Media Network Vintage Vault 2014
Re-live international shortwave radio between 1980-2000 through a radio show that pioneered producing narratives with its listeners. Over 370 complete programmes posted here to enjoy all over again. This is a non-commercial service to media historians done at the initiative of host, Jonathan Marks.
Now this is something that won't ever be repeated. If you had a shortwave radio around August 1991 then it was probably tuned to Radio Moscow, but also other international broadcasters, because of an attempted coup. http://tiny.cc/tyfri Again this is an example of listener participation well before the web and mass use of email, as well as great inside stories from Vasily Strelnikov, a former presenter at Radio Moscow World Service. I love his story about how his "filling in the time" almost caused a diplomatic incident. He also explained how the news reading translation system worked, which solves another mystery from the Cold War era.
Direct download: MNsovietcoup.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 11:57 PM

BBC Monitoring has been the owner of Caversham Park House since the end of World War 2. This imposing mansion - the large building you see on the hill as you pass through Reading on the train - has long been a major employer in Caversham. But it has also always been very low-key. And, because historically it has also attracted so many foreign nationals from many parts of the world to work there, overall BBC Monitoring's presence has contributed immeasurably to the quality and richness of life in Caversham. This visit to Caversham was designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of operations - a period where radio was still the mainstay of the work and satellite TV monitoring was only just starting. 500 people worked there at the time from 50 countries. The second part of the programme has some rather dramatic developments surrounding Radio Caroline which prompted a lot of calls to the Radio Netherlands answerline.
Direct download: MN.24.08.1989BBCMS.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 11:18 AM

Media Network lives on with a series of video interviews with David Smith, a lifelong shortwave enthusiast - and someone who has put it to good use in several projects un Africa. He is back again with some more great radio stories from Southern Africa. This time he explains what made him search out Capital Radio 604 while in Zimbabwe in 1983, and end up working there - twice. There is a website that looks at Capital's music years in the 80's and 90's (capital604.com), but not the project that David ran in the 90's. Perhaps it was just ahead of its time? The video can be found here.
Direct download: captialafritude.wav
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 12:08 AM

This programme begins with an illustrated call for entries for the Memory of the Millennium competition (programmes and stations that no longer exist) and then moves into a feature about the time signal station WWV and WWVH in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Thanks to Alfonso Montelegre for grabbing the interview material (he went to Fort Collins, not me) and also to the late Dave Rosenthal who shared a fascination in these ticking clocks. These stations now have a website full of photos and even more technical background than we had time for. Check out http://tf.nist.gov/stations/wwvh.htm

Direct download: MN.02.09.1999.Timesignals.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 11:14 PM

Eleven years after the first show on jingles (republished last week) I revisited the subject of jingle production in the 1990's, this time talking with makers on both sides of the Atlantic. This edition was originally broadcast on the last Thursday of 1994. I've posted it following nice comments on the first one!
Direct download: MN.29.Dec.1994jingles2.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 10:26 PM

We made several visits to the topic of radio jingles, how they are made and what programmers in the early 1980's thought they were for. Their use seemed to go in waves, sometimes stations overused them and there were periods when stations hardly used them at all. There were enthusiasts like Tom Konard who made vast collections of station idents and sweepers. Some are still on line - check this reference. http://www.reelradio.com/af/index.html . This show was broadcast on December 29th 1983 and I remember the recording well. Technican Pim Wijmer thought it would be a simple mix and wondered why I had booked four hours of studio time. Today, you can make the same show on a laptop using free multitrack software. In those days you had to cut and splice audio tape and cue everthing with yellow leader. There was more yellow leader on those montages than tape. Fun, nonetheless. Let me know if you want to hear more of these kind of features.
Direct download: MN.29.12.1983jingles.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 5:57 PM

We take you now to a Thursday in May 1986, when we did a lot "with" the public, ten years before e-mail was mainstream. The show starts with a report on the balloon hunt organised by the NOS Hobbyscoop programme. The interview is with the late Hans G. Janssen, with whom I worked on the BASICODE project. Then, Trevor Brook of Surrey Electronics (now editor http://www.radiojackie.com) reports from Spain on something he saw from his hotel balcony. He went off to find out more rather like a fox chasing chickens. Knowing this show had been found, he wrote back to me just a few days back. He writes. Here are a couple of photos that you are welcome to use. Shots with the mast are very rare. At the time I did the report, the ship was a kilometre offshore at Santander, an overcast evening and a drab rainy morning I seem to remember. Telephotos can't fix everything! The rest of the holiday had been solid sunshine." There's also a story on Radio Wapping in UK and Prof John Campbell reviews a book on illegal stations in UK. Rebel Radio by John Hind and Steve Mosco. Victor Goonetilleke reports from Asia and changes at Radio Afghanistan. We sign off with computer line promo...when you had to call internationally to connect your computer with ours.
Direct download: MN.24.05.1986nannel.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 6:51 PM

For the most part, shortwave has become a medium of last resort. That's not to say there are several countries in the world where it remains a very important medium, especially to reach rural areas. Radio Bar-Kulan is a Somali speaking station trying to unite the different factions in Somali. It's a difficult task, especially with the news this week of yet another journalist being killed in Mogadishu. Which is why I have enorous respect for the journalists behind Radio Bar-Kulan (meeting point) who are using shortwave, FM and the web to reach Somalis and discuss a plan B. There is a 16 minute video interview with the launch director of the station sitting here . Enjoy it if you have the bandwidth.
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 2:25 AM

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