolia Englisch
1000-1030 Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1030-1100 Musik
1100-1130 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1130-1200 Radio Slowakei Französisch
1200-1230 DP07 Seewetter
1230-1300 Radio Tirana Englisch
1300-1330 Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1330-1400 Radio Slowakei Französisch
1400-1430 Radio Slowakei Spanisch
1430-1500 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1500-1530 Polskie Radio Deutsch
1530-1600 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1600-1700 SRF Echo der Zeit

6005 kHz So

0700-0900 Radio Belarus Deutsch
0900-0930 DP07 Seewetter
0930-1000 Voice of Mongolia Englisch
1000-1030 Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1030-1100 Radio Canada International Französisch
1100-1130 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1130-1200 Radio Slowakei Französisch
1200-1230 DP07 Seewetter
1230-1300 Radio Canada International Englisch
1300-1330 Radio Slowakei Deutsch
1330-1400 Radio Slowakei Französisch
1400-1430 Radio Slowakei Spanisch
1430-1500 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1500-1530 Polskie Radio Deutsch
1530-1600 Radio Slowakei Englisch
1600-1700 SRF Echo der Zeit

Montag-Sonntag

0700-1700 Radio MiAmigo International*

Samstag-Sonntag 7310 kHz
1000-1400 Radio MiAmigo International*

*Deutsch / Englisch / Niederländisch, Programmplan unter
http://www.radiomiamigo.international/english/sw-schedule.html.
Zeitangaben in UTC, Stand: 1.5.2019

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Antenna upgrade for RTE Radio 1 “will ensure transmission of longwave radio continues”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, John Hoad, who shares the following news and notes:

Interesting information about the continuation of broadcasting of RTE Radio 1 on 252 kHz from Summerhill, County Meath Ireland:

(Source: Hildegarde Naughton)

Longwave Radio to continue for the benefit of Diaspora

Thursday, 25th April 2019

Major antenna upgrade will ensure transmission of longwave radio continues – Naughton

Upgrade works will ensure that the transmission of longwave radio continues for the Irish diaspora, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, Hildegarde Naughton, welcomed RTE’s decision to undertake significant remedial works on transmission equipment which will guarantee the continuance of the longwave service for a minimum of two years.

Deputy Naughton said: “The maintenance of long wave radio for the Irish diaspora is a significant concern to the Committee.

“The UK regulator, Ofcom, will not grant RTE, as a non-UK broadcaster, the necessary licence to broadcast on digital in the UK at this time.

“After engagement between the Committee and RTE, I received a letter from the Director General of the national broadcaster committing to maintain service into the future.

“The antenna upgrade requires bespoke manufacturing from a specialist supplier based in Canada and delivery of this element is expected by mid-September.

“The relevant mast at Summerhill is 248 metres in height and is a high-risk work environment.

“I am told that the weather, and more particularly wind speeds, will be the main determining factor on the commencement and the duration of the works.

“Unfortunately once this remedial work commences, the long wave service will have to be temporarily suspended.

“I understand that it will be out of commission for approximately ten weeks, but RTE has said it will endeavour to complete the works as quickly as possible.

“I welcome the efforts being made to continue this service, which serves as an invaluable link between the diaspora and home.

“However I intend to work with the committee to explore other longer term alternative solutions to ensure this service continues,” Deputy Naughton concluded.

Click here to read the full press release.

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