Monday, January 23, 2012

R. Bulgaria To Leave Air 1/31

The continual dropping off of one government short wave broadcast service after another can be explained by general lack of money and new priorities following the end of the Cold War.

It still remains distressing, however. It reinforces the popular idea that "short wave is dead," and makes it easier to gain approval for new products that do not conform to EM compatibility standards. Then we as ute DXers get hurt when the noise floor goes up again.

It's easy to say that Internet can do the same job, except for one pesky little fact, which is that it can't.  Radio is radio, and Internet is Internet.  While they overlap greatly, they most assuredly do not exclude one another.  Nor will they ever, except in the politically useful pronouncements of government budget hacks, and in the childish fantasies of technogeeks.



Save BNR Radio Bulgaria on shortwave and medium wave

Dear listeners and friends of shortwave and Radio Bulgaria, With a huge regret I'd like to inform you very bad news. After more than 75 years in the world broadcasting from January 31, 2012 at 2200UT Radio Bulgaria cease broadcasting on shortwave and medium wave.

The first shortwave broadcasts from Bulgaria began on 16 February 1936.

The reason

No money for broadcasting on shortwave and medium waves. The decision of BNR is: Radio Bulgaria is not necessary now to its shortwave and medium waves listeners. And who listens to short waves today? We have internet.

Maintaining the shortwave transmissions was "Mission Impossible"!

Hope dies last.

Beginning of the end. But we expect your moral support.

What can you do?

Sign the petition [at the link]
Contact BNR