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Author Topic: Quite Surprised.....  (Read 7004 times)
K3NRX
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« on: July 06, 2017, 04:32:01 AM »

....that the Voice of Greece is still on the air on 9420 in the evenings....All in greek (to me) but I tune in because I like the music.....With all of the uprisings and austerity measusres and poorly run government in that country, as well as the modern (and depressing) trends in international broadcasting,  I am very much shocked that they are still on shortwave....I have to wonder if this is a regional transmission I just happen to be receiving, making it's way overseas?.....I am not convinced that a country that small with a government so corrupt that it's actually funded for beaming to (a) particular part(s) of the world.....at any rate, I guess shortwave isn't totally dead......yet...... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes....

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 05:36:54 AM »

 Sometimes it seems that the countries with the greatest debts and worst economic austerity issues can still be major shortwave players. Shortwave broadcasting is expensive.
 Maybe shortwave broadcasting is still seen as a positive way to promote the country for investment, cultural arts, tourism and is reassuring the rest of the world that they are still a viable and friendly player on the world stage.
 There are likely dire political and economic situations going on inside the country while the common people suffer, but the government-sponsored shortwave broadcast puts a happy face out on the airwaves for the rest of the world to see.
 Even the privatized shortwave broadcasters here are struggling, asking for donations and have to make an optimistic business case to the investors in order to keep the lights on.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 05:00:25 PM »

....that the Voice of Greece is still on the air on 9420 in the evenings....All in greek (to me) but I tune in because I like the music.....With all of the uprisings and austerity measusres and poorly run government in that country, as well as the modern (and depressing) trends in international broadcasting,  I am very much shocked that they are still on shortwave....I have to wonder if this is a regional transmission I just happen to be receiving, making it's way overseas?.....I am not convinced that a country that small with a government so corrupt that it's actually funded for beaming to (a) particular part(s) of the world.....at any rate, I guess shortwave isn't totally dead......yet...... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes....

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I'm not sure about your qualitative evaluation of the current administration. I kind of lost interest when Yanis Varoufakis resigned as Finance Minister. Keep in mind that Greece has a substantial diaspora. They likely still have strong links to the country, including owning property, and sending money back. In times of austerity, this capital injection can be a life saver. Whoever is in power would not want to alienate this constituency.

I like the music as well. Radio Romenia is another good one for music, and they have a very good signal in North America.

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 06:58:39 AM »

....that the Voice of Greece is still on the air on 9420 in the evenings....All in greek (to me) but I tune in because I like the music.....With all of the uprisings and austerity measusres and poorly run government in that country, as well as the modern (and depressing) trends in international broadcasting,  I am very much shocked that they are still on shortwave....I have to wonder if this is a regional transmission I just happen to be receiving, making it's way overseas?.....I am not convinced that a country that small with a government so corrupt that it's actually funded for beaming to (a) particular part(s) of the world.....at any rate, I guess shortwave isn't totally dead......yet...... Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes....

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Keep in mind that Greece has a substantial diaspora. They likely still have strong links to the country, including owning property, and sending money back.



So does Israel....and where is Kol Israel these days???....just say'n.....usually when there is no money in the coffers due to excessive socialist policies, thus resulting in the implementation of austerity, one would think that the V of Greece would follow the blind lead of all of the other SW casualties over the last 20 + years.....that is what is surprising to me....when the finances are in shambles, the SW broadcaster is usually the first to go.....just applying a bit of logic, that's all....

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 07:28:36 AM »

If a large diaspora is given voting rights, regardless of where they live, that can make a difference. No idea if it is the case here. All bets are off when politics gets in the mix.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2017, 12:39:11 PM »

Israel has other ways of keeping in touch with the Jewish diaspora, since Israel and its diaspora are far wealthier than a place like Greece. The problem with Kol Israel is that the Middle East only has a very brief SW opening to North America, just a couple hours in the evenings NAm time before the sun rises in the ME and wipes out the signal. Since the majority of non-Israeli Jews are in the US and Canada, an Israeli external service targeting NAm probably was a hard sell in the Israeli govt. I know that Israel had extensive Arabic programming on SW, targeted to the rest of the ME, and also a service targeted to young Israeli troops in the occupied territory that mostly played European electronic music. Greece and Romania probably have most of their expats living in Europe, making SW more feasible.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2017, 04:01:37 PM »

I just hope Voice of Greece keep 9420 on the air. Love hearing the music. I always tune in when it's on (i.e., when 31 meters propagation is active).
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2017, 04:29:15 AM »

I just hope Voice of Greece keep 9420 on the air. Love hearing the music. I always tune in when it's on (i.e., when 31 meters propagation is active).

Me too....always mostly in the summertime (now)....the music reminds me of our local Greek Orthodox Church's food festival held every June (just happened..was awesome as usual)....

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2017, 02:10:07 PM »

On a side note...I was in Greece, fine folks (4 months)....I met SV1JG, (Cliff), what a great fellow, He gave me a temp radio and antenna and set it up at my hotel

Sorry to digress, I lived in 69 countries the last 40 years, and Greece was one of my favorite (Especially the people were super!)...
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