The intriguing listening habits of World Service fans
After the appearance of Anne Koch, Deputy Director of the World Service in English on last week's programme and Rajan's appeal to tell us more about your listening habits - we were inundated with responses.
As there were far too many to include in this week's edition, I thought I'd use this post to summarise what you said.
Cheers! Martin Pegrum enjoys the World Service. See his collection of valve sets below.
We heard from lots of internet listeners - but perhaps that's because they were the people who were already seated at their computers and so could fire off an e-mail.
They included Jayne Solesbury in Rome, Claire Buckley in Hong Kong (who also listens on shortwave) and John Parsons and Hope Smith in the United States. Lots of internet listeners seemed to listen for very long periods of time. Joyce Brennan says she has World Service streaming all day and all night!
When it comes to repetition in the World Service schedules, Paul Davis in Canada said that he dealt with this by downloading podcasts so that when a programme came on the radio he'd already heard, he took the opportunity to listen to something he'd missed.
But the Internet listeners weren't the only ones who contacted us. Several people in the United States, including Damien Lloyd Payn on the East Coast and Lulu Braunstein on the West told us they regularly listened via satellite radio in their cars.
Then there are the true globe-trotters such as the person who only identified him or herself as "rogue hippo". He or she must surely hold the record for the most varied means of catching BBC programmes. In Europe: Cable, FM radio and mediumwave plus the internet for downloading mp3s. In Asia: shortwave.
Listening on mobile phones seems to be growing. Jackie used hers to text Over to You and say she listens for three hours every morning this way. But she tunes to other stations in the afternoon when she finds the same programmes coming back on the BBC.
At the other end of the spectrum, Martin Pegrum in the Phillipines has three valve sets, the oldest of which dates from 1946. With a two hundred foot antenna, he can listen to one of these next to his bed. But he's also adapted to the new-fangled technology and feeds the BBC Internet stream through some of his classic sets. As he says: "The soft lights of the dials, the glow of the valves gives a very pleasing, warm dimension to the array of BBC World Service Broadcasts".
Martin sent us these great pictures:
Can anyone top that?!
Penny Vine is this week's producer of Over To You. Cathy Packe is away.
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