Other collisions are 15-17 Radio Farda via Lampertheim, 1730-1900 VOA English via Greenville, but after that should be in the clear until closing at 0100, or is it 0200? So did the service get a reprieve because of Brazilian SW listeners` objexions, or what? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. It`s a big day in Cuba, not only MayDay, but the official 48th anniversary of RHC (which started earlier in 1961 as Onda Corta Experimental Cubana; I remember hearing that from the outset.) At 1326 on 13780 I found a phone interview in Spanish with Arnie Coro in progress, as he was recounting the foundation of RHC in which he was heavily involved, how they started out without any studios but were provided space on the fifth and sixth floors of Radio Progreso (where they still are??). Didn`t yet have steel towers in place for antennas at Bauta. The first frequency was 11760, still beloved and still in use.
Arnie asserted that he had already received congratulatory messages from English speaking listeners in the USA, where tnx to the journalistic quality of RHC, people are better informed! He is missing the celebrations in the Plaza de la Revolución as he is staying home to monitor to be sure everything is going well, and says all transmitters are well-modulated (if so, that would be a first!). Ended at 1333 and more lo-fi phone reports from correspondents around the country about local celebrations.
The interview with Arnie would normally repeat in the 17 UT hour on the webcast-only playback of Despertar con Cuba, but might be pre-empted today for live coverage of the festivities. Still one might tune in earlier than 1726 to try to hear the rest of it. I also would not be surprised if there are additional SW broadcasts today when RHC normally takes a siesta between 15 and 20 UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. VOA News, 9760 via Philippines, VG May 1 at 1305 with in-depth report by Dan Robinson, about Somali piracy, many clips of comments from Capitol Hill.
One of the many `improvements` in VOA`s website redesign is that a gallery of its English-language broadcasters is no longer to be found. Just these 12 mostly non-English despite the word in the URL:
This news hour is presented by one Philip Alexia (spelling?). But that name, nor any other likely spelling, is not even on the long drop-down list of correspondent names where one can search out text reports via http://www.voanews.com/english/search.cfm
But then, he`s an anchor, not a correspondent. He puts a lot of expression into his announcing, so much that it may be a turnoff to some listeners; I wonder if he`s a refugee from commercial radio (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###