The listeners of Radio Bulgaria sent December 2011 a lot of season’s greetings for good health, prosperity and success. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your sincere wishes, comments and loyalty.
Here is what Klaus Neupert from Germany writes: “I like very much your news bulletins, current affairs, culture and history features. You also broadcast very nice music”. The letter of his compatriot Michael Lindner reads: “Thanks to your programmes, I can spend my limited free time in a pleasant and meaningful way. The radio is our life! I wish you a successful start in the new 2012 and thank you for your cooperation and friendship!”
Our listener from France Olivier Robben writes: “With the advancement of new technologies one can listen to broadcasts on the internet. However, it’s much better to feel the thrill of turning the button and tuning in to a distant radio station. Keep the good work via the shortwave! I’d like to visit you some day!”
Alberto Machado Marchand from Uruguay says: “I visited your website and I was pleasantly surprised by your wonderful Spanish page. It has got a very good layout, diverse information and interesting texts. Congratulations to the professionals responsible for the site’s publications. I hope that the shortwave programmes will continue despite the financial crisis, which had led to the disappearance of many radio stations. Thank you for your loyalty to the shortwave and for being with us in 2011” James Obrien from Wales shares in his letter he is grateful for us showing him what an amazing and mysterious country Bulgaria is. “I like your music and well-presented programmes. I’m looking forward to the new year when I’ll keep listening to the shortwave”.
Dear listeners, thank you all for your heart-felt wishes but we’d like to carry on with a rather grim announcement. Along with many countries, the economic crisis has hit Bulgaria, the Bulgarian National Radio included. The latter has been allotted a significantly smaller budget in 2012. Therefore, Radio Bulgaria is going to cease shortwave broadcasting. We hope, however, you’ll join us to hear our broadcasts on the internet.
Radio Bulgaria also received 60 emails and season’s greetings from Bulgarians worldwide. Mariya Stamenkova from Australia, who is editor and presenter at the ethnic radio station 5 EBI-FM Adelaide, sent us a poem greeting:
May your Christmas be unforgettable,
And the year be unique!
May you be healthy, happy and smiling.
May you be blessed! Happy New Year 2012!
Nearly 360 emails in Arabic arrived in Radio Bulgaria’s email box in December. Mohammed Ibrahim from Egypt writes: “I keep listening to Bulgarian music and, especially, to your melodic folklore” Hamdan Said from Algeria says: “I like your webpage very much because it covers political issues, culture and sport. Through it I get updated on the recent events in Bulgaria and worldwide”. Ryad Ahmad from Kuwait is a friend of Radio Bulgaria on Facebook. “I wish to all Facebookers happy holidays, happiness, good health and professional success during the new year.”
A letter from Arsinela Dzhara from Albania reads: ”Hi there, Radio Bulgaria! On this cold day of December, I send you my warmest season’s greetings”. Our regular listener from Kosovo Fadil Ribari sent his wishes in a special video. Mr. Sokol Demaku, editor-in-chief of Dituria Magazine sent us a New Year’s poem.
Azize from the village of Shoroko pole, in the Eastern Rhodopes, listens to Radio Bulgaria’s broadcasts in Turkish. Here is what she writes: “I like your programmes very much and look forward to them with keen interest. I’m 64 years old and have got 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.” Lale from the town of Komotini, Greece, comments: “Dear radio hosts, I’m deeply moved by your letters. You’re my long-standing friends. I listen to your programmes all the time and I like them very much.”
Henry Torres Reyes from Peru writes: “I’m grateful that you’re still around and for the kind attitude towards the listeners. Although I don’t know you in person, you’re part of my life. There’s one person in the Peruvian jungle thinking of you”. Marcio Francisco da Silva from Brazil says: “Hi there, my dear friends of Radio Bulgaria. I’m taking a course in Bulgarian and I like it very much. I know just a few things but what I’ve learnt helps me a lot. I’ve been listening to your programmes for years. Isn’t it possible to have Portuguese broadcasts for us, the Brazilians? I’m happy that Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is a Bulgarian at heart. I’m glad the Brazilian-Bulgarian relations are strengthening. Why don’t you include in your broadcasts phone-in shows? Each week you could have one caller from a different country. Your programmes on history, ecology, DXing and Listeners’ Mailbox are keeping the good quality. I’ve learnt new things about Bulgaria”.
Fulvio Porticelli from Italy comments: “Radio Bulgaria has been near to my heart for years. Through your programmes, I’ve learnt a lot about Bulgaria’s life, culture events, etc. Thanks for the chance to get to know your incredible country. Happy New 2012! May it bring you success, good health and happiness!”
English version: Vyara Popova