Fond radio memories

May 10 2009 at 4:50 PM
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Yes, I'm glad you brought this up. It was in fact known as the Great Britain and Ireland Service of Radio Moscow. I have fond memories of listening to it as a enthusiastic schoolboy in the mid to late 1980s. I think they also had a current affairs segment called "In The News Today". The name of Amy Smith does ring a bell. Some of us were fairly regular correspondents with socialist countries' radio stations. I didn't write to Radio Moscow so much. I certainly listened to them almost daily for the news, but I was more of a fan of Radio Tirana, Radio Berlin International, Radio Prague and Radio Bucharest. Radio Tirana was great because it was about the only way (in those pre-Internet times) you could find out anything about Albania, its great history with its heroic struggles for independence, its rich culture and wonderful folk music. I could day much the same for Radio Bucharest, while Radio Berlin International and Radio Prague offered insights into socialist countries whose level of development weren't that far removed from western European countries, so they offered a good example of what really existing socialism could have been like. I also loved Radio Berlin International and Radio Prague because they sent out free first day covers, something that greatly appealed to me as a stamp collector. What socialist countries' radio stations did other comrades enjoy listening to, and why?

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