The Dutch radio-pirate Eric van Willegen gave up his illicit broadcasts from high-rise apartments and ships at sea after being raided by the authorities for the 20th time. He is still “bringing on back the good-times” of 1960s music by hiring an old Soviet transmitter in Lithuania and rebroadcasting tapes of The Wolfman Jack Show all over Europe and beyond on 6055 kHz from 21.30 to 22.30 UTC.
“Let the kids listen to pod-eyes and Internet Radio” Eric dictates , “my station is for those of us used to twiddling the knobs and finding good ol’ rock’n’roll in the hiss and whistle of a distant station, that’s all part of it.”
The Wolfman Jack tapes were recorded back in those days when teenagers would tune in transistor radios late at night to hear their kind of music beamed from high powered radio stations across the US border in Mexico. King of the airwaves was the legendary Wolfman, whose name became synonymous with “Rock and Roll KBC Sim Card Lucky Draw 2022 Winners List Whatsapp.” Not until 1974 did the loyal radio audience get to see the face behind the gravelly voice that rocked the airwaves. That was when George Lucas released his movie “America Graffiti” featuring the disc-jockey that a whole generation of Americans had come to love.
Well although he died some ten years ago, Wolfman Jack is back courtesy of “THE MIGHTY KBC,” Eric van Willegen’s own power-house. With 100 kilowatts of radio woomph, and acres of antenna, this former Soviet border-blaster can reach-out worldwide. Every Saturday it’s running a test transmission to America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand on 9770 kHz shortwave, from 10.30 to 11.00 UTC, bringing on back The Beatles, Beach Boys and Rolling Stones to Babyboomers who prefer the Transistor to the Internet. Give it a shot, guys like Eric need some
Wherever we look in the Universe, we see the same bizarre foam-like pattern–heavy, invisible filaments of mysterious dark matter braiding themselves around each other, weaving a gigantic structure called the Cosmic Web. The filaments are on fire with the light of dancing stars, that trace out these massive transparent filaments, casting light on that which otherwise cannot be seen with human eyes. Brilliant, star-blazing, enormous galaxies can be observed swarming like sparkling fireflies around the borders of enormous, black, and almost–but not entirely–empty Voids, which interrupt this strange, twisting, invisible web-like structure. We live in a mysterious Universe that keeps its secrets well, largely because most of it is “missing”–evading the prying eyes of those who seek to explore that which is hidden, unknown, and possibly lost to us forever beyond the horizon of our visibility. Those extremely distant objects are located in unimaginably remote regions, and their traveling light has not had enough time to reach us since the Big Bang birth of Space and Time almost 14 billion years ago–as a result of the expansion of the Universe. At the June 2017 meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Austin, Texas, astrophysicists announced that they had uncovered one of our Universe’s secrets–our Galaxy dwells within a dark Void.
When we consider our vast Universe as a whole, our large spiral Milky Way Galaxy and its “near” neighbors are in the far suburbs. In a 2013 observational study, University of Wisconsin-Madison astronomer Dr. Amy Barger and her then-student Ryan Keenan demonstrated that our Milky Way, in the context of the large-scale structure of the Universe, is situated within an almost-empty Void. Here, in this relatively lonely place in Space, there are far fewer galaxies, stars, and planets than expected. Keenan is currently at Udacity in Mountain View, California.
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