Sunday, 22 July 2012

Radio Havana, now and then

Extract from my monthly column Long, Medium and Shortwaves, Broadcast Matters in Radio User, July 2012,   

David Grenfell sent me some cards he received from Radio Havana Cuba in 1971. He would be happy to sell this set of four Radio Havana 10 year anniversary cards should any collectors be interested (one is illustrated above) and you can contact him at:

Having recently enjoyed the two 2008 epic films Che, I can vouch for the accuracy of some of the cards’ cartoons of camouflaged, beret-wearing revolutionaries ;-)

A quick look at Radio Havana’s 2012 summer schedules in English. If you have the energy to pull the European night shift, which is aimed to the Americas in their evenings, tune in from 0100 to 0700 UTC daily on 6000 and 6050kHz, and from 0500 to 0700 UTC on 6010, 6050, 6060 and 6125kHz.

Then in the European evenings from 1900 to 2000 UTC on 11760kHz and from 2300 to midnight UTC on 5040kHz.

Radio Havana also broadcast varied programming that includes news, music and features in eight other languages: Arabic, Creole, Esperanto, French, Guarani, Portuguese, Quechua and, of course, Spanish. Their email address is

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

RHC sent me one of these fab tri-fold cartoon was a CHRISTMAS CARD....the outside cartoon pic was the stoic camo big bearded opened it up and the revolutionaries big beard was turned into a perfect triangular Christmas Tree shape with holiday ornaments covering the whole beard !!! it was wonderful...still treasure it today....classic..... THANKS


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