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Radio News in May 2004

Hungarian Catholic Radio begins broadcasting on 1341 kHz

MKR logoMagyar Katolikus Rádió (MKR, Hungarian Catholic Radio) has begun test transmissions on 1341 kHz mediumwave. Officially the station was launched on May 30. MKR is using a 135-kilowatt transmitter located in Szolnok. The station was first reported by Hungarian DXer Laszlo Tringer on the Europe forum of the DXing.info Community. The station is founded and supported by the Hungarian Catholic Radio Corporation, which in turn has been founded by the Hungarian Bishops Conference. Previously the Catholic Church has operated Magyar Katolikus Rádió-Eger on four FM frequencies. The FM station MKR-Eger is run by the Hungarian Catholic Radio Foundation, a creation of the Archdiocese of Eger. Although the AM and FM stations have nearly the same name, they are separate stations, and will mostly air separate programming. Currently AM programming is heard at 0230-2230 UTC, though eventually in 2005 MKR will be broadcasting 24 hours a day over three different transmitters on the mediumwave band. Previously the transmitters have been used by Radio Petöfi, a national network of the public broadcaster Magyar Radio. MKR can be reached at P.O. Box 879, 1385 Budapest, Hungary, or email, and MKR-Eger can be contacted by writing to: Magyar Katolikus Rádió, Széchenyi u. 5, 3300 Eger (or: Pf. 86, 3301 Eger), Hungary. The telephone number in Eger is 36-510-610 and the station can also be reached by email.
(DXing.info, May 26, 2004, updated June 1)


New X-band station from Argentina on 1610 kHz

Radio Guaviyu has begun broadcasting from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on 1610 kHz mediumwave. Arnaldo Slaen in Buenos Aires heard the station testing on May 16, and on May 19 the station was picked up by Ole Forr all the way in Norway. Radio Guaviyu is located in Gregorio de Laferrere, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Logs of the station can be found in the South America forum of the DXing.info Community. A list of the Argentinian X-band stations and a collection of station identifications are also available.
(DXing.info, May 19, 2004, spelling corrected on June 1)


Radio Fantastica new in Buenos Aires on 1400 kHz

Radio Fantastica on 1400 kHz is the latest newcomer on the ever-changing mediumwave scene in Argentina. The station operates in the town of Lujan, in Provincia de Buenos Aires, about 80 kilometers west of the capital Buenos Aires. The station is simulcasting on 90.9 MHz, and has also been heard identifying as FM Fantastica. Arnaldo Slaen in Buenos Aires was the first DXer to log the station on May 2, and reported it in Conexion Digital No. 263.
(DXing.info, May 16, 2004)


Welsh Community radio for a month on 1449 kHz

Wham! Radio logoWham! Radio from Blaenavon in Wales hit the airwaves on May 3. Blaenavon’s community radio station is broadcasting 24 hours a day on 1449 kHz mediumwave with a power of 1 watt. Programming content is said to be all local, even overnights and weekends. The station is part of the Torfaen Community Media Enterprise Company, a community media for Blaenavon, Pontypool and Cwmbran. The station is broadcasting only until May 30. Torfaen Community Media are planning another trial station in Cwmbran later this year and ultimately hope for a permanent licence. Blaenavon is an old mining town in Southern Wales, and the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape was added to Unesco's World Heritage List in 2000. Contact information: Project Manager Alan Fossey, Tormedia, 87 Broad Street Flat 1, Blaenavon, Torfaen, NP4 9NE, United Kingdom, tel. 01495 791599.
(DXing.info, May 12, 2004)


US launches new radio service to Pakistan

VOA Radio Aap ki Dunyaa, a new Urdu-language service of the Voice of America (VOA) began transmitting 12 hours a day on May 10, providing Pakistanis and other Urdu-speakers in India and the diaspora with news, information and entertainment. Aap ki Dunyaa - "Your World" in English - features 10-minute newscasts twice an hour during prime time, and hourly newscasts throughout the night, as well as features and a mix of Pakistani, Indian, and Western music. The program runs from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Pakistan time.
     According to a press release by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Aap ki Dunyaa is staffed by 27 people in Washington as well as a network of more than 15 stringers in Pakistan, India and North America. Brian Q. Silver is chief of the service. All staffers from the original VOA Urdu Service are now part of the Aap ki Dunyaa team.
     The station is distributed on 972 kHz mediumwave from a transmitter in Tajikistan. It is also broadcast for three hours on shortwave (7 to 8 p.m., 10 to 11 p.m., and 6 to 7 a.m. Pakistan time), and carried for 12 hours on digital audio satellite and via the Internet.
(DXing.info, May 11, 2004)


World Music Radio begins testing from Denmark

WMR logoWorld Music Radio (WMR) has begun test transmissions from Denmark. The first tests on 15810 kHz shortwave were aired on May 9-11, and were first reported by Jari Savolainen in Finland. Tests aired with 500 watts of power were also picked up elsewhere in Northern Europe. In the near future test transmissions will be broadcast on 5815 kHz with 10 kW of power.
      WMR offices and a new studio were completed in February 2004, and after more than 3 months of delay, the shortwave transmitters finally arrived in mid-April 2004. Meanwhile new aerials had been erected near Karup in Central Jutland, Denmark. For more information about the station see DXing.info news in August 2003. The address of WMR remains: WMR, P.O. Box 112, DK-8900 Randers, Denmark. The station can also be reached by email.
(DXing.info, May 11, 2004, updated on May 12)



Italy's RAI closing down 80 mediumwave transmitters

RAI logoRadiotelevisione Italiana (RAI), the national broadcasting company of Italy, is closing down dozens of transmitters on the mediumwave band. RAI has been broadcasting its three national radio networks on the mediumwave band, but starting May 15, only one combined AM service will remain.
      RAI has been using a total of 127 mediumwave transmitters, including one located in France on 702 kHz. According to Italian DXers Enrico Callerio and Dario Monferini, only 46 transmitters will remain. Of the many frequencies used by RAI, 846, 981, 1305, 1332, 1512 and 1602 kHz are expected to be vacated, while the amount of transmitters on the remaining frequencies will be reduced dramatically. Also the 702 kHz transmitter in France will no longer carry RAI programming. National RAI networks continue to be heard on the FM band.
      Augusto Milana at RAI has told Francesco Clemente of radio club AIR that also the only longwave transmitter, on the frequency of 189 kHz in Caltanissetta, will be closed on May 18.
      Aside from reorganizing its mediumwave broadcasts, in the future RAI is expected to face much more profound structural changes. A controversial media reform law, passed by the parliament on April 29 and bound to be signed soon by the president, foresees the partial privatisation of RAI. The so-called Gasparri law, a victory for prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's
center-right government, relaxes limits on media ownership. It also redefines the advertising market in a way that industry analysts say will boost the revenues of Fininvest, the Berlusconi business group that dominates Italian commercial television.
      The head of RAI, Lucia Annunziata, announced her resignation on May 4 to protest against increased government interference. In a survey published by the nonprofit organization Freedom House on April 28, Italy ranked 74th in the world for press freedom, and was considered only "partly free" due to increased media concentration and subsequent political pressure.

(DXing.info, May 6, 2004, updated on May 11)

Apple AM hits the airwaves on 1431 kHz in the UK

Apple AM logoA new low-power hospital station began broadcasting in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2004. Apple AM is broadcasting 24 hours a day from the Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. For the past 35 years the station, known as Taunton Hospital Radio, has been available only through bedside headsets. As the hospital has grown, and currently has a staff on 3,500, the station is better accessible on the airwaves.
     "We broadcast request programmes, religious programmes, including the chapel services, music from shows, classical, jazz and big band. In fact music for all tastes from the last 100 years," said Apple AM chairman Tony Soley in Taunton Times on May 5. Alan Pennington of BDXC-UK was the first DXer to spot news on the station.
     The address of the station is: Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset TA1 5DA, United Kingdom. Tel: 01823 342591.
(DXing.info, May 6, 2004)

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