"We take anything," says WBCQ
General Manager Allan Weiner.
Money talks on shortwave
If you listen to Allan Weiner, General Manager of American shortwave
radio station WBCQ, shortwave radio is more and more "broadcast
and be damned".
He is willing to broadcast just about anything.
Well, anything with one slight exception:
"Programs that promote killing will be cut," Weiner
told participants to the annual radio listeners' meeting in Kulpsville.
Allan Weiner was totally unrestrained on his station's attitude
when it comes to suitable programming for shortwave broadcasting:
"We take anything."
So if you hear a lot of right-wing religious ranting on shortwave,
don't be surprised. The reason, according to Allan Weiner, is
"They have the money."
That is also why Weiner is a real optimist on the future of shortwave
"I believe shortwave's new golden era is coming, because
this is where you will find an underground listening audience."
gave his opinion an extra boost the other day, by starting shortwave
radio transmissions of their own.
It all comes down to one single factor: money.
That may be so, says oldtime broadcaster Frank Vossen on Radio
Vlandern International, Belgium, but he remains a pessimit. The
heydays of shortwave radio is long gone.
"While travellng in Africa it all became obvious", Vossen
noted. "People don't have shortwave radios anymore."
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