Monday, February 12, 2018

What is Luxembourg Effect ?

Excellent article on The Luxembourg Effect by Paul Litwinovich...

World Radio Day 2018: Tune in to the good old days

By Kalyani Majumdar | Feb 11, 2018 05:36 am

As we celebrate the World Radio Day on 13th of February, Kalyani Majumdar sums up the trajectory of one of the significant inventions of humankind that shaped our world and saw us through some of the epochal moments in history

The sound crackled a bit. You turned the knob to clear the radio static as the song Radio Ga Ga by Queen came alive on air, and you sang along the lines… 'Radio…someone still loves you." There was a time, when if you wanted to listen to a song you loved, you had to go all the way to a music store to buy music, or you had to wait for your radio show to play that song and even then you were left at the mercy of the announcer to play that song. Sounds unbelievable now, right? 

Read the full story at :

The Golden age of Radio

Published: Feb 12,201808:15 AM by Merin James

As we celebrate World Radio Day on February 13, Chennai's popular newscaster H Ramakrishnan, a pioneering radio personality from Tamil Nadu, talks about the evolution of radio over the decades 

I first became aware of my interest in radio when I was in school. I was in the fourth form (equivalent to eighth grade now) when I wrote to Melville de Mellow, the great commentator and newscaster. I expressed my interest in joining radio and asked him the procedure to apply. He asked me to complete college and then apply to read the news on All India Radio (AIR).

Full story at :

Saturday, February 10, 2018

SDR Radio V3 Beta released

SDR Radio V3 Beta has been released, download from :

DRM technology demonstrated at BES Bangalore Chapter meet

Various aspects of Digital Radio Mondiale technology was discussed and demonstrated during one day seminar 'Emerging Trends in Digital Broadcasting', organized by Broadcast Engineering Society, Bangalore Chapter on 3rd Feb 2018 at Hotel Chancery Pavillion, Bangalore. Over 100+ delegates including students, faculties attended the seminar. 

Rajesh Kurian from NXP, Bangalore outlined the features of DRM  including specifics of modulation standards, DRM coverage areas alongwith various other technological aspects. He also demonstrated live reception of Digital Radio Mondiale transmission from All India Radio, Bangalore.

Gowrav L. Director, Geek Synergy Technologies, presented about possibilities in DRM non audio services including data application services in DRM+ and Diveemo.

The seminar was inaugurated by Hon Minister for Transport, GOK,Shri H.M.Revanna. Keynote Address was delivered by Chairman of Bangalore Chapter Shri Anil Kumar Mangalgi, DDG(E),DDK,Bangalore.

The Radio Festival: Celebrating Sound

The expressive qualities of spoken word, sound and music enrich our lives and who better than Radio and Sound Art to showcase this. The Radio Festival  (TRF) is all about that, being celebrated on  15 February , 2018, at UNESCO House, 1 San Matin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Conceived and initiated by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television IAWRT, a network of women associated with all media- print, television, radio and film, TRF  will bring together Public, Private and Community radio and audio works on a single platform, in time to celebrate World Radio Day that falls on February 13 every year. The festival is an effort to break the silos between different broadcasting tiers and create an opportunity for engaging and learning from each other.

What makes TRF unique is its inclusivity of all  forms of radio and audio offerings, to tell their stories and share experiences on a variety of themes like Sports -which is  the World Radio day theme of 2018- Creativity in Programming; Driving social change through storytelling, Technological innovations in broadcasting and media convergence, and Understanding wide ranging audiences, cutting across age, geography, literacy and language barriers. On board are multiple stakeholders from the Industry, NGO Sector, Private FM Radio Players, All India Radio and Community Radio Stations. Decision makers from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are expected to participate in the festival.

For the first time ever in the country, The Radio Festival , will bring together Public, Private and Community radio and Audio works on a single platform, in time to celebrate World Radio Day that falls on February 13 every year. What makes TRF unique, is its inclusivity of all forms of Radio and audio offerings, to tell their stories and share experiences on a variety of themes like sports (which is the World Radio day theme of 2018); understanding the social environment and providing information, education and entertainment through sound to wide ranging audiences, cutting across age, geography, literacy and language barriers.

Committed to better radio through improved cooperation and understanding between different tiers of Radio, Industry and Technology, the Radio Festival is poised to become an annual event, bigger and better

TRF Highlights

• Plenaries and thematic sessions by experts and renowned radio personalities
• Interactions, demonstrations, activities built into thematic sessions
• Chowpal-dynamic fun space with a variety of sound art installations
• Impromptu competitions with attractive rewards
• Evening performances through a Networking Dinner

The event is open to public without any delegate fee.  
For further information kindly contact:

TRF Core Team:
Archana Kapoor- 09811166297, Pinky Chandran – 09845888686, Rukmini Vemraju – 09910054984

The Radio Festival Directorate:
Ph: 011-26524651; 26517545;26528263

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Ampegon takes over the MW product line of Transradio Sendersysteme Berlin AG

Berlin, Germany, January 24, 2018. Following the insolvency of TRANSRADIO SenderSysteme Berlin AG in May 2017, many existing Transradio mediumwave transmitter customers have been left uncertain about how to complete existing contracts, and how to continue to operate and maintain their systems.

In the spirit of their previous cooperation agreement with TRANSRADIO SenderSysteme Berlin AG and their customers, the Ampegon Group have made a strategic decision to step back into the mediumwave transmitter market. Ampegon acquired the TRAM and SCIAMP product lines together with the manufacturing site, warehouse and the core engineering team in Berlin in order to assist customers left without support. The company will then continue to produce lower power medium  wave transmitters to maintain the competitive MW market that ultimately benefits broadcasters.

For legal reasons, while the enterprise necessary to accomplish this is being established, the Ampegon Group has formed a daughter company in Germany named AM Broadcast GmbH. This company is being used to establish Ampegon's position in the market as an intermediate step. The company organization is in place and is now supporting mediumwave broadcasters with all the experience that you would expect from one of the world's longest-established players in the field of AM broadcasting.

For example, under this arrangement, existing Transradio Contracts can be reassigned in order to allow the Ampegon Group to complete them with minimum possible disruption. This will prevent contracts of significant value collapsing, leaving everyone disappointed without operational systems, and ensure future support during and beyond warranty period.

Once the legal insolvency formalities are completed, it is intended that TRANSRADIO SenderSysteme Berlin GmbH will be transferred into the Ampegon Group. Afterwards, AM Broadcast GmbH will be renamed as an Ampegon branded company.

Since the legal process to achieve these aims takes some time, Ampegon asks affected MW broadcasters for their patience while remaining legal matters are resolved. However, as the organization is in place, we are already supporting their operations from now onwards under the names AM Broadcast and Ampegon.

(Press Release)

Radio is the second most accessed medium across metros, non-metros

According to a Nielsen India report, after print, radio has the second-highest ad-attention, followed by TV and streaming services. In terms of ad-effectiveness, radio ads are the second most effective in driving purchase intent, with TV being the most effective medium," according to the report Power of Radio commissioned by Music Broadcast that operates Radio City FM channel.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

European Music Radio's founder and short wave legend Tom Taylor passes away

With great sadness we report the death of European Music Radio's founder and short wave legend Tom Taylor, to many also known as Barry Stephens. For many dedicated SW free radio enthusiasts, E.M.R. was thé station in the late 1970s and 1980. As from 1980 onwards E.M.R. and FRS became sister stations. Within a few days a Memorial with some personal memories will be put on the FRS site. We will inform you via mail when it will be on-line.
All of us at FRS are shocked by Tom's death. He indeed was a short wave legend. May he rest in peace.

Peter Verbruggen (on behalf of the FRS Team)

Hello There from IRRS/NEXUS-IBA in Milan,

We are back after a while, with some very sad news. Tom Taylor, also known as Barry Stephens, former founder of European Music Radio, and passionate Shortwave radio enthusiast heard many times over our station, has died.

We exchanged emails last November with Tom, and he wrote me about his illness. Tom was extremely eager to return to the air in 2018. I thought that these days he would be able to recover quickly. However, I was wrong.

I am loosing a very good friend and a passionate radio lover alike. We are all going to miss him greatly at NEXUS.

We scheduled the last EMR program that Tom sent to us for a special broadcast over the next weekend on:

i.) Friday, Feb 2, 2018, 1900-2000 UTC on 7290 kHz (150 kW to EU) and 846 kHz MW
ii.) Saturday, Feb 3, 2018, 0900-1000 UTC on 9510 kHz (150 kW to EU)

Also repeated at various other times on 846 kHz during all next week from 7PM-01 AM CET on 846 kHz to Southern Europe, and available via streaming at

Hope Tom will be enjoying good reception from the heavens.

Keep listening to Shortwave.



TRAI releases recommendations on Issues related to Digital Radio Broadcasting in India

TRAI releases Recommendations on Issues related to Digital Radio Broadcasting in India

Direct link to download TRAI recommendation on digital radio

Radio Taiwan Intl. English transmission to India - Frequency Change

Radio Taiwan International has changed its frequency to India for english transmissions with the effect from 01 February 2018 :

1600-1700 UTC (9.30 - 10.30 pm IST) - 9405 kHz ( ex 6185 kHz) 

New BBC Radio services and English Language Learning for Ethiopia and Eritrea

The BBC is launching new daily radio services which will be aired Monday to Friday in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya. The new language services have been available online since September 2017 when they launched websites and Facebook pages in all three languages.

The new radio services will provide impartial news, current affairs, features and analysis for Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as regional and international news. There will be a strong focus on culture, health and original journalism from the region. These services are part of the largest investment in the BBC World Service since the 1940s and are funded by the UK government.

The programme will be broadcast on shortwave, satellite - and streamed directly onto each service's Facebook page.

In addition content produced by BBC Learning English, part of the BBC World Service which teaches English to global audiences will feature prominently across the schedules for all three languages, with daily content as follows:

Essential English - Beginners (airs on Monday, repeated on Wednesday)
A functional five-minute audio course presented by an English speaker and a local presenter, which aims to help beginners to learn English. Learners will be introduced to essential chunks of functional language, which will allow them to start having simple conversations in English immediately.

English Expressions - Intermediate (airs Tuesday, repeated on Thursday)
This five-minute audio course focusses on common expressions used in everyday English. An English speaking presenter and a local language presenter discuss the meaning and use a different expression each week.

English Together Advanced (airs Friday only)
This is a bilingual five-minute audio with three presenters (2 English and one local language) discussing a current (safe i.e. non news) topic and examining the language used in the story allowing the user the practise their listening skills and equip them with the grammar and vocabulary needed to discuss the story.

The programmes are broadcast Monday-Friday at the following times:

17:30 – 17.45: Amharic news
17.45 – 17:50: BBC Learning English Amharic

17:50 – 18:05: Afaan Oromo News
18.05 – 18.10: BBC Learning English Afaan Oromo

18:10 – 18:25: Tigrinya News
18:25 – 18:30: BBC Learning English Tigrinya

Programmes will also be streamed via the respective BBC websites and Facebook pages (see links below).

Details of how to listen:

Notes to Editors :

The Initial shortwave broadcast to go out at 17:30 GMT/ 20:30 EAT on three transmitters providing coverage across Ethiopia and Eritrea:

7595  kHz
11720 kHz
12065 kHz

Repeat to follow at 18:30 GMT /21:30 EAT

9885  kHz
15490 kHz

Satellite Radio content will go out on the following channels:

Arabsat (BADR4) - 11.966 GHz, Horizontal
Nilesat 201 -11.843 GHz, Horizontal
Hotbird 13D – 12.597 GHz, Vertical

Evening satellite broadcast to go out at 17:30 GMT and will be repeated until 21:30 GMT.

The BBC World Service reaches a global audience of 269 million weekly, on radio, TV, and digital.
BBC World Service received further funding of £291m until 2019/20 from the UK Government to launch twelve new language services: Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Serbian, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba. This additional funding is not part of the licence fee.


(Press Release)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

China National Radio DRM test on 17565KHz

China National Radio test on 17565KHz

User 'zfyoung' from GuangXi Province posted this on DRM Softare Radio Forums ...

Capture the CNR test broadcast on 17565KHz at 03:00 UTC.

Signal is very strong in South China. Not sure of its ERP.

Short term test schedule :

9830   kHz from 2025 to 0200 UTC
17565 kHz from 0200 to 0730 UTC
9830   kHz from 0730 to 1805 UTC

(zfyoung, GuangXi Province @ E106°36′ N23°55′)

14th Global Shortwave Co-ordination Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) jointly held the 14th Global Shortwave Co-ordination Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-26 January 2018.

Monday, January 29, 2018

BBC Arabic celebrates 80 years of broadcasting

Launched in 1938, BBC Arabic is both the largest and the first of the BBC's non-English language services.

It was launched as a radio service on 3 January 1938 and has grown to become an award-winning multimedia service, available on TV, radio, online and via mobile handheld devices, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. BBC Arabic currently has a weekly reach of 43 million people.

On Monday 29 January at 4pm GMT a special edition of Talking Point, on TV, radio and online, will discuss what the role of radio is in the era of tech and social media developments. Listeners can give their opinions and share their experiences through Talking Point's social media pages or by calling in. Details on how to get involved and how to listen are here:

And at 7pm GMT on Monday 29 January, a special two-hour radio programme will be broadcast live from the iconic Bush House (the home of BBC Arabic for many years). This can be heard live online here and listeners around the world can share their memories of BBC Arabic and the topics discussed using #BBCArabic80 on social media.

The programme will feature many great names and expert voices from the past and current staff of BBC Arabic, including Sami Haddad, Munir Obied and Salwa Al Jarrah. Topics will include the history and evolution of BBC Arabic: from radio, through TV and online and what role radio will play in the future. There will also be a chance to hear from some of the latest new faces to join BBC Arabic and from audience members across the world who will share their stories.

Further programming to celebrate this milestone in broadcasting will appear in schedules throughout the year.

BBC Arabic maintains unique qualities which have led to its continued success, covering political, social, and cultural issues and bringing impartial, balanced and accurate news that matters to its diverse audiences in the Middle East, North Africa and worldwide.

BBC Arabic has continued to innovate and create special content for younger and female audiences. In the past year, new series such as Trending, BBC Xtra TV, and new radio programmes for the Gulf and North Africa have been launched and digital-first series such as Teenagers and Shame have focused on topics not covered by other media in the region.

The BBC Arabic Festival will also return this April for its fourth year.

BBC Arabic is available on, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, Telegram, Pinterest, Vine, Instagram, Soundcloud and Periscope.


(BBC Press Release)