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Radio brings the world into the homes of Hawaii

LAST UPDATED: 6:27 p.m. HST, Aug 5, 2011

Every Sunday, "Back in the Day" looks at an article that ran on this date in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The items are verbatim, so don’t blame us today for yesteryear's bad grammar.


Hawaii in Specially Good Position To Get World Features By Radio

The Hawaiian islands are ideally situated to receive the best of radio reception from stations, far and near, either on the broadcast band or in the short wave spectrum.

Excellent reception from distant England, France, German, Italy, South Africa, South and Central America, Australia, Java, India, China, Japan, Russia and the continental United States is an every day occurrence. …

Although many of the foreign nations use little or no English announcements on their programs, this does not deter the listener from thoroughly enjoying tuning in these countries, as music — an international language in itself — comprises the bulk of the entertainment broadcast …

Events of considerable importance are constantly being broadcast through short wave stations in widely separated areas of the globe. One of the outstanding radio headliners heard by hundreds of short wave listeners in Hawaii was the description of the funeral services for Great Britain's late King George. …

Championship prize fights, football games, world championship baseball games and other sports events of sufficient note … can be heard here only, as a rule, through the medium of an all wave receiver.

The voices of presidents, kings, queens, noted political figures, grand opera stars, the music of world famed symphony and concert orchestras and dance bands, headliners of stage, screen and vaudeville are all familiar air personalities to the short wave listener.

This year the presidential campaign will hold some of the limelight on the air lines.

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