Posts Tagged ‘anniversary’

“Con Salsa” Radio Show in Boston Celebrates 35 Years!

June 21, 2010

This week, we celebrate a landmark for Latino radio in general and WBUR of Boston in particular. This past weekend, WBUR’s Con Salsa show celebrates 35 years on the air. According to The Boston Herald, the show is going to ring in its anniversary with a big club party tomorrow:

“Con Salsa!”, a Saturday evening show on Boston University’s public radio station, 90.9 WBUR-FM, is sponsoring a Tuesday concert with Cuban timba band Pupy y Los Que Son Son at the Wilbur Theatre to mark the event.

The show has a history of being a community hub as well as an entertainment program. The call-in portion of the program has a long pedigree of highly personal messages being shared over the airwaves: marriage proposals, confessions of infidelity, messages for troops overseas, and much more. As a matter of fact, the show has quite a reputation for being a forum in which people share messages with those in the Massachusetts jail system, a topic I wrote about back in February 2009.

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Happy 30th, Radio Wales!

December 11, 2008


As we roll into the holiday season, I would like to offer my best wishes and congratulations to Radio Wales, which recently turned 30!

At 6:30am on November 13, 1978, the equation changed radically for Welsh radio listeners as Radio Wales (RW) began its first full broadcast. This marked an important transition in format as the move to original content with a local basis began. Prior to RW’s launch, the frequency was populated exclusively with content taken from other BBC operations.

Gary Marsh of WalesOnline notes:

Based at its Cardiff studios, Welsh radio had until then been an “opt-out” from the BBC networks , such as old Home Service and BBC Radio 4.

The launch of BBC Radio Wales was followed by BBC Radio Scotland two weeks later.

The first show on BBC Radio Wales was AM, presented by Anita Morgan – the station’s first-ever voice.

In the intervening 30 years, they have introduced broadcasts from a variety of other Welsh townships, and have even sponsored a light aircraft. The station has also, as many do, produced some recognizable names (at least if you are a fan of the BBC like I am) that have become major players in the UK radio scenes including Rob Brydon, Simon Weston and Colin Jackson.

Wales is  lovely place; my father’s side of the family is originally from there and I have traveled to its green hills myself back in the ’80s. While it defies the common perception of being exclusively rural, it is a country that has at its core a pronounced streak of localism. Numerous small towns dot the landscape, many of them existing just as they did 100 years ago. The sense of community is almost tangible. To me, this explains the success of Radio Wales. Like all good radio, it has made itself a part of the community.

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30 Years of Radio From The Halls of Power

April 7, 2008

Parliament’s radio revolution

Three decades ago this month, radio instituted a fundamental change in the U.K. It was at that point that the opaque processes of government first saw the light of public scrutiny as the BBC began its historic broadcast from the House of Commons.

Via BBC News:

[…] all that was usually heard from the Palace of Westminster was the sound of Big Ben.

But from 3 April 1978 the mystique of what really happens in the corridors of power was shattered forever.

Gone was the rather reverential treatment of politicians by parliamentary reporters.

Instead broadcasters got to relay speeches and debates in all their glory to a public that was actually fascinated by the novelty of being able to hear their MPs at work for the first time.

At the time, it was a bold and innovative move, one that had a profound and far reaching effect on the British culture. It is that spirit of innovation which is going to carry radio through the 21st Century and beyond.

Radio is not just a medium, it is a cultural force and creator of community. While it already possesses a near infinite variety of content, it is now evolving into wide variety of platforms. Take a look at the progress in this regard that is shown throughout our prior posts here on the blog. It has a long and impressive history as a medium, one which can be used to help divine its future.

Image: Screencapture of BBC article “Parliament’s radio revolution