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Radio Sawa: The Creation of a New U.S. Government Arabic Service

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Eight months before September 11, 2001, the Voice of America (VOA) started planning a new Arabic service that would reach the under-30 population of the Middle East. The basic plan for what was to become Radio Sawa involved round-the-clock news and both Western and Arabic music that originated from the Arab world; new high-powered mediumwave transmitters located in Cyrpus and Djiboudi; delivery by local FM rebroadcasts in Jordan, the U.A.E., Qatar, and Kuwait, with others to follow; and the use of satellite transponder subcarriers.
The paper reviews the history of the VOA's Arabic Service, its competition, and the linguistic, technical, and political problems of attracting Arab world radio listeners to Western broadcasts. It then describes the birth of Radio Sawa, the U.S. government's new entry in Middle East radio broadcasting.

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Boyd, Douglas. "Radio Sawa: The Creation of a New U.S. Government Arabic Service" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112275_index.html>

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Boyd, D. A. , 2003-05-27 "Radio Sawa: The Creation of a New U.S. Government Arabic Service" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112275_index.html

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Eight months before September 11, 2001, the Voice of America (VOA) started planning a new Arabic service that would reach the under-30 population of the Middle East. The basic plan for what was to become Radio Sawa involved round-the-clock news and both Western and Arabic music that originated from the Arab world; new high-powered mediumwave transmitters located in Cyrpus and Djiboudi; delivery by local FM rebroadcasts in Jordan, the U.A.E., Qatar, and Kuwait, with others to follow; and the use of satellite transponder subcarriers.
The paper reviews the history of the VOA's Arabic Service, its competition, and the linguistic, technical, and political problems of attracting Arab world radio listeners to Western broadcasts. It then describes the birth of Radio Sawa, the U.S. government's new entry in Middle East radio broadcasting.

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Abstract Eight months before September 11 2001 the Voice of America (VOA) started planning a new Arabic service that would reach the under-30 population in the Middle East. The basic plan for what was to become Radio Sawa involved round-the-clock news and both Western and Arabic music that originated from the Arab world; new high-powered mediumwave transmitters located in Cyprus and Djibouti; delivery by local FM rebroadcasts in Jordan the United Arab Emirates Qatar and Kuwait with others to
governments. Saudi Arabia rebroadcasts the radio service of the Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC) from London via FM in urban areas. 3 Left blank so that author could not be identified. 4 The BBC Omani-based transmitters are being phased out and new ones are being built on the Omani mainland by Merlin Communications the private British company that purchased the privatized BBC transmitters. 5 FM and television signals in the Arabian Gulf travel unusually long distances because of over-the-


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