North Korea’s English-language broadcasting service marks its 63rd birthday on Thursday, November 6. Broadcast now under the name “Voice of Korea,” the radio station was for decades known as Radio Pyongyang.
Since 1951, it’s broadcast thousands of hours of English-language programming and today remains one of the few international radio stations that still uses shortwave as its primary method of dissemination. The transmitters occupy a huge site that can easily be seen on satellite images.
Listeners can expect to find each daily hour-long broadcast kick-off with the national anthem and the songs of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il then news, music and stories about the exploits of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il or perhaps Kim Jong Un. Depending on the international situation, the station sometimes broadcasts strongly-worded editorials. Here’s one from 2010, when it threatened “all out war.”
To mark the 63rd anniversary, the station put together a panel discussion between staffers.
The discussion is a good representation of the kind of stuff broadcast everyday: the love of everyone to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the pursuit of justice and truth, the dastardly acts of the U.S. imperialists and the love of the Korean people to those of the world.