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Radio Stations in Belarus and/or the Belarusian Language

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Belarusian Governmental Radio Stations

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In Mensk, Belarus: Most local radio broadcasts are in Russian. There is one AM (middlewave) and one FM station that do some programming in Belarusian, including cultural programming.



Radio B/A - FM

    FM station broadcasting popular music; announcements, etc., are in Russian.



Radio Dva - AM (middlewave)

    AM station broadcasting popular music, cultural information, & announcements (870 Khz in Mensk). Some programming in Belarusian; some in Russian.



Radio FM 101,2

    Radio FM 101,2   Web page at CSS, Mensk, Belarus. Includes program information (in Russian, Win 1251 Cyrillic encoding).

    The following is from the OMRI Daily Digest,   No. 171, Part II, 4 September 1996:

    "Independent Radio Station Closed in Belarus. Station 101.2 was shut down because its operations were 'interfering in government communications,' Radio Rossii and PAP reported on 1 September. The station broadcast primarily music and some news. The head of the station, Zhanna Litvina, said the move was just another in a series aimed at curtailing media freedom. She also said it was part of the state's anti-Belarusian policy, since it was the only independent channel broadcasting in Belarusian and fostering national 'rebirth.' The station plans to appeal the decision. -- Ustina Markus"

      "This [preceding] material is reprinted with permission of the Open Media Research Institute, a nonprofit organization with research offices in Prague, Czech Republic. For more information about OMRI, please write to info@omri.cz"

      Radio FM 101,2
      ul. Revolutionya 8a
      Mensk, Belarus, 220050

      Tel:/Fax: (0172) 34 97 54



Radio 103.7 - FM

    FM station broadcasting popular music, cultural information, & announcements. Some programming in Belarusian; some in Russian.




Radio Mensk

    Broadcasts in Belarusian to listeners in Europe (and possibly Australia? I'm not sure). All North American and English-language broadcasts have been discontinued? (Can someone verify this?)

    There used to be a 30-minute program to North America and Australia that covered local news for 10 minutes (an overview of the Belarusian press), followed by 20 minutes of special topics: cultural, political, and economic, frequently including interviews with prominent figures in the field, Belarusian folk music, Belarusian fairy tales, answers to questions of the Radio Mensk Listeners' Club, and Chernobyl-related stories.

    Broadcast times and frequencies change twice yearly, at the end of March and at the end of October.

    As of December, 1996, no North American or English broadcasts.

    The editor-in-chief, Michas Tondziel, would like listeners to share their views and comments with him by mail or fax.

    Information provided and updated by: Remco Castner. He and Monica Castner maintain the Web site, Hilfe Für Die Kinder Von Tschernobyl in Munich, Germany



Belarusian Non-Governmental Radio Stations

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Radio Roks

    Rock music and news broadcast from all 6 regional capitals. (See Web site for frequencies.)



Other Radio Stations Broadcasting in Belarusian

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

    In addition to traditional shortwave broadcasts, they also have Real Audio, so you can listen over the Internet to the same programming that is heard over the radio at 22:00 (and practice your Belarusian for those interested). Note: They use traditional Taraskevitza rather than the Soviet, Russified, Narkomovka.

    Currently (September, 1998), their schedule is three times per day (UDT): 0600 (for one hour), 1800 (for one and a half hours), & 2200 (for one hour). Check their Web site for current program information (listed below).



Radio Poland - 5

    Extensive range of news, information, & cultural programming, etc., in Belarusian (and many other languages). Available on tradition broadcast radio, satellite (EUTELSAT II F-6 Hot Bird), and Web casts (e.g., RealAudio).



Radio Racyja

    Extensive range of news, information, & cultural programming, etc., in Belarusian and Russian. [For an American, pronounced "Ratziya"; meaning rational; reasonable; common sense, etc.]. (FYI: I have only accessed its Web page, and am not familiar with its Belarusian-language radio broadcasts.)

      Broadcast Schedule:   Please refer to the Radio Racyja Web page for its current broadcast schedule: http://www.racyja.of.by/.


      Contact Information:

      E-mail: see Web site

      WWW (Belarusian): http://www.racyja.of.by/


      WWW (English): No longer available, January, 2004



Radio ???

    A new station has been announced that will be located in Poland, broadcasting in Belarusian (announced in summer, 1998). This (privately funded?) station is being created in response to the human rights violations, civil rights violations, diplomatic protocol violations, etc., that are taking place in 1998 in Belarus. It will not be a Polish-government-sponsored station.




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