The Radio Clock

02 Oct

At this time of year many of us turn to DXing in the evening.

This is especially true of Mets fans suffering through baseball withdrawal after our annual grueling last day of the season.  That’s the one where the team blows their playoff chances.

We’re kinda getting used to it.

Depending on where you are in the US one very interesting station might pop out of the AM band.

It is the longest running all news formatted station in the world.  Radio Reloj from Cuba.

Even if you haven’t heard the actual programming of Radio Reloj, it is possible you’ve heard them.  The station is clearly identified by a ‘clock’ sound and Morse code of RR every minute.

It is not uncommon to hear the ticking clock sound under a station on the same frequency in your local area.

Radio Reloj is very simple, two announcers reading news with the clocking ticking in the background. There is no production or commercials.

Live time checks are given every minute.

Reloj is heard on several frequencies.

I’ve caught them under WSYR in Syracuse on 570 and on that same frequency in Central Texas.

It is also heard on 790, 820, 950, 1020 and a few others.

Radio Reloj went on the air in 1947 and continued  through the revolution of the 1950s.

It is said to be the most popular station in Cuba.

So if you hear a ‘ticking’ sound your radio does not have a time bomb attached.  It’s Radio Reloj from Cuba.

1 Comment

Posted by on October 2, 2008 in DX, Radio History, Radio programming


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One response to “The Radio Clock

  1. Joe

    April 15, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for answering this minor mystery. I have heard the clock under 870am for years as I travel through the Mid-South.


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