Friday, November 20, 2009

Shortwave Central - Bermuda Story, Ship Broadcasting

Here is an excerpt:
"The Empress of Britain was described in the 1930s as the most active ship broadcaster during that era. It was on the air with music programs mainly, under the British callsign GMBJ. Program broadcasts from the Empress of Britain GMBJ were relayed off air by NBC in the United States, as well as by national networks in Canada, England, and Australia. This ship was often heard in radio contact with the marine radio station in Bermuda, and some times with spontaneous radio broadcasts for whoever might be listening."

This article brings back memories of watching a friend work a U.S. Navy Ship. This author is a fan of all things from way back in history, and that includes those times when old family photos get brought out, and boks that talk about the 1800's through the mid 1900's.

If one is lucky, you knew someone who lived in the early 1900's and you have heard the first hand stories of what life was like back then. Does anyone remember the scene from a movie called "A Christmas Story"? The kid sat by his trusty radio listening for Little Orphan Annie's Secret Code after he got his secret decoder ring. "Remember To Drink Your Ovaltine" the message said. How about when Orson Welles scared the American public halfway out of their wits with his show one day?

This author got to listen to the original 8 - track recording of that famous "War Of The Worlds" show! What a treat! Imagine the treat of being on land and hearing any of these ships way out there in the middle of the ocean!    

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