A number of people have been contacting me asking first if I was going to do a second special DXERS show and if I was when? The answer is YES and YES.
Happy Station Tribute To Dxers Part 2
Air date: August 13, 2009
Time: This will be for the 1500UTC Transmission
My guests and topics will be:
Soviet Jamming with a former Lithuanian Minister Of Communications and long time Dxer Rimantas Pleikys.
Simon Mason author of Secret Signals to talk about the mystery of spy number stations.
And the full interview with Jerry Berg about his books on the history of shortwave radio.
This show will air on World FM 88.5fm in Tawa & Redwood, New Zealand on August 15, 2009 at 1000UTC. The webstream for that transmission can be heard at www.worldfm.co.nz .
If you have any questions about that show my email is email@example.com
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Well next month will be 6 months that Happy Station has been back on air, and the past 2 weeks have been very busy. I have a small group of people in Europe monitoring a few SW frequencies for me of possible channels for Europe. Also July 31, I'll be off to Tokyo, Japan for 10 days to tape a TV series I do yearly for NHK. It's a bit crazy to do because we have 6/60min shows to record over 10 days, all live with an audience. Parts of these shows will air on Happy Station in the coming months.
Now since I will be in Tokyo for 10 day, I'll be doing two shows from NHK for August 6th, 2009 at 0100UTC and 1500UTC. These 2 shows will be music based with some fun stuff that I hope will make you all giggle. I love Japan it is in many ways my home away from home. I always find it fun and a challenge to work in Japanese. As my accent is rather funny. Last year I played the role of an American CIA Agent in a Japanese sitcom. A local newspaper in Tokyo called my performance a cross between Benny Hill and Steve Martin. Honestly I'm not quite sure how I should take that. LOL! For those who have been asking to see and hear my work in Japanese and Chinese some clips will be uploaded in youtube soon.
Also an interview I gave to CTTV in Taiwan will be added to the Happy Station youtube channel.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
July 9th, 2009 0100UTC- Happy Station Show music, greetings and more: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/3101-1-happy_station_070909_0100utc.mp3
July 9th, 2009 1500UTC- Happy Station's Tribute To Springbok Radio: http://email@example.com/3101-1-happy_station_070909_1500utc.mp3
Don't forget to get your birthday greetings in!!
I think a few weeks ago I made a mistake of saying I like the strange letters, as now a few people have sent in strange letter on purpose. My technician told me maybe I should do one show of strange letters, but as I told him you ask for one and than after that it's all you get. But I have to say there is something I don't understand. How can you post a letter not sign it, not put a return address and then ask for something. Very odd!
So anyone reading this if you post to the Happy Station please include your name, address, email, and phone number.
Happy Station Show
8th Floor, No. 47, Section 1,
Sanmin Road, Banciao,
Thursday, July 2, 2009
0100utc to 0155utc: http://www.radio4all.net:firstname.lastname@example.org/3101-1-happy_station.mp3
1500utc to 1555utc: http://www.radio4all.net:email@example.com/3101-1-happy_station0702091500utc.mp3
Since reviving the show in March I have been keeping tabs on listeners. The more I continue doing the show I am gearing more towards targeting Europe/Africa/Asia/Pacific and South America with a consideration of dropping it to North America.
Question is why would I consider dropping it to North America? The listeners from other regions has been greater. Also the DXERS that tune in who are very helpful to let me know how the show sounds when it's being transmitted there is a big difference between those from North America and the rest of the regions. The emails and letters I am getting from a few hard-cord dxers in the US makes me want to drop North American transmission and only use SW for Europe and Africa. Just recently I got an email from a listener in the US who was blasting me for not being a winner in the "LUCKY DRAW" I was having for two SW radios. He was so bitter he didn't win. but as I stated from the beginning the contest was only open to those who wrote in by snail mail and not those who sent in emails. Some of his emails were very strange/funny/sad. About 2 months ago I played a band from Scandinavia he wrote me about. I played them because I also liked the sound of the band. But then 2 weeks ago being pissed off that he was not entered into the draw because he didn't send in a letter, he said the strangest thing. He said if it was not for him this band never would have become world famous after being on Happy Station. I thought to myself is there something about Happy Station that I don't know about? World famous from being played on Happy Station? LOLOL You have got to be kidding.
I really feel listeners in other regions are listening more to content than most of the US listeners who just collect QSL Cards.
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