United Nations Radio Archives at IRN
These audio files are part of the first RealAudio tests on United Nations Radio at Internet Radio NEXUS dating back in 1995, also broadcasted as part of our weekend schedule on IRRS-Shortwave from Milan, to Europe and North Africa. In the 1990’s these programs, not available elsewhere in our target area, represented the only first-hand information about the United Nations available in Europe.
Most of the short news items that you can here below, including the reports from the former Yugoslavia, were transmitted each Friday night via telephone from New York, Zagreb and Geneva, and then aired on Shortwave during the weekend to Europe and North Africa.
You will notice the low audio quality (mostly 8 kHz) used at the beginning of the Internet in the 1990’s when most people were connected using 9.6 or 14.4 kbps modems.
NEXUS-IBA pioneered the use of audio streaming technologies as one of the first beta-testers of the first audio streaming technology called RealAudio.
The old files in RealAudio (.ra) format have been converted to MP3 and preserve the original poor sound quality which was just suitable for transmitting voice information. They are kept online for historical reasons only and may have no actual value.