Posted: 27 Aug 2010 Print Send a link
Update: Radio World, 26 August 2010, Leslie Stimson: "We’ve been reporting for years how U.S. international broadcasters, like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty — as well as other similar broadcasters worldwide, like the BBC World Service and Radio Netherlands — are putting more of their distribution resources into Internet, television and FM, and less on shortwave as more of their audience migrates to these newer distribution methods. The transition has been contentious, with some critics saying the Broadcasting Board of Governors has cut its shortwave resources too deeply. Despite newer audience avenues, some things, like censorship, are still around. When I worked as an on-air journalist at VOA in the mid-’80s on a program that delivered news and entertainment to Haiti, the Russians frequently tried to jam our shortwave frequencies. (And what a cat and mouse game that was. On-air and technical operations personnel wouldn’t know until right before the program aired each day what frequency we’d be using; that mattered, to get the control room and studio in-sync.)" -- I don't remember any Soviet jamming of VOA broadcasts to Haiti. Radio Moscow, transmitting on many frequencies, would often cause incidental interference to VOA broadcasts. And I don't know what the transmitting frequency would have to do with getting the "control room and studio in-sync."