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I'm reading a book by Roger Tidy and on the cover notes it says that 
"during the 1980s he published a weekly newsletter for radio 
enthusiasts charting the the latest developments in the ongoing 
struggle between Western Eastern and non-aligned idealogies". Does 
anyone know what this publication was? Pls reply off the list. Thanks
(Steve Whitt, MWC via DXLD)


Glenn, Thanks for your message. The book that Steve Whitt refers to is 
'Hitler's Radio War', which is not meant to be released until 31 
January! The book, which is published in London by Robert Hale Ltd., 
looks at the external service of the German radio during World War II, 
especially its overt and covert broadcasts to Britain. However, it 
also covers German wartime broadcasts to the USA, France, the Soviet 
Union, Greece, Yugoslavia and other countries, including a chapter on 
German radio propaganda to India. 

In addition, it looks at the numerous 'personalities' who broadcast to
Allied troops during the final phase of the war, including the two 
women known as Axis Sally and the equally notorious Mary of Arnhem. 
The book is based on archival research at such places as the Imperial 
War Museum, the UK National Archives and the BBC's Written Archives 
Centre at Caversham.

The newsletter that I published was 'Media Monitor', which started as 
a hobby publication reflecting my interest in international 
broadcasting and, to some extent, the pirate scene in the UK. As time 
went on, the articles I included became more political, reflecting my 
interest in world affairs. I remember, for example, writing some 
articles about jamming and the failure of Radio Moscow to come clean 
about the Chernobyl accident. 

I gave up publishing 'Media Monitor' after I suffered a serious 
assault which left me with multiple injuries and permanent blindness 
in one eye, and to be honest I also found the effort of producing a 
weekly publication far too taxing as I was involved in lots of other
things at the time, including running a small monitoring business, 
'Modern Media Monitoring'. 

This business, which was nothing to do with international 
broadcasting, was set up to monitor the output of UK national radio 
and TV stations, plus London local stations, and to provide 
transcripts or summaries of the contents to organisations that needed 
to know what the broadcast media were saying about them. The clients 
included numerous large companies, government departments, local 
councils and a large number of foreign embassies. 

The business, which started in the early 1980s was very successful. 
Unfortunately, though, I fell out with my business partners and 
dropped out, leaving them to sell it after I had left to the Broadcast 
Monitoring Company, which was owned by the Robert Maxwell Group. 

After that, I carried on monitoring in a small way for a small number 
of clients but soon grew tired of the business and, eventually,
took a completely new path which took me to university as a mature 
student, where I earned a BA in history and an MA in contemporary 
history and politics.

I will send you a 'review' copy of my book, which I hope you will find
interesting. Best wishes (Roger Tidy, England, Jan 24, DX LISTENING 

Hitler's Radio War [Hardcover]

Hitler's Radio War
Roger Tidy  

Product details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (31 Jan 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0709091494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709091493
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Product Description

    This book tells the story of Nazi international broadcasting during and before the Second World War. At its peak German radio stations broadcast in fifty-four languages to a worldwide audience. For the first time in an international conflict, citizens of the warring nations could hear enemy propaganda in their own living rooms. Many of the voices that they heard belonged to a new type of criminal, the radio traitor. The nickname Lord Haw-Haw is still famous internationally, but there were numerous other radio renegades speaking on behalf of the Nazis. The Nazis' propaganda was sinister enough, but they also ran a series of secret stations that spoke to enemy audiences in the name of 'patriotic' dissidents who claimed to be broadcasting from clandestine transmitters in their own countries. Using archival material, "Hitler's Radio War" dissects the message that Germany's overt and covert propaganda stations broadcast to their audiences, as well as the lives and motivations of the broadcasters.

    About the Author

    A history graduate from Birkbeck College, London, Roger Tidy has been interested in the use of international radio as an instrument of propaganda all his adult life. He has worked for many years in the broadcast-monitoring business and has contributed, as a freelance writer and reporter, to numerous publications and radio programmes in the UK and abroad. In the 1980s, during the Cold War, he published a weekly newsletter for radio enthusiasts, charting the latest developments in the ongoing struggle of the airwaves between Western, Eastern and 'non-aligned' ideologies.
    Yimber Gaviria, Colombia
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