This was Radio Moscow! Voice of Russia marks 80th anniversary.

Posted: 31 Oct 2009   Print   Send a link
"President Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated the staff of the Voice of Russia radio company that is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its first radio broadcast. 'Throughout all these years due to highly professional work your radio station has acquired a broad audience on five continents. Voice of Russia has proved itself to be a source of prompt information about developments in our country. Your contribution to the popularization of Russian culture and spread of the Russian language in the world also deserves a high praise,' President Medvedev said in a telegram of congratulation he sent to the Voice of Russia staff. 'Today Voice of Russia upholds its position as one of the leaders of global news broadcasting. Following the best of its traditions, Voice of Russia continues to open Russia to the foreign audience and helps strengthen Russia's international contacts,' President Medvedev said in the telegram." ITAR-TASS, 29 October 2009. Telegram?
     "In 1962, 'Radio Moscow', as it was then known, was the first to tell the world that the Cuban missile crisis was over, with an announcement from the then Russian president Nikita Khrushchev." RT (Russia Today), 29 October 2009, with video.
      "The history of Russian foreign broadcasting began on 29 October 1929 with the first call signals of Radio Moscow. Those initial programs from Moscow were in German. Soon after, there began broadcasts in French, and as of December 1929 – regular broadcasts in English. The BBC was the second international radio to start broadcasting in 1932, while the Voice of America began its broadcasts only in 1942. This important anniversary is not just a good reason to recollect the past but also a chance to look in the future. The VOR`s chairman Andrei Bysrtytsky believes the company’s programs will always be in demand in various parts of the world… 'I believe the VOR will remain as popular as it is today because the information we provide is being awaited by our audiences around the globe. The major goal of international broadcasting is to let other countries get first hand information and share views on a wide range of issues. This is one of the means of international communication. But the question is which form is the best to provide information. I think that with time the Internet will surely dominate. However, it does not mean that radio will disappear. You know, cinematography did not abolish theater'." Lada Korotun, Voice of Russia, 29 October 2009.
     Some vintage audio clips of Radio Moscow are available at Dave Kernick's Interval Signals Online. See previous post about same subject.