For those of you who have followed my âAdventures In Amplitude Modulationâ posts here at Beware of the Blog, I want to let you know that the regularity of these posts here is over. And frankly, my weekly posts on BOTB will not continue as well. Iâm looking to take on another project or two, and (especially given my tendency to be a bit of a long winded blogger) I wonât have the time to keep up a weekly grind here as I have.
Nonetheless, I might get together at least one more âAmplitude Modulationâ post in the coming weeks, as soon as I can spend some quality time away from my RF infested apartment and roam the world again with one of my portable radios. And I'm leaving my options open to add futher entries in this series when I have the time and have a good scan to offer. Actually, Iâm a bit gassed up to take my radios into the countryside after finally getting my 2007 edition of âPassport To World Radio.â I really should have purchased one of these a while ago. In working up these posts it would have saved me a LOT of internet hours stalking station IDâs. While the web is quite an amazing tool for figuring out a reception log (and international broadcasters can and do change frequencies without notice), itâs still much better to have a book like this in front of you when youâre slipping up or down the dial. If you have anything more than a passing interest in shortwave radio it would be a good idea to pick up your own copy of âPassport.â
While Iâve had a lot of fun posting here, itâs been especially rewarding for me personally to publicly delve into my own fascination with DXing. Itâs also given purpose to my habit/hobby of recording dial scans, and perhaps along the way I've informed some folks about radio beyond FM, local stations (and the new broadcasting technologies). In over thirty posts Iâve learned a lot and offered some people who will never turn on a shortwave radio (or hunt distant signals out of the atmosphere) a chance to hear what it sounds like to pick up overseas broadcasts the old-fashioned way. And whatâs great about this blog (and the way WFMU operates in general) is that all the posts and the accompanying audio will remain available (and subject to search engine hits) for some time to come.
I have yet to find anybody online who is posting realtime dial scans or random shortwave tuning recordings. Itâs always baffled me that there isnât more interest in such things, but through this series Iâve been able to share what I hear with headphones in the middle of the night with you. And it was nice you didn't laugh.
And some of my favorite posts in this series? Well, this one comes to mind right away, where I pulled in foreign language broadcasts from Botswana and Oman and came across an English language clandestine broadcast (âRadio Nileâ) from Madagascar supporting Sudanese rebel forces. I always savor coming across sublime Middle-Eastern music via shortwave, and your can hear some extended captures of that kind of thing on these three posts. And in this entry I finally recorded a decent read of Iranâs âVoice of Justiceâ in English (received in Jersey City!).
As far as medium wave scans, these three posts might be worth checking out. They feature recorded radio from the shore of Lake Michigan a mere two and a half weeks before September 11, 2001, when the biggest story in America was Gary Condit's dead intern. I recall someone on the WFMU message board once accused me of assigning homework in this series. Well, here's an extra credit assignment-- Can you figure out which WFMU air personality was caught by a dial scan recording (under more commercial conditions) which was included in this post of those three? Iâll give you a clue. Itâs not Irwin.
Also, if youâre interested in my take on why AM and shortwave broadcasting may be an antique technology but remains a unique and worthy media option, you can read some of my mutant passion along those lines in the first two posts here and here.
As far as other topics Iâve explored in these pages, I believe Air America is going to survive, at least for a while. From what Iâve heard thereâs a very likely buyer or two in the wings, and the name and the legacy (such as it is) will prevail, at least into the next year. And yes, thankfully Franken will probably exit AAR very soon. In general, look for Air America to trim down, and become more of a content provider than a radio network. Also it seems that Marc Maron is serious about getting another radio gig. He filled in for Sam Seder December 1 with partner Jim Earls, and it really sounded like they have the desire and hunger to get their program back on the air again. I hope so.
As far as other talk hosts Iâve written about hereâ Lionel continues to pick up affiliates and ratings conquests. The âLionel Showâ continues to be one of the least predicable talk shows youâll come across these days and I heartily recommend it. In the NYC area it now runs on WOR (710 AM) from 9 PM until 11 weeknights (with the third hour carried by many affiliates). Free podcasts can still be found here. And as far as the late Mr. Lassiter, fans should keep up with the âBob Lassiter Airchecksâ site. George tells me thereâs more radio history to be posted there soon. Itâs already quite an extensive archive. Download and enjoy