This poem has been sponsored by the midnight sponsor, and I'll be calling you that for ages now, you know, mama_kestrel
for continuity's sake, this comes before nearly anything else in the series, with the possible exception of 'Local Interference'. ( Tuning Up )
Notes spin the dial:
*Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) has its studios in Hilversum, Holland. There really are windows everywhere in that building.
*This crowd are speaking both Dutch and English. Translations:
Iedereen y uitgepraat: Literally 'everybody stop talking'. Everybody be quiet!
*A large majority of the people at this meeting have analogs in local reality, though I've left all but one unnamed. There are lots and lots of appreciative nods to RNW staff here, though.
*The island of Saint Kitt's does, or at least has, broadcast on 555kHz at relatively low power.
*Rochester, New York's WHAM really is on 1180kHz.
*Watrous, Saskatchewan and Fort Madison, Iowa do both broadcast on 540kHz. Iowa is much more commonly heard in northern North America, but occasionally, Sask gets through too.
*Summer in North America is not a good time to be listening to lower-frequency stations; there is static of various sorts everywhere.
*1000kHz is the frequency used by Chicago's WMVP, a very strong sports talk station indeed.
*The States and Canada space their radio stations 10kHz apart. Europe, parts of if not the entire continent of Africa, the Middle East, and India all use 9kHz steps instead.
*1440kHz really is known as a graveyard frequency. There isn't much audible on it in the northern U.S. to the casual listener. Further south, signals are stronger.
*RNW has, or has had, language services in English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Bahasa (Indonesia, not Malayu). Whether or not half the Bahasa service has ever been felled by the flu, I don't know!