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World Radio Day

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, we celebrate World Radio Day. What do your fellow listeners have to say? There’s also music for Valentine's Day, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above and join in!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

Tune into Unesco’s web radio
( this weekend to hear listeners Samuel Francis of Jamaica, Ibrahim Umar Abdulkarim from Nigeria, and Mitul Kansal from India talking about what radio means to them. And on today’s program, you’ll also hear from Hans Verner Lollike of Denmark, Muhammad Shamim and Mr Najimuddin from India, and Mogire Machuki from Kenya. Thanks to everyone who wrote and called! Happy World Radio Day!

Great news my friends! There are three brand new official RFI clubs to welcome! There’s the RFI Fans Web Visitors Club in Khanpur, Pakistan, headed up by Amir Manzoor. Welcome! There’s the Cubans on the Radio Club in Holguin, Cuba, with Rommel Tamayo Gutiérrez as its president – Bienvenidos! And there’s the RFI Surfer’s Society Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Ms Royeka Khatun at the helm – welcome! Welcome, welcome, welcome!

We have a new feature - a literary magazine produced once a month by Laura Angela Bagnetto, called “Africa: Stories in the 54”. Look for it here on our website, and also on The Sound Kitchen Facebook page.

Fabulous news! We have a shortwave frequency again! It’s 9675 kHz on the 31m band, and you can hear us between 6.00 and 7.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

You can also look for our programs on WRMI ( and WRN ( In Paris, you can hear us on World Radio Paris ( on DAB+. These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts (and thank you thank you thank you WRMI, WRN, and World Radio Paris!), but unless you tell us how you heard us, we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us.

This week’s quiz: On 9 January, I asked you a question about chemistry. That week, four new chemical elements were formally added to the periodic table. My question to you was: what is the name of the Russian scientist who produced the first chemical elements periodic table?

The answer is: Russian scientist and inventor Dmitri Mendeleev (1834 - 1907). Mendeleev is not only credited with creating the periodic table of elements, he used that periodic table of elements to correct the properties of some already discovered elements - and he also predicted the properties of eight elements yet to be discovered. Not bad, eh? Ah, the Russians … intellectual rocket fuel.

The winners this week are: New listeners: Felix S Mbindyo from Nairobi, Kenya; Azia Ivo from Bamenda, Cameroon; Andrew Atabe from Quebec, Canada; Tamara Sánchez Mora from Holguin, Cuba. And though I love to welcome new listeners, you faithful listeners are very close to my heart: Hello lovely Ms. Sakirun Islam Mitu from the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh! Thank you thank you thank you for your faithful listening!

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 14 March to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 19 March program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.



To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse or Mp3 player, click here:

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here:




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