The Voice of America should continue to use its transmitters in Afghanistan. The USAGM has just relaunched a contract opportunity for the maintenance of “diesel” transmitters and generators installed in Afghanistan. The request concerns the 16 FM broadcasting sites: located in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Asadabad, Remarque, Ghazni, Herat, Jalabad, Kandahar, Khost, Lowgar, Lagman, Lash kar Gah, Nuristan, Pakitka Sharan and Qalatet. As well as the Khost medium wave transmitter. The USAGM AM site in Kabul would not be affected since it is operated by Afghan radio. FB page Radios du Monde had previously reported that a tender had been launched in October 2021. However, this was withdrawn a few weeks later, following the Taliban takeover. This tries to prove that an agreement would indeed have been reached between the US Government and the Taliban.
List of the received stations: 1521 – Russian unlisted station 1278 – Ukrainian radio 1st program – still on air 657 – RAI 1, Pisa, Italy – mixed with 657 kHz – Ukrainian radio 1st program, Chernivci, Ukraine (20 kW) 1566 kHz (250 kW) – FEBC Korea, Jeju island, South Korea
Georgi Gočev (LZ1EBM), Sofia, Bulgaria (2022-03-31)
KSL Newradio [1160 kHz] Salt Lake City’s Centennial Celebration The Focus Of Documentary. The history of KSL Salt Lake City will be focus of a documentary that will air simultaneously on the Bonneville news/talk outlet and co-owned KSL-TV this Saturday, April 2 at 4pm local time. The first broadcast from KSL, then identified as KZN, took place May 6, 1922. Read the full story on InsideRadio
David Ocar to I Love AM Radio FB group (2022-03-31)
WWL 870 kHz celebrates 100 years. It was 1922. Warren G. Harding was president, Lindbergh was still five years away from flying across the Atlantic, Louis Armstrong had just set off for Chicago to become a star, and some forward-thinking Jesuits up at Loyola University set up a newfangled “radio station,” New Orleans’ first. Fast forward 100 years and WWL radio is still broadcasting. The Big 870 is a much-loved mainstay for locally focused news, political talk, Saints and LSU football broadcasts, traffic reports and weather prognostication. Starting this week, WWL will celebrate its century on the air with a series of special historic segments, dating back to 1962 when President John F. Kennedy commented on the station’s public service role during the Cuban missile crisis, a tense faceoff with the Soviet Union. The station will also revisit its innovative emergency reporting during the devastation following Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 flood, and — on a much happier note — its coverage of the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl victory.
Mike Terry to Medium Wave Circle FB group (2022-03-30)
A ‘CANNIBAL CME’ IS APPROACHING EARTH: A strong G3-class geomagnetic storm is possible later this week when a ‘Cannibal CME’ hits Earth’s magnetic field. It’s a ‘cannibal’ because it ate one of its own kind en route to our planet. The mash-up of two CMEs could spark naked-eye auroras visible from northern-tier US states. Full story @ Spaceweather.com.
Christian Ghibaudo wrote on the BDXC.io group on 27 March 2022:
Indeed, in order to reduce the energy bill, night broadcasting (when there are fewer listeners) is suspended. Following the surge in energy prices, BCE increased the rental price of transmitters. RTL/M6 doesn’t want to pay more, so the only option was to decrease airtime. A reminder the Luxembourg transmitter on 234 kHz does NOT belong to RTL but to BCE Luxembourg.
Mike Terry to Longwaveradiolistening iog (2022-03-29)