Where you listen pt. 69

These just keep on coming. Three more emails from you about where you listen to the show, and read the Daily Email – this time from Egypt, The Falkland Islands and Baghdad. 

From Byaruhanga Nicholas in Alexandria, Egypt
‘Hi Ros, it’s another interesting day and I always feel great when the sun is going down because world have your say is coming on. Here in Egypt since I know of no BBC station her I log onto the BBC website at exactly 8:00pm local time and click on listen live so that I can listen to world have your say. My fellow students I share the flat with have come to fall in love with the program. I read an update from you on my email before I start listening to know what the agenda is. Thank you Ros we love you here in Egypt. stay blessed.

From Trudi in the Falkland Islands:

‘Hi Ros. Trudi here!

To join in the folks who have told you/everyone where they listen to WHYS…

I listen to the show in Stanley, Falkland Islands. The BBC has always been a big part of island life, I can remember listening to all sorts of programmes as I was growing up. So I guess you could say I cut my teeth listening to BBC!!

I love the radio … TV makes us lazy; we don’t have to use our imagination as much when the visual is there in front of us. I remember listening to all sorts of stories on the radio, and could lay there with my eyes closed (listening to the clacking of my mum’s knitting needles!) and ‘see’ in my mind’s eye what I imagined was happening. So please don’t ever phase out the radio broadcasts!! Kind regards from the South Atlantic! Trudi

From Julie in Baghdad:

‘Hi Ros

I read your daily e-mail at work usually before the boss gets in because I’m not supposed to open personal stuff at work. So I get my coffee made and sit and browse through your e-mail, and pay attention to what you are asking. Keep it up as it’s become part of my daily routine !!! With best wishes from Julie in Baghdad’

11 Responses to “Where you listen pt. 69”

  1. 1 Nishard Mohammed
    December 18, 2007 at 17:50


    I just started listening to WHYS in Trinidad, which has just been started on the FM Frequency. It is now my choice of radio while driving during the day, and at the office. The various points of views always reinfornces my belief inthe varying views of the Global Village and the diffculty we find incoming to a common resoulution to issues that some of us find frivolous.

    Keep doing what you are doing…

    Nishard, Trinidad

  2. 2 Craig Leventhal
    December 18, 2007 at 20:22

    I am fortunate to be able to listen at my job and even have an outside antenna strung between tree branches. I installed a shortwave/MW/FM car radio as well. I listen to the BBC as well as other nation’s broadcasts, in an effort to get a well rounded viewpoint on various issues, rather than from a single source. Happy 75th anniversary, and keep up the excellent job! CRAIG

  3. 3 Chernor Jalloh
    December 18, 2007 at 21:47

    My dear Ros, It is a pride for me to always listen to the BBCWorldService and pull off what is in my chest.Anyway,because having thrown away my first shortwave radio in 2002 which I bought on my arrival here in Spain because it got a problem,Iam presently listen to the BBCWorldService via my satellite dish,which is very clear.But,I do miss Focus on Africa,Network Africa and Africa HYS on air, unless I visit the Internet to be able to read and find out what is going on in Africa and contribute to the questions that are being raised by friends from around the World or the BBC teams. When I heard Elizabeth Blunt on the From our Own Correspondent(FOOC)edition highlighting about how Africans listen to the radio and describing the people who listen to it from Ethiopia where she is now based I sprang up with joy it made me very much feel back at home.Actually my father used to call me near his Panasonic radio in the late 80s and early 90s to help him understand some of the news while we were in S/Leone that were broadcast from the BBCWorldService about the country or Liberia or even Africa as a whole.Can you imagine when I visited him last year he was having another brand new radio?I used to borrow it from him,but sometimes he would refuse.My tributes to cris Bekton will ever remain.I shall miss him and my prayers will always be sent to you the BBC.Keep it up and I hope to hear from those familiar voices behind the micro phones there at the BBCWorldService again in 2008.Thank you so much for this great opportunity.

  4. 4 Gaurav in Singapore
    December 19, 2007 at 11:57

    Podcasts! Generally on the train (MRT) on the way home from work. The best thing about WHYS podcasts is, being five a week, they tend to pile up on my iPod, so I never run out of them, and there’s always an interesting one to listen to (even if it is from two weeks ago!). Also, it takes me almost exactly fifty minutes, or one WHYS episode, to get home, which is very convenient.

    I’ll stay up until 2am local time to listen “live” if I find the subject particularly interesting, which I do on my little alarm clock radio in my bedroom. Tonight’s panel, for instance, really seems worth staying up for!

    I take full responsibility for the overuse of commas and exclamation marks in my post.

  5. 5 John
    December 19, 2007 at 12:57

    Hi Ros.
    Living on the German/Dutch border as i do is ideal fro listening to the BBC World Service, through out the day on the car radio, and in the evening, and at night using the sat receiver.
    Thanks BBC for providing a balanced news service which combined with the other ingredients gives good entertainment.
    May I make one remark about the free speech programme, a good idea but sadly de graded by including Mr Irwing. Excuse me but (no Holocaust), like saying the Americans and allies did not march into Iraq.
    Wishing you all the best.
    John in Germany

  6. 6 gary
    December 19, 2007 at 15:21

    Hello All.
    Happy Birthday to the BBC World Service! I listen (web cast) in my office in southern Indiana, USA, while preparing lectures in chemistry and physics.
    What do I think about free speech? I know none so ignorant, that I may not learn from them, nor none so brilliant that I may not teach them. And of course, I cannot gauge our relative awareness of reality without conversation. The greater our differences the more surely we must converse. If our conversation fails; so does our mutual education, and ignorance is something we cannot afford.

  7. 7 John D. Anthony
    December 19, 2007 at 15:43

    I get to work around 4:30 a.m. which gives me a couple of hours to work alone (I’m a dental lab technician). I listen to National Public Radio on my laptop and check the WHYS site to see what’s up. Once the other folks start showing up I’ll switch over to the National Geographic Wildcam site and watch elephants in Africa or polar bears in Canada or seals in California. http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/
    My boss is a Republican and thinks Bush is the best thing since sliced bread so we only talk politics in the most general of terms, but we all enjoy watching wildlife. At 10:00 a.m. WHYS comes on and I’m out of the loop for the next hour with my earphones on.

    John in Salem, Oregon

  8. 8 George
    December 19, 2007 at 18:18

    I am on the web now in a little town near Atlanta Georgia.

    I use to listen to the BBC World Service on SW in Ponce Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic- Santo Domingo, Sabana and San Pedro de Macoris, Mexico- Merida and Tixcocob, Belize in Belmopan and Cristo Rey, El Savador in San Salavador, and other places I have lived abroad and in the USA.

    The World Service was the single point of soothing stable news and English contact in many places I have lived and traveled in my life.

    I could not begin to express what a comfort or how important BBC World Service has been to me as an Expat studying and working abroad over the last 30 years.

  9. 9 Richard Baxter
    December 20, 2007 at 05:00

    Hi WHYS team. First Happy Birthday to BBC. I have been an loyal listener since 1976 on my first trip overseas to India when I was 18, haven’t stopped listening since. I live in a very rural area in a redwood forest in Boulder Creek, Calif.I was lucky to see WHYS in San Francisco last month. Now my wife understands why I have been such a BBC fan. I listen in my truck when I’m on the road on XM radio. I also have a portable XM that I use when I have to travel. Last week it was Kona Hawaii and didn’t miss a show. I learn so much about the world from the BBC. I have been fortunate to have traveled around the world and lived in some pretty strange places.I cannot get this type of world dialogue on American tv or radio, in fact I’ve given up on both of them. Great job you guys are doing

  10. 10 Emmanuel Nwaimah
    December 21, 2007 at 07:50

    After moving to North America from Africa several years ago, my shortwave listening experience with the BBC has taken a dive for the worse in spite of having upgraded from a SONY ICF-7601 to a SANGEAN ATS 909 high-tech multi-band radio receiver. In Texas, I could listen to the BBC’s shortwave broadcast to the Carribean but since moving to Illinois, that has become a luxury Although NPR (National Public Radio) stations do relay BBC broadcasts, these are mostly at night time and many popular day time programs such as the Premier League are missed. Although I enjoy a state-of-the-art high-speed broadband Internet connection with multimedia capabilities, some techies at the BBC’s IT department have opted to stream archived content of the BBC’s programs only in audio file extensions that support proprietary Real Player and Windows Media formats. Therefore I miss Focus on Africa and Network Africa programs. In spite of the BBC’s aversion to using MP3 for streaming audio content, I can proudly doff my hat to Joy FM in Accra, Ghana that relays Focus on Africa and Network Africa and also streams in the open MP3 format. Also noteworthy are the NPR stations in the USA especially WKSU2 in Kent, Ohio (my favorite BBC online relay station) and REM FM in Marbella, Spain. If listener feedback is anything to go by, then I’ll have to thank these stations more than the BBC for the marvellous work they do while the gentle giant goes to sleep.

  11. 11 George
    December 28, 2007 at 03:41

    Christmas present comment on BBC.

    My son is a military officer and deploys.
    For Christmas I bought him a compact Short Wave radio.

    Other nations broadcast a national SW radio program including the VOA, all good.
    The BBC has been so important in my work and life abroad the radio was given for listening to the BBC. My son was raised on it.

    I encourage the BBC to maintain Short Wave programing for the very reasons your director states. You are an institution to those folk who live lives of far flung travel, study, work, duty and adventure.

    BBC – Well done and best wishes.

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