Encore on Radio Tumbril
Like many others I love listening to both shortwave and classical music.
Sadly, since the world has gone digital - and many large state funded stations have gone off the air or reduced their
output - western classical music programmes have almost disappeared.
Radio Romania International is - I think - the only station that regularly broadcasts a concert on their Romanian
service - very early on Sunday mornings.
In many ways - of course - it makes no sense to send complex and nuanced sound on shortwave because of all that nature
and man can throw at it en route to the receiver. Signal is sometimes barely discernible above noise.
But that’s the point isn’t it? Like so much in life - the obstacles that make something difficult or unpredictable become
part of the reason for doing it.
Luckily classical music doesn’t have to be reproduced in HiFi to be enjoyed - if that was the case, wax cylinders
and shellac discs would have failed to catch on. They didn’t fail because when we hear a tune whistled by someone
across the street - we imagine the full orchestra.
Human beings are analogue creatures - and amplitude modulation is our natural environment. Classical
music on shortwave feels to me the most natural thing in the world. But there is hardly any of it left to
tune in to.
So I decided to make a western classical music programme and find some transmitter time
to broadcast it. Many thanks to the folks at Channel 292 in Europe, and WBCQ - The Planet in the US
for making it possible.The show is called Encore for obvious reasons - and Radio Tumbril because it is a
domain I had doing nothing.
To start with the format will be very conventional - bite-sized chunks of classical music that
seem to go well
together - but things will perhaps develop as we go along.
So please use the comments page and email link for reception reports and
suggestions - it will help
me discover what works and what doesn’t and so improve the show.
Best wishes to all,
Brice Avery - Scotland UK. March 2019