by Gayle Van Horn
This week the shortwave radio hobby, has been informed that Voice of Russia will cease all shortwave transmissions on April 1, 2014. That revelation didn't really surprise anyone as this year the station scaled back their presence on shortwave dramatically.
The original statement was posted by Alokesh Gupta at the Cumbre DX Mailing list. It was also reposted by Georgi Bancov on Prime Time SW group, as well as included within the WWDXC Top News 1154 on 21 March, 2014. We thank these individuals for their postings.
Within the hour, Teak Publishing contacted the same individual from Voice of Russia that released the original reply, to obtain a final confirmation and any additional information on the station's future plans. Our reply, from Ms Osipova, stated;
" I have already forwarded an inquiry to the VOR Technical Department to obtain an official confirmation of this information. I will get back to you when I hear from them."
Did I read that right ? So basically, this confirms once again to the hobby, the left hand of Voice of Russia doesn't know what the right hand is doing. It is inconceivable to believe that within hours - Voice of Russia stated " the Voice of Russia is closing shortwave broadcasts as of April 1st.", followed by "I will get back to you when I hear from them."
So what do we believe ? We have prided ourselves with the friendly working relationship we have shared with the station while associated with Monitoring Times and now Teak Publishing.
One would think, considering the continuing strifes, that Voice of Russia would consider increasing their world listening audience, rather than slam the door.
After several online stories & predictions about closure of shortwave services by Voice of Russia received this official response today....
Dear Mr Gupta,
This is just a short message to thank you for your letter and let you know that the Voice of Russia is closing shortwave broadcasts as of April 1st. Our programs will be available online at http://voiceofrussia.com/play/
We hope you will stay with the Voice of Russia and hope to hear from you soon again.
Voice of Russia
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