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A Visit to PPE Observatório Nacional

Martin Butera takes us on a tour of the Brazilian time & frequency station PPE Observatório Nacional...
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Georgia Radio Is On the Mind as the Peach State Celebrates #Radio100

From the strains of bluegrass in the 1950s to the live radio calls of Georgia Bulldogs football, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) is honoring radio's 100th anniversary by recognizing the myriad ways radio has served citizens across the Peach State...
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CHU, Canada’s Time Station

It is nestled in a farmer's field in southwestern Ottawa, Canada, in a protected area known as the Greenbelt, surrounded by miles of sprawling suburbia. It is CHU, Canada's own automated time station. Operating from a 1940s-era transmitter building and three vertical antenna towers, CHU broadcasts automated voice time signals in both English and French 24/7....
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America's voice goes silent in Berlin as last US radio station closes

The postwar American presence on Berlin's airways that began in the summer of 1945 when the city was still digging itself out of the rubble of World War II ended this month as the last U.S. radio station in the German capital ceased operation. For years, the station, known in its final iteration as KCRW Berlin, offered listeners a daily helping of local English-language news and eclectic music...
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The Radio Scene on Four Little Greek Islands – Part 2

Join Adrian Petersen from AWR's Wavescan as he explores more radio history of the Greek Islands...
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4AT Atherton

Five miles east of Atherton and about midway between Yungaburra and Malanda, the road crosses Gwynne Creek. Close by, on a 60 acre low lying block of ground described as sub 1 of portion 306, parish of East Barron, country Nares, lies 4AT...
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You Have Been Listening

"You Have Been Listening.." is a station 3YA anniversary programme marking 25 years of broadcasting in Christchurch. Consists of music, narration and brief interviews with many broadcasters and performers who appeared on air between 1926 and 1951...
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The Women Who Overcame Radio's Earliest Glass Ceilings

Before the dawn of broadcasting, women were frequently hired as wireless operators, and so it was not a surprise that women’s voices were heard as announcers and program hosts in the early days of broadcast radio....
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Remembering Rediffusion: Singapore

Rediffusion Singapore was established in the late 1940's bringing a Cable Radio Service thousands of subscribers in Singapore at a time when radio sets were very expensive and reception of such stations very poor....
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The Radio Scene on Four Little Greek Islands – Part 1

Join Adrian Petersen from AWR's Wavescan as he explores the radio history of the Greek Islands....
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WVTI Studio, Cebu City, 1945

A rare photo of the WVTI studio in Cebu City, 1945.
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Rare Photos from WXLN, Nome, Alaska, 1945

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Visit to Rádio Nacional da Amazônia

Rádio Nacional da Amazônia, the largest complex of medium transmitters and shortwave transmitters in Latin America and the fifth most powerful transmitting station in the world.

Martin Butera tours their site...
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KING-FM Studios Hit the High Notes

KING-FM had occupied its studios in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle for more than two decades when its landlord informed management that the building would be torn down for condos.

The station began looking for a new long-term home...
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Visit to Rádio Nacional da Amazônia

Rádio Nacional da Amazônia, the largest complex of medium transmitters and shortwave transmitters in Latin America and the fifth most powerful transmitting station in the world.

Martin Butera tours their site...
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Why WWV and WWVH Still Matter

Last year was one of both celebration and uncertainty for WWV, the station adjacent to Fort Collins, Colo., that transmits automated time broadcasts on the shortwave bands...
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The Story of Hutt River Radio

Several recent news reports tell us that the half century old Hutt River Principality, a self proclaimed independent nation within Australia, has finally come to an end, and it has since rejoined the Commonwealth of Australia. The Hutt River Principality was the oldest of Australia's independent micro-nations, and it has served as an interesting tourist attraction for those who dared to drive out into the semi-desert areas of Western Australia...
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Radio Broadcasting Becomes a Reality
KDKA on Nov. 2, 1920

Here's how KDKA became the medium's standard bearer 100 years ago...
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Florida AM Station Plans to Go All-Digital

A Florida AM radio station plans to go all-digital soon, now that the Federal Communications Commission has allowed such transitions...
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Radio Broadcasting Becomes a Reality
KDKA on Nov. 2, 1920

Here's how KDKA became the medium's standard bearer 100 years ago...
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Communications and IT Minister Reopens NBC Gulf Building

Minister for Information & Communication Technology, Hon Timothy Masiu left Kerema Town yesterday extremely pleased to have officially reopened the NBC Gulf office and studio building after it was condemned by the Gulf provincial health authorities...
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Visit Radio Globo and Radio CBN Sao Paulo Brazil

Martin Butera reports on a visit to Radio Globo & Radio CBN in Sao Paulo.
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We've Turned 500!

We've recently added the 500th feature to our website. That's now over 500 items of radio and broadcasting history preserved for the future, and for your enjoyment! Explore our site - you never know what you might find.

But wait! There's more! We have launched a new, more interactive, interface to all our stories, with even more historic content. You can find the new interface at

PAL August 2020 Update

Bruce Portzer's Pacific Asia Listeners (PAL) Guide has been updated to the August 2020 edition.

You can download a PDF copy or search and browse the on-line database version from the "Our Radio Guides" sidebar or our Radio Guides page.

Samoa's Radio 2AP Redevelopment Project

Enjoy this YouTube video from Australia's ABC on the redevelopment project at 2AP...
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KNX, Los Angeles
A Centennial Station

The station will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sept. 10.

In 1920, Fred Christian left his employment as a Marconi shipboard radio operator to become the manager of the Electric Lighting Supply Co. in Los Angeles. In addition to selling lighting fixtures, he began to offer the radio parts that tinkerers needed to build their own homemade radio sets...
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4ZM "Voice of Dunedin"

Stastion 4ZM, in Dunedin, New Zealand, is one of the most modern of the medium-power "B" stations now operating in New Zealand...
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The Rise and Fall of Radio Avon

A radio documentary about Christchurch's first private station Radio Avon, created as a 700-level major project by Richard Holstein, a student at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, Christchurch Polytechnic. Narrated by Nikki Reece...
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Doggo Days

The changing of the guard at the Wellington Transmission Centre took place every day at 7 a.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the afternoon shift commenced at 3 p.m. and, on Sundays, the morning and evening shifts commenced at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. There were other shifts such as noon to six, eleven to five, and eight to five, but the three key shifts kept the transmission station running around the clock...
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NBC Morobe
The Forgotten Kundu

COMMENTARY: By Sylvester Gawi in Lae

I grew up in the 90's listening to NBC Radio - Radio Kundu - which was informative and always reaching out to the mass population of Papua New Guinea who can afford a transistor radio...
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Office of War Information
Central Pacific Operations
Photo Essay Booklet

This photo essay booklet from the estate of John C Seehaas has been the source of material for several articles on our website. We've now converted the original booklet to a web-browsable document for your enjoyment...
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2JJ 40th

Highlights the first hour of the official 2JJ broadcast from 1975 with a YouTube interview with the first voice on 2JJ AM, Holger Brockman
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World Radio History

The website formerly known as AmericanRadioHistory.Com had recently rebranded as WorldRadioHistory.Com. There you will find a treasure trove of historical radio & broadcasting related publications & documents.

The new website can be found at:

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Make sure you have an hour or two free before you visit it though!

Shaky Raoul Island


"Raoul's calling you and he sounds worried!" said the radio technician at Makara Radio when I answered the orderwire...
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Radio Fifeshire Nelson
Early Documents

We recently unearthed a collection of documents relating to the short-term broadcast of Radio Fifeshire, Nelson, New Zealand, over the summer of 1982/83...
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THE hush of early morning is broken only by the staccato beat of an isolated gasoline engine in a tent in an alfalfa field just beyond the city limits. A sleepy radio operator reads the meters of a portable transmitter arid makes an entry in his log. "One more hour," he yawns, "and the job is finished."

On the other side of town a mysterious looking car pulls up at a corner. The driver reads the street names, marks the spot on a map, then snaps on a complicated looking receiving set hung from the roof behind his seat. No sound comes forth. Instead, the needles of two meters swing across the scales. Rotating the loop aerial protruding through the roof, the driver secures maximum reading, makes a note of it, then goes on down the street...
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Shetland Islands Broadcasting Company
The most democratic station in the country?

As the presenter reads news items coming in from Shetland to Japan and Ecuador, I realise there's no heirarchy.

It's 8am on the island of Bressay and the news on 18 April is of the earthquake in Ecuador; then a report on today's fish landings across the Shetland area (1,800 boxes)...
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Lure of the Trail
Programme No. 13: Urewera Country
NZ Department of Tourist & Publicity, 1939

In the late 1930s the New Zealand Department of Tourist and Publicity produced a series of radio programmes to encourage New Zealanders to holiday within New Zealand rather than travelling overseas.
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World's Greatest Radio Listening Post

RADIO fans take pride in the number of stations they can "log" and verify, especially if these are at a great distance. Contests for the most successful listening are as popular, now that one may hear Australia or South America, as they were in the days when people sat up in the hope of hearing Pittsburgh or Schenectady. However, the prize for the world's most systematic listening should go to Mdlle. Marianne (the personification of the French Republic, as Uncle Sam is that of the United States). She has erected the world's most elaborate receiving station for the purpose of listening to and recording broadcasts, as illustrated here.

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KUAM Isla 63 AM Guam Ceases Broadcasting

CHamoru radio trailblazer Isla 63 AM to cease broadcasting on May 1st

KUAM Isla 63 AM will cease broadcasting on the radio on May 1, according to KUAM Communications.

For over 66 years, KUAM AM radio has informed and entertained local audiences through Isla 63. It's provided a community connection for quality local programming and it's been advocate, influencer and media trailblazer for CHamoru language and culture through entertainment.
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Remembering Rediffusion: Trinidad

Radio Trinidad Station Transmitters

Rediffusion in Trinidad was a fundamentally different proposition from it's service in England which was primarily a matter of diffusing BBC programmes so that listeners could hear them better and more easily than they could on an ordinary radio receiver.
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Rare QSL from WSZD Ponape

PONAPE Eastern Caroline Islands WSZD – March 1967

Radio Station WSZD was a government owned broadcaster serving Ponape in the US Trust Territory of the Pacific.
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Remembering Rediffusion: Malaya

The KL Rediffusion Building c1960

Rediffusion (Malaya) Sdn Bhd
17, Jalan Pahang
53000 Kula Lumpur
Malaya Tel : 603-4424544

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Manx Radio History

Manx Radio is the national public service broadcaster of the Isle of Man and broadcasts from its own studios at Broadcasting House in Douglas.
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Remembering Rediffusion: Hong Kong

Rediffusion House, Broadcast Drive, HK. (1968)

Rediffusion ( Hong Kong ) Limited
Rediffusion House 81 Broadcast Dr
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong Tel: 4424544

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KZOO Radio Celebrates 50 Years of Radio Broadcasting in Hawaii

KZOO Radio is proud to celebrate 50 years of radio broadcasting in Hawaii, and now our main focus is on the future and evolving so that KZOO is around another 50 years!
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