Popular History Review
As Oguz Atay tells in “A Novel of A Scientist”: “During the events of the 1960, ITU Radio broadcasting at that time was closed. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Inan gave that speech on 2 june, 1960, for the radio resuming liberty:
Istanbul Technical University Radio, following being closed for a month, restarts its broadcasts today. Us, as Technical University, and all the Turkish youth are very happy about and proud of it.
This is because, this period of closing, is nothing like an ordinary radio stopping its broadcasting for a while for any reason. This had been an incarnation of the efforts to hush up science and technics and to silence the youth. The great poet, Namik Kemal, cried out years ago, as, ‘Is it possible to destroy liberty with tyranny and injustice / Try hard, if you can, to take out the comprehension from mankind’, had he not?”
In 1945, Istanbul Technical University Radio had been re-established. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Santur and Assist. Prof. Adnan Ataman, Assist. Prof. Tahsin Saya, together with their asistants and students, install the radio antenna on the roof of Gumussuyu building. The same year, in a very short while, with a 200 watts transmitter, by classical music short wave broadcasts from 42 metres – later on 47 metres -, they reach a great amount of listeners from all around the country, Europe and even from Avustralia. Letters from listeners begin to flow. A listener from Diyarbakir ends his letter with those words: “ We also please desire to listen to Beethoven’s chorale symphony no.9”. All the letters are answered one by one. The subscribed listeners are sent first weekly, and later monthly program reviews. In between the programs, competitions are made, questions on classical music are asked. Half an hour programs on Turkish classical music also start two days a week. Concerts of artists like Arif Sami Toker, Safiye Ayla, Munir Nureddin Selcuk, Zeki Muren start to be broadcast. Those unforgettable artists of that period gives away their recordings to ITU Radio as presents. In his letter dating from 9 February 1953, clerk corporal Fahrettin Baydar from Eyup, who had been on his military service in Erzincan at that time, requests the songs “Separation a terrible word” and “Every night in a foreign land” for his family living in Istanbul.
The opening music of the radio is Mozart’s ‘Rondo Alla Turca’ known as the ‘Turkish March’. Records from the most important concert halls of Istanbul, live broadcasts from basketball and football matches start to take place. Writers such as Hifzi Topuz, Sevket Rado, Adalet Cimcoz and Adalet Agaoglu encourage Technical University from their columns in the newspapers.
The first concerts of the 1953-54 season in Taksim Municipality Night Club are Suna Kan-Idil Biret recitals and the ‘Child Prodigies’ are listened from ITU Radio. Sports fans even wish to listen to Galatasaray-Fenerbahce basketball and football matches from ITU Radio. ITU Radio slowly replace Istanbul and Ankara Radios in their listeners’ hearts. In Varlik Magazine’s 1 February 1954 issue, in the article named “What About Radyo” it says: “... Let us not forget the Technical University’s service to at least Istanbul with its modest station. These people has nothing but a collection of a few limited number of recordings. However, by the help of these recordings, they give so beautiful concerts that it replaced Istanbul Radio in houses of many intellectuals. We expect their broadcasting hours to be increased from two to four, to five.”
In 1957 the radio first moves to Taskisla building and later, in 1963, together with ITU Television, to Macka Faculty of Mines. Recordings and tapes flow all over to the radio as a flood of donations from the most important recording companies in the world, from consulates and cultural centers. During those years, they make up a large collection of the selected works and an archive with some serious cataloguing. Listeners’ requests, program texts, newspaper articles and press reviews are classified according to years and are protected until today.
In 1971, by the monopoly of Radio and Television broadcasting being given to TRT, regular broadcasts are ended and until 1980 radio continues its broadasts in its structure periodically. By ITU Rector Prof. Dr. Gulsun Saglamer – the Vice Chancellor then – pioneering, after a period of two years preparation, it starts its regular broadcasts in 29 October 1995 from Ayazaga campus. The existing Radio-TV Law that foresees that a public organization University can not broadcast, becomes a block over the radio’s broadcasts from the athmosphere and in 1999 April its transmitter stops working. ITU Radio was closed in 1960, 1971, 1980… always in an “intervening period”. Today, it’s broadcasts continue on the internet. It waits for the change in the law to take its place among the radio waves and to be reunited with its listeners.
Turkey Sports Newspaper
10 February 1954 Thursday
Fenerbahce-Galatasaray Basketball Match must be broadcast by Technical University Radio.
Fenerbahce-Galatasaray Match that will take place on Saturday evening must be broadcast on radio, by Technical University Radio. Throughout many other live broadcasts that has been made since today, Technical University Radio proved perfectly that it is capable of accomplishing a mission like this. Since all the basketball fans will not be able to fit into Technical University gymnasium on Saturday night, why not compesating this insufficiency of the place by radio station.
Thinking of all these, we restrict our requests with technical possibilities. If Technical University Radio’s equipments are not enough to broadcast this, Istanbul Radio may help. We believe that only by this way may the basketball fans get satisfied.
We end our article with the wish of our request being handled by the people in charge.
1 February 1954 – Vol. 403
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From the article “What About Radio“
“... Let us not forget the Technical University’s service to at least Istanbul with its modest station. These people has nothing but a collection of a few limited number of recordings. However, by the help of these recordings, they give so beautiful concerts that it replaced Istanbul Radio in houses of many intellectuals. We expect their broadcasting hours to be increased from two to four, to five.”
20. CENTURY COLOURED Magazine 14 May 1953
Year:1, Vol: 2, No:40 Writer: Fitne Fucur
I do not know why exactly, but I have always had a sympathy for that Technical University. In spite of the fact that I am terribly ignorant about technical issues, I like that University. I believe that this sympathy comes from the interest of Technical University’s people in arts. This youth has been discussing art as such a conscious, careful and serious work, that one feels proud in account of the country. Almost every week, there is something going on in the school’s stage. There is no need for me to praise their short wave 42 metres broadcasts, all Istanbul is an addict of that station already today.
Weekend Notes – Sevket Rado
Technical University Radio
Istanbul Technical University Radio listeners increase day by day. I received a letter from F. Pasiner, who has been preparing classical music programs for Technical University Radio, for an article that I’ve written recently. In it, there is some information that this young radio’s listeners would like to learn about. One of my readers had asked me on which wave Istanbul Technical University Radio broadcast. I am writing for all my readers, short wave 42,67 m. 7030 Kc/S. This station broadcast every week for 12.5 hours, each evening from 8.15 p.m. to 10 p.m. An important part of its program consist of examples from classical music.
The power of Technical University Radio is 500 Watts. Soon, it is reported that this number will increase up to 1000 Watts. Experiments started to be made by Prof. Mustafa Santur and Assist. Prof. Adnan Ataman on the new transmitter. By the building of one large and one small studio and control rooms, the live broadcasts will be soon perfect. From the letters that have been received up to now, Technical University Radio can be listened clearly from time to time, in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, England, Belgium and Austria. In these letters, it is said that the programs of Technical University Radio can be among the best of those worldwide, and had we have those works that are praised, we would have been able to present you much better broadcasts. I write these lines to the attention of music fans. Technical University Radio is one that deserves to be encouraged.
This young radio would like to present classical western music in a better way to its listeners. However, unfortunately its collection is not that rich. The person in charge of the programs, F. Pasiner says: “With the facilities we have, we are trying to compensate this.
From the article “Two Complaints” in Kusbakisi Column
“… A radio fan reader complains about broadcasts of Ankara and Istanbul Radio and does not like music programs of both of the radios. Our reader says: Thanks to the little radio station of Istanbul Technical University… That station making test programs plays wonderful Turkish and foreign recordings. It is a great pleasure to listen to these. The facilities of Ankara and Istanbul Radios are remarkably higher than Technical University radio. In spite of that fact, why can’t they make a program that will satisfy the listeners. I wonder if the person in charge of programs in Technica University, that person I do not personally know but I greatly admire, should be the head of these two radios.
There is an important truth in this reader’s letter. Technical University’s radio with its limited equipments really make an excellent broadcasting. Even if it is not possible to make that person in Technical University the head of Ankara and Istanbul Radios, it is important and possible to follow his footsteps. To make public always listen to a better, a much more excellent music.. Our two big radio stations should provide this.
The text about ITU Radio that was read to the public in TRT-2 Studio Istanbul Program on 7 December 1995 Friday
Written by: Sunay Akn / Voice-over: Suha alkvik
To turn the station button like the helm of a ship and to get lost in between the radio waves… To fill in the ship’s journal with songs, numbers, radio plays… Unfortunately, nowadays going on a journey like this is not possible. When the view of cities’ names on the radio becomes a part of the box called television, the radio that once united the whole family around happened to become like a skeleton that is not used.
However, with the help of the new private radio stations, this music box lives its old days little by little. As radio stations increase, a station that started flowing from 50 years before becomes clear more and more: Istanbul Technical University Radio.
Started in 1945, this is the first university radio of our country. Established within the leadership of Prof. Dr. Adnan Ataman and Prof. Dr. Mustafa Santur, became a success even from the first days and received that critics from Varlik Magazine: “These people has nothing but a collection of a few limited number of recordings. However, by the help of these recordings, they give so beautiful concerts that it replaced Istanbul Radio in houses of many intellectuals.
ITU Radio builds a warm friendship with its listeners that receive the weekly programs post… For example, a letter signed by Huseyin Koroglu, a caf owner in Ortakoy, and his friends, give utterance to their feelings as: “Those folk songs that we listened to on Sunday reminded us of old days. If it is possible to make us listen to those folk songs, you will greatly hearten us”.
As the success of the radio increases higher, the number of the incoming letters increase too… Right after a letter by Cafer Tanig in 1954 starting with “I live in Beykoz Serviburnu. My house is on a hill and our antenna is approximately ten meters…”, a letter from a listener in Diyarbakir ends with those words: “We also please desire to listen to Beethoven’s chorale symphony no.9”.
To give you the limits of the success of ITU Radio that started broadcasting in an extremely restricted area, let us read a part of Sevket Rado’s article published in Evening Paper in 1953: “From the letters that have been received up to now, Technical University Radio can be listened clearly from time to time, in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, England, Belgium and Austria. In these letters, it is said that the programs of Technical University Radio can be among the best of those worldwide, and that is a true praise.”
ITU Radio filling up 50 years, strengthening its technical capacity after a restructuring period, continues its stereo classical music broadcasts on cable-tv system.
The music ship in ITU Radio port, that has never made a concession from the educational and cultural functions of polyphonic music broadcastings, is waiting for you. The crew of the ship that has been following a path towards a better world among the radio waves are students just like 50 years ago.
The 50 years past of the radio shines like a mother-of-pearls that the waves bring to the shore, it fascinates us!
Express Magazine (2 December 1995)
ITU Radio could just pass over TRT Barrier
Being established as the first university radio of Turkey in 1945, starting stereo FM broadcasting in 1971, however, because of the law that had been accepted during the 12th of September period and that had given the broadcasting monopoly to TRT, programs of which being blocked, ITU Radio, has finally started its broadcasts. For those who wish to listen, stereo classical music programs are on, everyday except Saturday, between 7.30 p.m.- 10 p.m. on FM 95.0 MHz…
Istanbul Culture and Arts Map
ITU Radio 103.8 MHz
CLASSICAL MUSIC IN 20. CENTURY
Written by: Burak Guclu
Broadcasting to the European Coast on 92.5 MHz and 92.4 MHz, ITU Radio’s this mostly Classical Music program is on air on Tuesday, between 8.00 p.m. and 10 p.m.
TRAVELLING THROUGH OPERAS
This program by Altug Yavas is on Wednesday, between 7.30 p.m.-10.00 p.m.
22 June 1999
Established in 1945, the first university radio ITU Radio’s broadcasts can only be listened on the internet.