Andrea Borgnino–journalist and Internet Content Manager for RAI (RadioTelevisione Italiana)–posted a couple of photos of the Radio Exterior de España studios on Twitter this morning, so I thought I’d share them here on the SWLing Post:
Very cool, Andrea! I would love to visit the REE studios some day!
It’s so amazing to still hear REE’s booming signal on the shortwaves. They’re one of the only shortwave broadcasters I know of (other than the Voice of Greece) which was taken off the air, only to return later.
Radio Exterior de España has posted an updated broadcast schedule (in Spanish) on their website. I have translated and pasted the shortwave schedules below:
Radio Exterior de España transmits its programming from 18:00 to 22:00 hours, Coordinated Universal Time, Monday through Friday. Broadcast frequencies and coverage areas are:
- Africa and South Atlantic, 15,450 Khz , 19 meter band.
- South America, 17,715 Khz , 16 meter band.
- North America, 17,855 Khz , 16 meter band.
- Middle East and Indian, 15,490 Khz , 19 meter band.
And on Saturdays and Sundays:
- Africa and South Atlantic, 21,620 Khz band of 13 meters (14 to 18 hours), and 15,450 kHz band of 19 meters (18 to 22 hours).
- South America, 17,715 Khz band of 16 meters (14 to 18 hours).
- North America, 17,855 Khz band of 16 meters (14 to 18 hours).
- Middle East and Indian, 15,490 Khz band of 19 meters (14 to 18 hours).
(In case you’re keeping tabs: yes, REE is still on the air, though basically as a relay of RNE.)
A bit hat tip to SWLing Post contributor, London Shortwave who sent a link to this article from the Spanish news site prtelevisión [click here for English translation].
According to prtelevisión and this article from La Opinión A Coruña [English translation], yesterday morning, the Board of Directors of RTVE approved a proposal to broadcast on shortwave four hours a day: from Monday to Friday (between 20:00 and 24:00 hours) and Saturday/Sunday between 16:00 and 24:00.
The following broadcasts will air:”24 Horas”, “Radiogaceta de los deportes“, “Españoles en la Mar” and “Cinco Continentes“. In addition, REE plans to cover sporting events.
It appears that the fisheries industry is to thank for this decision to bring REE back on shortwave as ships had no viable means to listen to REE while at sea. According to these sources, shortwave broadcasts will re-start in the near future.
Readers: please comment when you hear REE back on the air.
SWLing Post reader, David, comments:
Please, sign the petition to save Radio Exterior de España
Thank you !!!!
Click here to sign the petition.
Many thanks, David. As I post this, I’m listening to the final mailbag show of REE’s English broadcast on 6,055 kHz. The hosts have actually mentioned this petition twice. Apologies to everyone as I meant to post a link to the petition this past weekend.
I will miss hearing REE on the shortwaves, I’ve always enjoyed their English language broadcasts.