Catholic Radio begins broadcasting on 1341 kHz
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.
May 26, 2004, updated June 1)
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.
May 19, 2004, spelling corrected on June 1)
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.
May 16, 2004)
Community radio for a month on 1449 kHz
Radio from Blaenavon in Wales hit the airwaves on
May 3. Blaenavons 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.
May 12, 2004)
new radio service to Pakistan
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
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.
May 11, 2004)
Music Radio begins testing from Denmark
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.
May 11, 2004, updated on May 12)
RAI closing down 80 mediumwave transmitters
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
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
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
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.
May 6, 2004, updated on May 11)
hits the airwaves on 1431 kHz in the UK
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.
May 6, 2004)
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