Waves of Fascination

Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes

Another shortwave veteran is Hal Turner, a New Jersey-based "Christian" who believes police brutality doesn't happen often enough. In an interview with Skinheadz.com, he explained the merits of the shortwave medium. "I have restored freedom of speech on my Hal Turner Show. I do not shut callers off regardless of the topic they wish to discuss. I do not screen out callers. Want to talk about blacks, Jews, Hispanics, fags, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians? Fine. No topic is taboo."

A Cacophony of Viewpoints

Indeed, shortwave almost rivals the Internet for diversity and absurdity of outlooks, but the biggest service it provides for American political junkies is access to critical international media. Many countries deliver news and commentary in English, and questions asked about the war in Iraq were a thousandfold more substantive than those in the U.S. media. You can even catch anti-Castro guerrilla groups in Florida sending instructions for Cubans to sabotage their government.

So get a shortwave unit, find a station, and sink your teeth into some extreme audio material. Your bland-ass standard radio tuner will never forgive you for it.

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