started the Swedish Radio Archive website in the spring of 2006. Over
the years I built it to the largest and most knowledgeable web in
the entire Nordic region, aimed at radio historically interested persons.
It has become a life work to me and I was constantly working to build
and improve its content. This is the great advantage about a web:
all facts can immediately be corrected and improved while new truths
emerge, unlike when publishing books, where possible factual errors
remain as if written on stone. I have noticed that there are other
web site editors who run radio historical sites in the Nordic countries,
who boast that their web's content was written more than a decade
ago and has never been changed at any point since. This may be a pride
to them, but I would consider it a great shame to run a web that way
with all their factual errors remaining year after year, decade after
am an experienced sound engineer after 45 years of working professionally
in the audio recording field. Of those years I worked for 25 years
with audio restoration for a total of about 150 CD projects for older
popular music recordings for the Swedish market but also releases
intended exclusively for the American record market. I also ran my
own record label, Klara Skivan, where I became the first
in Sweden to use Cedar
Audio Restoration. Over the years, I received many fine
reviews for the audio work and was praised particularly for the fresh
and unconstrained luster that characterized my works.
these sound-technical ambitions, I built a collection of unique radio
recordings. I had started in the mid-seventies, and I learned that
the national audio archives in Sweden have no interest in the kind
of radio history I focus on. The state owned archive's only concern
is managing the part of radio history that has come from the government
owned Sveriges Radio SR (Sweden's Radio). These archives also receive
donations from private archives of other than SR recordings, but these
are buried in basement storage and are not digitized. The recordings
are just put away to be destroyed by the tooth of decay. In fact,
the main purpose of these archives, which are maintained by us tax
payers, are to keep these recordings safely away from the public.
archive grew, and the web contained more and more audio file links.
Anyone could quickly get a certain selected radio recording played
immediately by clicking the audio link described. I had spent tens
of thousands of hours to make this work perfect, until one day I got
a phone call from an ex friend many years ago, Kenneth Andersson in
Västerhaninge, who expressed threats and demanded me to disable
the click links. If I did not do this he would "take action",
as he put it before a click and the call was closed.
next morning it turned out that he was very prompt with his actions,
and to his help had contacted as lackeys Göran "Goran"
and Pia Schultz (http://www.scandinavianoffshoreradio.com/)
who without any copyright ownership and without having received any
assignment from any copyright organization, still threatened to take
legal actions against my web. To get out of this brawl from these
two, who, before Kenneth Andersson's intervention had actually only
expressed great appreciation for my web, I was forced to make very
big changes on Monday, July 18, 2016. The main ones consisted in obeying
the threats and disabling the automatic playback everywhere on the
web, and that the web URL was moved to http://radioarkivet.se/
in 2016, but was repeated in mid-July 2018 with the same threats that
they still wanted to direct a lawsuit against me without any commission
from any copyright organization. I have experienced how completely
lonely you become in such a battle - in distress, the friends are
tried - the ones you had always thought you had. I really understood
how ungrateful it can be for the good intentions I had.
| I have therefore decided to close the discussion
forum in Facebook, "Radioarkivets senaste", which I had
run alongside the web. I have also decided to close this web and to
keep my archive to myself only.