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Voice of Russia (former Radio Moscow) going dark
Category: Shortwave
by Admin on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 00:42:35

Sad news — another important broadcaster is abandoning the short waves. On January 1st, 2014, VOR will cease transmitting except on medium wave, and a token presence on the Internet.

VOR has been broadcasting to one hundred sixty countries with about twenty five hours of programming each day. As Radio Moscow, VOR was the first shortwave station to broadcast internationally; with that credit, it is also at present the station with the longest continuous presence on the short waves.

I received this mug from VOR after providing them with a signal report on an October 7th, 1991 broadcast, about two months before the Soviet Union collapsed.

Well, I suppose there is a bright side: Without those big gun transmitters on the air, it'll be a little easier to hear the smaller stations from time to time.

VOR joins the BBC in abandoning the shortwave bands; the slide continues.

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