VOA Creole taken off shortwave. A step towards the closure of Greenville?

Posted: 19 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
DX Listening Digest, 15 April 2010, Glenn Hauser: "VOA has cancelled all its SW broadcasts in Haitian Creole. These were greatly expanded from three half-hours per day shortly following the January earthquake. ... On April 7, Radio Martí got another transmitter at Greenville, labeled 'temporary', making four frequencies at once during most of the day rather than three, as I previously reported. This came out of the ex- Kreyol service. That may have been when Kreyol was canceled, if not earlier in the nascent A-10 season. We suspected the extra SW for Martí was to compensate for Marathon 1180 [medium wave] being off the air temporarily, as frequently announced on RM." -- These days, most listening to VOA in Haiti is via local FM partners -- as long as they are on the air. Very few Haitians own radios with shortwave bands.
DX Listening Digest, 8 April 2010: Letter from Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) to reader Glenn Swiderski: "As you know, the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) included a proposal to close the Voice of America station outside Greenville, North Carolina. This is the last U.S. government-owned shortwave broadcasting facility in the continental United States. In my opinion, if the U.S. is going to remain in the business of beaming radio programming into foreign lands as part of our national security strategy, then it makes no sense to do what the BBG has proposed: namely, to close this station and increase our reliance on broadcasting via foreign terrestrial or satellite radio transmission facilities. Such action would be fraught with security issues and could be far more costly to taxpayers over the long term."
Heritage Foundation, 16 Apr 2010, Helle Dale: "Of critical importance [to the new Broadcasting Board of Governors is] formulating a long-term global strategy the preserves valuable short-wave assets of the U.S. government even as AM, FM, Internet and television become more prominent."
Greenville (NC) Reflector, 18 Apr 2010, Ginger Livingston: "The N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program was established in 1935 as an effort to standardize earlier efforts to commemorate people, places and events important to the state’s history, according to www.ncmarkers.com, the program’s Web site. ... [One marker] is about the former Voice of America site west of Greenville which is now occupied by East Carolina University. It’s the only marker in the state that denotes a Cold War era event... ." -- This marks the old Greenville Site C, an administrative center and satellite ground station for shortwave transmitting Site A (closed) and Site B (slated for closure).