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Let’s celebrate World Radio Day!

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, we’ll celebrate World Radio Day with your voices and messages! You’ll hear the answer to the question about the recent polls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there’s the listener mailbag, music by request from Jean-Maurice Devault - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday. 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 listen every week.

We want to hear from you.We have a phone number you can call to leave us a message, so we can hear your voice. Just call, give your name, your country, and a short message - something like “I love RFI”, because of course you do – and we can put you on-the-air. The number to call is: + 33 1 84 22 95 82.

I would also like to hear from you about your little moments of joy. Small, daily things: a beautiful sunset, a baby’s laugh. Add that as a very nice ingredient to our communal cooking – let’s share the joy! In these crazy times, we all need it … write to me at

For our DX enthusiast and shortwave listener friends: I am sad to announce we no longer have a shortwave frequency; we have severe budget constraints which no longer permit us to broadcast via shortwave.

You can still hear us on WRN. As you know, we now broadcast only 1 hour per day, Monday – Friday, from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC/GMT.

For North America: WRN broadcasts the quotidian RFI English programme three times a day from Monday to Friday, from 06:00 to 06:59, from 10:00 to 10:59 and from 16:00 to 16h59 UTC/GMT.

For Africa and Asia: WRN broadcasts the quotidian RFI English programme three times a day from Monday to Friday, from 06:00 to 06:59, from 10:00 to 10:59 and from 16:00 to 16h59 UTC/GMT.

For Europe: WRN broadcasts the quotidian RFI English programme three times a day from Monday to Friday, from 07:00 to 07:50, from 12:00 to 12:59 and from 20:00 to 20:59 UTC/GMT

In Paris, you can hear us on World Radio Paris on DAB+, Monday to Friday from 15:00 to 15:59 UTC/GMT as well as Tuesday through Saturday from 07:00 to 07:59 UTC/GMT.

To listen to our features, go to our website and click on “Features”. You’ll see all of our features (now podcasts only). You can either listen directly, or subscribe and receive them directly in your e-mail inbox. Don’t give up on us!

“My Favorite Music” is our new musical segment on The Sound Kitchen. Until the end of February, we’ll listen to your favorite songs sung by a male singer. I want you to send in your request and tell why that song and that singer are important to you. Every week I’ll play one of your suggestions, and then we’ll change to band, instrumental, film, your children’s favorites … but until the end of February, we’ll focus on men, so to your pens! Write to me at, and be sure you include your city and country in your note – along with a link and a short translation, if you can. I think it is quite nice to share your favorite music as well as your thoughts about it – thanks to Daniel Singleton, the RFI English Head of Service, for the idea!

This week’s request is fromRFI Listeners Club member Jean-Maurice Deveault from Montreal, Canada. Jean-Maurice and his daughter Andrée requested “Gens du Pay” by Gilles Vigneault and Gaston Rochon.

Teachers, take note!  I save postcards and stamps from all over the world to send to you for your students. If you would like stamps and postcards for your students, just write and let me know.The address is

Did you know there’s an RFI English newsletter? If you subscribe, you'll receive our newsletter every day. Just click on Newsletters,fill out the form, and you'll stay up-to-date with RFI English.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members: J. A. Marmer from Baltimore, Maryland (U-S); Alan Holder from the Isle of Wight, England and Helmut Matt from Herbolzheim, Germany.

So glad you joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize.

Jean Forget
Jean Forget DR

Jean Forget, of Attleboro, Massachusetts in the U-S, a long-time RFI Listeners Club member, a faithful Sound Kitchen listener and before that, a faithful Club 9516 listener - passed on recently. He was a lovely man and we will miss him very much. Here is a photo of him listening to a special birthday salute we cooked up for him for his 90th birthday. Rest in peace, dear Jean.

RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ( from our Listener Relations department on all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ( when you write her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B. You do not need to send her your quiz answers!

We’ve made a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. It is a closed group, so when you apply to join, be sure you include the name of your RFI Club and your membership number. Everyone can look at it, but only members of the group can post on it. If you haven’t yet asked to join the group, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire !!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”).

Are you interested in forming an official RFI Club, or transforming your existing club into an official RFI Club? Click on the link to find out how!

This week’s quiz: On 5 January, I asked you a question about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On 30 December, Congolese citizens went to the polls to cast their votes for president, as well as for the legislature. They waited a long time to vote - and that was your question. You were to write in and tell me how long it took the DRC government to organize the general elections.

The answer is: Two years! Congolese authorities had delayed elections repeatedly for over two years - general elections were originally scheduled for the end of November 2016, but were delayed with a promise to hold them by the end of 2017. That didn’t happen either. The next promised date was 23 December 2018, then there was a fire in the electoral commission's warehouse in Kinshasa, and some 8000 electronic voting machines were destroyed.

The elections were finally held on 30 December 2018. It was announced on 10January that Félix Tshisekedi won; the vote was challenged in the country’s Constitutional Court, but was upheld. Félix Tshisekedi was sworn in as the fifth president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 24January.

It was the first peaceful transition of power in the country since it became independent from Belgium in 1960.

The winners are: Rukhba Ram Kaga from Rajasthan, India; Royse Cramton from Illinois in the U-S; RFI Listeners Club member Rachid Dahmani from M'sila, Algeria; Riaz Ahmad Khan, president of the RFI Listeners Club in Sheikhupura, Pakistan and Mr Atik, a member of the RFI Fan Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “Lullaby of Birdland” written by George Shearing and George David Weiss, performed by George Shearing; “DP, HM, JMD, MF, CMcG” by Nana Tsibo, performed by Nana Tsibo and his band; “Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet, and String Quartet” by Maurice Ravel, performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble; “Congo Music Instrumentals 8” by Sebene; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Gens du Pays” by Gilles Vigneault and Gaston Rochon, sung by Gilles Vigneault..

Do you have a musical request? Send it to

This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 18 March to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 23 March podcast. 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 a special Sound Kitchen prize, 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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