Friday, March 16, 2012

Media Network 2012, the last 10 days

Over the past few years I have digitized hundreds of Media Network radio shows, a weekly radio show I produced and presented in the period August 7th 1980 to 26th October 2000. It doesn't seem like over 11 years since I was behind the microphone at Radio Netherlands. It is simply for a bit of fun - and acts as a resource for those investigating what's changed in the broadcast media.
Done a lot since then. But now that the Media Network blog which replaced the radio show is winding up this Saturday 24th March, I thought it appropriate to put three landmark editions of the show online again:
  1. The 1000th edition of Media Network was broadcast at the start of March 2000. We used the programme to share some of the behind the scene stories and celebrate anecodotes with our contributors. And there are plenty of memories from the loyal audience too. Enjoy!
  2. The penultimate edition of Media Network contained extracts from WRUL/WNYW with Lou Josephs, and the Radio Prague story 1945/1968. We were celebrating the strength of the documentaries.
  3. The final Media Network audio show of all was broadcast in October 2000 just before we went back to winter time. It was really a thank you to the audience for sharing so much time with us over two decades. We certainly had worked out the pace of the programme by that time - and we believe its strength was that it was a true listener participation show. This final programme contains a rather comprehensive survey of the media events surrounding the Falklands Malvinas conflict of April 1982. Remember Radio Atlantico del Sur? We also looked at black propaganda stations in Asia, notably those along the Soviet-Chinese border.
Also just added is the very first edition of DX Jukebox that I presented on 7 August 1980 - just 48 hours after he arrived in the Netherlands. Not the most exciting programme I ever made, but it shows that what we came from as the programme morphed into Media Network.
To hear/download these shows again in studio quality MP3 visit the Media Network Vintage Vault.

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