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The Shortwave Report 10/2/15 Listen Globally!

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, and Sputnik Radio.
Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (October 2) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB}  http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

PODCAST!!!- feed://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (160kb Highest Quality)

NEW ARTICLE about the Shortwave Report in the Boulder Weekly by Gavin Dahl-

This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, and Sputnik Radio.
From JAPAN- The Japanese Foreign Minister wants to implement the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to prohibit all nuclear weapons testing- the US and China have failed to ratify the treaty. The Japanese Defense Minister wants to prepare troops for possible deployment under the new Security legislation. Russian President Putin said the US policy in Syria has been a complete failure. Syria has called on other countries to join the Russian-Syrian coalition to fight the terrorist groups in the country.
From SPAIN- A report on the regional elections in Catalonia where 77% of the people voted. The poll, seen by many as a step toward independence from Spain, gave the separatists a majority in Parliament. Press reviews of the election from Spain are compared to international reporting.
From CUBA- At the UN General Assembly leaders from Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador addressed Latin American and global concerns. Palestinian President Abbas wrote that Israel is attempting to finish destroying his country. The UN confirmed that over 130 people, mostly civilians were killed by Saudi airstrikes at a wedding party in Yemen.
From GERMANY- Saudi leaders threatened Syrian President Assad with military strikes if he refuses to leave his office. France began airstrikes in Syria. German Chancellor Merkel rejected a Turkish offer to create a safe zone for Syrian refugees. Merkel joined leaders from Brazil, India, and Japan in calling for changes in the UN Security Council. VW has been given a deadline to present a solution to the emission problems in their cars. Thousand rallied in Mexico City on the one year anniversary of the 43 students being disappeared.
From RUSSIA- Afshin Rattansi interviewed Mike Gonzalez, co-author of "The Last Drop- The Politics Of Water." The privatization and commercialization of water is creating several global crises, fueled by corporate greed.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line -

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available at  http://radio.mediageek.net

All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version- lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp, Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer.
TIME SLOT on KZYX! This program will be aired on Sunday afternoon at 4pm (PST) on KZYX/Z Philo CA, you might be able to stream via <  http://www.kzyx.org >

I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station. I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little)
links for this week's edition-
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr151002.mp3 > (33 MB) HIGHEST QUALITY
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_10_02_15.mp3 > (13 MB) Broadcast Quality
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/swr_10_02_15_24.mp3 > (6 MB) Slow Modem streaming
Website Page-
<  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml >
ˇFurthuR! Dan Roberts

"Water is the driving force of all nature."
--Leonardo da Vinci

Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-

homepage: homepage: http://www.outfarpress.com
phone: phone: 707 459-1760
address: address: PO Box 1162 Willits CA 95490

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Dan Roberts of The Shortwave Report on world news, community radio and 40 years of living off-the-grid

Some of the only Englishlanguage radio news and opinions from Japan, Germany, Cuba, Russia and Spain currently available in the U.S. are broadcast from an off-the-grid cabin in rural Mendocino County, California, where Dan Roberts produces The Shortwave Report.

Roberts got his first solar panel in 1980 and hasn't looked back. Currently, with four solar panels, batteries and a backup generator, he requires only about 10 gallons of gasoline per year.

"I have a really tight system," Roberts says. "The guy next door brought power in like 20 years ago, but I really don't want to be on the grid. I want to be self-sufficient."

When Roberts first got into shortwave broadcasting, he was living in a remote area of neighboring Humboldt County in northern California. He had no local radio reception. So he started fooling around with a shortwave receiver. He was amazed to find broadcasts from Radio Moscow, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Netherlands and the BBC, and became an avid listener.

"I could listen to these other, different, really different, perspectives," he says.

In 1997, he started The Shortwave Report as a weekly 30-minute summary of news and opinion from other countries. Originally it just aired on one NPR affiliate in Mendocino County. Two decades later, it is carried by dozens of non-commercial stations, including KGNU, around North America and overseas.

In the first few months of doing The Shortwave Report, Roberts presented stories about mad cow disease from European broadcasts.

"I hadn't heard it on American media at all," he recalls. "I remember kinda joking about it. England and Germany had some cases early on and as the seriousness of the epidemic grew, it was unveiled how widespread it was. We weren't doing anything to protect the people in this country who eat beef."

Like the reception of a radio receiver, the facts can get fuzzy the further away you travel from a story. Roberts is very clear about his sources, always announcing before and after where each report originates.

"We got a few calls during the fund drive from people saying Shortwave Report is one of their favorite shows," says Lupito Flores, who airs the show on KYRS community radio in Spokane, Wash.

Listeners appreciate the uniqueness of the material.

"Dan brings international voices to the FM dial our listeners would simply never hear otherwise," Jeff Shaw from KDRT-LP in Davis, Calif., tells BW.

For Shaw, whose station's tagline is "radio from the grassroots," airing The Shortwave Report each week is about helping listeners become "better citizens of the world."

"I've done all kinds of acting locally, from getting in front of logging trucks to marching," Roberts says. "Now my theme is listening globally. Radio is my activism. I love the stations I'm on. Here in rural Northern California, radio draws the community together in a different way than it does in the city. A lot of people up here have no television and don't want one."

Tuning in to the voices of the world, editing together his show, and uploading it for affiliates, costs him next to nothing. Small grants and listener contributions have helped him sustain the project.

Roberts clarifies that he doesn't broadcast his own program internationally because of the electricity it requires to bounce a signal off the ionosphere.

"You need 100,000 watts, minimum, for international shortwave frequencies," he guesses. "So I don't do that. I do this very efficient thing. I live super efficiently. When I bought solar panels in the '80s, they cost eight or 10 times as much as they do now, and that was in those dollars. A panel back then was $500. That same panel now would cost you less than $100. Solar panels have gone way down in price. I've lived off the grid for 40 years. And a lot of people have solar panels that feed back into the grid. It's totally do-able."

Roberts says he aims his weekly selections of international news at American audiences, including many listeners who hear the stories by accident while tuning in to public radio.

However, Roberts says the shortwave band isn't what it used to be. Many governments now prioritize online distribution of video coverage in English. Roberts rarely records actual shortwave signals for his program anymore.

"Radio Netherlands was a great radio station that has now vanished," he says. Belgium and Romania primarily air cultural ads for their countries. Meanwhile, Radio Havana Cuba is still on shortwave, but also live-streams their English-language news online. Though the U.S. embargo has limited Cuban access to telecom equipment, it's cheaper to build a website for audio files than it is to run a 250- or 500-kilowatt transmission tower.

Roberts says Spain was doing great reporting, including a different perspective than wealthier European countries, but about a month before the English-language shortwave broad cast was dropped, reporters started talking about how the country's rightwing government planned deep cuts.

Radio Deutsche Welle closed down a 500-kilowatt transmitter near Munich last year and demolished one of the world's biggest shortwave facilities. Roberts particularly misses the editorials.

"The way they tell a story is different than NPR," says Roberts. "I'm using NPR as the standard, figuring that a lot of people who listen to radio are using NPR as a reliable source. But NPR stories rely frequently on quotes from anonymous government officials."

Roberts deflects criticism that he's rebroadcasting other countries' propaganda.

"Our propaganda is not that different from what the governments of other countries are doing," he says. "Nobody is telling the absolute truth. The Internet allows people anywhere to look at the world from how that media source in a different country is looking back at us."

You can catch The Shortwave Report on Monday afternoons at 3:30 on KGNU.

Gavin Dahl is a volunteer member of KGNU's board of directors.

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