The Co-operative Global Radio Memories Project
Today, we’re going 2,500 kilometers north of Auckland to the Savage Island, the Rock of
Polynesia, or as it's more widely known... Niue.
Anse Vata beach in Noumea © TNC
According to some experts, the population of the Pacific island countries will grow to reach 15 million by 2035, and this could mean that some 190 thousand people are added every year... which is like adding a complete Samoa every 52 weeks.
That's a scary thought, and when you next look at a travel brochure from the islands, its worth thinking about
how many tropical beaches could get swallowed up in the next 20 years...
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Hello, I'm David Ricquish in the Wellington studios of Radio New Zealand International and today we're going to have a look at the changing Pacific... and in particular at how it's becoming increasingly more urbanized... and how radio today is much less laid back than you might imagine.
Aerial view of Suva © Pacific.scoop.co.nz
When we think of the Pacific, we usually think of relaxing holidays, tropical
beaches, soft trade winds and the quiet roar of the surf to lull us to sleep...
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Get something back for your donation this month! We've been doing some early spring cleaning and have books, CDs, original Radio Hauraki memorabilia and postcards.. all very limited numbers... and they must go in return for donations towards our project. Radio Hauraki 'Fresh Pacific Wind' CD for example just A$45 including worldwide air shipping
and "Voices in the Air" the classic history of broadcasting in NZ and a brilliant introduction to early NZ radio just A$25 including free shipping within NZ
Support the Radio Heritage Foundation by buying this exciting, informative and beautifully illustrated
book 'Australian Radio History' for our special price:
$A44.95 includes airmail shipping worldwide
Australian Broadcaster goes Green on the Air Waves with a Nautel NVLT Transmitter
An independent broadcaster in Victoria, Australia, has taken a green leap of faith and installed the world’s most eco-friendly
transmitter in its class.
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Radio Pretoria Chooses Nautel VS2.5 for Sound Quality, Reliability, Robustness and Remote Control via the AUI
Radio Pretoria is a community radio station broadcasting from the capitol of South Africa. The station operates a network consisting of 10 transmitters. On the 19th of September 2012, the same day that Radio Pretoria turned 19 years old, Vaughan Taylor from Taylor Engineering installed a Nautel VS2.5 FM transmitter at their ‘Kleinfontein’ site close to Pretoria.
The station had recently updated its program schedule and was looking to improve its sound to match the new ‘image’ of
the type of content it aired. “Luckily” says Station Manager, Fred Maree “with the new VS2.5 the sound is not only good,
it is now GREAT!”
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PiliPili Media Chooses Nautel VS Series Transmitters: Here's Why…
The story of PiliPili began about a year back when the PiliPili media board directors sought a systems integration company to set up their proposed studios and transmission facilities in the port town of Mombasa, Kenya. The search led to the appointment of Frame x Frame Productions - a Nairobi based audio Systems Integration company as system contractors one chilly June morning in 2011 and the wheels of the project began to grind in earnest… resulting in a big switch on to PILIPILI FM 99.5 in Mombasa and 92.5 in Malindi in early March 2012. Both went on air with Nautel transmitter units from the VS Series, a 2.5 kW for Mombasa and a 1.0 kW for Malindi…both feeding Shively Antenna model 6812B HP Systems.
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FEBCambodia Selects GV10 for its High Efficiency and Reliability
Family FM 99.5, located in Phnom Penh is happy to be the first station in Cambodia
to install one of Nautel’s new GV line of transmitters. FEBC International association
member FEBCambodia, working with the support of FEBC’s International Support Team
chose the new GV line primarily because of its high efficiency.
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Donations for this financial year [2014/2015] are 22% behind where they need to be to keep radio memories safe.....
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
Please make sure the memories are kept safe and help fund the $160 a day needed with:
All donations are recognized on the Roll of Honor. All donations of $5 or greater are tax deductible for New Zealand residents.
Thank you for helping keep the radio memories safe.
And now a few words....
We're moving after 10 years...... moving to Freeparking, a part of the Web Farm group, based in New Plymouth [New Zealand]..... and we're especially delighted that they've agreed to continue the sponsored hosting arrangement we previously enjoyed with 2day.
Importantly, they'll move us to a Linux web server later this year when we're ready to upgrade and introduce WordPress and our Collective Access database.
We're grateful to Peter Mott, founder of 2day who offered us free hosting a decade ago, and has been one of the silent supporters making this website part of this global radio memories project possible.
This week we also welcome Open Air Cinema as the national radio partner of the popular New Zealand Radio Guide.
Urs Bauer and his Warkworth based team travel nationwide bringing open air cinema to many events and special screenings using LPFM as their means of audio. Urs uses the NZ Radio Guide to avoid clashes with existing LPFM stations wherever Open Air Cinema is setting up a Drive In cinema. We're delighted to have you on board and continue our association with you Urs. Like and connect with them at www.facebook.com/OpenairNZ.
Finally this week, Nautel has joined us from Nova Scotia in Canada as our first ever Content Partner.
Nautel is well known worldwide for making AM & FM transmitters and they've got many stories to share with us about the communities served by the AM & FM radio stations that use their equipment.
Nautel delivered the first ever commercial solid state transmitter 45 years ago, paving the way for the end of using tubes, and a major development in modern broadcasting. We'll have a regular series of Nautel Memorable Radio features and share their inside stories with you...enjoy them!
We celebrate our 10th year online in 2015, and acknowledge Freeparking, Open Air Cinema and Nautel who have joined us at this stage of our journey. Stay tuned!
We hope to bring you more good news in the near future, and remind you all that it's supporters like you who generously give towards our overhead costs each week and make this global radio heritage project possible. We still need regular donations from as many people as possible to spread the burden on existing sponsors.
Please join us this week with your donation and be part of the team as we enter our second decade of keeping the radio memories safe for you.
MIX FM’S VS300 Going Strong
Danish Radio Returns to Long Wave Transmission
Nautel NX50-LW transmitter replaces two old 300 kW tube transmitters
After a four year absence from long wave transmission, Danish Radio (DR) returned to this frequency band in 2011 using a Nautel NX50-LW transmitter. Programs that were previously transmitted on a medium wave frequency are now carried on 243 kHz.
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Community Fundraising Secures New NVlt Transmitter for Youth Radio Station
Fresh 92.7 FM of Adelaide, Australia, is more than just a radio station. Dedicated to educating, empowering and entertaining Adelaide’s young community, Fresh likes to think of itself as an identity and culture that the local youth can call their own. And, Fresh stays true to its community roots with the station relying on a team of dedicated and passionate young volunteers.
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Nautel Customer Stories from Mexico
Max Corona, an engineering manager in Colima, Mexico wrote in to tell us about his two Nautel J1000's, a V5 transmitter and his recent purchase of two VS2.5 transmitters.
Previous to purchasing Nautel’s solid state transmitters, I installed transmitters with bulbs, which created a lot of problems with repairs and working at high voltages. These days it’s different and my story with Nautel has been excellent. Imagine my surprise when I received the Nautel Jazz 1000 solid state transmitter without transformers, without bulbs, a quiet, clean operation and very few problems. We have two J1000 transmitters, both purchased in December, 2006 and located at XEMAX and XERL transmitter stations in Tecomán and Colima respectively.
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Hawaiian islands from a Hawaii Visitors Bureau ad in 1960
It's now easy to find every Hawaiian radio station. Use our new Hawaii Radio Guide to discover the many sounds of radio found throughout the islands of Hawaii today.
When on vacation in the islands, use this handy guide to find the music, entertainment and information that you need.
Hawaii Public Radio uses this site overlooking Honolulu to bring HPR1 and HPR2 to many listeners
In most cases. explore their websites and listen live to their programs in your own home or on your mobile device anywhere in the world. Outside the USA, some stations may geo-block you for copyright reasons.
Traditional or contemporary Hawaiian music, reggae and island music, rock, pop, religious and mellow music, local news and talk, local and national sports, programs in Filippino, Japanese and Korean.....the variety of radio stations on these islands is truly amazing.
Old timer KGU Honolulu is still found at 760 AM
Bring the year round sounds of Hawaii into your life with the Hawaii Radio Guide, the latest addition to our series of radio guides. Start discovering Hawaii here and share the Hawaii Radio Guide with your friends on Facebook today.
The affordable way to show your support. Bonus partnerships also include other features covering the same area: eg the Hawaii partnership currently includes Art of Radio Hawaii, OWI Hawaii and Blue Hawaii Retro Radio Guide 1961 features.
Partnerships offering bonus features are marked * Series currently included are Long Lost Australian Radio Stars, Kiwi Radio, AFRS Radio, Retro Radio Guides and Island Radio/Pacific Style features. Additional features can be added at any time.
These affordable partnerships offer radio stations something back in return for their support of the project and our Radio Guides series.
Have a look at the countries and cities where visitors have come from at the start of 2015.
We've been testing responsiveness of Facebook promotions, and this has resulted in hundreds of fresh Pacific faces checking us out from Fiji, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Marshall Islands and Guam.
Now we've added Fiji to our Top 10 visitor sources at the start of the year.
KKMP Saipan in the Northern Marianas is
heard on 92.1 FM and 1440 AM
We can do more with targeted promotions on Facebook, but we don't have the money to do continue to do it.
For now, if we receive more than the $450 we need each month to cover our operating costs, we'll put up to $150 into a new promotional fund to extend our promotions on Facebook.
We're pleased to see people in places like Papua New Guinea, Norfolk Island, Guam, Solomon Islands and Tonga responding to Facebook. As we said earlier, it's an affordable new way to reach people where we least expected to find an interest in the global radio memories project.
You can help us reach out to the Pacific by making a donation to us today and we can start telling the stories to thousands of fresh Pacific faces. Thank you for making it possible to share these stories with a wider audience.
We enter 2015 and the 10th year of this global radio memories project. When it began, there was no such thing as Facebook, which has become a new way of sharing memories, comments and information and engaging fresh faces.
But a long term project like this one needs to keep all the content searchable, easy to access, and not locked away behind the wall of a restricted group. That’s what we still regard as the heart of what we do, making the stories, photos and other material freely available to the community. Watch this space in 2015.
But we would be silly to ignore the power of Facebook and so we’ve been using it for a year or so to learn more about it. We’ve noticed some interesting differences between the people who visit our website and the people who follow us on Facebook. We’ll share some of that information with you because we think it shows how the interest and engagement with this project will grow in the future and where it will come from.
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The countries ranked 7-13 in Facebook are very different than our current website users and show Asia-Pacific as being more important to us in the future especially India and Indonesia, while both Argentina and Brazil will also be important. This will have to be reflected in our radio heritage content as we move forward.
We’ll use a combination of the website and Facebook to reach and engage with everyone and strike the right balance as we enter our second decade of service. You can also help by making a donation to keep radio memories free for all..........thank you to every one involved in making it happen. Enjoy.
It's been good to thank our financial supporters team recently for their hard work and generosity to keep funds flowing so we can continue keeping radio memories safe and share more ephemera from our growing collections.
NBC Gulf has this sign outside their studios in Papua New Guinea
You can join the financial supporter team right now for as little as $5. You'll see the options on the right hand side of every page, including gifting little and often.
You'll also see the Roll of Honor where we publicly acknowledge the good people who gift to keep this crowd funded project on track. Many are now moving up higher the Roll of Honor, and every $1 gifted allows 2 people to access the features and services on this website completely free.
We'd love to welcome you today.
We're pleased to tell you all that New Zealand based grant funder Pub Charity has approved a recent grant to the Radio Heritage Foundation.
Radio Sutatenza sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
The grant is for the first part of a staged upgrading of operational technology and digital storage facilities. It's the third grant received from Pub Charity, though none are used for weekly operational costs which are funded by supporters in many countries.
4SS sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
"We're delighted that this community based funder has agreed to help us upgrade some of our technology and provide initial secure storage for key digital data' says David Ricquish, chairman of the Radio Heritage Foundation.
It's part of a series of operational upgrades planned for the coming months, allowing the trust to continue to do its work protecting and promoting radio broadcasting heritage for a growing world wide audience who use the hundreds of features and services for free at www.radioheritage.net.
KTNN sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
"We're unique in that we're a world class heritage project that just happens to be based in New Zealand" adds Mr Ricquish. "It's also great that so many Kiwis already use us for finding out more about radio in New Zealand. This grant will help us do more to tell Kiwi stories and protect Kiwi radio memorabilia" he also said.
Radio has always been borderless. Interconnections between countries and cultures are immense, and the Radio Heritage Foundation is funded by supporters in many countries. It receives no government grants or support from the mainstream radio industry.
This independence comes at a cost, but after 10 years online, backed by many thousands of items of original radio memorabilia, 'grants like this from Pub Charity and increasing visitors to our project website confirm we're on the right track' says Mr Ricquish.
RTL sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
This card was issued to listeners confirming reception of ZCO for over a decade © David Ricquish Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
Queen Salote officially opens ZCO in July 1961
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