RTHK Radio 3 (Chinese: 香港電台第三台) is a broadcasting station under Radio Television Hong Kong. It was launched on 30 June 1928 and is the first radio broadcast station in Hong Kong. At present, the station broadcasts on 567 kHz for all of Hong Kong, as well as additional FM frequency in selected regions.

RTHK Radio 3
  • Hong Kong
Broadcast areaHong Kong
Frequency567 kHz[1]
FormatEnglish news and information (19%), Entertainment (16%) and Easy listening/Oldies (65%) programme
  • Hong Kong Government
  • (via Radio Television Hong Kong)
OperatorRadio Television Hong Kong
  • RTHK Radio 4 (English; classical music)
  • other radio and TV channels of RTHK
First air date
30 June 1928
Former call signs
GOW (30 June 1928—1 February 1929)
ZBW (1 February 1929—August 1948)
Former frequencies
845/1525 kHz (1928)
860 kHz (1929)

RTHK Radio 3, which is mainly broadcast in English, is positioned as a “news and information and entertainment platform” to tie in with the pace of international metropolises in Hong Kong and provide information for English speakers in Hong Kong to help them understand world and local affairs. There are Nepali, Urdu and Tagalog periods.[2] Notable shows include current affairs program 'Backchat', economics and finance-oriented 'Money Talk', and afternoon lifestyle program 'The 1 2 3 Show'.

History edit

The station was the first radio station established by Radio Television Hong Kong. From the beginning, the call sign was GOW and the frequencies were AM 845 kHz and AM 1525 kHz. On 1 February 1929, the call sign was changed to ZBW and the frequency was AM 860 kHz. In August 1948, the station cancelled its call sign and changed its name in 1981.[3]

Radio team organized and broadcast fundraising reality shows for charity since 1960s. Later, in 1980s, RTHK Radio 3 invented Christmas contest that was called "Operation Santa Claus", that was also for charity, and this contest became a longstanding Christmas tradition in Hong Kong.[4][5]

World's Most Durable DJ Uncle Ray edit

DJ Uncle Ray (Ray Cordeiro) was called in 2000 by Guinness World Records as The World's Most Durable DJ. Currently, Ray Cordeiro hosts RTHK Radio 3 "All the Way with Uncle Ray", show of popular music. He started his radio career with Radio Rediffusion in 1949 in age of 25, and joined RTHK in 1960.[6][7]

References edit

  1. ^ "FREQUENCY TABLE FOR ANALOGUE SOUND BROADCASTING SERVICES IN HONG KONG" (PDF). Hong Kong: Office of the Communications Authority. September 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Booklet 2017" (PDF). Radio Television Hong Kong. 2017. p. 8. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "80 Years of Broadcasting in Hong Kong". Hong Kong Museum of History. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Sun, Andrew; Chen, Vivian (December 8, 2009). "RTHK Radio 3 holding reality show as Christmas fund-raiser". South China Morning Post. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "OPERATION SANTA CLAUS 2016 ANNUAL REPORT" (PDF). South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  6. ^ SCMP Reporter (December 29, 2019). "Hong Kong musical greats help radio DJ 'Uncle Ray' celebrate his 95th birthday – and 70 years in the business". South China Morning Post. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "RTHK Radio 3, programme "All the Way with Uncle Ray"". RTHK. Retrieved May 28, 2020.

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