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"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 simple:
"They have the money."
That is also why Weiner is a real optimist on the future of shortwave radio.
"I believe shortwave's new golden era is coming, because this is where you will find an underground listening audience."
And
Kentycky State Militia 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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