Martin Butera takes us on a visit to a radio fair (hamfest) in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, South America.
Historical compilation of what was one of the most important time signals in South America YVTO, transmitted from the “Juan Manuel Cagigal” Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory, in the city of Caracas, Venezuela.
Almost exactly 40 years ago – on April 2, 1982 – one of the most celebrated moments in radio history took place. The station was small and its listeners were mostly sheep farmers and fishermen. That morning, tuning in, they heard their station being invaded by a gang of Spanish speaking men.
Sebastiao has already lost count of how much equipment he has accumulated in his house, which now only serves to store the millions of transmitters that are scattered throughout all rooms of the house.
Collecting is a basic and very old human instinct, typical of organized, careful and somewhat obsessive people. Our interviewee is the opposite. Entering his garage in which he keeps a secret bunker where he hosts his radio collections, is like entering a trip to the origins of the cosmos, a collection of messy planets that at the same time work in perfect balance.
In search of radio stories, this trip takes me more than 2,000 kilometers from home to the south of Brazil, more precisely to the city of Porto Alegre, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
To start telling you the history of this radio, it is first necessary to tell you where this particular streaming station is located. Radio Lapa55, is located in the Selina Lapa Rio hotel, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The Selina is a youth-oriented hotel, combining different styles of accommodation with modern design…
Martin Butera reports on one of the oldest university and free radio stations in Brazil, “Rádio Muda”, which broadcast since the mid-1980s inside the water tower of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.
It already seems to be a classic as well as the giant wheels of the London Eye type, in the city of London England. Communication towers are becoming more and more tourist attraction points.
Radio Guarujá Paulista began broadcasting in the city, according to the data provided by ANATEL (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações – Brazil), between the mid and late 1940s. Currently the studios and transmitter plant is located in the area of Pitangueiras, a Santa Rosa neighborhood, duly assigned and domiciled in the street, José Vaz Porto, number 175.
The idea came in the early 2000s but the project was on hold for years because we had licensing issues. Then last year – at the start of the pandemic – we brought the idea back and the station was born as part of a project led by a non-profit, Turma Que Faz, which offers a range of arts and nature-based activities for kids in the area. It felt like the start of a small revolution and we were able to get the whole community involved.
Puerto Williams, a town of about 3,000 on the Chilean island of Navarino, is by almost all accounts the southernmost city in the world. Officially the port of entry for ships en route to Antarctica, it nudged out Ushuaia in Argentina for the title in 2019 due to its new categorisation as a city.
Today I present you a different and very special report, from Brazil, to know the story of Alexandre Loyola, who with a lot of effort, dedication and creativity earned a place on the radio stations of the Brazilian capital. He conducts “Programa Show”, which is broadcast in one of the central times of the JK 102.7 Mhz radio station, from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00.
Brief history about the “A Noite” building, which used to be the headquarters of the National Radio of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which in the 40s and 50s was the main radio station in the country and a true symbol of the so-called “Era de la Radio”.
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.
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…
Join our contributor Martin Butera as he visits the Brazilian shortwave station Radio Voz Missionária.
Visiting the most important time signal station in South America PPE Observatório Nacional Research by: Martin ButeraPhotographs and Videos by: Mark MelziSupport Camera by: Ligia…