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Hong Kong - Radio
Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK)
Radio Television Hong Kong, Broadcasting House,
30 Broadcast Drive, Kowloon
To get a list of all of the stations available on RTHK, you can visit: http://www.rthk.org.hk/progsch/ One of the most popular programs is the BBC World Services which offers English news and commentary from the world famous British Broadcasting Company.
Radio 3 plays international and local news. You can also hear easy-listening music and hear discussions throughout the day depending on the station. Stations included in Radio 3 are: 107.8 FM, 567 AM, 97.9 FM, and 1584 AM / 106.8 FM. There is a live online broadcast as well. Radio 4 mostly plays classical music and jazz. On Radio 6, listeners can hear the BBC World Service.
The Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited has three radio channels that have some programming in English, news shows, showbiz updates, and finance programs. The Metro Plus show on 1044 AM broadcasts in English and additional languages. Other companies, such as Commercial Radio Hong Kong, have stations in English.
Thanks to the internet, many English speaking radio stations can be found on line and streamed live. Although a program such as Windows Media or Real Player is needed, there are thousands of radio stations that can be streamed from around the world. Hong Kong does not censor stations from being played online. Even small towns that have local radio stations are starting to stream online more frequently now so it’s possible you might be able to listen to the same channel that you would in your native country’s hometown.
There is a variety of music that can be found playing in Hong Kong. Stations play everything from classic rock to contemporary pop, jazz, classical, and Top 40. In addition to popular acts from Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, music can also be heard from popular Asian artists as well.
AM radio stations tend to have more news radio shows and “talk” shows than the FM stations. Due to Hong Kong’s geography, FM broadcasting is considerably more expensive than AM since more transmitters needed. Since there is a lot market demand for English speaking stations, many of them are found on AM rather than FM stations. The strength of the different stations can suffer during strong wind and rain storms or typhoons, although the connection is usually good.
Some expats in Hong Kong purchase a network music player. This allows you to stream music from live internet radio stations, Pandora, AlienBBC, Sirius Radio, and XM Radio. You can also stream music that you have stored on your computer. When connected to your computer’s speakers, the sound is of similar quality of a traditional music player.
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