Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dennis Dura, who shares the following article from CBS Miami:
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A massive shortwave radio antenna sits in a cow pasture north of Lake Okeechobee in Central Florida.
“We have 14, 100,000-watt transmitters and 23 antennas beaming to all parts of the world,” said Jeff White, the general manager of Miami-based WRMI.
The multi-signal station is said to be one of the largest shortwave radio operations in the world.
WRMI stands for Radio Miami International and worldwide coverage means it can easily send signals into Ukraine and Russia.
Shortwave is old school technology, think of World War II or the Cold War, as American-produced news beamed behind the iron curtain. Now, during the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has shut down journalism as we know it.
Kate Neiswender, one of the guiding lights behind funding news programming for Russian audiences, said, “they were going to pass a law making journalism essentially illegal, facing a 15-year criminal penalty.”
Neiswender and fellow former journalists formed a fundraiser to beam news into Russia, where state-controlled media, at best, does not tell the true story of the invasion and many Russian citizens have no clue about the severity of the invasion.
“This is a journalistic pursuit more than anything else,” said Neiswender. [Continue reading at CBS Miami…]