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Merry Christmas!

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about November’s Supermoon. There’s listener news, some great holiday music, and of course … the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

For our DX enthusiast friends: Our shortwave frequency is 9675 kHz on the 31m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

You can also hear our programs on WRMI (http://www.wrmi.net/) and WRN (http://www.wrn.org/listeners/). These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts, but unless you tell us how you heard us, we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us.

A hearty welcome to three new RFI Listeners Club members! All three are from Ghana: both Dr. Bashirideen Koray and Professor Daniel Kwaku Mensah are from Accra, and John Taylor is from Kumasi. Welcome, gentlemen!

This week’s quiz: On 14 November there was a Supermoon, and on 19 November I asked you about it. The Supermoon in November was different from other Supermoons, and you were to write in and tell me why.

The answer is: The Supermoon on 14 November was at its closest to Earth in 68 years - the last time the moon was that close was in 1948. That means that the moon was approximately seven percent larger and 15 percent brighter. On average, the moon is about 238,900 miles away from Earth. But November’s Supermoon was approximately 221,524 miles away. The next time a full moon will be even closer to Earth will be on 25 November 2034.

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada; S J Agboola from Ekiti State in Nigeria; P Sivashanmugham from Tamilnadu, India; Dohsekafover Livinus Lafen from Bamenda, Cameroon, and Samuel Francis from St Catherine in Jamaica.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 30 January to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 2 February program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:



Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse click here

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club click here

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