Media Network Vintage Vault 2014-2015
Re-live international shortwave radio between 1980-2000 through a radio show that pioneered producing narratives with its listeners. Over 400 complete programmes are posted here to enjoy all over again. This is a non-commercial service to media historians done at the initiative of host, Jonathan Marks.

Broadcasters in Germany are not really promoting DAB. Radio Norway returns for a brief period. Bernt Erfjord joins us to explain. 675 kHz. Victor Goonetilleke is hearing Radio National from Angola. Bryan Clarke tells us about an early long distance experiment. I note that the website he mentions is still active. Bryan also explains special tests by Argentine Radio club. Bob Tomalski is disappointed in CD recordables, the CDR765. It has a bug which Philips refuses to admit the problem.

Direct download: MN.20.05.1999.followupTorre.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:56 AM
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This programme starts with the media situation in Serbia and Kosovo with Andy Sennitt, includes various extracts from stations like B92. We try to follow up with the HAARP facility. The Haarp website seems to be in suspended animation these days. Photos date from 2004 and the website has recent updates from 2007. The Truman Show seems to have been inspired by shortwave radio. Victor Goonetilleke explains progress on the shortwave site in Sri Lanka. IBB is also using a network of shortwave receivers and sharing these interested listeners. He is hearing Bhutan this way. Harald Kuhl explains MP3. DAB has been switched off in parts of Germany. Astra Digital Radio is doomed. 

 

Update: April 2014. NPR in Alaska reports the Haarp facility is to be closed.

Direct download: MN.25.03.1999.Haarpupdate.mp3
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This programme had the news that the Voice of Peace was returning (website still up), AMARC starts a special webcast and radio marathon, Jim Cutler explains the new safari series, Steve Whitt talks about how mediumwave is being down graded in favour of FM. In the UK there have been more low-power special event licences. Radio Caroline though, would not qualify. Frequencies such as 999 kHz. Media Network's MW Test lab: we've been testing the C Crane radio. 

Direct download: MN.18.03.1999.Students.mp3
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This was a consumer oriented edition. We did a lot about high solar activity and the effect it can have on satellites, especially as there were several satellite failures and the topic came into mainstream news coverage. It started with the temporary loss of the SOHO spacecraft studying the sun. Joe Allen has discovered more than 10,000 examples of satellite failures. So there is no terrestrial back-up for most satellites. We also talked about new recycling projects which were just starting in 1999. Bob Tomalski has story of a digital dogs dinner. Pay-TV set-op boxes have been plagued with teething troubles.

Direct download: MN.18.02.1999.Solarexplosions.mp3
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This programme starts with the news about Chris Carey was caught in New Zealand connected with pirate decoders. There's a rather ironic item about public service broadcasting. Steve Whitt generated a nice response about earthing rods. Feb 1st was a landmark day in the end of Morse Code for maritime use. We talked about a Atlantic Hop experiment using Morse Code and involving the old Kootwijk shortwave site in Holland. We also looked at why Radio Luxembourg is still remembered, even though its been off the air for years. Shaun Tilley talked to us from Swansea. He argues that Luxy hasn't really been replaced. There are also the results of the Christmas contest to guess how many hits we had on RNW.nl in 1998. Alan J Knapp got my 1999 copy of the WRTH.

Direct download: MN.04.02.1999.RadioLuxPlus.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 6:17 PM
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Search for Common Ground opened Studio Ijambo in 1995, a year after the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda. For years Burundi media had helped fan the flames of hatred between Hutus and Tutsis. By 1995 more than 200,000 Burundians had been killed in the conflict and it seemed that the country was following Rwanda’s lead in destruction.

The transformation in Burundi was painful and slow, beginning in a small studio known as Ijambo, meaning “wise words” in Kirundi. “Studio Ijambo would become a place where Hutu and Tutsi journalists, writers, producers and broadcasters would together create programs to dispel the rumors, stereotypes, and hate messages that had permeated the Burundian public sphere.

While most media reported atrocities committed by the “other” side, Ijambo journalists covered them all. Teams, one Tutsi and one Hutu journalist, ventured together into conflict zones, refugee camps, and devastated lives, seeking to make sense of events and share their knowledge with their fellow Burundians.

By 1999, Francis Rolt (who used to work for Radio Netherlands) was the manager of Studio Ijambo. We made this portrait of the challenges for media in this country with his help. The programme also had other news in brief, including a tribute to the founder of Sweden Calling DXers, Arne Skoog.

Direct download: MN.10.06.1999.skoogburundi.mp3
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This programme includes updates from Kosovo, the Swatch watch company cancels its Beatnic project on 2 metres from space after protests from amateur radio operators. Bryan Clarke has his report from the South Pacfic. David Smith reports from Bangui on how the project Radio Minurca is going. He explains the problem with the shortwave transmitter. Harry Helms, a popular US radio author, retires and makes an interesting comparison between international broadcasting and railroads. He expects the web to eat shortwave radio's lunch! (Not a bad prediction!)

Direct download: MN.22.04.1999.CARepublic.mp3
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