For the first time in Happy Station's history the show will be 120mins. From 1928 to 1977 Happy Station Show had a running time of 80mins, then in it was reduced to 54mins, then to 50mins. Since March 12th the show went back to 55mins. On December 31, 2009 as a test both the 0200UTC and 1600UTC shows to the Americas will be 120mins for the Happy Station Show's New Year Celebration. Depending on if they are a success they will be extended both to a 120mins format in the new year.
The show from 0200UTC to 0359UTC will be live from Taipei directed to the Caribbean/Latin & South America will be co-hosted by my good buddy David Monson who for many years hosted Brussels Calling on Belgium Radio International. David also worked in the past for the SABC, and Namibian Broadcasting Corp. For this show we have special reports on new years celebrations from different parts of the world.
Neil Hendrickse from Springbok Radio - Cape Town, South Africa
Carl Blare from KDX - USA
Yukiko Tsuji-Maki - Japan
Beta Wayne - Montreal, Canada
Ian McFarland/Colin Newell - British Columbia, Canada
The show at 1600UTC to 1759UTC will be live from RTHK in Hong Kong. It will open with the fireworks display that will already have started from Victoria Harbor. This show will be directed to North America/Caribbean and will also include some features and reports sent in from different places.
Peter Anthony Holder looking at the more odd news items from 2009 - Montreal, Canada
Chrissy Brand - Manchester, UK
Paulette MacQuarry host of Nash Holas on Ukrainian New Years Celebrations - Vancouver, Canada
King Daevid McKenzie - Tuson, USA
Bob Thomann and Bob Zanotti with the first new Swiss Shortwave Merry Go Round presented since 1994 - Switzerland
Tom Meijer reporting from his home on the New Year Celebrations that will take place in Holland - Port Almere, Netherlands
I will also be announcing the winners of the Happy Station Show Year End Contest.
Both these specials will be broadcast on 9955khz, 31MB. You can also tune to the live internet stream from WRMI at www.wrmi.net .
If you would like more information about PCJ and Happy Station check us out online at www.pcjmedia.com
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