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Welcome! Here, you’ll find features, pictures, personalities, commercial art, radio station guides, audio and more connecting popular culture, nostalgia and radio heritage across the Pacific and beyond.

Wakkanai Air Station, 1966 -1967

One of the most interesting assignments during my USAF years was to a small ELINT (ELectronic INTelligence) gathering post, Wakkanai Air Station. Located at the northern end of Japan’s most northerly island, Hokkaido, Wakkanai AS (click for audio file) was blessed with a climate that, coupled with it’s distance from any major population centers, made it pretty much the end of the earth in the minds of most Japanese, and to the GI’s stationed there.

VOA Okinawa Relay Station

In running through boxes of photos I came across a series of snapshots taken in 1968 during a tour of the VOA facility that then operated from a site near Okuma village in the north part of Okinawa. Googling the web didn’t produce much on the station so I figured why not post them for broadcasting/radio buffs, or whoever might be interested.

Sugarloaf: Inside the concrete eyrie high above Christchurch in the Port Hills

Published on the Stuff website in 2018, this story takes an interesting look at the Sugarloaf transmitter site located on the Port Hills above Christchurch, New Zealand.

WKBW Radio Sounders and Station IDs

WKBW Radio at 1520kHz was at one time, one of the best rock and roll stations in the USA. At night it’s broadcast signal could be heard up and down the Eastern seaboard, and even in parts of Europe including the middle of the Atlantic.

Incredible find at a flea market in Brazil

Martin Butera, our editor in Brazil, South America, finds the phone of Alexander Graham Bell, more than 140 years old, in perfect condition.

ABC Transcription Tapes for Latin America?

Enrique Klapp, from Los Angeles, writes to us: Dear Sirs, When I was a youngster in Chile, in the Seventies, radio stations in Latin America…

The Story of Terezinha Felix Cardoso (PT2TF)

Martin Butera talks to Terezinha Felix Cardoso (PT2TF), one of the oldest YLs in Brazil about her life in amateur radio.

Building Bethany – VOA’s First High-Power International Broadcast Station

Many thanks to the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting for posting the following video on their YouTube channel:

Celebrating Marconi

An event at the Marconi Museum inside the Vatican on Saturday celebrates 150 years since the birth of the man who set up Vatican Radio. Present, alongside the Prefect and directors of the Dicastery for Communications, were also Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, and Guglielmo Marconi’s grandson.

Radio Hauraki co-founder David Gapes has died

One of the founders of New Zealand’s pirate radio station and then commercial radio station Radio Hauraki, David Gapes, has died.

The surprising silence of DRM transmissions in Brazil: Interview with Francisco Braccini

Our Brazilian correspondent Martin Butera interviews Francisco Braccini about the status of DRM in Brazil.

Palmerston North radio station powered by John Ward turns 25

For the last 25 years John Ward has shared his love of classical music through his radio station The Gramophone Room.

NZ On Screen: The Radio Collection

Timed to celebrate World Radio Day, NZ On Screen launches a new collection that highlights the impact, achievements (and some shock-jock antics) of the radio industry in Aotearoa.

100 Years of Radio in Africa

Radio is thriving across Africa. Exact figures are difficult to come by because audience research differs across countries. But studies estimate radio listenership to be between 60% and 80% of the continent’s 1.4 billion population.

Radio, someone still loves you

On August 1, 1981, video killed the radio star. Or so new wave band, The Buggles, yelled to the world the day MTV was launched in New York, USA. In Fiji, families gathered around the radio together for at least a decade more. Some still do.

Pacific-Asian Log (PAL Guide) January 2024 Update

Bruce Portzer’s Pacific-Asian Log (PAL Guide) has been updated to the January 2024 edition. You can download a PDF copy here: or search the database…