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.
January 26, 2009)
Bollywood music to Toronto on 1650 AM
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 Canadas 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.
January 26, 2009)
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