I was in Russia in March. First time ever. And I was amazed every day: snow, ice, endless traffic jams, expensive souvenirs, phenomenally colored Orthodox cathedrals, 11 time zones, gasoline for 50 eurocents for liter, excellent food, Moscow – 1 city of 15 million people, fast waking around, no public litter boxes, city trains every 2.5 minutes, (Red square isn’t actually red), this list is large.
One night I was particularly amazed. The Russian TWR team held a ‘live in studio’ broadcast on choir music use in Evangelical churches with several guests and a host, Natalia. They let listeners call in via a regular phone, Skype in their chat questions, send e-mails. The subject was hot, there were plenty of comments and questions. What amazed me was that the signal was transferred via Internet lines to another country where the classical AM/MW broadcast was done for the European part of Russia, and also an Internet transmission for whomever was listening via their PC’s. So, at one moment we had a contact from the Voronjez region (500 km south of Moscow) who was listening on MW and the next was a phone call from a person who was listening on-line in Sacramento, USA. And the program was good, debate heated, arguments were flying left and right. “Nota Bene” is the program’s name.