A few weeks ago I wrote about Shortwave broadcast radio and what looks to be its coming demise. To add to that I just learned that Radio Canada International has signed off the air for good on Sunday June 24th, 2012. RCI is now an internet only station. RCI has been the shortwave voice of Canada since 1942. Since then it has provided Canadian news and information to the world via shortwave radio. The final broadcast of RCI’s The Link with Mark Montgomery, which aired on Friday, June 22nd 2012, summed up what has happened at Radio Canada International and to so many other shortwave powerhouse stations over the years. You can listen to the program sign off by clicking on this link.
Government budgets have been cut and the internet is now the new media king. The internet however is not immune to censorship. Shortwave travels the world and it sees no borders. Most of the terrestrial internet can be filtered and censored by governments who don’t hold true the ideas of freedom of information and speech. The information that came through shortwave is now blocked as it comes through the internet. Shortwave may be a technology coming to the end of its lifecycle but it still has value and can get the message through when every other means of communication and information can’t. To RCI I applauded their 67 years of broadcast excellence. I am truly sorry to see another station go by the wayside. I am also sad to hear that those transmitters once used by RCI will now be refeeding China Radio International. Just what we need…more propaganda to clutter the shortwave bands. I looks to me that shortwave radio as it was once known will soon no longer exist.