RADIO 74 "The Answer"

Radio 74

...to the most significant issues of your life.

News - Weather - Educational Features
Family and Character Building Programs
for Kids and Adults
Health - Spiritual Themes
Beautiful Easy-Listening Music


A Bilingual Station
 on FM, DAB+
and Internet worldwide

RADIO 74 is essentially commercial free
A listener supported station


Radio Associative, Dynamique, Innovante et Originale
depuis la Belle Haute Savoie


Taking Good Health Principles to the Streets

RADIO 74 teamed up with AFG in central Geneva on Saturday afternoon, February 17th, to draw pulbic attention to the value and joy of good health.

Medical professionals, members of AFG (Adventist Fellowship Geneva), young people and kids, along with RADIO 74's "ER in the Morning" hosts, Dr. Esther and Ron, set up a stand on the Rue de la Croix d'Or to offer blood pressure tests, provide counseling on health issues such as detoxing, and gave away tasty vegan food samples.  The more curious stopped to take advantage and were not disappointed!

Oops! Good thing we checked. This lady's blood pressure is excessive and she needs urgent medical care.

Living life to the fullest and maintaining a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand.  RADIO 74, a community service of the Total Health Association, encourages listeners to adopt a healthy lifestyle and teaches sound health principles. 

David, Dr. Esther, Margo, Sanda


Battle of the Budget

RADIO 74 continues its battle for survival at a time when listener donations have tumbled remarkably low.  While the station's financial crisis has not worsened in the past two years, the financial pressure has not eased.

Donations have gradually fallen during the past several years to the point where austerity budgeting can longer shrink any further and still meet essential expenses.  Unless the situation is rapidly turned around, and regular donations increase, we resist considering what could happen.

Operating debt remains at about 60,000 SFr, or about 50,000 Euros in arears.  Nearly half of the debt is for studio rent which has gone unpaid for nearly two years. It's a miracle our landlord has remained patient, but he has his limits.  And salaries have gone unpaid for four months placing heavy strain on the three paid staff, seasoned professionals, who are working at minimum French wage.

Our immediate goal is to clear all lingering operating debt, 60,000 CHf.

The shortfall is largely due to expansion into the Swiss Digital Audio Band.  This is costing over 40,000 SFr per year and will increase to over 60,000 during 2018.  But this has to be done now if RADIO 74 is to remain an active player after FM broadcasting is phased out in Switzerland by 2024.  There are only so many channels available and RADIO 74 was compelled to advance when channels were available or else get left behind.

We have every reason to believe that the financial situation will ease over coming years as the shift from FM to DAB+ accelerates.  We expect listeners in Zurich, Lausanne and in other Swiss cities will donate sufficiently to make up the current deficit.  Meanwhile, no stone is going unturned in the search for funds to keep RADIO 74 alive during the next 3 to 5 years.

Your donations are very much needed and appreciated. Do it here at the RADIO 74 website using PayPal or a major credit or bank card. 
Or request some BVs, bulletins de versement by calling RADIO 74 on 022 501 78 65. 
In France mail a check to RADIO 74, BP 388, 74163 St. Julien-en-Genevois, France. 

The team kindly thank you!



Is Middle East War Imminent?

"Deterioration in the Middle East is actually advancing and we expect... this is our independent analysis... we expect that there will be at least one or two wars, most likely two wars and the region is advancing in that direction inexorably...", suggested distinguished Macro-Economist and Geopolitical Strategist Christian Takushi, interviewed by Ron Myers on RADIO 74 Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:45 am.

"The initial concern is that one of those two wars is likely to be nuclear," said Takushi.

When asked about the time frame, Takushi added, "its very hard to tell especially in the Middle East because so many factors are converging and overlapping. But let me say that this is all global powers, all powers in the world, existing and arising ones are peopled (?) in on the Middle East and especially Jerusalem..." 

Takushi emphasized the role hot only of Israel but of Europe and it's need of an alternative source of oil.  A pipeline is planned to meet this need running from Iran through Kurdish controlled northern Iraq to Turkey.  Along this planned pipeline is were conflict has been the most ferocious in recent years as Kurds, nation stations and even ISIS struggle for a piece of the action.

Both the US and Russia, going through important elections this year, are desperately seeking to stave off conflict.  But Iran is pressing to advance the schedule along with its allies Russia, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen, and possibly Iraq.  On the other side would be Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Kurds and the US, and possibly Egypt, according to Takushi.

Iran, thanks to Hamas activities, is feeling more comfortable to soon attack Israel, he said.

The entire 12 minute interview can be heard at this link to his Geopolitical Economics website.




36 years of service

RADIO 74 celebrates 36 years of service today. 

Twas on an icy cold Saturday night when Ron climbed up on the roof to finish connecting a make shift antenna to the lightening rod of the house.  Just after midnight, Sunday, January 17, 1982, RADIO 74 made it's first test transmission from the cold spare bedroom of a friend's home at Collonges-sous-Saleve. It consisted of music from record albums and chit chat with a colleague who's name escapes us. That first broadcast lasted less than an hour.  Though using only a tiny 15 watt transmitter, amazingly at least three people in the Geneva area heard us.  Three days later, three letters from these ecstatic listeners arrived at our post box.  We were elated!  RADIO 74 was born.  It was the region's first English speaking radio, and by Thursday of that week, a Geneva newspaper reported that we were on the air, transmitting on a frequency, to our chagrin, reserved by Switzerland for their future "Couleur 3". 

Later the same day, Sunday, we made another transmission, and on Monday we broadcast most of the day.  The studio equipment, set up on the floor (we had no table) consisted of a small audio mixer, one Sure microphone, two Technics turntables, one Revox tape recorder and an audio processor, the secret to our clean professional sound.

During the first week, we broadcast for three hours live each day and recorded it on the Revox recorder.  Ron homemade a device that caused the reel of tape to rewind and to repeat every three hours, with a pause of about 3 minutes during the rewind.  A few weeks later, we added a second Revox to have a 6 hour program repeating 3 times during the day and night.  That's how, with a staff of two, RADIO 74 became the first 24 hour private radio station in the Geneva area.

There's so much to remember and tell of those early days of RADIO 74 that we need to write a book... in all our spare time!  Eventually we hope to.

It's hard to believe how fast the years have sped by, how many friends we've made, how much love we've receive from you our listeners!  We feel so very blessed to be part of your life each day.  Your response and support energize us to keep on in the face of ever present obstacles.

The team here at RADIO 74 thank you!  We love you!

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