Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Radio Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

Extract from my Long, Medium and Shortwave Broadcast Matters column in Radio User, March 2012.

Schedules in this post are only valid until Saturday 24 March 2012.
The A-12 season schedule will commence Sunday 25 March.

Radio Kuwait is on air to Europe in English for three hours from 1800-to 2100 UTC on 15540kHz. It plays a real mix of pop and rock music, mostly westernised from all eras. Interspersed with news bulletins it’s a relay of a domestic FM service but one that I enjoy in small doses.

Radio in Kuwait commenced in 1951 but it was ten years later when the country gained its independence from Britain that the medium of radio started to expand. It’s great that the station is on shortwave for a three hour stretch but I am often left feeling slightly unsatisfied with the audio fare that they serve up.

A Middle Eastern station that I have not heard in English is BSKSA (Broadcasting Services of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). They broadcast a 10 minute news bulletin in English from 0746 to 0756 UTC on 17785kHz, and from 1000 to 1227 UTC on 15250kHz.

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