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Resolutions 2018

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen, guest chef Mathilde Owensby helps read out your 2018 New Year Resolutions. There’s great music and the quiz, so 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 9735 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, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, 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 and WRN. 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.

If you have an internet radio and would like to add RFI English to your pre-set buttons, send an e-mail to english.service@rfi.fr and we'll get the link to you.

We want you to call us! We have a phone number you can call to leave us a message, so we can hear your voice! Just call, give your name, your country, and a short message - something like “I love RFI”, because of course you do – and we can put you on-the-air! We had some trouble with the old number, so if you tried to call and could not get through, try again (please!). The correct number to call is: + 33 1 84 22 95 82.

World Radio Day is not too far away – and I would like to hear your thoughts about radio. Call the listener line above, and I’ll put together a “bouquet” of your voices that we can air to celebrate the day together. World Radio Day is 13 February 2018.

A warm welcome to Audrey Iattoni (audrey.iattoni@rfi.fr), who is your new contact person for all RFI Club business. Remember to copy me (thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr) when you write her, so that I stay in the loop too!

RFI Clubs, take note: As most of you know, Chrystelle in the Listener Relations department has gone off to pursue new adventures, but before she left she urged Sebastien and I to challenge you to a Club Contest. We decided on a humorous photography competition. This is what you have to do: take a photo of your entire club membership with the RFI banner, doing something in the kitchen, or something to do with cooking … and … make us laugh! So put on your silly thinking caps, get out your pots and pans or whatever you choose, and get all your club members in the photo with the RFI banner … and take a funny picture! The “new Chrystelle” – Audrey Iattoni – has set the contest opening date for 15 January 2018, and she already has the very good camera which is the prize for the winning club, so start thinking about it now!

The RFI Listener Relations department is asking all you football playing radio fans to send in photos for the “Ma RFI” web page (it’s in French). They want action photographs, not posed team photos. It’s a cool idea – players and playing fields from around the world. Send your action football photos to english.service@rfi.fr and I’ll send you the link to see the page with other football playing RFI radio fans. Don’t be shy!

This week’s quiz: was not really a “quiz”, but a game of chance. I asked you to send in your New Year Resolution(s); I put them all in a box and pulled out five. The winning resolution writers were: Alpha Khan in Mansakonko, The Gambia; RFI Listener’s Club member Arne Timm from Harjumaa, Estonia; Riaz Ahmad Khan from Sheikhupura, Pakistan; Abu Saleh from Rangpur, Bangladesh and Golam Hossain, the President of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidabad, India.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Alan Menken / Howard Ashman: “Be Our Guest”; Rimsky-Korsakov: “Flight of the Bumblebee”; Armando Peraza: “Viva Peraza”.

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know! thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 5 February to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 10 February program. 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:

english.service@rfi.fr

or

Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

France

or

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 a special Sound Kitchen prize 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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