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Radioactive Taiwan was covered by Tim Rinaldi, providing context and history of the events behind the podcast series.
Three former ICRT employees, a DJ, a sound engineer and an event organizer began a project to collect the voices and memories of Taiwanese, American, British, Australian, and Canadian employees who believed in the vision of General Manager Craig Quick. Craig wanted a world-class English-language radio station in a country where English was a second language. Employees who signed on committed to Craig’s vision. This documentary details why ICRT was once described as ‘a global radio phenomenon.’ Casey Kasem of American Top 40 mentioned ICRT on AT40 more than any other radio station. It attracted three million daily listeners, mainly Taiwanese and 300,000 Taiwanese students. Hundreds of postcards arrived at the station each week from Taiwanese listeners asking for a song request. BB King described the audience response to his Blues show – a show ICRT promoted – as ‘one of the best of his career’.
ICRT is still the most popular radio station in Taiwan with millions of listeners both on the radio and online.
Several antics by the station DJs shattered records, gaining notoriety on the Guiness Book of Records.
At a time when voices outside the ruling party was illegal during Martial Law, ICRT gave voice to those outside the party, helping those demanding democracy.
We wanted to capture the voices of former colleagues and listeners so that what was described as ‘a global radio phenomenon’ can be passed on to their families or just listened to for the memories of the accomplishments achieved. There were better sounding radio stations in the world but none of those radio stations annually organized world-class events that improved the lives of their listeners and their host country.