October 22, 2017

World Radio Map dot com

My reception locations are worldwide, so need to keep up with latest information of local radio services, accordingly have been a member of BDXC and ARDXC.

 

In many cases, maps and atlases are key tools to facilitate intellectual curiosity, I think.

The 'World Radio Map.com' is a website that lists MW/FM/DAB/DAB+ radio stations by their real broadcasting frequencies and enables you to tune in directly from your browser, with no download required.

It's also a place to find information about main transmitters and towers' technical data and many radio-related links.

 

It covers all the major cities of the world, from Chicago to Acapulco, from Frankfurt to Johannesburg, from Moscow to Tel Aviv, from Shanghai to Melbourne ... can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!

 

Now everyone can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!

It’s owned and operated by Mikhail Shcherbak (a.k.a. Predavatel) with help of many his friends, including me, around the world.

It's really great job!

 

Unfortunately, no information of international SW services is in the web.

We're not interested in SW broadcasts (I think it might be obsolete!) and I don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

Why don't we savor 'simple listening' on the sidelines of travel?

 

(The World Radio Map)

http://worldradiomap.com 

 

we've exchanged our links

Wrm_link_2

October 21, 2017

Thailand settles on DAB+ 【Viva digital Radio!】

I’ve been to Thailand twice, however both travels were only within Bangkok and neighbors, only took very short time for local radio listening.

 

It’s awfully friendly and fun loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic country.

It radiates a golden color from its glittering temples and tropical beaches through to the ever-comforting ‘Thai smile’.

 (‘24 hours service to Thailand’ on my blog)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2014/05/24-hours-servic.html

 

According to ART (Asia Radio Today), Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission plans to launch digital radio in 2018 and states that guidelines should be finalized before the start of a nationwide trial.

DAB+ licenses are to be gradually sold nationwide, regionally and then locally.

The first trial DAB+ broadcasts began in Bangkok in March 2013.

 

Following the successful license auction for commercial digital TV channels in December 2013, the NBTC is looking to auction a number of business broadcasting services for digital radio by 2018.

The auction will be held on a phase by phase basis, and NBTC is working on the technical aspects to determine how many licenses would be made available as well as how to launch the multiplexes.

 

Thailand’s digital radio will be provided on Band III and the number of digital radio licenses should be enough to cover the existing radio broadcasters.

Thailand also proposes that in the future Community radio should be on low power FM.

  

a part of the royal palace in Bangkok (from Wiki)

Bangkok

 

October 01, 2017

Over 50 million DAB receivers, now sold Worldwide! 【Viva digital radio】

As you may know, Norway is now the first country in the world to initiate the digital switchover from FM radio broadcasting to DAB+.

National FM networks will be phased out gradually throughout 2017, region by region, starting with Nordland and ending with the Troms and Finnmark regions, which will complete the process in December.

It's really trend of the times, and widely being reported in Japan.

 

DAB/DAB+ is being operated in several regions worldwide, either in the form of full commercial services, or as feasibility studies.

There is a growing user base in countries as Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland.

Also available in APAC countries!

I'm not interested in SW broadcasts and inter-continental MW-DX (I think it might be obsolete), so don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna!

They might be out of style, but I own a XDR-P1DBP by Sony-EU (DAB/DAB+/FM receiver).

 

a part of my XDR-P1DBP

P1dbp_2

 

DAB/DAB+ related posts on this blog

(ordered a XDR-P1DBP! viva Digital Radio!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/ordered-a-xdr-p.html

(The XDR-P1DBP (Sony-EU) joins. viva Digital Radio!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/the-xdr-p1dbp-s.html

(DAB+ services are now expanding in Australia!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/02/viva-digital-ra.html

 

According to my favorite web site ‘Asia Radio Today’, World DAB has published the latest version of its infographic, featuring DAB receiver sales, coverage and household penetration for markets in Europe and Asia Pacific up to the end of 2016.

(The Asia Radio Today)

http://www.asiaradiotoday.com/

(The World DAB)

https://www.worlddab.org/

 

Key findings include:

1. Over 53 million receivers (including automotive linefit) have been sold worldwide

2. Growth in digital radio being fitted as standard in new cars – Norway (98% of new cars with DAB), UK(87%) and Switzerland (66%) lead the way

3. DAB population coverage continues to grow:

Norway (99.7%), Switzerland (99.5%), Denmark (98%), The UK (97%), Germany (96%) and The Netherlands (95%)

4. Next wave of markets developing strongly – 23 countries with DAB services featured in infographic Norway's digital switchover has had a significant impact on digital radio sales and reach, with cumulative receiver sales reaching 3.9 million and listening reach up to 69% at the end of Q4 2016. This is alongside a jump from 63% to 98% for new cars sold with DAB+.

 

Switzerland, starting its own DSO in 2020, has seen cumulative receiver sales increase to 2.8 million with the DSO marketing campaign due to start this year.

The UK now boasts total receiver sales of 31.7 million, along with an increase in the number of new cars fitted with DAB as standard to 87%.

 

Over 8 million receivers have now been sold in Germany, with coverage up to 96% of the population and 98% of 'first level' roads. 581,000 receivers have now been sold in The

Netherlands and Italy has almost reached the 1 million receivers sold mark. Over 3 million receivers have now been sold in Australia.

As I posted, the new services are available in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart due in 2017.

 

"In the last year, digital radio has continued to go from strength to strength and the increase in receiver sales and listeners shows that the future of radio is digital," said Patrick Hannon, President, World-DAB.

‘’It's not just the markets looking at digital switchover, but the next 'wave' where growth has been impressive. In particular, Australia, France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands have all seen a significant jump in receiver sales.’’

The infographic also details emerging DAB markets for the first time.

 

In Belgium, it's expected that later this year regular DAB+ services will cover 99% of the population.

In France, regular DAB+ services are due to launch in Lille, Lyon and Strasbourg later this year and Slovenia launched regular DAB+ services in September.

Austrian regulator RTR recently announced it is providing up to four million euros for the launch of DAB+ services.

September 30, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in South Korea

I’m sure that several English radio stations are available in South Korea.

For a wider variety, listening to online radio is good option because of the widespread adoption of the internet in this country.

 

Public broadcasters

Korean Broadcasting System (KBS radio)

KBS World Radio broadcasts news, sports, weather, music, interviews as well as cultural information in more than 10 languages.

It seems that their English services are only on the internet and short wave.

(KBS)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Broadcasting_System

(KBS World Radio - in English)

http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/

 

Korean Educational Broadcasting System (EBS-radio)

It’s an educational television and radio network covering South Korean territory, and the only major South Korean radio and television network without a separate regional service.

They're frequented by middle and high school students for their English study programming, and also for adults with language programming for Chinese, German, French, etc.

(EBS)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_Broadcasting_System

 

AFN - American Forces Network in Korea

A lot of transmitter sites are located like Japan.

They operate television stations as well, but those are only available to US SOFA status personnel with a decoder, but radio services can be received by anyone.

Their main transmitters are on 1530kHz and 102.7MHz in Yongsan (Seoul), 1440kHz and 88.5MHz in Waeguan (near Daegu).

 

Private / Commercial stations

TBS e-FM (101.3MHz) in Seoul; This station broadcasts news about Korea and other radio programming related to sports, events, history, entertainment, the economy, etc.

(TBS eFM in English)

http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/index.do

Busan eFM (90.5MHz)

(eFM Busan in English)

http://www.befm.or.kr/main/IndexAction.do?cmd=Index

Gwangju eFM (98.7MHz)

(GFN English)

http://www.gfn.or.kr/

Arirang Radio: Cheju (88.7MHz), Seogwipo (88.1MHz), Daejeong (101.9MHz)

(Arirang Radio in English)

http://www.arirang.com/Radio/Radio_index.asp

 

The related posts on this blog

(The Seoul AM radio listening guide)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/02/the-seoul-am-ra.html

 

(World Radio Map in Seoul)

http://worldradiomap.com/kr/seoul

 

(FM in December 2016 in Busan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/fm-in-december.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/mw-in-december.html

 

(heard in Tsushima island, near Busan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/09/mw-and-fm-in-ap.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/09/mw-and-fm-in--1.html

 

(heard in Busan, July 2011)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/07/mw-loggings-in.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/10/mw-reception-in.html

 

(the first visit to Busan, July 2011)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/07/going-to-busan.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/07/fukuoka-and-bus.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/07/today-i-returne.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/07/efm-and-love-fm.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/10/busan-is-an-ide.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/11/comparison-two.html

 

(my G3 in Busan, July 2011)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/photos/reception_locations/pusanbeach.html

 

(about Japan and Korea)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2014/01/addressing-syst.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/11/japanese-and-ko.html

 

(Other referential posts)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2011/12/on-1566khz.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/09/now-in-seoul-ko.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/09/mw-on-september.html

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/09/airports-in-tok.html

 

my PL-380 in Busan

Pl380_busan

 

September 22, 2017

【Notice】 Caution of translation

Hi visitors!

 

Despite of technology evolution, especially in information technology, the translation of language isn't always properly even now.

 

Please do not trust the translated contents, it is so awful and sometimes it shows totally opposit meanings.

 

I'm afraid that still have no plan to write in any other languages on this blog.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

 

                                                                                   Koji

September 21, 2017

Domestic radio broadcasts in Philippines

I’ve been to Philippines once, however the travel was done in 20 years ago and only within central part of Manila.

One of my wife’s friends, a Japanese woman married with Filipino man, now lives in Cebu - Central Visayas.

We met them in last year, so I have a feeling of closeness to the country.

 

Radio broadcasting is one of the major media of the Philippines, because this country is an archipelago state, and radio programs are free to listen.

As a matter of fact, looking into the daily lives of Filipinos, radio broadcasts are closely related to them.

For urban dwellers who use cars for commuting, listening music by FM radio is a very common scenery.

As for MW, programs of news, drama and music have big demand.

It is said that there’re approx. 500 FM stations in this country, English is widely used among them.

25 FM stations are sharpening in Manila, but Zubari music programs, especially Pops are popular.

In fact, about 15 stations out of 25 stations are broadcasting stations that pop music flows.

There are also stations specializing in jazz broadcasting and stations specialized in classical music, also available the stations related to Christianity.

 

As pertains to MW, it is said that about 350 stations are active, in Tagalog language, regional dialects, and English are used.

Daily news, social concerns, public relations, and soap opera are gaining popularity.

There are many broadcasting stations like this, about 130 companies actually conduct broadcasting business.

 

Approximately 20 of them have very large networks, for example, ABS-CBN, GMA Network, Channel 9 (RPN 9), IBC etc. that are broadcasting TV programs are deploying FM stations and MW stations.

Also, like Radio Mindanao Network Inc., even in a company that only broadcasts radio, there are also places where there are so many stations.

Manila Broadcasting Corp., which is mainly based on MW broadcasting, forms an enormous network throughout the Philippines.

 

Related links

 

(World Radio Map in Manila, Philippines)

http://worldradiomap.com/ph/manila

 

(List of radio stations in the Philippines by Wiki)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_radio_stations_in_the_Philippines

 

(Asia Waves - Radio stations in Philippines)

http://www.asiawaves.net/philippines/

 

A central part of Cebu city (from Wiki)

Cebu

 

 

September 20, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Taiwan

I've been to Taipei four times. (two travels were only transfer...)

As for Taiwan, I guess two English broadcasters are available.

 

Radio Taiwan International (RTI)

They're one of the world's oldest radio stations that is still in operation today, broadcasting news and programs in 13 languages to the rest of the world.

Offering a wide variety of programs spanning from Chinese-Mandarin lessons to Taiwanese history.

RTI provides listeners a chance to become acquainted with the unique experience of Taiwan.

They mainly broadcast by the internet and short wave, however the MW service in English, targeted for Philippines, is still available on 1359kHz. (600kW / daily 11pm -12pm UTC)

(RTI English HP)

http://english.rti.org.tw/

 

International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)

On 100.7MHz (Taipei), 100.1MHz (central), 100.8MHz (Chiayi area)

They state that the only private English language domestic broadcaster in Taiwan, with the mission of bridging cultural gaps, integrating the resources of Taiwan’s local, international communities for the ROC’s continued growth, and prosperity.

ICRT FM100 is an essential part of many people’s lives for news and entertainment. 

Its wide variety of programs are designed to meet the diverse and ever-growing needs of Taiwan. 

Also a valuable tool for Taiwan residents to better understanding English and join the global community.

(ICRT’s main HP)

http://www.icrt.com.tw/

 

【Other stations】 

(KBS - Kaohsiung Broadcasting Station)

On MW 1089kHz and FM 94.3MHz, owned by local government.

(Shih Hsin Radio Station)

On MW 729kHz and FM 88.1MHz in Taipei.

(Taipei Broadcasting Station)

On MW 1134kHz and FM 93.1MHz in Taipei.

- The program of BBC world service is available for two hours on weekdays.

 

【The Taiwan related posts on this blog】 

 

(World Radio Map - Taipei)

http://worldradiomap.com/tw/taipei

 

(the verification card from NHK World Radio Japan, heard in Taiwan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/01/the-verificatio.html

 

(Now in Taipei)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/01/now-in-taipei-i.html

 

(Now stay in Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2014/12/now-stay-in-kao.html

 

My DE1128 in Taipei

De118_taipei

September 19, 2017

English domestic radio broadcasts in Hong Kong

I’ve been to HK four times, the last sojourn was in January 2016.

In this travel, went to HK and neighboring areas with my wife and son for one week, with my Eton Satellit and ER-C57WR (ex C Crane CC Skywave).

We'd stayed at a hotel near HK central named Kowloon (in the Tsim Sha Tsui area) and went on two day trips to Shenzhen (Canton province, mainland China) and Macau.

 

As you may know, HK and Macau have been returned to China (PRC), but you still need to pass through immigration from mainland China.

We travelled to Shenzhen to meet my wife's relatives who live in the part of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen built-up area.

 

My wife was born in Malaysia and studied in Australia, but her both grand-parents came from Canton province, so she has a lot of relatives in this region.

The language widely spoken in this area is Cantonese.

It’s completely different from Mandarin, so I can’t understand it at all.

My wife’s native language is 'Hakka', one of the major Chinese dialects, and luckily for us, she also can speak Cantonese to a certain extent, so we didn't mind local travel.

In Canton province, Cantonese, Hakka and other minor local dialects are spoken.

I really agree that the southern part of China is a really multilingual area, it might be similar to how Belgium is in Europe.

 

I’m sure that several English radio broadcasters are available in HK.

 

RTHK

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) is the public broadcasting service of HK.

It currently operates seven radio channels and three television channels, and produces educational, entertainment, and public affairs programs that are also broadcast on commercial television channels.

Their Radio 3 and 6 (BBC World Service Relay) are only in English.

And Radio 4 is Classical music and fine arts by English and Cantonese

The features of Radio 3 are News, popular music, information, romance, comedy, reality, sports and education programs, which similar in genre to BBC Radio 4.

The MW frequencies are on 567kHz and 1584kHz.

As for FM, they’re on 97.9MHz, 106.8MHz, and 107.8MHz.

Radio 4’s are on 97.6MHz, 97.8MHz, 98.2MHz, 98.4MHz, 98.7MHz and 98.9MHz. (FM only)

Radio 6’s is 675kHz (MW only)

 

【Metro Broadcast Corporation】

Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited currently operates 3 channels namely Metro Finance, Metro Info and Metro Plus, simultaneousy providing MW and FM services.

These channels offer listeners updated on global finance, music, entertainment, lifestyle, multi-cultural exchange, etc.

They broadcast not only by MW and FM but also DAB+

 

(Metro Plus AM 1044)

On 1044kHz (5kW). As HK is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the World, Metro Plus serves its listeners with the same concept.

(the Metro Broadcast)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Broadcast_Corporation

 

AM864

On 864 kHz, a commercial and 24-hour music station playing biggest hits from the 60’s to 2000's.

They also provide hourly international and local news and weather reports from 7am to 11pm.

The program named ‘Good Evening Kabayan’ is tailor-made for the Filipino community in HK, airs on Friday and Saturday 9-11pm.

 

The past posts related to HK on this blog

(FM on Jan 5, 2016, In HK)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/01/fm-on-jan-5-201.html

(Available TV programs in HK)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/01/available-tv-pr.html

(The one day travel to Shenzhen, China)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/01/one-day-travel.html

(My Eton Sattelit in HK)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/photos/reception_locations/hk_sattelit.html

 

Related links

(World Radio Map – HK)

http://worldradiomap.com/hk/hong-kong

(RTHK on Wiki)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTHK

(RTHK Radio 3 service HP)

http://programme.rthk.hk/channel/radio/index.php?c=radio3

 

near the terminal of ‘Star ferry’ in HK

Star_ferry

September 18, 2017

Brilliant! World Radio Map dot com

Our reception locations are worldwide.

Why don't we savor 'simple listening' on the sidelines of travel?

 

In my opinion, in many cases, maps and atlases are key tools to facilitate intellectual curiosity.

The 'World Radio Map.com' is a website that lists MW/FM/DAB/DAB+ radio stations by their real broadcasting frequencies and enables you to tune in directly from your browser, with no download required.

 An ideal web site for local radio listeners heard worldwide! 

It's also a place to find information about main transmitters and towers' technical data and many radio-related links. 

 

It covers all the major cities of the world, from Chicago to Acapulco, from Frankfurt to Johannesburg, from Moscow to Tel Aviv, from Shanghai to Melbourne ... can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free! 

It’s owned and operated by Mikhail Shcherbak (a.k.a. Predavatel) with help of many his friends, including me, around the world.

It's really great job!

 

Unfortunately, no information of international SW services is available.

Do you think SW broadcasts are important in the 21th century?

We’re not interested in SW broadcasts (I think it might be obsolete!) and I don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

 

(The World Radio Map)

http://worldradiomap.com

 

we've exchanged our links

Wrm_link

 

September 09, 2017

‘Across the pond’ -2

by Karl Zuk

 

Is AM, FM and HD Radio enough?

No! There are many more audio sources! SiriusXM satellite radio is also available throughout North America by subscription.

It is quite similar to WorldSpace and the Japanese MobaHo! services now both deceased. North America once had competing systems, XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Due to financial instability, the companies merged in 2008 to form a single monopoly.

Over 100 channels are broadcast on SiriusXM, but the content choices are limited.

Many channels are dedicated to sports play-by-play broadcasts and sports commentary.

 

Talk show channels are also found in multiplicity.

SiriusXM music mixes are reminiscent of an Apple iPod on random shuffle.

How I long for the sounds I listened to in decades gone by when musically trained DJs played excellent mixes adding their commentary to a limitless playlist!

You can count the classical and jazz offerings on one hand.

SiriusXM's best qualities are found in its distribution.

You can pick up their signals virtually everywhere.

 

The XM system uses geosynchronous satellites hovering about 42,000 km up in stable positions following the rotation of the Earth.

Sirius relies on several constantly moving LEO(Low Earth Orbit) satellites flying in continuous patterns 2,000 km over their service area.

The Sirius LEOs actually provide a superior robust transmission system more apt to fill in hard to reach gaps in coverage.

Additional land-based repeaters, for both XM and Sirius, bring satellite radio content into areas filled with sky blocking business buildings, bridges and tunnels.

If you travel to remote areas, few analog AM and FM radio stations may be heard but SiriusXM shines through.

It may be a Godsend if you have nothing else!

 

Sirius

 

Let's enjoy the year 2017: Internet radio has changed radio forever.

My reliance on portable radios and analog car reception is now a memory.

At home, I can listen in perfect full quality to my computer or smartphone.

My 2016 model car includes Internet radio access.

Imagine rolling along listening to Radio New Zealand International or 4BC Brisbane, Australia in stereo while commuting in the New York City area.

Shortwave listening was never this good!

My mobile listening is made possible by apps loaded into my car's audio system using my smartphone as an Internet portal.

 

In turn, my smartphone connects to the car's user interface (Toyota Entune) via Bluetooth. My audio choices are wide and varied: AM Radio, FM Radio, XM Radio, iPod, Bluetooth, iHeart, Slacker and Pandora.

Most useful are the offerings provided by iHeart Radio.

You can enjoy select stations from North America and beyond along with custom iHeart music channels very similar to SiriusXM.

You can even customize music to your liking into your own 'channel.'

 

Pandora and Slacker can also be accessed as alternative music sources.

Pandora allows you to build channels based upon a single artist (i.e Amy MacDonald Radio) to ones based upon genres (i.e. Celtic Folk Radio.)

The choices are limited only by your imagination!

Services not available via iHeart can be heard using the TuneIn or Radio.com apps loaded directly onto my phone.

 

TuneIn offers nearly every station you can think of, from Paris to Mongolia to Sydney except for all the stations owned by iHeart.

Radio.com provides stations exclusively owned and operated by the American CBS station group. Using these three apps should cover just about all there is!

Now I can listen to BBC Radio Scotland or RTE Radio One during my commutes.

Kaye Adams is my new best friend!

When traveling, I access all of these apps using my smartphone via a wireless Bluetooth connection to my car's audio system.

 

At home, my computer can be double as my radio, too!

Some smaller market or independently owned stations require you to find their live audio directly on their web site or by loading their station app onto your device.

It takes more effort but nearly every station now streams in one way or another.

Internet reception is remarkably reliable.

I frequently make long journeys to visit my daughters at college in Boston and Delaware.

Driving up and down the American northeast metroplex, I can enjoy seamless reception via the Internet for the entire drive.

This is quite a breakthrough.

North America has never had DAB or DAB+ so now we have an Internet equivalent! Radio never sounded so nice and clear!

 

Old School

I feel nostalgic when I now listen to AM and FM analog broadcasts. 50 years ago, when audio choices were few and limited, American radio was incredibly local.

Entire small towns and cities would tune in to the local station hosted by live and local hosts and hostesses throughout their entire program day.

As time passed, and the listening public gained more and more choices to choose from, the number of people who tuned in to local stations declined rapidly.

To save money and improve their business model, many stations first converted from local programming to nationwide syndicated shows.

 

Station owners could switch on their satellite receivers and have their automation systems insert local advertising spots and IDs.

This was the beginning of 'no on-site people necessary radio.'

Today's free broadcast radio is hard on the ears! Listen to American radio during morning and evening drive times and you will often hear groups of radio hosts offer condescending banter along with endless stretches of commercials.

Many shows follow this 'Morning Zoo' concept.

At least to this one listener, inane talk combined with heavy commercial loads does not create large audiences! (but a lot of station owners think so!)

New York City has over 75 radio stations to choose from.

A rating over 5% of the audience is considered huge!

Where is the business model here?

Radio station owners now aim to produce your 'entertainment' audio as cheaply as possible and sell a lot of adverts!

 

This mindset carries over to engineering, as well.

When I was a young pup growing up doing beginner jobs in radio, a chief engineer would concentrate on meticulously maintaining one AM/FM station.

Now engineers are 'contract employees' (freelancers) looking after multiple stations known as 'clusters.' The art of the broadcast engineer is in the hands of 'the greys' -those old engineers (like myself) with grey hair! Everything now is based on IP and computers.

 

All the new 'engineers' are young computer guys! But who looks after the transmitters??

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Broadcasting nationwide radio is a great way to save money.

Radio station programs have plenty of shows to choose from.

Just put a satellite or IP receiver on the air and walk away!

No people necessary radio!

Two syndicated radio shows dominate North America.

Middays, hundreds and hundreds of stations broadcast the pomposity of the 'Excellence In Broadcasting Network' hosted by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

 

Agree with him or not, Rush's rants can be quite entertaining and attract large audiences across the continent.

On overnights, the ratings leader is 'Coast to Coast AM' with George Noory.

For four hours every night, George hosts an endless parade of experts chatting about conspiracy theories, extraterrestrial landings, new health cures and who knows what.

This show is meticulously produced and slick. Listen in and you will instantly understand its success.

 

You'll hear it on dozens of stations carrying 'Coast to Coast AM' up and down the AM dial wherever you tune in.

One other newfangled competitor for listeners is the world of podcasts.

This is public access audio at its finest. Nearly anyone can post a podcast without any prohibitions regarding content, length and quality of show or worries about distribution costs. I am sure you have heard of them and they are everywhere. Having programming at your beck and call - on demand - is very convenient!

 

Podcasts can also be incredibly narrowcast! Consider a podcast targeted for you and me: The Shortwave Radio Archive at https://shortwavearchive.com.

If you miss the good old days of SWLing, this is for you.

My favourite watering hole to discover quality podcasts is WNYC, New York City's premier public broadcaster: http://www.wnyc.org/podcasts.

I regularly listen to The Daily from The New York Times newspaper, WNYC's On The Media and National Public Radio's Fresh Air.

 

Of course, many of the world's broadcasters also offer on-demand podcasts as well. Very interesting is Radio New Zealand International's signature news programme Dateline Pacific at http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific.

The possibilities are endless! Yes, in the world of radio in the year 2017, the program possibilities are endless and fascinating.

Alas, there is just one thing I miss about the good old days: I live in one of the largest media markets in the world (New York City,) yet you will almost never hear direct mentions or news pertaining to my local densely-populated suburb.

At its peak, there were almost a dozen radio stations serving my area in Northern Westchester. Now there is just one FM that mentions any local news and events.

It has such a wide area of coverage that it might as well be a station from New York City.

Although I live just a few miles from a relatively large city, Danbury, CT all the radio stations from that area overlook my town because we are not in the same state!

I live in Katonah, New York which might as well be near Mars in their eyes!

In the meantime, I am listening to BBC Radio Scotland! Enjoy this crazy world we live in!

 

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DX International

  • DX International
    From the UK. Contains a selection of Chrissy's articles mostly published in Radio User (the UK based monthly magazine)

British DX Club

  • BDXC official web site
    Since 1974 (as the Twickenham DX Club) The more appropriate current title was adopted in 1979. We now a large UK-based membership as well as a substantial number of overseas members.

Australian Radio DX Club

World Radio Map

Seoul Radio Listening Guide

  • The Seoul AM Radio Listening Guide
    This is a three-hour documentary broadcast narrated by Chris Kadlec (based in MI, the US) that looks at the AM band as heard in Seoul, Korea after dark.