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Radio News in January 2009

Slovakia abandons mediumwave

Slovakia Radio logoSlovakia will become the latest European country to shut down its remaining mediumwave transmitters. The last three transmitters (in Presov on 702 kHz, Rimavská Sobota on 1017 kHz and in Nitra on 1098 kHz) will be switched off permanently on February 1, 2009. The three transmitters have carried Radio Patria, a channel for national minorities, which will remain only on a network of FM transmitters previously assigned to other Slovak Radio networks. Nine other mediumwave transmitters were closed down already on January 20, 2009. From Monday to Friday, Radio Patria has been on the air at 0700-1700 UTC, on Saturdays at 0600-1800 UTC and on Sundays at 0600-1900 UTC. Information about the move, announced on the domestic Slovak Radio website but not on the website of Radio Slovakia International, was published by Czech DXer Karel Honzik on mwdx mailing list
(DXing.info, January 26, 2009)


CINA brings Bollywood music to Toronto on 1650 AM

CINA 1650 logoToronto Canada has added a low-power South Asian AM station to its already wide erray of Ethnic formats. CINA, licensed in suburban Mississauga, began broadcasting on 1650 kHz with 1 kW of power in December 2008, and was soon heard across the Atlantic in Europe. CINA Radio is Canada’s first radio station licensed to serve primarily the Indo-Pakistani community. The station broadcasts programs in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Armenian, Indo-Caribbean and English. Programming is said to consist of Bollywood music and the latest hits from South Asia, as well as news, local traffic and weather.
(DXing.info, January 26, 2009)

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