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Miracles of modern engineering and the Red Tornado, Lanni Smith

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the broadcast transmission tower in Moscow. You’ll hear your fellow listener’s voices and a tribute to RFI’s beloved Lanni Smith. And of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo, and enjoy!


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.

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Great news for the RFI Clubs: Chrystelle Nammour and Sébastien Bonijol in our Listener Relations department are organizing another round of football tournaments for all the official RFI Clubs. The first RFI Club Tournaments were in 2014 to celebrate the FIFA World Cup Football Championship and were so successful they’ve decided to do it again – this time, to coincide with the European Championship games this summer. 

The RFI Club Tournaments need to be played during the Euro 2016 games, from 10 June through 10 July. You can organize your matches any way you want – you can hold games between RFI Clubs in the same country, or games between members of the same club. Your RFI Club may choose to organize games for teams in your community, or games between your RFI Club and other organizations. In any case, RFI will furnish the team shirts, the footballs, and the trophies, and we’ll send RFI banners for you to use at the matches. I’ll announce match results – and you send us photos and videos for our Facebook pages. So don’t hesitate! Write Chrystelle, Sebastian and The Sound Kitchen today and let us know you want to be a part of the RFI Clubs / European Championship 2016 football tournaments.

This week’s quiz: On 2 April, Aidan O’Donnell was in The Sound Kitchen, and he asked you a question about a broadcast transmission tower in Moscow. This 1922 tower is a landmark of modernist structural engineering, but it is in sad need of repair. It was recently put on the 2016 World Monuments Fund Watch list of endangered global cultural heritage sites.

Aidan asked you to write in with the name of the tower.

The answer is: the Shukhov Tower. It is not only a “landmark of modernist structural engineering”, it is beautiful! It’s composed of hyperboloids in diminishing size, so it is cone-shaped and really astonishing. Let’s hope the Russians heed the call and save this wonderful monument of modernity.

The winners are: Muhammad Jamal, a member of the RFI Fan Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh; Mr Ariful Islam from the Madakmukta Radio Listeners Club in Sirajgonj, Bangladesh; Ms Lalita Jaswal from Hamirpur, India; Hyrum Karyea-Mennoh, the president of the RFI Dukor Sea Breeze Club of Monrovia, Liberia, and Arnold K Jefwa from Nairobi, Kenya.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 4 July to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 9 July 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, 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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