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[HCDX] Magadan Radio
here is a little history and the latest (?) schedule (cf. below) of Magadan
Radio in the Far East of Russia, up in the North, as found only in Russian
on their website
Magadan is the capital of the Magadan region, which is famous for gold mines
and a transsiberian road from Yakutsk to Magadan, which crosses the Kolyma
region. The gold and the road of Kolyma meant suffering and death for an
estimated 3 millions of Soviet prisoners.
Nowadays this province (which is just a little larger than Sweden, or
California) is one of the remotest in Russia, hard to reach, hard to get
away from, hard to live there, and with hardly anything to attract
investment. The value of the rich natural deposits is counterweighted by the
enormous effort needed to lay hand on them in this harsh climate and
Still, Magadan can be heard on shortwave with a Radio Rossii transmitter on
7320 (and still on 5940,9600??) kHz.
Here is a translation of the station's website into English:
Radio channel "Magadan Calling"
There was a time when Magadan radio (the only one in the country [sic])
three times a day started its programme with the words: "Magadan Calling!
Good morning, comrades!". At 4 am for Eastern Chukotka, at 5 - for Western
Chukotka, and at 6 - for Magadan and Kolyma. The Magadan region was so great
at that time, that it covered 3 time zones. The broadcast ended at one in
the morning, so announcers every now and then even passed the night in the
But all began in the distant Thirties from a small cottage. In the tiny
studio stood a tiny table with the microphone. The broacast from Khabarovsk
was accomanied by such interferences, that local wits determined the word
"noise" as follows: the "(relay) radio transmissions by Magadan radio". For
the creation of the Kolyma radio, first of all, a corresponding technical
basis was required. It was started to be built in 1934. Beginning from the
autumn of that year, the staff of Magadan radio conducts its pedigree. Much
was done for pure enthusiasm. But the first step was made. On 1 May, 1936,
the first radio transmission from Moscow was received in Magadan. As old
residents remember, on that day the city was reigned by universal rejoicing:
people near the outdoor loudspeakers cried, they laughed, they embraced each
By 1946, already 56 broadcasting centers worked in the territory. The
transmissions of Magadan Radio had a duration of 8 hours per day. A
professional group of journalists, announcers, directors gradually
developed. One important circumstance was that in the beginning of the 1950s
the studio was located in the same building as the theater. This symbiosis
proved to be very successful, all creative people, in which Magadan is so
rich were gathered there: artists, scientists, miners, geologists, reindeer
breeders, builders, students, children. During November 1965 the radio
station moved to a new house, from where broadcasting of the provincial
radio channel has been conducted ever since.
Unfortunately, the social and economic changes [of the 1990s] in the life of
the region also touched radio. Some positions were lost: local centers in
the regions were closed, correspondents now rarely travel to the distant
regions. Regular programmes for children and radioplays are more and more a
thing of the past. People start to say that radio dies.
But those rumors about the death of radiobroadcasting proved to be clearly
exaggerated. On the contrary, today radio obtains new energy. People now
listen everywhere: at work, at home, in the car. It proved to be so very
convenient - to obtain information, without occupying hands and eyes. And
what is interesting: the "baby" of the large radio, Magadan-Stereo FM105,
influenced its creator. The broadcasts of the large radio became more
informative, more musical, more dynamic, even closer to the public. The
future of electronic media is in digital technologies, in the Internet. But
whatever miracles technology might reveal, the basis of it all are the
people, their creative potential, their devotion to the matter.
Soldiers, who do not dream to be a General, are not necessarily bad
soldiers. They can dream about another profession. But a journalist who does
not bring news, is a bad journalist without any doubt.
In January 2005 Magadan radio changed its broadcasting grid. The total
broadcasting decreased by a factor of 4. Only information blocks remained.
The main programmes of the provincial radio are now the "Morning of the high
latitudes" and the "Kolyma kaleidoscope". These programs include summaries
of provincial news, interviews, reports on subjects that matter for
Northerners, statements of Magadan residents about what is going on,
information about weather changes in the territory, and a little
advertisement. As before, on working days three releases of "Latest news"
As a whole from January 2005 the grid of the broadcasting of Magadan radio
appears as follows:
Working days: 07:10 - 08:00 - "Morning of the high latitudes" (Utro vysokikh
shirot == OO-tra ve-SO-kikh shir-ROTT)
10:00 - 10:10, 14:00 - 14:10, 18:00 - 18:10 - "Latest news" (Poslednie
Saturday: 10:00 - 11:00 - "Kolyma Meridian" (Kolymskij meridian)
(Magadan local time is +11, or +12 in DST, so times in winter(summer) in UTC
Magadan UTC-winter UTC-summer
0710 2010 1910
1000 2300 2200
1400 0300 0200
1800 0700 0600
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