School essay from 1969:Dxing Worldwide on WNYW-

A radio show I like.

 

 

What I most look forward toon Saturday afternoons, is the radio program Dxing Worldwide. This program,which starts half past 6, and lasts until seven, comes from radio station WNYW,Radio New York Worldwide. Dxing Worldwide is one of the best programs I everheard.

 

Before I go on, I have todefine what Dxing is. DX is radio ”hams” language and meansdistance. Some definitions also adds that the x means the unknown which I thinkis a good point.

 

In other words, DX standsfor listening to unknown radio stations from far away. This is real sport.Thousands of people around the world have really found something of great valuein the DX-sport. Via this they get into contact with most countries in theworld. When you turn the dial, you can go from Karachi to Rio De Janeiro inless than a second. Since the sport is so valued and popular, many radiostations, especially those on the Shortwave bands has own DX programs servingas assistance and enrichment for listeners. DX-shows contain mostly onlyreports from the listeners of important stations they have managed to hear. ButDxing Worldwide contains much more than this. This show takes you from one sideof the Dx-spectrum to the other.

 

At 6.30pm Saturday afternoonI am always in front of my radio. Sometimes it might be a bit difficult torecveive WNYW, but generally speaking it comes in very clearly. A radiolistener fancies a clear identification from a given station, and WNYW isclever at this. At precisely 6.30 you hear: ”This is WNYW, Radio New YorkWorldwide, with studios in New York City, and transmitters in Scituaté,Massachusetts, USA.” After this comes the theme tune of Dxing Worldwide.I like this very much. It is a funny tune that leads the program into an easymanner right from the start.

 

Les Marshak, the programhost is in the hot seat. ”Hello, all listeners in Europe and Africa, herewe are with Dxing Worldwide once again. I hope you have a good time whereveryou are just now, here in New York City we have great weather, with sunshinethis Saturday morning. Well, all the staff here at WNYW is ready to get set,are you? We march right ahead with ”Musings, part I”. What I fancymost with Dxing Worldwide is this personal, friendly sound of Les Marshak.Quite genuine is Les, and it seems he really hopes we have a good time whereverwe might be at this moment whether we might be in Sahara or as me, home in myroom in the middle of the Norwegian West Coast.

 

”Musings, partI”. Is an item dealing with different episodes that have happened onradio stations around the globe. Les tells about the snake who came into studiowhile the newsreader read the news on BBC Radio I and 2.

Another time a young boy inChicago started his own radio station. He transmitted with the great power of45 watts! WRFN, Rado Suburbia was on the air every Fridday evening, and hadthree listeners sending in requests per phone! The boy had to demolish all theequipment and got a warning from the authorities. Such small episodes aretypical of Dxing Worldwide.

 

Les Marshak is quite new asprogram host. At the end of March this year Steve Grayson quit. He has been thehost for 4 years. Just before he quit, he put in a new spot in the show, called”Remember time.” Les does a great job here too. He reads old reports from listeners about stationsthey have heard, maybe 30 years old.

 

It is very interesting andexciting to hear what they heard. European listeners might hear Radio Tokyo andKDKA in Pittsburgh. I think ”Remember time” belongs to DxingWorldwide. This is a good feature.

 

After this the spot I amwaiting most for every time, ”…this is when I touch that magicbutton” and turn over to Roy Patrick, in Derby, England.” Roy isthe leader of one of the biggest DX-Clubs in Europe and his job at DX-ingWorldwide is to tell the latest news from Europe, as well as to play a rarerecording. He played Radio Americas, 1165 kcs Swan Island and Radio

Senegal, Dakar 764 kcs. Butthe nicest bit was when Steve Grayson hosted the show and we were treated tohear what happened the night of the 15th of August 1967, when Radio Carolinecontinued its transmissons after the so-called pirate stations were stopped inEngland. I am for ”Free radio”, so I recorded what Roy played. Wehear the Caroline djs lead by Johnnie Walker sing. ”We shallovercome.” Then a short speech by Johnnie why Caroline won’t giveup, and then he says: ”Caroline belongs to you,”, Caroline isyours, and Caroline loves you.” Steve added after Roy Patrick had finished:”Every time I hear that recording, it brings a chill up and down myneck.”

Maybe somebody will say thisis childish. Say want you want, the Caroline-guys gave up something to ensurethan the station should remain on the air as they had to move abroad. Roy withthe latest Dx-news from Europe is also one of the items why I fancy this show.

 

After this a jingle. This isa little song advertising the station it was played on or for radio generallyJingles is one of the best parts of radio, that’s why I also enjoy DxingWorldwide. The Global Medium jingle set is often used.

 

WNYW is a commercialstation, so here follows a short commercial spot. Many people are against radioadvertising, and there might be good reasons for this, but the commercials onWNYW sounds OK as it gives real information about the advertised products.

 

Every Dxer is interested inthe coming DX-conditions, and ”propagation report” tells us howthey have been the last week. I miss a propagation forecast though.

 

An interview also adds to theprogramme quality. I remember especually an African radio person from SouthernRhodesia’s ”Radio Jacaranda.” It is interesting to hear howthey make radio programs in Africa. You have to cater for all, both the villagefamilies with their transistor to the rich, white family on the other side oftown with their large radio cabinet. Everybody is to be served.

 

Some news from theelectronic field follows. In this item you have the latest news of new radiosets and radio parts. Les does a great job here too.

The time is now fastapproaching 7, and it is time to close the show. But first  Les reads some listeners letters frommany parts of the world. Then the theme tune goes on the air. Les says goodbye,and says see you next week. Maybe he also tells a little story to add littlespice to the closing.

 

Then Dxing Worldwide is overfor this week, and people in large parts of the world turn off their radiosets. Once again they have just as I listened to the radio show they enjoymost, Dxing Worldwide.

 

And WNYW crosses to thejingle and newscast from American Information Radio News.