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Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
Big Radio plus Radio Domen
Delegation of staff and volunteers of Radio Domen from Vardø visited Murmansk. They met with colleagues from the Big Radio and discussed plans for cooperation.
New license for Radio Domen
- This year we received a new license, and be able to broadcast not only in the Vardø area but also continue to Kirkenes, - says journalist Svein Hågensen. - In this part of Norway live many Russians, and therefore in our plans is broadcasting news also in Russian.
Radio Domen has broadcasted on the territory around the town of Vardø over 20 years. The program includes: news, music, quizzes, and greetings from former North Norway residents who have left the region.
Norwegian colleagues noted that one of the joint projects with Big Radio could be a singing contest: ''To listen to each other ''.
''We can not only listen, but see each other!''
Such way Oleg Syusyura, editor-in -chief of Big Radio, described location of the transmitters of two stations. Big Radio” broadcasts in Pechenga and Polarniy area. The transmitter is placed on a hill between the two towns . Radio Domen in the near future plans to locate its transmitter in Kirkenes.
“ We can see each other, if weather conditions are good”,- joked Oleg.
The meeting participants agreed to sign a cooperation agreement and apply support in the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
Representatives of both stations suggested Barents Press to become a participant of the project in order to start joint work of the Norwegian and Russian FM stations.
The next meeting of the project is scheduled for May.