On the Air: Tuning In to Secret Wars Live from Cuba
Proteus Gowanus (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
Radio producer and audio archivist David Goren hosts a listening session and informal discussion about the way radio is used in battles of ideology and territory. The session will include a live tuning of a Cuban numbers station intended for Cuban spies in the United States.
Under deep cover, a spy waits by a shortwave radio ready to copy down a long string of numbers.
Dictatorships jam signals beaming in from clandestine stations operated by opposition groups.
The first act of a conquering rebel group or invading army is to take over the radio station.
Sarcastic and seductive voices: In World War II Lord Haw Haw, Tokyo Rose, and Ezra Pound tried to demoralize the troops and the folks back home.
Urban gladiators like Skyhawk, Lt. Columbo and Switchblade take to Channel 6 on Citizens Band radio for a keydown. The winner takes the frequency. The loser is a “mud duck”.