Voice of Greece shortwave service, now operated by redundant ERT employees, will be turned into scrap metal.

Posted: 17 Sep 2013   Print   Send a link
radiofono.gr, 17 Sept 2013: "The degradation of Greek Radio is going on, having shortwave radio 'Voice of Greece' as a victim. This includes 39 shortwave antenna masts hosted in Avlis, which the government plans to sell as scrap metal. The shortwave service started 75 years ago and it is still transmitting in 5 frequencies that cover the globe with shows in Greek for expatriates and foreign language news. The facilities are currently controlled by redundant ERT employes and broadcast the guerrilla service of the Greek National Radio ERA. Eighteen months ago, shortwave facilities in Thessaloniki were dismantled. ... The union body of ERT notes that this is an area of 1160 acres, featuring 39 metal masts, with a height between 30 and 70 meters each, that function as the shortwave aerials that transmit the 'Voice of Greece', the ERA-pénte, across the world. 'Greek shortwave started operating in 1938 and later was also used sent information to the Greek soldiers fighting Fascists in Albania. The only ones who dared to turn it off were the Nazis during the occupation. Since the liberation, it never stopped to link the country with Greek seafarers and the Diaspora. The Voice of Greece broadcasts information, entertainment, culture and tradition from Greece with programs in 12 languages, all over the globe'." -- Even as a "guerrilla" service, the Voice of Greece has putting a commanding signal into eastern North America, with lots Greek music.