1975 A moment in time on the SW bands.

1975 was a good year for Shortwave listening - It would, arguably, be years before the Shortwave medium reached its peak (in the 80's) and start its slow decline we are experiencing today.

In these 3 audio snippets we give you a sense of what the bands sounded like then and how they have and haven't changed. See if you can guess which one sounds exactly the same. Check out some things that were happening or popular in 1975!

  • Mood Rings, Rubik’s Cubes, Pet Rocks, Hip-huggers, bellbottoms, leisure suits, 8-Tracks and  Disco were popular that year.

  • Song of the Year was Captain and Tennille,
    with “Love Will Keep Us Together” The album of the Year: Paul Simon, “Still Crazy After All These Years” 

  • A couple of popular movies that year were “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and “Jaws,”

  • The TV show “Saturday Night Live”
    premiered on NBC in 1975 with George Carlin hosting the first show. 

  • “All in the Family” was America’s top television show for the fifth straight year. 

  • The U.S. President was Gerald R. Ford and Nelson A. Rockefeller was his Vice-President.


In the recording of Radio Pyongyang below we demonstrate how some things never change.