A few recent logs – 4th August 2015

I spent some time listening to both ‘African Beat’ and ‘Music Time Africa’, transmitted by VOA from Botswana. These are both outstanding programs if you enjoy eclectic musical styles with an African twist. There is some truly fantastic music out there which is ONLY available via the power of Shortwave radio. No mainstream radio station in the UK would feature this music, although Radio 3 does have the ‘Late Junction’ program which covers some of this type of music. But the shear vibrancy of the featured music on both ‘African beat’ and ‘Music Time Africa’ is like nothing else. Heather Maxwell (compere of ‘Music Time Africa’) clearly knows here stuff and it is a superbly researched and presented program. You can tell I’m a fan!

6080 Khz Botswana VOA 20:31 UTC English. ‘African Beat’ program. Until 21:00. Switched from 4930 as better signal SINPO: 43344 2015-07-31

6080 Khz Botswana VOA 21:00 UTC English. Heather MAxwell with ‘Music Time Africa’. More great music. SINPO: 43344 2015-07-31

15235 Khz South Africa Channel Africa. 17:40 UTC English. ‘Africa Digest’ program. Discussion about the EU. ID and jingles at 17:44. Followed by financial and economic news from South Africa. Sports news followed at 17:50. Close-out music at 17:55. SINPO: 43344 2015-08-03

15245 Khz North Korea V.O. Korea 18:10 UTC English. Program about the ‘PyongYang Home for the Aged’ with the usual mention about the ‘Great leaader’! SINPO: 43344 2015-08-03

15580 Khz Botswana VOA 18:17 UTC English. ‘Africa News Tonight’ program SINPO: 43344 2015-08-03

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