Voice of Korea schedule through spring 2016

A radio broadcasting tower in Seoul, South Korea, on April 29, 2010 (Photo: North Korea Tech)

Voice of Korea, North Korea’s international shortwave broadcasting station, adjusted its transmission schedule on October 25 for the winter 2015 and spring 2016 seasons.

The broadcasts follow the same basic line-up each day.

:00 Opening signal, station identification: “This is Voice of Korea”
:01 National Anthem
:03 Song of General Kim Il Sung
:06 Song of General Kim Jong Il
:09 News, editorials (approx 15 minutes, but can be extended to full broadcast), followed by music
:30 Reminiscences of Great Leader President Kim Il Sung of the century
:40 Music and features
:50 Editorial, special message (occasional)
:55 Frequency information
:57 Close

The Voice of Korea typically updates its broadcasts, including the news, once a day during the daytime in Korea.

The news output follows closely the text of English-language stories from KCNA with minor editing and is generally a day behind news being put out on the domestic service in Korean.

You’ll need a shortwave radio and good antenna to receive the broadcasts. If you don’t have these, many of the news items can be found on The Voice of Korea’s website. The music programming is not online.

In addition to English, the station broadcasts in French, Spanish, Arabic, German, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

The full schedule for Voice of Korea is listed below and comes courtesy of Arnulf Piontek in Berlin.

The schedule shows the time in GMT (UTC), the language, the frequencies in kilohertz (kHz) and the target area of the broadcast. Korean-language programs are from the domestic Korea Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS).

First the schedule sorted by time, then by language.

0330 in Chinese on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia
0330 in Spanish on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America

0430 in English on 7220, 9445, 9730 to Northeast Asia
0430 in English on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America
0430 in French on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia

0530 in Chinese on 7220, 9445, 9730 to Northeast China
0530 in English on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia
0530 in Spanish on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America

0630 in Chinese on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia
0630 in English on 7220, 9445, 9730 to Northeast Asia
0630 in French on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America

0730 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
0730 in Russian on 9875, 11735 to Far East
0730 in Russian on 13760, 15245 to Europe

0830 in Chinese on 7220, 9445 to Northeast China
0830 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
0830 in Russian on 9875, 11735 to Far East
0830 in Russian on 13760, 15245 to Europe

0930 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
0930 in Korean (KCBS) on 7220, 9445 to Northeast China

1030 in English on 6170, 9435 to Central & South America
1030 in English on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1030 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 6070, 7580, 9650 to Japan

1130 in Chinese on 7220, 9445 to China
1130 in French on 6170, 9435 to Central & South America
1130 in French on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1130 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 6070, 7580, 9650 to Japan

1230 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 6070, 7580, 9650 to Japan
1230 in Korean (KCBS) on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1230 in Korean (KCBS) on 6170, 9435 to Central & South America

1330 in Chinese on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1330 in English 9435, 11710 to North America
1330 in English on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe

1430 in French on 9435, 11710 to North America
1430 in French on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1430 in Korean (KCBS) on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1430 in Russian on 6170, 9425 to Europe

1530 in Arabic on 9890, 11645 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
1530 in English on 9435, 11710 to North America
1530 in English on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1530 in Russian on 6170, 9425 to Europe

1630 in English on 9890, 11645 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
1630 in French on 9435, 11710 to North America
1630 in French on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1630 in German on 6170, 9425 to Western Europe

1730 in Arabic on 9890, 11645 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
1730 in Korean (KCBS) on 9435, 11710 to North America
1730 in Korean (KCBS) on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1730 in Russian on 6170, 9425 to Europe

1830 in English on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1830 in French on 7210, 11910 to Southern Africa
1830 in French on 9875, 11635 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
1830 in German on 6170, 9425 to Europe

1930 in English on 7210, 11910 to Southern Africa
1930 in English on 9875, 11635 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
1930 in German on 6170, 9425 to Europe
1930 in Spanish on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe

2030 in French on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
2030 in Korean (KCBS) on 7210, 11910 to Southern Africa
2030 in Korean (KCBS) on 6170, 9425 to Europe
2030 in Korean (KCBS) on 9875, 11635 to Near & Middle East; North Africa

2130 in Chinese on 7235, 9445 to Northeast Asia
2130 in Chinese on 9875, 11635 to China
2130 in English on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
2130 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan

2230 in Chinese on 7235, 9445 to Northeast China
2230 in Chinese on 9875, 11635 to China
2230 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
2230 in Spanish on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe

2330 in Japanese on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
2330 in Korean (KCBS) on 7235, 9445 to Northeast China
2330 in Korean (KCBS) on 9875, 11635 to China
2330 in Korean (KCBS) on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
Arabic
1530 on 9890, 11645 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
1730 on 9890, 11645 to Near & Middle East; North Africa

Chinese
0330 on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia
0530 on 7220, 9445, 9730 to Northeast China
0630 on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia
0830 on 7220, 9445 to Northeast China
1130 on 7220, 9445 to China
1330 on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
2130 on 7235, 9445 to Northeast Asia
2130 on 9875, 11635 to China
2230 on 7235, 9445 to Northeast China
2230 in Chinese on 9875, 11635 to China

English
0430 on 7220, 9445, 9730 to Northeast Asia
0430 on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America
0530 on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia
0630 on 7220, 9445, 9730 to Northeast Asia
1030 on 6170, 9435 to Central & South America
1030 on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1330 9435, 11710 to North America
1330 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1530 on 9435, 11710 to North America
1530 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1630 on 9890, 11645 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
1830 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1930 on 7210, 11910 to Southern Africa
1930 on 9875, 11635 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
2130 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe

French
0430 on 13650, 15105 to Southeast Asia
0630 on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America
1130 on 6170, 9435 to Central & South America
1130 on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1430 on 9435, 11710 to North America
1430 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1630 on 9435, 11710 to North America
1630 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
1830 on 7210, 11910 to Southern Africa
1830 on 9875, 11635 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
2030 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe

German
1630 on 6170, 9425 to Western Europe
1830 on 6170, 9425 to Europe
1930 on 6170, 9425 to Europe

Japanese
0730 on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
0830 on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
0930 on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
1030 on 621, 3250, 6070, 7580, 9650 to Japan
1130 on 621, 3250, 6070, 7580, 9650 to Japan
1230 on 621, 3250, 6070, 7580, 9650 to Japan
2130 on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
2230 on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan
2330 on 621, 3250, 7580, 9650 to Japan

Korean
0930 (KCBS) on 7220, 9445 to Northeast China
1230 (KCBS) on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1230 (KCBS) on 6170, 9435 to Central & South America
1430 (KCBS) on 6185, 9850 to Southeast Asia
1730 (KCBS) on 9435, 11710 to North America
1730 (KCBS) on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
2030 (KCBS) on 7210, 11910 to Southern Africa
2030 (KCBS) on 6170, 9425 to Europe
2030 (KCBS) on 9875, 11635 to Near & Middle East; North Africa
2330 (KCBS) on 7235, 9445 to Northeast China
2330 (KCBS) on 9875, 11635 to China
2330 (KCBS) on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe

Russian
0730 on 9875, 11735 to Far East
0730 on 13760, 15245 to Europe
0830 on 9875, 11735 to Far East
0830 on 13760, 15245 to Europe
1430 on 6170, 9425 to Europe
1530 on 6170, 9425 to Europe
1730 on 6170, 9425 to Europe

Spanish
0330 on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America
0530 on 11735, 13760, 15180 to Central & South America
1930 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe
2230 on 7570, 12015 to Western Europe

4 Comments on "Voice of Korea schedule through spring 2016"

  1. The times are all 30 minutes off due to the new Pyongyang timezone. +30

  2. Is this correct? I can only recieve on 7583, and the time and language does not correlate? Think the broadcast was in Korean

  3. where are you all picking up north korean brodcasts these days? also what recievers or radio’s do you have to pick up such brodcasts. are you in u.s.a? europe?

    • You should be able to receive Voice of Korea in most of the world with a shortwave radio. The quality of the signal varies from day to day based on atmospheric interference and is greatly influenced by your antenna and location. Unfortunately, modern electronics puts out a lot of interference in the shortwave bands making reception difficult, especially inside a building and in a city. Put the radio near a window or with the antenna outside for best reception.

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