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VOUS St John’s, Newfoundland

Long Lost Radio History Images: LLRI #50 – VOUS – AFRS in Canada.

During the Second World War the United States set up its Fort Pepperrell base on the shores of Quidi Vidi Lake…

The Night Watch – WXLG Kwajalein 1953

Rare audio & photos from WXLG Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands in 1953

Opening Broadcasts of 4ZJ & 3XG

In 2010 Oamaru DXer Peter Grenfell donated these two recordings of “opening broadcasts” to us. The first is of 4ZJ, a short-term station broadcasting for the 1978 Scout Jamboree in Oamaru, the second being the start of full-time broadcasting from Radio Rhema in Christchurch. The quality of these recordings is less than perfect, but they are both interesting events.

The Early Days of 2KO Newcastle

The material used in this history has come from scrapbooks and transmitter logs held by 2KO, photos and documents provided by the families of Jim Cowan, Ken Greenhalgh, Max Spitzkowsky, Harold Whyte and previous staff members Rob Cornwell, Ron, Dorothy and Len Daley, Reg and Judy Davis, Ron Hurst, Roy Nielson, Russell Thornton and Allan Whyte.

New Zealand Broadcasting Press Clippings Scrapbook 1992-1994

The late Mark Nicholls kept a series of scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings relating to the broadcasting scene in New Zealand. These books provide an interesting look back at NZ broadcasting at the time.

New Zealand Broadcasting Press Clippings Scrapbook 1997

The late Mark Nicholls kept a series of scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings relating to the broadcasting scene in New Zealand. These books provide an interesting look back at NZ broadcasting at the time.

Secret Radio Talks Turn Tide on Santo Rebellion

In the months leading up to Vanuatu gaining its Independence in July 1980, a fierce anti-Independence rebellion, dubbed the ‘Coconut War’, was taking place in the country’s north on the island of Espiritu Santo. The island of Santo was under the control of anti-Independence rebels of the Nagriamel Movement and Independence supporters there were cut off from the Independence leaders based in the south in Port Vila.

ABC Radio Darwin 8DR on Shortwave

After Cyclone Tracy devasted the Northern Territory city of Darwin in Australia, authorities turned to shortwave radio to help coordinate the mass evacuation of the city.

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.

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.

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

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

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”.

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.

Finger on The Pulse

The new era thrust upon us by the global pandemic has provided an interesting opportunity for a locally-based cruise ship director who has shifted his overseas office to a makeshift studio in Papamoa.

A Visit to Super Rádio Brasil AM 940 Rio de Janeiro

Our contributor Martin Butera visits the station Super Rádio Brasil AM 940 in Rio de Janeiro.

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