Nov 1, 2014
Media Network broadcast several radio safari's during its 20 year run. Looking back on them now they provide an illustrated time capsule of what (radio) broadcasting was like in several countries in the latter part of the 20th Century. Perhaps this one is the earliest. This was an illustrated radio documentary I made about Indonesian radio broadcasting, based on a holiday trip I took in 1988. I recall taking an ICF2001D and a Walkman Professional so as to capture sound effects of the train journey and do some off-air recordings with the radio. I thought the programme was lost, but while going through a box of old cassettes in July 2019 I discovered a copy of the original programme, which actually survived better than the original reel-to-reel. So I have reposted it here again. The sounds of RRI in English, especially on the local stations was something out of a living radio museum. I realise that the book "South-East Asia on a shoestring" by Tony Wheeler which I mentioned in the programme, turned into the Lonely Planet Guide. Enjoy.