Personalities on Shortwave Past & Present
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One of the interesting things about being a long time SWL is having
memories of many programs and personalities one has “known” through
the years. Any listener would have their own list of favorites. ..... ..... .....
Earle Fischer from the CBC International (precursor to RCI) was one of
my favorites, with his deep bass voice and friendly replies to listeners'
letters. Later, from RCI, then Radio Japan, came the still very active
advocate for broadcaster-listener relations, Ian McFarland, a real
gentleman. ..... ..... ..... For mailbag shows, who can forget Keith Glover who
used to come in the early mornings from Radio Australia? Or the real
survivor, Joe Adamov, long-time host of Moscow Mailbag, over Radio
Moscow, now of course, the Voice of Russia? ..... ..... ..... Radio Netherlands
certainly has had its share of memorable personalities: Eddie Startz and
Tom Meier of the Happy Station Program (Remember ) And on the zanier side, came Jerry and Doty Cowen, who
hosted the lively musical request show for many years.
And now, of course, is the very well known Jonathan Marks and Media
Network, perhaps the finest overall media program on the air today. .....
..... ..... On the less flamboyant side are Allistair Cooke and his Letter from
America, I think the longest program on shortwave, now over 50 years.
His mastery of the English language and the pulse of America is
phenomenal. I will never forget a program from many years ago when
he succinctly summarized several modern Presidential administrations
with just one sentence each. ..... ..... ..... Other announcers have just been
pleasantly reassuring, like Leonard Booker and Rich McVicar, previous
hosts of the DX Party Line from HCJB in Quito, Ecuador. ..... ..... ..... Perhaps
you have a favorite announcer, past or present, who may be as well
known to shortwave listeners as Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley are
to TV viewers? If so, feel free to submit them and we will post them as
time and space allows ..... ..... .....