Shortwave Log, Northern Germany, August – September 2013

1. Voice of Nigeria

Blogging is interactive business, and as King Tubby (KT) has suggested a topic that would be complementary to his most recent post, this post from JR’s shortwave-log series is going to contain a few remarks about the Voice of Nigeria (VoN), the central-west African country’s foreign broadcasting service which can be heard on shortwave – in Africa, in Europe, and probably beyond.

Voice of Nigeria QSL card, 1986

Voice of Nigeria QSL card, 1986

That said, even before 1990, when the broadcaster modernized its transmitter facilities, the VoN would frequently reach central Europe with a fair signal (and not so fair modulation at the time, if I remember correctly). Along with Channel Africa from Johannesburg, VoN is, with some likelihood, the most frequently-heard African foreign broadcaster on shortwave.

In 2007, VoN staff were said to be among the best-paid media people in the country – the highest-paying employers in the industry were government-owned media, Usman Leman, national secretary of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), wrote in a contribution to a report by the international Federation of Journalists).

According to the station’s website and this Huanqiu Shibao country profile,  there doesn’t seem to be a Chinese service, but that doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be Chinese listeners – or interlocutors. In May 2008, then Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Xu Jianguo (徐建国),  gave an interview to VoN, in addition to an interview to Nigerian domestic radio, about the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. VoN staff are also occasionally interviewed by their Chinese sister organization, China Radio International (CRI).

William Onyeabor may not be a frequent guest on VoN though; the broadcaster is more about words than about music, apparently. For the latter, youtube may be the better choice. Youtube or internet radio – but don’t ask JR about the latter. Radio is radio, internet is internet, and never the twain shall meet on this blog.


2. Recent Logs

Shortwave schedules of many international broadcasters will change on October 27/28 at midnight UTC – many will move to lower frequencies. This happens every year; the summer schedule season is usually from the end of March to the end of October. But for the next few weeks, the frequencies as listed below will probably remain unchanged – and not every frequency will be changed with the winter season, obviously.

International Telecommunication Union letter codes used in the table underneath:
AFS – South Africa; ARG – Argentina; CUB – Cuba; IND – India; IRL – Ireland; KOR – South Korea; THA – Thailand.

Languages (“L.”):
E – English; G – German; J – Japanese; K – Korean; S – Spanish.







15345 RAE
Buenos Aires
 ARG G Aug 1 21:00 4 5 4
 5505 Shannon
 IRL E Aug 9 01:42 4 5 4
15160 KBS Seoul  KOR K Aug 11 09:36 4 4 4
 5040  RHC *)
 CUB S Aug 18 03:53 4 5 4
11710 RAE
Buenos Aires
 ARG J Aug 24 01:00 4 4 4
 5025 R. Rebelde  CUB S Aug 24 04:35 4 4 4
 7550 AIR Delhi  IND E Aug 26 18:30 5 5 4
 9390 R. Thailand  THA E Aug 26 19:00 4 5 4
 5980 Channel
 AFS E Sep 11 03:03 4 3 3




*) audio file »here – may be removed after ten days.



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4 Responses to “Shortwave Log, Northern Germany, August – September 2013”

  1. Crikey JR. Tremendous stuff. Only read entries on Mali and Niger (so many community radio stations) so far in your attached Status of Journalist Report 2007. Goes onto the desktop for a thorough read.

    I really wish I could dispense with rotten youtube for my music entries, but it now covers so many obscure musical corners, and I seem to hinge most posts these days around music.

    Maybe I should upgrade my technical skills and look for alternative music platforms, but youtube works for most folk if they’re interested in what I’m scribbling about.

    Yes, blogging is an interactive/collegial business and I’m really enjoying my farewell to the Sinosphere and exploration of African themes. Acknowledge all sources and links used in research.

    Its not about being a total expert on something, it’s more about enthusiasm and the willingness to do a bit of research on topics which one knows a little about.

    I used to listen to a bit of China Radio International (in English) when I lived in Hanoi in 02, and it seemed to me that it was soft power personified which had copped a lot of its formats and announcer techniques from CNN. In the long run, it really was fairy floss for the gullible.

    Nothing beats BBC.


  2. I think the BBC of the 1980s or 1990s beats the BBC of this early century, but they are still pretty good – especially the World Service, and – for more domestic British issues – Radio Four.

    China Radio International is of the same kind as RIA Novosti or Press TV, only nicer. On the English service, they keep yakking away like on any Western good-vibes station – it’s an emulation of media, and not a real medium.

    The only good foreign service is one that takes the same approach in its programming as do the domestic media. That’s two worlds in China, and the only shared goal is about manipulating people – foreigners with CRI and Chinese nationals with CNR, CCTV, and the like.

    Glad that you like the Africa report!



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