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Month: July 2021

KDKA Shortwave in Pittsburgh: Four Locations

The first location for KDKA mediumwave and shortwave was atop the eight story high Building K at the Westinghouse factory at East Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Building K was the tallest building in this large manufacturing complex and the fledgling KDKA, studio and transmitter, was installed in a wooden shack at the western end of this flat roof.

Return to the Radio Scene on Bougainville in the South Pacific

Wireless came to Bougainville more than 100 years ago with the installation of Australian made AWA equipment which was taken into service in January 1916 under the Australian callsign VIU. In those days, many of the closer Pacific Islands that had been annexed by the United Kingdom were administered from Australia.

The Radio Saga on Two Small Islands South of New Zealand

The South Pacific nation of New Zealand is made up of two major home islands, the North Island and the South Island, together with an estimated 600 outlier islands. South of the South Island, and on each side of the stormy Foveaux Strait, lie a dozen or more small islands, only one of which is inhabited.

Brazil: The Early Mediumwave Years

The interesting story of mediumwave radio broadcasting in the South American country of Brazil can be traced back to its very earliest beginnings, in the year 1922, when a temporary demonstration station was installed in what was back then their national capital city, Rio de Janeiro. The Independence Centenary International Exposition, as it was known in English, was open for a little over half a year and it was staged as a 100th anniversary celebration of Brazilian independence.

Radio Malaya Singapore in Two Different Countries

By the end of January 1942, Japanese armed forces had scrambled down through the thick jungles and the multitude of rubber plantations on the Malay Peninsula until they finally reached Johore Bahru, facing Singapore Island. They then began sporadic attempts at bombarding the island and at crossing the waterway that separated the Malay mainland from Singapore Island itself.

Keith Richardson Studio Carts

A collection of studio cart tapes donated to us by radio DJ Keith Richardson

Raglan Community Radio 98.1 MHz

Raglan is a coastal town in New Zealand that’s famous for its surf breaks and volcanic black-sand beaches. According to Aaron Mooar, who manages Raglan’s community radio station, there’s actually a lot more to the town…

The Radio Scene in the Lonely Isolated Maldive Islands: The Island of Gan

The Maldive Islands are a lonely and isolated cluster of islands that lie towards the southern end of a very long series of underwater mountains on the western side of the Indian subcontinent. This island chain stretches for 1000 miles, from the Aminidivi Islands in the extreme north to the Chagos Islands in the extreme south.

AFRS “Stateside USA” on KIBS Canton Island

From a CD donated to us in 2012 by Glenn Carpenter, enjoy this episode of AFRS “Stateside USA – 15 Minutes of Home Town Highlights”, broadcast on KIBS Canton Island

Brotherly Luv on 106.7 in Whanganui

Audio snippets from BrotherLuv 106.7 FM, Whanganui

BNBS Leopoldville, Belgian Congo

Rare station id & booklet from station OTC of the Belgian National Broadcasting Service transmitting from Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo c1953

German Radio 100

It was on December 22 just last year (2020), that Germany celebrated its centenary of radio broadcasting with special radio programming to honor the occasion. Just 100 years ago, on Monday December 22, 1920, Dr. Hans Bredow and his fellow staff personnel at the Koenigswusterhausen Radio Station presented a special program of music and talks to honor the Christmas occasion.

Radio With Pictures from Radio Manukena, Easter Island

Enjoy rare audio recordings and photo gallery from Radio Manukena on Easter Island

Gary Cooper on KIBS Canton Island 1953

In 1953 Gary Cooper was returning to the US after filming the movie Return to Paradise on location in Samoa. During his stop-over in Canton Island, Cooper was interviewed by the local radio station, KIBS, for their feature “The Traveller Talks”.

The Easter Island Story

Easter Island is a rugged and fascinating island way out in the South Pacific Ocean. It has been isolated and lonely, and it is an island full of intriguing history and custom…

Bahrain Radio Renovates With Lawo

Arabian Peninsula national broadcaster enters the digital world with room to grow.

Radio at the Heads

Radio personality Mark Perry never realised that his career would turn into a hobby entertaining people across the world from the little township of Mangawhai.

Antenna near Alice Springs?

On 2021-07-03 Jamie Fehr wrote to us: G’day, In 2015, I did a tour from Alice Springs to Uluru. We drove by some sort of antenna installment, I…

The Original Radio Saigon

In the Summer of the year 1928, Mr. Joseph de la Pommeraya, representing the newly organized Franco-Indochinese Radio Company in Saigon, approached the Director of the French Radio-Electric Society in Haussman Boulevard in Paris with a request to buy a 12 kW shortwave transmitter for installation in Saigon…

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