Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas programming 2013

Christmas Programming

The Christmas countdown is upon us. Amid the mad dash of shopping and decorating your abode, take some time to enjoy seasonal programming from shortwave radio. Choral music, dramas, religious services, and old time radio shows dominate the bands. 

This is a great time to take advantage of the special holiday programming on shortwave. Stations across the globe broadcast a variety of programs of dramas, choral music, religious services, comedy, and old time radio shows. For QSL fans you can preserve your favorite station or holiday program

Between Christmas and New Year, look for year-end retrospectives, looking back at the events of 2013 and forward to 2014. New Year celebrations begin in New Zealand at 1100 UTC on December 31, as you follow the New Year around the globe (easy on the toasting).

There are endless hours of specials from across the globe leading up to Christmas. In Central and South America, the Posadas religious commemoration can be heard on shortwave . During the ensuing evenings many Spanish stations air extended programming - some may broadcast all night, while a few networks have been known to activate relays for the holiday season.

On Christmas Eve the BBC World Service revives an annual tradition live from the  Chapel of King‛s College, Cambridge. On Christmas Day, special programming continues from BBC World Service for airing of the Queen‛s Christmas Message. Others to tune in include Germany‛s Deutsche Welle, Vatican Radio, HCJB, Radio Romania International and many others.

Below is a small sampling of what is available. 

BBC Christmas links
Curators discover first recording of Christmas Day

Her Majesty the Queen's Christmas Message

Old Time Radio Christmas programs

WCC's Rockin' Christmas - December 20, 21 at 7:00 PM

EWTN Christmas programming

All times UTC

December 21/28
January 4, 11, and 18, 2014
The Wolf is also back on 6095 ... 5 weeks long.

Our schedule for:
Saturday 21 & 28 December 2013
Saturday 4, 11 & 18 January 2014

09.00 - 11.00 Emperor Rosko
11.00 - 12.00 Dave Mason
12.00 - 14.00 Wolfman Jack
14.00 - 16.00 Mike Marwick

After January 18 we go back to our normal Saturday schedule

And on 7375 kHz The Wolf Is Rocking Over The Ocean between 00.00 - 02.00 UTC 23, 24, 25,
26 & 27 December Rock & Roll with Wolfman Jack on The Mighty KBC!

December 22, 2013
Special PCJ Christmas broadcast via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka transmitter:
1330-1430 on 9335 kHz to south Asia.PCJ will also broadcast a special
at 1330-1430 on 11880 kHz via Okeechobee, Florida to North America.

Decembe 22/28
Latvia - 1485  Arctic Radio Club special Christmas programs

Radio Merkurs in Riga, Latvia will be broadcasting special Christmas programs for ARC on the 22nd and 28th December 2013 via the transmitter near the seaside resort Jurmala on the Latvian west coast broadcasting on 1485 kHz. The schedule is 1400-1500.

The programs will be produced by the ARC member Ronny Forslund (Ronny B Goode) and every member that wants to send a special dedication can do so. Send your mp3 file with your Christmas greetings and your music request to info @

Artic Radio Club will confirm all correct reports with our special QSL-card. Send your report and mp3-file to: info @
or ARC
c/o Ronny Forslund
Vita Huset

If you want a QSL card, please include some form of return postage. Email reports will be confirmed by email.
(Bengt Ericson-SWE, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Nov 13)

December 22/29
PCJ Radio International Special Happy Station Show
1330-1430 on 5995 NAU (Germany) transmitter site to WeEu English
1330-1430 on 9335 TRM (Sri Lanka) transmitter site to 125 kW / 045 deg to EaAs English
1330-1430 on 11880 YFR (FL USA) transmitter site to 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English
(Bengt Ericson-SWE, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Nov 13)

December 24
NDR Hamburg "Gruss an Bord" christmas program on shortwave again!

NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg program on December 24 again also on shortwave service on air.

German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR Hamburg will air its special X-mas program "Gruss an Bord" for German sailors merchant ships. Here is the schedule for Tuesday December 24, 2013.

The NDR also sends this year on 24 Dec 2013 its tradition of sending "Greeting on board" again on shortwave. The NDR streams this program since 1953 year on Christmas Eve, the program is thus in this year 60 years old. The broadcasting is done in two blocks

Part 1:
1900-2100  6125 NAU 100 kW 285 deg to North Atlantic Ocean
1900-2100  9925 NAU 100 kW 163 deg to SoEaAF, Indian Ocean, SoWeAF
1900-2100  9460 ??? 100 kW 120 deg to Western Indian Ocean
1900-2100 11955 NAU 125 kW 200 deg to South Atlantic Ocean
1900-2100  9885 ??? 125 kW 090 deg to Eastern Indian Ocean
1900 UT German news to 1905 UT, then bells, foghorn and start of "Gruss an Bord" program. Mention SW, MW frequencies, livestream internet. Greetings to people aboard ships starts at 1910. A neat, different sort of program. GREYLINE is approx. on Missisippi river area during 1st part transmission.

Part 2:
2100-2300  6040 ??? 100 kW 270 deg to North Atlantic Ocean
2100-2300  9435 NAU 125 kW 200 deg to South Atlantic Ocean
2100-2300  9880 ??? 100 kW 120 deg to Western Indian Ocean
2100-2300  9625 ??? 125 kW 090 deg to Eastern Indian Ocean
2100-2300  9925 NAU 100 kW 163 deg to SoEaAF, Indian Ocean, SoWeAF
??? not registered until now, but could be transmitted either
via MOS-ORS Moosbrunn Austria or ISS-Issoudun installation.

From 2100-2215 UT the transmission actually consisted of a church service - German "Christmette" from Cologne, 2215-2300 UT will be from NDR studios again with greetings and music.
(WWDXC/Top Nx 1139)

"Gruss an Bord" is a show recorded live in Hamburg and NDR target for sailors around the world, mainly in German and even Low German sometimes. First time it is on shortwave again after decades. It was
regularly on Christmas Eve via Deutsche Welle shortwave from 1953 to early 1990's.

Audible online at "NDR Info Spezial" and NDR Hamburg mediumwaves.
(wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Nov 26)
(DX Mix Nx 827, ODXA, Victor Goonetileke-CLN 4S7VK,/PCJ Frequency Manager)