Sunday, April 13, 2014

Public Service Announcement for Radio Free Europe (1971)

"Radio Free Europe. Radio Liberty. Prague...Radio Free Europe. Radio Liberty. Prague..." This is how Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty signed-on at 13.59 UTC one evening while tuning the 19 metre band (15.255 kHz).

On hearing this interval announcement, I was reminded of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Radio Free Europe aired on American TV in 1971. At the time it validate for me the importance of short-wave radio listening.

The PSA was obviously aimed at attracting younger Americans to support RFE. The young Hungarian announcer and The Drifters' jazzy tune "On Broadway" featured in this clip said it all. It certainly resonated with me. It still does.

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