This is an excerpt from MediaScan, a program of Radio Sweden.
:: MediaScan ::
:: SWEDEN CALLING DXERS ::
:: from Radio Sweden ::
:: Number 2214--Dec. 20, 1994 ::
Satellite, shortwave and other electronic media news from Radio Sweden.
This week's bulletin was written by George Wood.
Packet Radio BID SCDX2214
All times UTC unless otherwise noted.
RADIO IN CYBERSPACE:
WILLIAM GIBSON--In today's program we're once again exploring radio in
Cyberspace, or more specifically, on the Internet.
Author William Gibson is best known for his breakthrough science fiction
novel from 1984, "Neuromancer", where he invented the whole concept of
Cyberspace, the place where telephone calls and computer communications take
place. He was here in Stockholm recently, in connection with the publication
of the Swedish edition of his latest novel, "Virtual Light". Two extracts
from his interview with Per Gustavsson of Swedish Radio's Science Department
were included in the program.
Gibson says once an interview like this would have stayed within Sweden. Now,
he expects to see bits of it appearing on the Internet, illustrating how
information now spreads itself around the world.
We've just made his statement come true. Not only are his words winging there
way around the world via shortwave and satellite, they are also now available
on the Internet, since you are reading this. And since MediaScan is available
as a sound file on the Net, the sound of Gibson's voice is also on the Net as
RADIO SWEDEN--You can find us wherever Internet Multicasting can be found,
but the primary upload site is ftp.funet.fi, where we can be found in the
section pub, sounds, RadioSweden, Mediascan.
This is the first radio program from Sweden on the Internet, but now Swedish
Radio is busily setting up its own Internet World Wide Web server. In today's
program we also interviewed Lars Beijar, who is charge of the project. The
Swedish Radio WWW-server is to be in operation by March 1. At that time, 5
minute newscasts from the News Department and other departments here in
Stockholm, along with 1 local radio station, Radio Kronoberg in Vaexsjoe,
should be available for public access over the Net. Within a month of the
start, Lars Beijar hopes the have the other 23 local radio stations included.
Newscasts from Radio Sweden and the Immigrant Languages Department will also
WRN--You should be able to access Radio Sweden online in another way soon.
The World Radio Network, which relays us and 21 other international
broadcasters on satellite to Europe and North America, is working with
Internet Multicasting in Washington DC, the same service that is carrying
"MediaScan", to offer the entire WRN output on the Internet.
LIVE RADIO--All of this Internet activity concerns sound files. There is some
live radio and video on the Net, via a service called the MBONE. But now the
first 24 hour live radio station has appeared on the MBONE. This is a student
station at the University of North Caroline in Chapel Hill, WXYC, who are
taking their current on the air FM signal and putting it on the Net.
For more information about what they are up to, and the equipment needed to
tune in, you can check out their World Wide Web page, which is:
And Radio Sweden may be joining WXYC live on the Internet. Lars Beijar also
has plans for live radio from Sweden via the MBONE. After the WWW-server is
running, the next project is live radio from Sweden. For copyright purposes,
Radio Sweden will probably be the first programming offered.
Sweden Calling DXers/MediaScan is the world's oldest radio program about
international broadcasting. Radio Sweden has presented this round-up of radio
news, features, and interviews on Tuesdays since 1948. It's currently
broadcast on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.