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Blues Radio International

Blues Radio International broadcasts the healing power of live Blues on shortwave radio and the internet to a worldwide audience on six continents. Our shortwave broadcast, transmitted from Radio Miami International, the largest broadcast facility in the Western Hemisphere, reaches the two thirds of the world—4.5 billion people—beyond the internet.

Blues Radio International broadcasts exclusive live performances from the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, from South Florida’s premier Blues music venue, and from private performances recorded at our studios in South Florida. BRI broadcasts exclusive interviews and private performances for our worldwide audience by some of the world’s most significant artists in Blues and Roots music, including Johnny Winter, Jorma Kaukonen, Charlie Musselwhite, David Crosby, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Bernard Allison, Eric Bibb, Bob Margolin, Tommy Castro, Doug MacLeod, Mike Zito, Duke Robillard, Debbie Davies, Jimmy Thackery, Samantha Fish, Matt Schofield, Maria Muldaur, Devon Allman, David Maxwell, Rick Estrin, Victor Wainwright, and Tinsley Ellis.

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Who listens to Blues Radio International?

Blues Radio International has confirmed listeners in 184 countries, on six continents.
TeleDiffusion de France, which operates Radio France International's extensive shortwave transmitter network, reports that "an estimated 2.5 billion people tune in to programs broadcast on shortwave, and about a billion receivers pick up shortwave transmissions. At any given moment, over 200 million receivers are tuned in to shortwave broadcasts. Shortwave remains the only means of reaching a broad audience anywhere in the world, via a simple portable radio. Listeners include expatriates, business travelers, tourists or simply people who want to hear programs in a language other than their own or who want to open a new window on the world."

The role of shortwave radio in the Blues is well established: Blues legend Taj Mahal tells biographers that he learned about the rich world Blues tradition by listening to his parentsʼ shortwave radio as a child. Shortwave radio does not recognize economic or political barriers. Two thirds of the world’s population lives beyond the internet. Many live in poverty, in war zones, or in countries which restrict media access. The internet can be blocked. Our shortwave signal cannot.

How does our live Blues shortwave radio broadcast travel so far? Unlike FM radio signals, which are entirely local, and domestic AM signals, which are at best heard by a regional audience, shortwave signals have a unique advantage: they reflect back to earth from the ionosphere, skipping extraordinary distances of thousands of miles. The frequency used to broadcast BRI is positioned in a prime portion of the radio spectrum to maximize the worldwide audience for these long distance broadcasts. Learn more about how the unique phenomenon of shortwave propagation brings Blues Radio International to our worldwide audience.

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