Today we look at the roles of some of those who believed in the Czech branch of socialism, announcers at Radio Prague during the 50s and 60s. We'll find out what inspired them to leave their homes in Canada and the U.S. to make a new start in Prague - to help build socialism in former Czechoslovakia - a very unusual fate.
This is a rather sad Letter from Prague for me to write - it's my last. After five years I'm quitting as a full-time member of staff, to pursue a career with another radio station. It's a period of great change and no small amount of stress as I try to manage the transition from one job to the other. But it's also given me the opportunity to reflect on the times I've had and the changes I've seen since I first walked through the doors of Czech Radio on a warm, spring day in 1999.
Exactly a year ago, dozens of homes of Cuban human rights activists and independent journalists were raided under the direct order of Cuba's Dictator Fidel Castro. Most of their belongings, including radios, typewriters, and family photos were confiscated and the operation culminated with the arrest of seventy-five men and women. All were later sentenced to serve between fifteen and twenty-nine years in prisons, some of them hundreds of kilometres away from their families.
For the second year running it's Radio Radio Prague's New Year's Eve Special! Over the next half hour we'll be sending up all your favorite programmes like: Letter from Prague, Economics Report, and Stepping Out. We'll also be answering listener's questions we never had the chance to answer before, and you'll hear some of the best in this year's Czech music. Finally, we'll have recommendations for how you can seduce that special someone at the holiday office party - to get you into all kinds of trouble we bear absolutely no responsibility for.