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Champions of the World!

By Susan Owensby

This week you’ll hear the answer to the question about the North Korea / United States summit meeting. There’s a joyous salute to France’s World Cup win, listener news, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. 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 11830 kHz on the 25m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, 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.

Fabulous News! We now have an RFI English newsletter! On the very top of our homepage, there’s a little tab that says “Newsletters”. Click on it and fill out the form, and every day you’ll receive the latest from the RFI English website.

We look forward to seeing all your names on our brand-new subscriber’s list. And congratulations to our web team for making it happen. Way to go David, Tony and Isabelle!

We want to hear from you. 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. The number to call is: + 33 1 84 22 95 82.

We’re all happy here in the newsroom to announce the names of two new official RFI Listeners Clubs: The Online RFI DX Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, with Abu Sayed serving as president, and the RFI Club Freetown in Sierra Leone, with Abdulai Saiku Bah as president. We look forward to hearing all about your club’s activities and seeing your photos.  Welcome Online RFI DX Club and welcome RFI Club Freetown!

When you have an official RFI Club, anytime you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, or sports - oriented; if you want to host an environmental program, or a day dedicated to health issues - RFI will help you with ideas AND free promotional items for your members.

If you would like to create an official RFI club or transform your existing listeners club into an RFI club, click on the link for information on how to get started.

We have new RFI Listeners Club members to welcome,too. All three are in Ghana:Jehoshaphat T Abaya, Adzomani John Kennedy and Conrad Tameh, who is actually from Cameroon, but is now living and working in Ghana. Welcome!

So glad you have joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at english.service@rfi.fr and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize.

RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni (audrey.iattoni@rfi.fr) from our Listener Relations department on all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me (thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr) when you write her so that I know what is going on, too.

We’ve made a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. It is a closed group, so when you apply to join, be sure you include the name of your RFI Club and your membership number. Everyone can look at it, but only members of the group can post on it. If you haven’t yet asked to join the group, go to and fill out the questionnaire !!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”).

Are you interested in forming an official RFI Club, or transforming your existing club into an official RFI Club?  Here’s how:

This week’s quiz: On 16June, I asked you a question about the meeting between U-S president Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, which occurred earlier that week. My question to you was:where exactly did the two leaders meet?

The answer is: The two leaders metat the Capella Hotel on Sentosa, a popular tourist island a few hundred meters off the main island of Singapore.

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Bina Rani Mondal from Murshidabad, India; Humphrey C Phiri from Lusaka, Zambia and Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada. There was a winning mobile text entry from Joseph Babatunde of Osun, Nigeria, and last but certainly not least, Li Ming from Maanshan City, China.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program:“La Marseillaise”, words by Rouget de Lisle and music by Hector Berlioz; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”, and “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward. The singer is Angelique Kidjo.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 10 September to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 15 September 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 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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