Today in Mailbox: Radio Prague is to stay on shortwave! Listeners quoted: Mogire Machuki, Yvonne and Gerwyn Roberts, Dmitry Mezin, Dibyendu Madhab Das.
Hello and welcome to Mailbox, Radio Prague’s weekly programme that answers your questions and queries and responds to your comments.
If you follow Radio Prague closely, you will know that the end of last year brought a huge question mark over the future of our shortwave service. Many of our listeners the world over are still writing in to ask about new developments in the matter. Among the most recent letters is this one from Mogire Machuki from Kenya:
“I am one of the listeners worried about Radio Prague's move to close its international shortwave broadcasts. A few years back Radio Vlanderen international came up with that exact idea and after a few months on air they eventually closed down their overseas signal completely. And now it’s Radio Prague. What is up, our dear friends at Radio Prague? You are our only link to Prague's diverse cultures and lifestyles, we need you. I for one understand that the internet is becoming a challenge to shortwave broadcasts like the FM broadcasts as well the latest mobile phone technologies. However we, the enthusiast DXers, still value shortwave transmissions very much. I hope we will be together for the next many calendar months.”
On a similar note, Yvonne and Gerwyn Roberts from Wales sent us this message:
“Happy New Year to all of the staff at Radio Prague! We are two faithful listeners in Wales. Please give us a New Year present by stating that the broadcasts of Radio Prague are now safe. It is because of your station that we have been regular visitors to the Czech Republic. Please tell your President and the Government that we need Radio Prague to continue.”
And Dmitry Mezin from Russia writes:
“Shortwave is the only reliable way to listen and to know more about foreign cultures. Slow Internet does not permit comfortable listening due to the long pauses.”
And we still have a little time for this question from our listener Dibyendu Madhab Das from West Bengal:
“When was the Prague university established?”
Yet our January mystery woman, gifted and accomplished as she was, would not have been allowed to study at the Prague University – as the first female students were accepted there as late as 1897.
This month our mystery person is the English Renaissance poetess who came to Prague with her alchemist stepfather. She is said to have been fluent in Czech, English, German, Italian, and Latin – which is also the language in which she wrote her poetry. She died in childbirth at the age of just 31 in Prague where she is buried.
If you think you know who our mystery lady was, please send us your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org or Radio Prague 12099 Prague by the end of January and maybe you will be lucky to win a Radio Prague goodie bag. In the meantime please keep those e-mails coming and Mailbox will be back again in a week’s time.