MN.25.04.1996.ICFSW40 and Yacht Boy 360

This was Media Network edition 749. And this time we review the Sony ICFSW40 and the Grundig Yacht Boy 360. We looked at the subject of diversity in the Dutch media. Arthur Cushen has the Pacific media news and Mike Bird has the propagation outlook. 

Direct download: MN.25.04.1996.ICFSW40.749.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 6:40pm CEST

MN.14.11.1991.Changes in Czechoslovakia

The photo shows the BBC Czech service which I visited on one of my many trips to Prague long after this edition of Media Network was made. This was almost two years after the Velvet revoltion and changes were afoot at Radio Prague as well as the Czech radio domestic service. We also talk to Bob Horvitz, formerly of ANARC, now resident in Prague. 

Direct download: MN.14.11.1991.czechoslovakia.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 6:36pm CEST

MN.07.11.1992 Cambodia & WRMI

A Media Network news edition from early November 1992 when we called up Radio Australia to find out why they were launching a service targeting listeners in Cambodia. Nick Meanwell has news about how All India Radio plans to use shortwave to serve audiences in Asia. Radio Miami International WRMI starts testing. Radio Netherlands is hiring 17 frequency hours a day via Russian transmitters as part of an expansion. David Ward in Norwich thinks that something should replace the International Listening Guide which has disappeared. We also hear the challenges facing visually handicapped shortwave listeners. Philips has designed a set of low-energy Christmas lights for the Lopik transmitter site. Radio France Internationale is expanding with a 6% increase in its budget. RFI is also adding Cambodian language broadcasts.

Direct download: MN.07.11.1991.laos.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 6:31pm CEST

MN.05.11.1999 IFJ

This Media Network from November 1999 includes a fascinating interview with Aidan White (pictured) who at that time worked for the Brussels based International Federation of Journalists. He discusses what goes wrong when governments control the radio waves, especially in politically instable regions like the Balkans.

We also hear more Memories of the Millennium, recollections of listening in the 20th century sent in by Media Network listeners. We learn about the discussion that the BBC should cover adverts. Henry Stokes, writes from Green Bay and notes that films no longer have radio in their theme. He notes that the recent film "Jakob the Liar" staring Robin Williams. In Nazi occupied Poland, poor Jewish café owner Jakob (Robin Williams) overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military victories against German forces. To raise the spirits of those in the ghetto, Jakob relays fictitious news bulletins. 

We also hear about the how the impact radio made on a shortwave listener in China.  

Andy Sennitt discovers a radio with built-in CD player and one that claims to be Super-Hydrodyne. We also report on the first DRM tests from the Bonaire relay station. 

Direct download: MN.05.11.1999.IFJ.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 6:30pm CEST

Media Network Flashback: 02.02.1989. Border Radio

This early edition of Media Network included the story of how a TV show in the Netherlands blocked the phone lines when it asked for viewer response, we review the book Border Radio about the high power stations from across the US-Mexican border and (the late) David Monson previews the Antwerp EDXC Convention which he organised in Belgium. Actually, that was one of the most interesting European DX Council meetings I ever went to. David was incredibly chaotic, creative and an acomplished musician. He worked for several years hosting the programme Brussels Calling on BRT (not VRT) in Belgium. He should have had a producer! Thanks to Jinterwas for the photo os Antwerp Zoo. Check out more on Flickr.

Direct download: MN.02.02.1989.BorderAntwerp.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 6:24pm CEST

MN.18.02.1988. D2935 Receiver Review

This programme broadcast in February 1988 included news of the Philips D2999 shortwave portable receiver. Early models were recalled and modified, so we tested a new unit. We also included a test of the Philips D2935. There is also news of the conflict between Chad and Libya. John Campbell talks about transatlantic pirate radio stations. Andy Sennitt described catches during the heavy geomagnetic storm.

Direct download: MN.18.03.1988.D2999Philips.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:51pm CEST

MN.08.07.1988.Iran Air Disaster

On 3 July 1988, at the end of the Iran–Iraq War, an Airbus A300B2-203, was shot down as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz by SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles fired from the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes. The aircraft, which had been flying in Iranian airspace over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf on its usual flight path to Dubai, was destroyed. All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, perished. The only way of getting the Iranian side of the story was via shortwave from the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran. But the transmitter was only switched on mid sentence when we listened in. 

Radio Japan and Radio France Internationale have decided on a transmitter swap. NHK, for some reason, insisted on using narrow bandwidth phone lines so the audio sounded awful. Radio Bras also started relaying Swiss Radio International.

We also talked to William Marsh about changes Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. He argued that dramatic events in the Baltic were not reported on by Soviet media. 

Radio Netherlands was also celebrated 300 years of Anglo Dutch relations. I went to the Dutch Postal Museum to discover that the Dutch East India Company had the right to read all the letters they were carrying. And they threw the letters from competitors into the sea. Sounds like an early NSA. (I remember that we were using a new brand of cassettes that week - but they were wrongly biased - hence the wierd sibiliance.

Direct download: MN.08.07.1988.PTTIran.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:11pm CEST

MN.18.02.2000 After the webcast

In February 2000, Media Network experimented with a live webcast simply to see if the audience would react and could get a reliable audio feed. This is 10 years before Ustream or Google Hangouts. We had several hundred reactions, although by today's standards the audio quality was only marginally better than AM for most users. Remember dial-up? This programme which followed the webcast throough the regular shortwave and satellite channels analysed the results.

Direct download: MN.18.02.2000.postwebcast.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 5:48pm CEST

MN.27.04.1995. Ethnic Media Grundig Yacht Boy 360

This was a news edition of the programme, reporting on a bumper postbag from the UK as we started using the 1440 kHz outlet from Radio Luxembourg. We looked at how well the 120 different ethnic communities get access to the Dutch media. The participation of ethnic groups in mainstream media was improving. Arthur Cushen reports on what he could hear in Invercargill New Zealand. Radio Singapore International blocked by Chinese interference. 

We review two portable radios, the Sony ICF-SW40 and the Grundig Yacht Boy 360. 

Direct download: MN.27.04.1995.pre750special.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 5:03pm CEST

MN.04.12.1992.Typhoon Gay hits Marshall Islands

The super typhoon Yolanda which hit the Philippines in November 2013 reminded me of a Media Network we made in November 1992. At that time Typhoon Gay had hit the US Marshall Islands putting many of the radio stations off the air there.

This news edition of the programme also looks at the discussion in the UK about the licence fee for radio and TV from the BBC, Radio Luxembourg decides to pull the plug on all English language transmissions, Doug Boyd had a joke about audiences and apples, VOA has reduced its Spanish language broadcasts to Latin America. TWR Bonaire 800 kHz announces major transmission cutbacks on MW and SW. The programme starts with one of those classic Hallicrafters SW Radio commercials from the 1950's.

Direct download: MN.04.12.1992.dougboydtyphoongay.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 3:21pm CEST

MN.05.11.1981 - Tony Jones on Latin American Radio

Tony Jones is a Welsh radio enthusiast who emigrated to Paraguay in the 1970's. His name appeared in several DX magazines are a very active shortwave listener and specialist on the Latin American radio scene. He later went on to become one of the main editors of Passport to World Band Radio, a publication started by Larry Magne. I contacted him in late 1981 and asked him to give a presentation about the radio scene in South America at that time. We didn't have access to any station recordings, only music in the Radio Netherlands record library. So this time capsule episode would have been produced differently now. But it is an example of how the newly renamed programme was trying to do more reporting about media, rather than just times and frequencies. 

Direct download: MN.05.11.1981.tonyjones.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 1:59pm CEST

MN.23.07.1987.Spycatcher - The James Bond Gadget Analysis

This "clandestine" editon of Media Network checked the media accuracy of the gadgets in the James Bond Film, the Living Daylights. We found quite a number of mistakes. But then, James Bond is fiction guys!.

Danish Radio decided to broadcast extracts from the book Spycatcher by Peter Wright. The book had been banned in the UK. Wright died a millionaire in 1995 after selling 2 million copies so it was clearly a good publicity move to have the book censored. Reminds me of the recent revelations about the NSA.

WHRI is testing to Europe, but not announcing the frequencies they are transmitting on.

The good ship Sarah is being prosecuted for transmitting from ship off the US coast. Wim van Amstel explains the radio regulations. Dorothy Weirs has a story about a clandestine station in San Salvador.

Direct download: MN.23.07.1987.JamesBondReviewed.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:30am CEST

MN.26.12.1991.Year End Review

This was a news show 1.6 million tune in to Radio Netherlands in Dutch during their summer holiday. WWV and WWVH have had problems with their automated time announcements. Drum recorders are back on line. Victor Goonetilleke has news about Cambodia. VOA is having challenges building its transmitters at a new site 50km North of Colombo. 

Why did we broadcast all these numbers? People forget none of the listeners had access on-line and only a fraction of the audience had access to printed DX bulletins. Andy Sennitt reports on what is in the 1992 World Radio TV Handbook. James Robinson reports that several UK local radio stations are leaving mediumwave. WLS 890kHz is scrapping its FM format. A new Catholic SW station WEWN was being built in Birminngham, Alabama. Dave Rosenthal reports on an experiment in McMurdo. Remember this show is 22 years old!

Vasily Strelnikov signs off at Radio Moscow World Service and recommends people to tune into Radio Netherlands. Radio Moscow staff watch the red flags of the USSR being lowered.

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Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 12:48am CEST

MN.09.05.1985. Japan Special from Tokyo Expo 85

Welcome to the 1980's and era when giant world expositions were in fashion. By finding the cheapest flight I could, I managed to persuade the RN programme director to let me go and report on what was one of the last great expos. Radio Netherlands was, at that time, thinking of building a relay station in Asia. NHK Radio Japan was part of what I called the gang-of-five international broadcasters, although NHK was much larger than Radio Netherlands.

There is an excellent FEN report on Youtube which gives you some idea of the scale of the event. The Tokyo expo was actually in Tsububa, so I recall my first ride on the bullet train. One hundred eleven countries set up exhibits using the theme, "Dwellings and Surroundings - Science and Technology for Man at Home". More than 20.3 million people attended the three-month event. I was one of them. Wish I had had a camera. But I did have a microphone and help from NHK. Remember being amazed at how cramped everything was at Radio Japan.

Direct download: MN.April.1985.JapanspecialNHK.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:15pm CEST

MN.10.07.1986. Broadbent Departs for Australia

Roger Broadbent recently retired from Radio Australia. Many shortwave listeners know him from the many programmes he produced and presented for Australia's international broadcast network based in Melbourne.

Some remember his voice on Radio Netherlands. He was with the English department for 15 years, leaving in 1986 to return with his family to the Pacific. He set up most of the feature programmes during the reorganisation of the output in the early 1980's, as Radio Nederland concentrated more on information than music. Roger has always been a people person, a great colleague and someone who just got things done. He was a regular presenter on Media Network in the early years, along with Pete Myers. Just rediscovered the last Media Network he did with me before literally stepping on the plane for Melbourne. Remember this is 1986 - 27 years ago.

Direct download: MN.10.07.1986.Broadbent.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:14pm CEST

MN.20.11.1997. When Comdex was riding high

I often feel that many exhibitions in 2014 will go the way of Comdex. Many people don't even remember the name. They were a whole series of computer exhibitions in the US which suddenly collapsed into a black hole.

Those were the days when phones were phones and the only way to make a video on it was to fiddle around with Powerpoint and fake it. Far more impressed with events like Techcrunch Disrupt these days.

Direct download: MN.20.11.1997.comdex.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:36pm CEST

MN.03.11.1983 Invasion of Grenada

Very early edition of Media Network when Dennis Powell reported on monitoring the US invasion of Grenada in November 1983. We did everything on very ropey old phone lines which must have sounded horrendeous on shortwave. But we got the news out.

Direct download: MN.03.11.1983.grenada.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:05pm CEST

MN.03.04.1997. Receiver News & African Mystery

This is a news orientated programme making use of a full postbag. We did a lot of reporting about shortwave receivers on Media Network, broadcasting rather lengthy reviews over the air. Nowadays, the web would be a much better medium. But it wasn't fast enough in the 1990's and only a small proportion of the audience has access.PC computing in a slump - looks like what's happening in 2013 is exactly the same as when we made this programme in April 1997. Shortwave radio dealers were closing. Remember Gilder Shortwave? We discover what is new about the Drake SW-2 receiver. We report that Radio Netherlands use of 1440 kHz (the great 208 from Radio Luxembourg) is being extended over the summer period. Andy Sennitt is trying to solve a Tanzanian mystery. Lou Josephs reports on improvements to broadcasters websites. Victor Goonetilleke has been hearing both Angola and Costa Rica. We also talked about Radio Fax, 6220 kHz from Trevor Brook of Surrey Electronics. Trevor was trying to get an official licence to broadcast programmes.

Direct download: MN.03.04.1997.Africa.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:56pm CEST

Media Network First Webcast February 2000

We did a special 2 hr webcast to celebrate the 1000th edition of Media Network in February 2000. We were rather ahead of our time because although we were streaming live into the web using a Real Audio server, we only knew that around 575 people were able to listen at any one time. We had none of the webstats that are available now. Glad I found the audio on a CD so we can share it again with the Media Network Vintage Radio audience. It is a marathon session....2 hours of greetings and links with listeners. Were you part of the celebrations? Many were.

Direct download: MNwebcast2000.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 12:00am CEST

MN.15.03.1989. Solar Explosions and Austrian Pirate

Not so many programmes from 1989 have survived because Radio Netherlands switched to a cheaper and rather inferior brand of recording tape. It was fine in everyday use, but it didn't store well. As a result, many of my tapes in this period have become sticky and unplayable.

However, this transcription show is fine. It deals with recent violent solar activity and its effects on shortwave radio reception. And we also hear from Wolf Harranth (pictured) who reports on one of the few cases of pirate radio in Austria. I was always amazed at the Austrian monopoly maintained by the ORF. 

Direct download: MN.15.03.1989.orfexplosion.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 10:59pm CEST

MN.30.06.1993 Bulgaria Radio Aura

This edition of Media Network includes news that the Dutch broadcasting museum in Hilversum has reopened to the public and TV Marti has been off the air because the blimp balloon keeps blowing away. We look at Radio Aura, an FM radio station in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Direct download: MN.30.06.1993.bulgaria.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:52pm CEST

MN.03.09.1992. T2FD Antenna & Radio Norway International

Antennas often got a lot feedback from listeners, especially when we went outside to talk about how to set up an effective aerial like a T2FD. Actually that antenna I am describing is still hanging in the garden, though I am doing much less listening on it than I was then. The programme also examines changes coming to Radio Norway International. Do you remember their weekly programme in Spanish

Direct download: MN.03.09.1992._Antennas.norway.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:36pm CEST

MN.11.01.1995 Spynumber Stations

This is an edited edition of Media Network which was released on transcription to other radio stations on 11 Jan 1995. In the light of the recent revelations by Edward Snowden about espionage currently conducted by the NSA and UK GCHQ, this programme from 18 years ago is rather tame. Spies were expected to sit infront of shortwave radios to take down a message on a one time pad. We talk to spy numbers specialist Simon Mason who made a lot of recordings in the last part of the 20th century and also knew where to find these strange voices

Direct download: MN.11.01.1995spiesmason.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:25pm CEST

MN.27.11.1997 Longwave Profile & ELWA Liberia

A Media Network special from late 1997 focussing on longwave broadcasting. We also profile the Christian broadcaster ELWA in Monrovia, Liberia.

Direct download: MN.27.11.1997.longwave.elwa.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:11pm CEST

MN.20.01.1994 South Asia Special

There was a time when Media Network at 1430 UTC would carry special editions of the programme aimed at the large shortwave audiences in India. At least, we used to get thousands of letters from that region. And when we responded with relevant programmes, we get several thousand brown postcards via the p.o. box in New Delhi. This one example from 1994. Time travel indeed.

Direct download: MN.20.01.1994.SouthAsiaSpecial.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 2:05am CEST

MN.08.09.1994. Where is Marks?

There used to be a programme on Swiss Radio International called the Name Game. It was a travel show which told you everything about a place except the name, We tried something similar on Media Network, except I told the story by doing bandscans in the area where I went on holiday. Fascinating listening to the airwaves after so many years. 

Direct download: MN.08.09.1994.Limburg.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 1:41am CEST

MN.30.03.1998.Cancer Risks

Is high power HF dangerous for your health? In the mid nineties there were certainly concerns expressed about the long-term exposure. Many shortwave transmitting centres were originally built well away from population centres, but local housing projects often encroached. Later we discovered that in Russia transmitting towers of the Voice of Russia could be right next door.

Direct download: MN.30.03.1998.Cancerrisks.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 1:18am CEST

MN.14.12.1994. Moscow & Rwanda

This programme from December 1994 was made at the time that reports of the media's role in the Rwandan genocide were starting to emerge. The full horror would only be uncovered much later during the trials in Arusha. We also heard from Frans Suasso, the former programme director at Radio Netherlands, who had been around the Voice of Russia. This was the "new" name for a station we had called Radio Moscow. Now it was possible to get a glimpse inside. 

Direct download: MN.14.12.1994.Moscow.Rwanda.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 10:25pm CEST

MN.31.10.1996. Multimedia Network Predictions

Professor John Campbell was the Professor of Computing Sciences at Univerity College London. He contributed several columns and reports to Media Network in the early eighties because of his fascination with clandestine radio stations. He was a brilliant storyteller. We lost contact until he came through The Netherlands on a lecture tour and we had a chance to sit down and talk about computers and the media. We ended up talking about how computing might look in 2010. Check it out for yourself. I believe John was spot on in describing what would happen to applications. Remember you heard it first on Media Network.

Direct download: MN.31.10.1996.campbell.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 10:04pm CEST

MN.19.05.1993.UNCTAD Cambodia

This news edition of the programme also includes a featurs that examined the United Nations media in Cambodia, with the huge UNCTAD programme being set up to ensure fair elections in that country, 

Direct download: MN.19.05.1993.UNCTAD.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 7:59pm CEST

MN.30.08.1984 - Give us a job

Thirty years ago, the business of international broadcasting was very different. I would argue to that do the job well, you needed to understand two cultures rather than just one. The best form of international broadcasting is always a comparison. This early Media Network programme phoned several international broadcasters to find out if they were in a "recruitment posture" as VOA described it.  How we laughed all the way to the studio on that one. 

Direct download: MN.30.08.1984jobs.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 4:39pm CEST

MN.17.07.1997 Silicon Valley Summer Safari 2

The second part of Media Network's safari into Silicon Valley 16 years ago. So what's changed in Palo Alto? Just about everything. We start off with a visit to the Philips Multimedia Center on Sand Hill Road, on the outskirts of Palo Alto. It was originally set up as a outpost of the Philips Research facility Natlab in Eindhoven. But they quickly discovered that consumers in San Francisco were 3-4 years ahead of consumers on the West Coast of Europe. So it quickly became a consumer test facility. At the time of our visit they were testing their equivalent of the Palm Handheld computer and an early smart phone. In the end I believe that with Philips' shift away from consumer electronics and more towards healthcare, the facility in Palo Alto was shuttered.

We also drove up to Redwood City to meet the head of Grundig USA. He was bullish about the future of shortwave radio - and had developed a great business selling portable radios through Sharper Image, airline catalogues and camping magazines. 

Direct download: MN.17.07.1997.summersafari2.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 1:01pm CEST

MN.10.07.1997.Summer Safari Silicon Valley Part 1

In the summer of 1997, Diana Janssen and I spent the best part of a week in Silicon Valley. This was a period when Netscape was hot, and Google had yet to be launched. We made two shows from San Francisco and Palo Alto. Not bad, bearing in mind there was only enough budget for gas.

We first spoke with Spencer Reiss, who at that time was working for Wired Magazine in the SFO offices. He discusses the future of media and how things are converging. He turns out to be spot on! 

We also went to Cupertino. But we didn't go to Apple. We went to Audiohighway. Nathan Shulholf explained what was really an early iPod. He is regarded by some as the father of the MP3 player industry. The huge problem with AudioWhizz was the bandwidth restrictions. 

Andy Sennitt and Mike Bird add contributions including what ever happened to the Investment Channel.

Direct download: MN.10.07.1997.SummerSafariSilicon.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 3:29pm CEST

MN.09.01.1997. Radio Kudirat

This recording is slightly damaged in parts (the tape backing is peeling causing some high frequency cross-talk in parts). But the programme contains an interesting interview at the start of Radio Kudirat. This was a Nigerian clandestine radio station which operated via the World Radio Network in London. Articles have appeared subsequently explaining that the station was set up after the Nigerian military annulled the election in June 1993. We also interview the boss of Talk Radio, a shortlived station on 1395 kHz that operated out of the Radio Netherlands building. We look at why Danish Radio has stopped broadcasting in English.

Direct download: MN.09.01.1997.Kudirat.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 3:02pm CEST

MN.14.02.1985 Flevolandtests

In the weekend on February 1985, we misued the new Flevoland shortwave transmitter site by connecting ham radio gear to the giant Shortwave antennas outside the building in Zeewolde. This year, 2013, the same thing is happening on 26/27th January. But this time the shortwave broacast transmitters are no longer active. The site belongs now to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. The ham station we ran in 1985 had the callsign PA6FLD.

Direct download: MN.14.02.1985FlevoPA6FLD.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 3:09pm CEST

MN.17.11.1993.Fiji and WRMI

This programme features the start of WRMI from Miami Florida, a commercial station aimed at Cuba and run by entrepreneur Jeff White. We also profile broadcasting in Fiji in the Pacific.

Direct download: MN.17.11.1993.Fiji.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:05pm CEST

MN.15.03.1990. Incremental Radio - What would life be without it?

A news edition of the Media Network programme. This programme kicks off with a super-fast Morse test. The Goddess of Democracy ship leaves France for the coast of China and Lithuania proclaims its regained independence. Ironically, the broadcast came via transmitters in Russia.  Richard Ginbey sends in news about Radio Namibia where he was working. 2MInternational launches, as the first private TV channel in North Africa. Thieves break into HCJB's transmitter site in Pifo and steal equipment. Venzuealan National Radio plans programmes in other languages. Radio Nacional de Venezuela also has plans for expansion. Julian Clover (now editor of Broadband TV News) compiled an item on Incremental Radio. Radio Romania International is the new name for Radio Bucharest. New programmes are being broadcast from Southern Iran beamed into South Asia. Big ionospheric storms hit shortwave reception.

Direct download: MN.15.03.1990.Incrementalradio.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 10:51pm CEST

MN.25.06.1992. Strange Religion from Tokyo and AWR Europe

We had no idea that the people behind the station we reported on in this programme would later be responsible for a Sarin gas attack in Tokyo. But that was three years later. Spanish Foreign Radio is working on a relay station in Costa Rica. Radio Miami has done a deal with a station in Honduras. The Megaphone Newsreel marches across the continent. Radio Vilnius is worried about its relay in Moldova. Baltic Radio International is going to make money, so Paul Rusling claims. AWR Europe's World DX News signs off. Radio Norway plans special transmissions for Burma. Radio St Helena may return to the airwaves. Paul Ballster has found a new station in Wimbeldon. Radio Free Asia cancels a visit to Beijing.

Direct download: MN.25.06.1992.Japan.CostaRica.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:42pm CEST


This programme included a visit to the radio station across the Central Station in Amsterdam. It was the idea of Ronald Jan Heijn, the former international hockey player who decided to become a spritual entrepreneur. Son of Gerrit Jan Heijn, he set up a centre called Oibibio. By the time we visited, they were on the verge of financial collapse. The programme also looks at a financial crisis within the BBC Internet department, which has overspent its 1998 budget already.

Direct download: MN.30.07.1998.Oibibio..mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:01pm CEST

MN.07.01.1993. Radio Czechoslovakia splits

Radio Prague returns as the country of Czechoslovakia ceases to exist. Jim Cutler goes mad about our phone number. Radio Sweden changes its output. Changes are afoot at Radio Luxembourg, with the ending of English broadcasts. Wolfgang Schultz reports from Hamburg. Radio Monique is revived on Euronet via SkySports. Euronews is launched from Lyon. Dutch public broadcasters scorn the channel. We remember LM Radio out of Mozambique. Victor Goonetilleke remembers hearing it. Moldova is testing, as so is Radio Australia.

Direct download: MN.07.01.1993.NewYears.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:48pm CEST

MN.17.09.1992. US international broadcasting

Found a whole batch of programmes that are just over 20 years old, from an era when international broadcasting was grappeling with the arrival of satellite television, but had not heard of the Internet. In January 2013, the structure and functioning of US International Broadcasting in again under discussion...just like back in 1992 when Radio Free Asia was first suggested. No progress for decades it would seem. The budget for the radio broadcasts into China were similar then to the budget for Russia Today today. Radio Netherlands was expanding its output. Italy approves 500 local FM stations. We look at slow changes in the media in South Africa, despite the change of government. Radio RSA is no more - changing its name to Channel Africa. The ICF-SW33 is coming from Sony. Marcel Rommerts reports on the new High Adventure Ministry's station on Palau during his trip to Asia. 

Direct download: MN.17.09.1992.VOA.Marcel.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:07pm CEST

Happy New Year 2013

Thanks so much for making 2012 a great year for radio nostalgia, especially at such a momentous time for international broadcasting. There are still interesting items left in the archives, and we will start to add new material recorded since the demise of Media Network and the Radio Netherlands as we knew it. Keep it locked in to this channel.

Jonathan Marks

Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 9:14pm CEST






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