RCI Sackville Signs Off

This is a studio recording of the announcements put out by Radio Canada International around 2004 when I last visited Montreal.

Direct download: RCISackville.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 1:48pm CEST
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Media Network Vintage Podcast Limburg

This vintage Media Network from March 1986 includes a visit to Maastricht, which was then home to a regional station called ROZ, (Regional Broadcaster South). The station's head was Armand Sliepen, who years later joined Radio Netherlands, mainly to run the expansion of the BVN project. The programme also includes news of a bombing at Radio Veritas in the Philippines. 

Direct download: MN.06.03.1986.rozveritas2.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:30pm CEST
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MN.11.02.1982. Bolivian Radio Profile

More time travel, this time 32 years!. Welshman Tony Jones, who lived in South America at the time of this recording, later went on to help with editing Passport to World Band Radio. He made a series of talks about broadcasting in several countries in Latin America. We didn't have much in the way of recordings to illustrate the piece. You can see the restrictions 12 years before the we had access to the Internets. This programme also includes the voice of John Campbell explaining the Radio Beauvais hoax. He also talks about the tradition of Sunday morning pirates and the Radio Freedom broadcasts towards apartheid South Africa. 

Direct download: MN.11.02.1982.bolivia.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 11:31pm CEST
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MN.11.11.1982: First stone at Flevoland Transmitter Centre

The programme was recorded in 1982 after the first stone laying ceremony on the site of the new transmitter site for Radio Netherlands on the Flevo polder. I remember it well because the fog came down that day and it was almost impossible for the coach to find its way back to the road. The Flevo polder wasn't as developed as it is today. The late Joop Acda, then DG of Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, explains the thinking behind the new station. Jim Vastenhoud, Director of Technical Services, talks about energy saving technology to reduce the collosal power bill. Four 500 kW transmitters used 3.2 Megawatts of energy from the mains.

Direct download: MN.11.11.1982.flevolandstone.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 8:57pm CEST
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MN.15.10.1987. Thank You for Writing Again

A new time signal station has appeared on 6450 kHz operated by the Australian Navy, replacing the service that has been provided until now by VNG.  Paul Ballster reports power cuts to both BBC domestic and commercial networks. BBC has trouble restoring power to its 648 kHz service in Oxfordness.

Shortwave radio stations used to get a huge postbag before email made correspondence so much easier. The bulk of the mail was often a request for a QSL card or a programme schedule. Can correspondence with Eastern European stations in 1987 get you in trouble with Western authorities? Austrian Radio (ORF) has discovered that they have to send letters to listeners in the GDR with a handwritten envelope. Remember Earl Hunter of Radio Morania? (a parody creation from Kim Andrew Eliott) Tony Hackley at the real VOA reports an upward surge in mail response. Graham Mytton of the BBC IBAR says listeners get the best chance of an answer by writing in English. Least likely is Hindi! At Radio Australia they make sure the letters get to the producer concerned. There is also news from the bands from Andy Sennitt and Ginger da Silva. 

Direct download: MN.15.10.1987._timesignals.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 4:54pm CEST
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MN.03.07.1986. Radio Astronomy

Media Network didn't only cover broadcast technology. Occasionally we ventured into other areas where radio played a role, like radio astronomy. It was an opportunity to visit the only radio telescope facility in the Netherlands at Westerbork. It is still there. This programme from 1986 also includes the voice of Arthur Cushen and Fred Osterman of Universal Electronics in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. 

Direct download: MN.03.07.1986.startrekastronomy.mp3
Category:Media Network Archives -- posted at: 4:42pm CEST
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