United States

Former BET, PBS and NPR/Public Radio International host Tavis Smiley’s Smiley Audio Company will launch its new Black Talk format on 1580 KBLA Santa Monica/Los Angeles on Saturday, June 19.

The Juneteenth launch follows Smiley’s purchase of the station last fall from Multicultural Radio Broadcasting for $7.15 million.

Smiley has tapped Elston Howard Butler to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of KBLA and parent Smiley Audio Company. Butler joins KBLA from Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions Adult R&B 102.3 KJLH Inglewood where he has served as Market Manager since January 2019. He has also served as VP/Sales for iHeartMedia Riverside CA, Local Sales Manager for 790 KABC Los Angeles, and held sales positions at CBS Radio, Evergreen Media, Cox Radio and KJLH in Los Angeles.

KJLH has also unveiled its daily on-air schedule which features a few other KJLH veterans.

Dominique DiPrima will move from the 430-6am slot on KJLH to anchor “First Things First With Dominique DiPrima” from 6-9am at KBLA. DiPrima, who had been with KJLH since 2005, previously hosted “Street Science with Dominique di Prima” at 92.3 and 100.3 KKBT where she also was a part of Steve Harvey’s morning show.

Smiley himself will host from 9am to 12pm. He will be followed by Danny Morrison from 12 to 2pm. Morrison will continue to host mornings at Cesar Chavez Foundation Rhythmic CHRs “Forge 95.3” KBHH Kernan/Fresno and “Forge 103.9” KBDS Taft/Bakersfield.

Reach Media’s syndicated DL Hughley Show will follow from 2-4pm. Comedian Alonzo Bodden will host afternoons from 4-7pm. Dr. Jeshana Johnson will host “Let’s Get Intimate with Dr. Jeshana Johnson” from 7 to 9pm. Another KJLH alum, Don Amiche will host “Don Amiche vs. Everybody + Crysta and Kiara” from 9pm to midnight. Amiche spent 11 years at KJLH from 2007 to 2018 and most recently was a producer for Westwood One’s Pat McAfee Show. He has also worked on-air at KJMZ Lawton, KQXC Wichita Falls, KZZA Dallas, KWIN Stockton, XHTZ San Diego, and served as Creative Services Director for KNX Los Angeles.
RadioInsight (2021-06-11)

United Kingdom

BBC Radio Wales Wrexham 657 KHz closed down and started playing a retune loop at 12:05 PM on June 9 2021.

Meanwhile, BBC Radio Wales Penmon 882 KHz is playing a regular announcement that they will be closing down on June 23 along with retune information.  The message is repeated every half hour at 19 and 49 past the hour.

Liron (2021-06-09)


CHLO AM530 first AM station in Canada to adopt HD Technology.
In another milestone and innovative move, Evanov Communications announced that today it began testing CHLO AM530 in HD. CHLO was the first station founded by the company. It is a heritage ethnic station that programs to many cultural and linguistic communities in the Toronto CMA. Its primary reach and focus are on the very large and diverse South-Asian audience.
CHLO AM530 is the first and only AM station in the country to adopt digital HD technology. Evanov’s VP and Regulatory Affairs, Carmela Laurignano, said: “We are excited to be on the leading edge. Radio broadcasting has endured, withstood, and adapted over its history and continues to remain relevant because operators have understood and adjusted to market conditions. These last few years have been especially challenging for the medium. Unregulated platforms and distribution mechanisms have been allowed to run rampant while radio continues to be taxed with restrictions and fees. Distribution of the over-the-air programming not only offers a more reliable, clear signal and sound for the listener, it might also prove in some cases, to be a lifeline for the AM band which is so challenged to the point of being abandoned. The Covid-19 Pandemic effect has further aggravated the situation.”
Canadian Radio News FB group (2021-06-08)


Translated by Google from Spanish:
Radio Nicaragua incorporated a powerful amplitude modulated transmitter
Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños inaugurated in Managua the new transmitter of the state “Radio Nicaragua”, with the capacity to cover the entire national territory.
The Amplitude Modulated transmitter was acquired by “Radio Nicaragua” at a cost of $ 175,000, as a result of a loan granted by a local bank that will be repaid within two years with the government’s guarantee.
The modern equipment that began transmissions with a power of 30,000 watts replaced another that had been operating since 1974 from this state radio station founded in 1960.
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Original text:
Radio Nicaragua incorporó potente transmisor de amplitud modulada.
El presidente nicaragüense, Enrique Bolaños, inauguró en Managua el nuevo transmisor de la estatal “Radio Nicaragua”, con capacidad para cubrir todo el territorio nacional.
El transmisor de Amplitud Modulada fue adquirido por “Radio Nicaragua” a un coste de 175.000 dólares, producto de un préstamo concedido por un banco local que será pagado en un plazo de dos años con el aval del gobierno.
El moderno equipo que inició transmisiones con una potencia de 30.000 vatios repone a otro que funcionaba desde 1974 de esta radio emisora estatal fundada en 1960.
Grupo Radioeschucha Argentino (2021-06-06)

South Korea

The radio station that doesn’t exist.
Translated by Google from German:
“There has been something really interesting in South Korea since 2019: a large medium-wave transmitter that doesn’t even exist. This is to be understood as a further addition to the programs unofficially broadcast by the secret service NIS, (in the opinion of some observers: not only) intended for listeners in North Korea.
The non-existent transmitter is at Yeoncheon, six kilometres from the border area that precedes the actual demilitarized zone around the armistice line (12 km away).
This is the AM radio station that is closest to the inner-Korean border. It is located above the Imjin / Rimjin River, from a tourist vantage point it can be seen as on a presentation plate.
The transmitter was built in the second half of 2018 and put into operation on May 1, 2019. It works on the frequency 756 kHz, which the Korean Broadcasting System had previously cleared in early 2015.
In Pyongyang, they were apparently aware of what the South Korean side was planning as early as 2017. At the time, interference appeared that was not yet present while KBS was using the frequency. Outside observers immediately wondered what might be in the bush here.
The program, which has been broadcast on 756 kHz since 2019, has no real name. Characteristic is the opening of the broadcast hours with encouraging slogans and the announcement of the “news centre” (“News Gwangjang”).
Individual contributions will also appear in English in the programs. They are not produced in-house; rather, the designers use a wide variety of sources here. The Korean-language material also seems to come, at least in part, from KBS, whether officially or not.
From a South Korean listener’s point of view, this station is a real Flying Dutchman. The antenna, which consists of three towers, bundles the signal strength to the north, which means that it can be heard as far as Siberia, but is overlaid in large parts of South Korea by the transmitters in China, which also operate at 756 kHz.
Mention of the station is also undesirable. Something like that has very concrete consequences in South Korea. There is strong internet censorship in the country, one of which can also be viewed from abroad: the warning page to which calls from blocked addresses are redirected.
With domestically operated websites, certain content simply disappears quietly. According to Chris Kadlec, a radio fan from the USA, this is exactly what happened with mentions of the station 756 kHz.

Original text in German:
In Südkorea gibt es seit 2019 etwas recht interessantes: Einen Mittelwellen-Großsender, den es überhaupt nicht gibt. Darunter zu verstehen ist eine weitere Ergänzung der vom Geheimdienst NIS inoffiziell ausgestrahlten, (nach Meinung einiger Beobachter: nicht nur) für Hörer in Nordkorea bestimmten Sendungen.
Die nicht existierende Sendeanlage steht bei Yeoncheon, sechs Kilometer vor dem Grenzgebiet, das der eigentlichen demilitarisierten Zone um die (hier 12 km entfernte) Waffenstillstandslinie vorgeschaltet ist.
Damit handelt es sich um den am dichtesten an die innerkoreanische Grenze herangerückten AM-Rundfunksender. Er befindet sich, von einem touristischen Aussichtspunkt wie auf dem Präsentierteller zu sehen, oberhalb des Flusses Imjin/Rimjin.
Die Sendeanlage wurde im zweiten Halbjahr 2018 gebaut und am 1. Mai 2019 in Betrieb genommen. Sie arbeitet auf der Frequenz 756 kHz, die das Korean Broadcasting System zuvor Anfang 2015 geräumt hatte.
In Pjöngjang war man anscheinend schon 2017 darüber im Bilde, was die südkoreanische Seite hier plant. Seinerzeit tauchten Störsendungen auf, die während der Nutzung der Frequenz durch KBS noch nicht präsent waren. Außenstehende Beobachter fragten sich deshalb sogleich, was hier wohl im Busch sein mag.
Das nun seit 2019 auf 756 kHz ausgestrahlte Programm hat keinen wirklichen Namen. Charakteristisch ist die Eröffnung der Sendestunden mit aufmunternden Sprüchen und der Ankündung des „Nachrichtenzentrums“ („News Gwangjang“).
In den Sendungen erscheinen auch einzelne Beiträge in englischer Sprache. Sie werden nicht selbst produziert; vielmehr bedienen sich die Gestalter hier aus den unterschiedlichsten Quellen. Auch das koreanischsprachige Material scheint zumindest teilweise, ob nun offiziell oder nicht, von KBS zu stammen.
Aus südkoreanischer Hörersicht ist dieser Sender ein regelrechter Fliegender Holländer. Die aus drei Türmen bestehende Antenne bündelt das Signal stark nach Norden, wodurch es zwar bis nach Sibirien zu hören ist, in weiten Teilen von Südkorea aber von den ebenfalls auf 756 kHz arbeitenden Sendern in China überlagert wird.
Zudem sind Erwähnungen des Senders unerwünscht. So etwas hat in Südkorea ganz konkrete Folgen. In dem Land gibt es eine ausgeprägte Internetzensur, von der ein Baustein auch aus dem Ausland betrachtet werden kann: Die Warnseite, zu der Aufrufe gesperrter Adressen umgeleitet werden.
Bei den im Inland betriebenen Internetseiten verschwinden bestimmte Inhalte auch einfach still und leise. Nach Angaben von Chris Kadlec, einem aus den USA stammenden Rundfunkfan, ist genau das auch schon mit Erwähnungen des Senders 756 kHz passiert.
Nicht aus Südkorea betrieben und deshalb für die dortigen Zensoren unerreichbar ist eine von Kadlec gepflegte umfangreiche Seite über die Mittelwellenszene aus Seouler Sicht, die auch in Wort und Ton auf die Spezialität 756 kHz eingeht.
Kai Ludwig in Radio Eins Radio-News (2021-06-04)