In 1930, just seven years after radio broadcasting was established in the former Czechoslovakia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs came up with the idea of creating a shortwave service which would present the country abroad. Five years later workmen began assembling shortwave transmitters and on August 31st, 1936 the station first went on the air with a speech in English by the technical director of Czechoslovak Radio. This day marked the birth of international broadcasting in Czechoslovakia.
Little introduction is needed for this week's guest in One on One: Radio Prague's own Bill Bathurst, a writer and poet who listeners know well for his smooth-as-bourbon voice, inimitable humour, and more than a few memorable broadcasts on Czech literature and poetry. Now, fourteen years after Bill began at Radio Prague he's decided to hang it up in the Czech capital and return to his home in California...
This Saturday, March 19th, is the tenth anniversary of the first broadcast by Radio Slovakia International. The station was established soon after the split of Czechoslovakia at the beginning of 1993, and now broadcasts in English, French, German, Russian and of course Slovak. And to mark the station's tenth anniversary, a new Spanish service is being launched this weekend. Radio Prague's David Vaughan is in Bratislava for the birthday celebrations. I asked him if Radio Slovakia really had to begin from scratch in 1993?
On August 31, 1936, Radio Prague went on air for the first time. This programme takes you through our history, including some the most turbulent episodes in twentieth century European history. You will meet Radio Prague editors, reporters and announcers from throughout our history, including Bozena Trojanova, who was a Radio Prague presenter before the Second World War. You can also hear the voices of some of the personalities interviewed over the years - including Josephine Baker and a youthful Cliff Richard in 1969. And of course we
The barrels of carp have arrived, the fish-monger's knife is busy, and the streets of Prague are slippery with fish scales and blood. No, it's not a horror film, merely the arrival of Czech Christmas. It's just a few days to Christmas Eve, and today we bring you the last of our Radio Prague Christmas memories. First up is 's account of his most unforgettable Christmas, followed by talking about a typical Czech Christmas in Canada:
Well Christmas draws nearer every day - and this week the city of Plzen in West Bohemia witnessed a rather unusual event - an 'Italian Christmas.' Klara Polednova is a member of the Friends of Italy Society, and Radio Prague's Plzen correspondent caught up with her at Tuesday's festivities to find out what it was all about.