Sunday, November 17, 2013

Adventist World Radio welcomes new WYFR

We here at Adventist World Radio congratulate Radio Miami International WRMI in transferring their international broadcasting service from the 50 kW WRMI in Miami Florida to the magnificent large facility located at Okeechobee in lower central Florida at the end of the month. Over a period of many years, the original WRMI has performed an excellent service to the international radio world, and with their enlarged facility, their international radio impact will be greatly increased.

The significant move that WRMI is making adds a new dimension to current events in the international shortwave world. In an era when some international radio broadcasting stations have been diminishing their
involvement in shortwave broadcasting, the move from a single transmitter near Miami to a multiple transmitter facility in lower central Florida demonstrates a confidence in the viability of short broadcasting that is still indeed valid. As so many international radio monitors are aware, the shortwave bands are still packed with the voices of many shortwave stations.

It would be hoped that the remarkable WRMI-WYFR move will give confidence to other shortwave stations that may be considering a reduction of their own shortwave scheduling that shortwave broadcasting is still a valuable and viable method of international communication. We would also like to express appreciation to Family Radio for enabling their mighty facility to remain on the air under this new ownership.

All we can say is: - Goodbye WRMI Miami: You have performed well, Welcome to the new WYFR-WRMI: We wish you well in presenting a strong confidence in the international radio world.

International news media are carrying the news regarding the transfer of WYFR, the large shortwave station in lower central Florida, to WRMI Radio Miami International in Miami in the United States, at the end of this
month. Due to this remarkable radio development, the international DX program, "Wavescan", will interrupt the flow of its regular programming to honor the occasion. The final broadcasts of "Wavescan" over WRMI Miami will be on the air during the last complete week in the month of November, and during the first complete week in December, "Wavescan" will be aired for the first occasion over the large new WRMI which is located a little  north of Lake Okeechobee in lower central Florida.

The DX program, "Wavescan" is written in Indianapolis by Dr. Adrian Peterson, DX editor for Adventist World Radio, and it has been produced over the past several years by Jeff White at WRMI Radio Miami
International in Miami. This program is on the air from WRMI in Florida, KSDA on the island of Guam, and seasonally by several of the shortwave relay stations in the AWR network, and also over WWCR and WINB in the United States.

All reception reports to "Wavescan" for the last week in November will be QSLed with a special "Last Week" endorsement for WRMI Miami, and all reception reports to "Wavescan" during the first week in December will be QSLed with a "First Week" endorsement for the new WRMI at Okeechobee.
These special endorsements will be applied to all QSL cards issued for these special editions of "Wavescan" as heard on any of these stations that carry the program, though, where possible direct broadcast from the
old and the new WRMI would also be appreciated. "Wavescan" may also be heard via numerous electronic deliveries, including station websites and iPod deliveries.

Listeners are encouraged to send their reception reports for these broadcasts to the Wavescan address in Indianapolis with address label and return postage, and also to the station that is carrying the programming,
and also to the address for the new WRMI. The last edition of "Wavescan" via the old WRMI will be a special tribute to this station, and the first broadcast from the new WRMI will honor this new development.

Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
Coordinator/International Relations & DX Editor
Adventist World Radio
N9GWY - (ex KA9YPQ)

Adventist World Radio
Box 29235
Indiana 46229, USA