A solemn session in honor of 100 years radio jubilee in Brazil, celebrated in September, was held on Tuesday (Nov. 22) in the House of Representatives, in Brasilia.
The head of Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC), Glen Valente, pointed out in his speech the evolution of the vehicle throughout the years and the new instruments added such as streaming channels [data transmission over the Internet] and podcasts , for example.
Valente talked about the work of Rádio Nacional da Amazônia, which broadcasts in short waves to that region, and mentioned the broadcaster’s social function, which he compared to a kind of “WhatsApp of the Amazon”. Since communication via telephone or internet is still precarious in some locations in the Amazon, EBC`s head explained that many listeners send messages to their relatives and friends through airwaves.
According to Valente, the radio continues and will always be a platform that everyone has to keep on investing in because it will always exist. “The other platforms will be added to the radio – an older instrument of communication in Brazil,” he said.

Brazil has more than ten thousand active radio stations.
Agência Brasil – Brasília 23 November 2022.

Mike Terry to nordx iog (2022-11-23)

United Kingdom

BBC‘s first transmission was on 360 meters (=832.756 kHz) according to this notice in The Times November 14th, 1922 / Ed

Svenn Martinsen to Arctic Radio Club FB group (2022-11-14)

United Kingdom

Mystery of BBC radio’s first broadcasts revealed 100 years on

The BBC is celebrating the centenary of its first official broadcast – a news bulletin that included a court report from the Old Bailey, details of London fog disruption, and billiards scores.

It was broadcast by London station 2LO, but new research shows many early BBC moments came from northern England.

Manchester station 2ZY aired the first children’s show and introduced the first regular weather forecast.

Birmingham’s 5IT station broadcast the first “official concert”

The BBC that began broadcasting at 6pm on 14 November 1922 was not the British Broadcasting Corporation of today. It was in fact the British Broadcasting Company and was made up of separate stations around the country operated by different companies.

London 2LO was run by the Marconi company. Manchester’s station was operated by Metropolitan-Vickers.

More on this story here:

Mike Terry to WRTH FB group (2022-11-14)


Dan Sys’ rwcrn page has alerted me to the very recent announcement that 540 CBT Grand Falls, Newfoundland will move to FM on 31st December.

CBC’s Radio One in Grand Falls NL (CBT) will leave AM for 93.3FM on 31st December. CBT started originally on 1350kHz in July 1949 with 1kW. CBT moved to 540kHz in 1965 and the power increased to 10kW. CBC applied to the CRTC to move to 93.3FM with 100kW in July 2021, the move* was granted on 26th January 2022. In granting the move, the CRTC stated that they received no interventions to the proposal. The new FM station is located in Botwood, about 25km north-east of the existing AM site which is in Grand Falls itself. CBT-FM was reported on air on 3rd November and CBC say that 540 will close on 31st December.

CBT vacating 540 will leave the 50kW CBC Radio One CBK in Watrous, Saskatchewan as the sole remaining high-power CBC Radio One outlet on 540kHz. NB there are two LPRTs, each of 40W, in British Columbia (source: own records, rwcrn, CBC website and

It would be good to see a few logs of this station published in DX Loggings before it goes silent. With it being relatively common I feel it likely that CBT is under-reported in DX Loggings. One thing is for certain, unless there is a change of plan there will be no logs of CBT in 2023. That may mean more logs of CBK, but I am not placing any money on that outcome!

Andrew Brade to mwcircle iog (2022-11-04)

United Kingdom

Today is the BBC’s 100th birthday. But after a century on air, its next few years are likely to determine whether the BBC survives in a recognisable form by the end of the decade.

When the BBC came into being in the aftermath of the first world war, it was to solve a commercial problem. British industrialists were trying to sell radio receivers to the general public, but no one wanted to hand over money for an expensive piece of kit if there wasn’t anything to listen to. A group of manufacturers led by Marconi came together to seek approval from the government and created the private British Broadcasting Company – later reformed as a less overtly commercial Corporation – to produce suitable content.

BBC transmissions began in November 1922, when it took over Marconi’s existing medium wave 2LO station, broadcast from a transmitter at the company’s headquarters on the Strand in central London. (The same rooftop is now a bar called Radio.) Many things have changed since then, but others have not: The first programme included a report on a speech by Andrew Bonar Law, a newly appointed Tory prime minister struggling to retain control of his fractious party who would last just a few more months in office.

Other news items included a report on a robbery, the sale of a Shakespeare folio, and the weather. (It was foggy.) According to the BBC, the broadcast was read twice – once at normal speed, once at half speed – with listeners asked to say which they preferred.

A century later, the BBC continues to reach tens of millions of people with similar radio broadcasts – including, for at least a few more years, using medium wave transmissions that would be recognisable to its founders. But it can no longer rely on its privileged dominance of limited broadcast spectrum to reach the public.

Jim Waterson, The Guardian (2022-10-18)

United Kingdom

“The Home of Radio, the story of 90-year-old BBC Broadcasting House

The first live radio programmes from BBC Broadcasting House in London were in 1932.
Broadcasting House was the BBC’s first purpose-built home for radio broadcasting, and now in it’s 90th year, BBC Radio 4 Extra is to air a special programme about the iconic building, which was first broadcast by Radio 4 in 2006.

Designed by G Val Myer and Raymond McGrath, the building has 9 floors above ground and 3 below. It was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Mary in 1932 and the first programme broadcast from it was Henry Hall and his Dance Band.

His Majesty King George V gave the first royal Christmas message from Broadcasting House the same year, and Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘fight them on the beaches’ speech was broadcast from it in 1940. Many programmes have been made from within its walls, which even withstood bombing in World War 2.

Women’s Hour, Today and Radio’s 1, 2, 3 and 4 were all launched from Broadcasting House.

The current form of the greater W1 Broadcasting House development began in 2003, and now houses the BBC News department and the TV studio where The One Show is made.

In 2006, David Hatch, whose career spanned from Light Entertainment Producer to Managing Director of Radio, took a guided tour of Broadcasting House, resulting in a programme which reveals its extraordinary history and significance. He spends an hour reflecting on the talent that worked there, from George Orwell to Spike Milligan.

The Home of Radio can be heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Tuesday 18 October, 11am – 12pm BST.

Mike Terry, bdxc-news via WOR iog (2022-10-12)

Radio Museum

I would like to inform you about an activity which is maybe interesting for you/your webpage in this context. As a passionate radio enthusiast and member of I have initiated the project COHIRADIA which aims at conserving whole AM broadcasting bands (raw broadband signals) containing all stations active at a certain time. My archive is still small but growing and dates back to 2006 when, among others, German, Dutch, Swiss and French MW and LW transmitters were still active.

On Sept. 10th I recorded many hours of the MW band with an RSP1A SDR (overall more than 120 GB) and (so far) archived the part with the last hour of RAI MW on two files:

RAI_MW_theEND_lasthour.wav  (64 min 18GB)

RAI_MW_theEND_incl_anthem.wav (approx 13 min, short version, 4GB)

These files can be played back by any interested person on a PC with software like SDRUno or SDR#. Several Italian stations, especially on 900 and 657 kHz, can be listened to until the very end with the Italian Anthem conducted by Fabio Luisi and the 24:00 time signal. So they may complement the Audio file which was added on 11-09 ( Kai Ludwig to WOR iog). People who possess a STEMLAB125-14 by Redpitaya can even play back and tune through on old analogue radios.

In the next weeks I will also add recordings from 10th of August when I took a Ferry to Greece from Venice and recorded the MW band with most Italian transmitters both during daytime and nighttime.

I would be happy if you find my contribution interesting enough for a short comment in your very informative webpage.

Best regards

Hermann Scharfetter, OE6TWF (2022-09-13)