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The Club 9516 Sound Kitchen

A Jamaican listener's essay marks the final Sound Kitchen

Audio 18:57

Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and we’re at the end of The Sound Kitchen programmes. In this final broadcast, you’ll hear a “This I Believe” essay from listener Samuel Francis, from Jamaica.


Management at RFI are implementing a reform of the English service, and are ending our cultural programmes. It was decided that we should put all our forces into “hard” news, and focus on morning programmes.

So, as of next Sunday, 27 March, the broadcasting hours to which you are accustomed will change. There will be no more afternoon news programmes, and all of the feature magazines – World Tracks, Crossroads, Rendezvous, Voices, and The Sound Kitchen, will disappear.

I have been told that we will be able to go ahead and publish The Sound Kitchen Listener’s Cookbook, in book form, and I will do everything I can to ensure my promise to you is fulfilled.

In the meanwhile, if you would like your picture in the cookbook, send it to me in jpeg format. Likewise, if you would like your address to appear, so that you may correspond with other (former!) Sound Kitchen listeners, let me know, by sending a note to

My most heartfelt thanks to you all for your participation and support. I will miss you.

Be well, and at peace,


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