“Sharp”: RAE’s “Siempre Argentina”

Siempre Argentina, the English Connection is an infotainment show on the English service of Radiodifusión Argentina al Exterior (RAE), the foreign broadcasting service of Argentine public radio, hosted by Mirian Turkula and Fernando Farias. Two editions a day are aired from Monday through Friday, and both of those are now broadcast live, according to the station’s announcement on January 3/4.

The evening edition (local time), i. e. 02:00 to 03:00 UTC, on 11710 kHz, used to be pre-recorded, but that’s apparently changed with the beginning of 2013.

Radio Argentina al Exterior (RAE) QSL card, 1980s

Radio Argentina al Exterior (RAE) QSL card, 1980s. The station is still active on shortwave in seven languages – Spanish, German, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese.

The earlier (afternoon local time) broadcast wasn’t specifically mentioned in the announcement early this morning (UTC), but it should be the one on 15345 kHz at 18:00 UTC. Besides shortwave,

you can also listen to us in perfect sound quality through the internet,

the station said, and theoretically, according to the announcement, you’d find RAE online – in English – here. [Update, 20151108: here.]

I didn’t find that link. But it doesn’t matter, because this is perfect sound quality to me.

You can also listen to a letter by Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to British prime minister David Camerón, umm, Cameron, concerning the Falkland Islands or Islas Malvinas, read out on the recording linked to in the previous paragraph.

According to RAE, the Guardian – one of the papers who carried de Kirchner’s letter – wrote that the wording was “sharp”.

Also kind of sharp was this letter. It wasn’t official, though – that official answer from the Falklands is here.

But apparently, no cartoon of this kind – criticizing the Guardian for publishing the letter – has emerged yet. Back then, in 1982, Michael Cummings targeted the BBC for their – probably highly professional (i. e. lacking jingoism)  coverage of the Falklands War.

Apparently, the shortwave broadcasts from Argentina can’t be taken for granted – they were said to be at risk in 2010/2011, as costly repairs were looming. According to the same source, the transmitter was also closed for several months in 2008, but then came back to its usual 15345 kHz frequency.

German shortwave broadcasts from Argentina started on April 11, 1949, then by the Servicio Nacional Radiofónico Argentina. They ended in 1955, after a military coup against then president Juan Perón, but came back with newly-founded RAE on February 12, 1958. Apparently during the reign of the last military junta, i. e. in the 1970s or early in the 1980s, presenter Carl Dieter Gredé (born in the late 1940s) tried to convey nuanced news coverage to the station’s German-speaking listeners, and finally also a coded call for his own rescue. With international support, he was able to leave Argentina, and later published his memories with an Austrian publisher, according to the webpages of Hansjörg Biener, in Nuremberg.

If I remember correctly, the German service was interrupted for some time in the 1980s, too, before it came back in the mid-1980s. The first RAE broadcasts I listened to were in English.

The German broadcast, presented by Rayén Braun and Carlos Diaz Rocca, is also aired live, at 21:00 UTC on 15345 kHz.



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Updates / Related

» RAE history (in German), J. Theobald, May 15, 2015


4 Responses to ““Sharp”: RAE’s “Siempre Argentina””

  1. Anything emanating out of Argentina cannot be taken seriously. While psychoanalysis has fallen out of favour in the rest of the world among the rich and troubled, Argentina now tops the world for the largest number of analysists per head of population. Also in terms of gated communities, kidnappings and bank robberies,


  2. Gated communities may be something rather new in Argentina (don’t know about the past), but it’s no particular characteristic of only that country. And frankly, I’m not sure where Europe (including Germany) is heading. I’m not gloomy, but given our political class, and a wide-spread apolitical apathy here, it’s hard to rule anything out.

    Anyway, I thought I shouldn’t reply at once so as to leave space for angry Argentine comments. But they don’t seem to read here.



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