A radio program, radio programme, or radio show is a segment of content intended for broadcast on radio.[1] It may be a one-time production, or part of a periodically recurring series. A single program in a series is called an episode.

Radio networks

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International radio

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In the 1950s, a small but growing cohort of rock and pop music fans, dissatisfied with the BBC's output, would listen to Radio Luxembourg – but only to some extent and probably not enough to have any impact on the BBC's monopoly; and invariably only at night, when the signal from Luxembourg could be received more easily. During the post-1964 period, offshore radio broadcasting from ships at anchor or abandoned forts (such as Radio Caroline) helped to supply the demand in western Europe for pop and rock music. The BBC launched its own pop music station, BBC Radio 1, in 1967.

International broadcasts became highly popular in major world languages. Of particular impact were programmes by the BBC World Service, Voice of America, Radio Moscow, China Radio International, Radio France Internationale, Deutsche Welle, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Vatican Radio and Trans World Radio.

Radio programming

Main article: Radio programming

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Interest in old-time radio has increased in recent years with programs traded and collected on reel-to-reel tapes, cassettes and CDs and Internet downloads, as well as the popularity of podcasts.[1][2]


Well-known radio programs

Main article: List of old-time radio programs

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  1. ^ a b Spiegel, Jan Ellen (September 9, 2007). "We Interrupt This Play for a News Bulletin on the War". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  2. ^ "Radio Dramas". Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts / Fairfield University. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2008.