May 8, 2013


The little county roared on 41 meters.

Radio Tirana, from the capital of Albania, was a major player in international shortwave radio during the Cold War.

The Balkan country was ruled by Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, who broke with the Soviet Union and allied with China.

China supplied Radio Tirana powerful shortwave transmitters that beamed programming to North America.

The transmitters also relayed Radio Peking.

Programming included "Leafing Through Our Listeners' Letters" and "Culture and Art in Socialist Albania."

At sign-off Radio Tirana played the communist anthem "Internationale." 

Radio Tirana QSL Card from 1970s

For information on Radio Tirana today, click here.