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Broadcasting on the Short Waves,
1945 to Today

By Jerome S. Berg.
Shortwave broadcasting originated in the 1920s, when stations used the new technology to increase their range to serve foreign audiences and reach parts of their own country that could not easily be covered by regular AM stations. The early days of shortwave radio were covered in On the Short Waves, 1923–1945 which covered broadcast listening in the pioneer days of radio. This book picks up the story after World War II, focusing on the stations themselves and the environment in which they operated. A companion volume, Listening on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today, focuses specifically on the listening community.

The heart of the book, “Shortwave Year-by-Year” is a detailed account of the shortwave bands in each year from 1945 to the present. It reviews what American listeners were hearing on the international and domestic shortwave bands, describes the arrivals and departures of stations, and recounts important shortwave events. It also introduces readers to the several categories of broadcasters—international, domestic, religious, clandestine and pirate—and to private shortwave broadcasting in the United States. It explains the impact of relay stations, frequency management, and jamming, and describes promising shortwave technologies. It also addresses the considerable changes in, and challenges to, shortwave broadcasting since the end of the Cold War. The book is richly illustrated and indexed, and features extensive notes to facilitate further reading or research. ©2008 McFarland Publishing. Soft cover 488 pages. List price $35.00.

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Other books by the author:
The Early Shortwave Stations -A Broadcast History Through 1945
On the Short Waves, 1923-1945
Listening on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today

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