Who remembers medium wave?
Published: Wednesday 2013-07-10.
When I moved to Norway a long time ago (it is almost fourteen year now, how time flies) I liked the fact that I had access to Swedish TV in the cable TV network. I also had Swedish radio, in the same network, but not anywhere else; this was before it was really popular to stream radio channels over the net (quite a few were available, but it was mostly smaller stations). If I wanted to listen to Swedish radio when I was out and about I had to go for medium wave and SR International’s transmitter at 1179 kHz.
Then radio over the internet took over the scene, making it possible to listen to the channels when I did not have access to the cable network (which later dropped them altogether), but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that the mobile data charges had gone down enough that it was possible to stream radio to a mobile phone without ruining oneself. Now it is possible, and it is a bit special to listen to the Swedish radio morning show on my way to work, or to BBC Radio 6 while in the grocery shop.
No new radio receivers have support for medium wave any longer, Radio Sweden’s transmitter was silenced a couple of years back and I do not know of any other channels using it. It is a bit sad, as it always is when a technology dies off. Not very, just a bit.