I’ve now added a total of five recordings by David Firth, circa 1968, to the SW Radio Audio Archive. Click below for direct links:
The Russian language N News Agency reports:
“The Russian government’s international radio broadcasting service Golos Rossii (Voice of Russia) will stop its shortwave broadcasts from January 1st next year.
The shortwave service is closing due to funding cuts. Voice of Russia is to broadcast several programs in foreign languages including Mongolian language for the last time on December 29th, 2013.[…]”
This is the second time the closure of VOR has been mentioned in the online press.
To date, I have seen no official announcement/confirmation from the Voice of Russia (though an earlier statement from VOR didn’t deny the possibility).
Many thanks to Andy Sennitt for the tip!
…I received [an email] from the Voice of Russia. It parallels what you have reported on your blog, however in her reply Elena Osipova also sent me an attachment in the form of a “poll” or survey. It seems she may be collecting data re: listenership habits. I would encourage others disappointed in the VOR closure reports to email Ms. Osipova and complete the survey as well.
Thank you, Troy, for forwarding this!
I wrote the Voice of Russia following the suggestion that their broadcasting on shortwave radio may soon end. A response has now arrived from the Letters Department of the VOR’s World Service. And the current word? Very similar to that of my previous post, though VOR confesses that the topic is presently being talked about:
This is to…inform you that the information about the presumable cancellation by the Voice of Russia of shortwave broadcasts as of January 2014 does not come from VOR’s official sources, therefore at this point we can neither confirm nor deny it since the issue is currently under discussion.
In other words, stay tuned…
Not exactly a positive note–no news is no news–but I am impressed that they are taking the time to respond to each inquiry so quickly.
Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Dominik, for sharing email responses he received from the Voice of Russia regarding news of their closure.
Below are two quotes from two different responses:
“Unfortunately, so far we have no official information as regards the cancellation of shortwave broadcasting. However, we cannot rule out such a scenario for the future, since currently the VOR is speedily introducing modern day technologies of radio and internet broadcasting.”
“Thank you very much for your letter and for your concern about the presumable cancellation of shortwave broadcasting by the Voice of Russia. As I said earlier, so far we have received no official information in this regard, however, we keep receiving letters from concerned listeners. Thank you very much for your support.”
Looks like they’re neither confirming nor denying the news we posted earlier.
It appears the Voice of Russia will cease shortwave radio service on January 1st, 2014. According to this article on RiaNovosti, the shortwave service is closing due to “funding cuts.”
I have listened to the Voice of Russia since they were known as Radio Moscow in the Cold War era. But they’ve been around much longer than the Cold War, indeed, they’ve been on the air since 1922 with their first transmitter station (RV-1) in the Moscow region.
Needless to say, I’m sad to see them leave the shortwave spectrum.
If you haven’t gotten your fill of Cold War shortwave yet, you’ll love these recordings posted on YouTube–Radio Moscow and the Western Hemisphere 1961 by Cook Labs. There are four separate recordings representing two LP’s, both side A and B. Here are direct links to YouTube: