UPDATE: August 4th 2021. I am sorry to report that the great Wolf Harranth passed away on Tuesday August 3rd 2021 at his home in Klosterneuberg. He was just two weeks away from his 80th birthday. My condolences to his wife Gisela and the rest of the family. I hope this video, and the follow-up edition in 2018, goes someway to explain the important work that Wolf did both for the golden age of international broadcasting as well as the SWL-DX and ham radio communities. Let's celebrate a wonderful person, a talented author and a true friend of radio.
This is the first edition of the new series of Media Network Videocasts. I owe a lot to the city of Vienna and to the Austrian Shortwave Service for my start in broadcasting. In February 1974, I took part in a quiz that was running on their English service. You had to answer one question a day for a month. I did, and I won first prize. A week in Vienna courtesy of the Austrian tourist board. I went with my father - and it was truly wonderful. It was also where I decided that broadcasting sounded like a very interesting career. Two years later I was back in Vienna, freelancing for the English service.
In 1976 I also met Wolf Harranth, at that time the editor of the German language programme KurzwellenPanorama. So began a life-long friendship.
Fast forward now to the 2nd of September 2009. Austrian Radio’s shortwave service in English has long since gone, and Wolf is now leading the world’s largest Radio documentation project. It’s in a building across the road from ORF Funkhaus on the Argentinastrasse in downtown Vienna. And we have an invitation to visit.
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