Radio Romania International is the Shortwave Service of Romanian Radio and Television. Every year, the station holds a contest for the Personality of the Year in the country. Since the author is a listener of Radio Romania International by Shortwave Radio, he has decided to write a dedication.
He nominated Radio Romania International for Personality of The Year 2009 for its exceptional coverage of the events in Moldova. Since the US Mainstream Media [with certain exceptions] have ignored Moldova, it would be great to talk about Moldova.
The nation of Moldova is a European Country located between Romania and Ukraine.
The official languages of Moldova are Romanian, and Russian.
Moldova was once a Soviet Republic that belonged to Romania before 1940. In 1991, Moldova became an Independent Republic within the Commonwealth of Independent States.
While the rest of Europe was concentrating on the Euro and progress, Moldova [like Belarus] elected a Communist Government in 2001. The reasons were the division between the older and younger generation. The older generation that felt the pain of changes accompanied by nostalgia for Soviet Times voted for the PCM or Moldovan Communist Party.
The PCM chose as its President Vladimir Voronin who thought he could steer a course between the European Union and Russia. The problems of Voronin and the PCM were compounded by the Trans Dniester Region that declared itself independent of Moldova as a Russian Speaking Communist Republic.
Regardless, the PCM was reelected in 2005 in spite of the deteriorating economy. The April 2009 Elections gave the PCM a 50% majority and the younger generation decided that enough was enough. The response of the PCM and their concept of Communism With A Human Face was to shut down internet services and telecommunications.
With some exceptions, Moldovans who did not agree with the PCM had to rely on Shortwave Radio in the same way that people who disagreed with Bush did from 2001-2009. Radio Romania International has been able to show its solidarity with Moldova by becoming a beacon to its listeners in Moldova.
In one program, Radio Romania International interviewed a listener from Moldova and gave him hope and inspiration. Radio Romania International listened as the person from Moldova talked about a generation gap, repression, people being taken from their hospital beds including children, and students labeled as counter revolutionaries.
Radio Romania International was present in spirit as news of the expulsion of the Romanian Ambassador from Moldova was made public. Radio Romania International was also present when Moldova announced Anti Romanian Measures such as the Visa Requirements.
It is with this article that the underwriter has arrived at the conclusion that shortwave radio can still provide reliable transmission in an unstable world and that Radio Romania International deserves to be named Personality of the Year for 2009.