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World Radio Network

Radio Solutions

A recognized expertise in radio distribution combined with our global network of owned and operated transmitters provides flexible worldwide distribution of programming on SW, MW, FM, DAB, DRM and satellite. We fully manage the critical infrastructure used by world leading broadcasters and are partnered with worldwide radio stations, providing the best ways to reach your audience from regional SW transmissions to FM slots targeting specific cities. No matter where you are in the world – Encompass has the radio distribution solution for you. Unsure which frequency or platform works best to reach your audience? Check out our infographic and descriptions below or contact one of our experts.

Shortwave

Encompass uses shortwave to deliver content to the millions of listeners around the world that use the most basic, inexpensive and widely available radio receivers. We work with some of the world’s best renowned international broadcasters to target ‘lifeline’ audiences, particularly in remote regions of the world where access to other forms of media is either unavailable or tightly controlled.

Our Schedule and Frequency Management Team not only coordinates radio frequencies with international regulatory bodies but also selects the best global transmitter site to use for each region of the world. This ensures our clients maintain a strong signal strength using the best frequencies, delivering “loudest on the dial” results.

Ultimately, our goal is to provide the best listener experience possible, and we take pride in the fact that we can get clear, uninterrupted radio broadcasts into almost any part of the world. Every year, we even put on special broadcasts to reach expeditions in Antarctica – reaching anywhere else on the planet is easy by comparison!

Medium Wave

Medium wave provides a higher quality of audio to the listener than shortwave, but over shorter distances. Encompass uses medium wave radio to deliver a combination of local, national and international radio services. The signal is transmitted better at night, so will provide a much wider coverage after dark. MW (or AM) radio receivers are universal across the globe, meaning audiences need only the simplest of equipment to hear the content.

Daily, we broadcast on medium wave into the Middle East from sites in Europe and Oman. However, we also work with clients who have more bespoke transmission requirements. Occasionally, we provide mass coverage, reaching large populations in a single country. Other times, the requirements are more nuanced and political. For example, we recently facilitated broadcasts into the Korean Peninsula. Medium wave broadcasting requires careful planning and regulatory clearance work with both national and international regulatory bodies. We have been assisting our clients with this for over 25 years, allowing them to focus on creating great content while we handle the rest.

FM

Encompass uses FM for national and local broadcasting in the 88-108 MHz band. FM radio is capable of delivering high quality, stereo audio as well as associated program related data.

DAB

DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is a digital radio standard widely used in the UK, Europe and many other countries. Encompass helps broadcasts from conventional terrestrial transmission masts much like FM, and providing similar coverage. DAB can also provide additional on-screen information about program content or other data provided by the broadcaster, delivering a more efficient listening experience.

DRM

Supported by Encompass, DRM also known as Digital Radio Mondial – an international digital radio standard designed by broadcasters in cooperation with transmitter and receiver manufacturers. Using a similar technology to DAB, it is a high-quality digital replacement for analogue radio broadcasting such as medium wave and shortwave. When used on traditional shortwave frequencies, DRM can deliver multiple high-quality audio services over long distances and cover very wide areas using just a single transmitter. DRM also allows the transmission of data alongside the audio content, or multiple transmissions (such as different languages), on a single frequency.

RadioVision

RadioVision is a DVB standard TV channel that can be viewed from any home with a satellite receiver and gives radio the prominence of being listed alongside other full-feature TV channels. The supplied content creation tools with RadioVision allow the design and scheduling of all audio and video elements. This includes live or pre-uploaded audio along with graphics, images, web pages as well as gateways for interactive social media content (Facebook, Twitter, SMS) and scrolling RSS/News feeds to be presented on-screen along with the audio content, all under the control of the broadcaster and updatable either via a schedule or in real time.  RadioVision provides radio broadcasters on satellite with a unique solution to capture new audiences. This patented system allows the creation of a satellite TV channel to accompany a radio station at a significantly lower cost than regular TV transmission.

Satellite

With facilities in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia and supported by strong relationships with leading satellite operators, Encompass distributes your content via our cost-effective network covering over 90% of the globe. This enables us to source the most effective footprint, working closely with you to use satellites to maximum advantage and bringing you the benefits of our experience, technology, infrastructure and global reach.

Direct to Home

Encompass owns and operates a transponder on Astra 2G that enables TV and radio broadcasters to distribute programming and content on to the UK DTH Sky platform in the UK. As part of this end-to-end solution, we provide encoding, multiplexing, Sky adaptation, uplink and capacity on the Astra 2G satellite to get digital radio on air.

Infrastructure

Encompass operates and maintains broadcast infrastructure around the world for international broadcasters and for our own use. We have circa 25 years of experience working in some of the most amazing places on Earth. We run HF transmission sites in Singapore, Oman, Cyprus, the UK and Ascension Island, including a full scale power station and distribution network as well as providing clean drinking water to all Island users.

The systems we operate and maintain include advanced antenna systems, sometimes 100m up in the air, programme input equipment, complex control systems cross, site feeder lines and matrices and of course high power transmitter units operating at 11kV.

In addition to the high power transmission sites, we also maintain over 200 FM transmitters around the world in some of the most remote parts of the globe, we have become true experts in the logistics and engineering requirement associated with maintaining such a widespread network.

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World Radio Network

Since its foundation in 1992, World Radio Network has brought together programmes and content from leading international public broadcasters and independent producers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia, North America and Latin America. As well as news and current affairs, they offer award-winning documentaries covering economics, health, environment, arts and culture reflecting the lives and interests of “ordinary” people, as well as newsmakers from around the world.

How To Listen

The World Radio Network channels in English, Russian, Arabic, and Persian can be received from direct-to-home satellite, cable TV, internet audio streams, local affiliates as well as via the TuneIn app available on IOS and Android. Our English channel operates different programming schedules for Europe, North America and listeners in Africa and Asia.

English

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Europe, Middle East, North Africa

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UK and Ireland – Astra 2

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North America and Caribbean

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Africa and Asia – Intelsat 20

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Arabic باللغة العربية

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Badr 4 (Arabsat)

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Nilesat 201

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HotBird

Russian НА РУССКОМ ЯЗЫКЕ

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HotBird

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Persian در زبان فارسی

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English

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA

A number of cable systems carry us, for instance Virgin Media on channel 920 in the UK, and in Ireland on 917.

In Paris tune to selected programs on World Radio Paris on DAB

In the Malaga area listen overnight on Radio Sol de Almijara 87.8FM

You will also find us on the TV sets in some European hotels.

Other cable relays

Austria – UPC Digital nationwide on channel 920, plus analogue in Vienna on 106.6FM, Gratz on 106.4FM and other areas.

Belgium – SFR cableNetherlands – Ziggo 97.0FM

Switzerland – UPC Cablecom on channel 874

NORTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

Local affiliates carrying all or parts of our schedule include:

WXPR Rhinelander WI 97.1FM

KMUD and KMUE Redway CA (HD 2)

KSFC Spokane WA 91.9FM

KORD Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

KEDM University of Louisiana, Monroe 90.3FM

WRMI 9955kHz Florida

KQOW Bellingham WA 90.3FM HD-3

KEDM Monroe LA 90.3 FM HD-2

KXOT Seattle WA 91.7FM HD-3

WDIY Allentown PA 88.1 FM

In Canada tune to selected programme on CBC Overnight on CBC Radio One. See schedule.

AFRICA AND ASIA

Throughout Africa subscribers to DSTV (Multichoice) can hear us on channel 854. This is transmitted via Eutelsat 36B (11.881 GHz, vertical polarisation SR=27,500 FEC=3/4)

Malawi. Listen from midnight on FM101

Additionally in East Asia free-to-air on Telstar 18 at 138 degrees east on 12.429 GHz, horizontal polarisation (SR=3.33 FEC=1/2)

Arabic باللغة العربية

ARABIC باللغة العربية

Sawt – Al Alam (Voice of the World) صوت العالم is on these three popular satellites:

Badr 4 (Arabsat) at 26 degrees east on 11.996 GHz, horizontal polarisation (SR=27,500 FEC=3/4)

Nilesat 201 at 7 degrees west on 11.958 GHz, horizontal polarisation (SR=27,500 FEC=5/6)

HotBird at 13 degrees east on 10.949 GHz vertical polarisation (SR=25,500 FEC=3/4).

Badr 4 (Arabsat) coverage

Russian НА РУССКОМ ЯЗЫКЕ

RUSSIAN НА РУССКОМ ЯЗЫКЕ

In Moscow the channel is relayed 24 hours per day on VRS at 738 AM.

Persian در زبان فارسی

PERSIAN در زبان فارسی

Listen via the GLWIZ app and set-top boxes.

Network Schedules

Language & Region
English for Europe – View Schedule

English for North America – View Schedule

English for Africa & Asia – View Schedule

Arabic – View Schedule

Persian – View Schedule

Russian – View Schedule

Become an Affiliate, Broadcaster or Partner

The World Radio Network in four language versions is a unique radio concept and its uniqueness derives from the relationships we developed over twenty five years with public service broadcasters – whilst other radio services filter the news through one particular set of viewpoints, World Radio Network brings together a full range of international news, views and voices onto a single network.

Programme Producers

For broadcasters and producers of programming we can add your content if suitable to the World Radio Network. Please get in touch to find out details.

Rebroadcasters

World Radio Network brings together the news, views and voices from around the world to educate, entertain and enlighten your listeners and subscribers. So if you seek programming for your radio station, cable or satellite system on in a hotel please also contact us about becoming an affiliate or rebroadcaster. For radio stations, use of our content is flexible; broadcast one programme that’s of special interest to your audience, or use us as an overnight sustaining service – usage is wholly dependent on your needs and those of your listeners.