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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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