Sunday, August 17, 2008

Happy birthday, KBS World Radio!

I'm a couple days late, but that's because I'm still recuperating from the celebrations! KBS World Radio celebrated its 55th birthday last Friday. The first KBSWR broadcast aired on August 15, 1943 with a 15-minute transmission in English. The family grew to include ten more language services, but English service still celebrates its birth every August 15th. It was a big day in wider Korea, too, with the nation honoring the anniversaries of its independence from Japanese colonial rule (August 15, 1945) and the establishment of the Republic of Korea (August 15, 1948). Seems like a fortuitous date . . . I should plan something big for next August 15. Below, some photos from an English team outing in celebration of . . . us (and, of course, all of those who have made "us" possible over the years).

A celebratory samgyeopsal (pork) bbq
From left: Sue Park, Sara Kim Chris Dykas, Abby Rhodes, Sarah Jun, Dr. Chae Hong-pyo, Seung-joo Sophia Hong

What's a Korean party without noraebang (singing room)?!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pictures. It seems that everyone is having a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

Thanks KBS! I'm really glad to have your friendship!

Vic in Arrowbear
and Seoul Survivor

Abby Rhodes said...

Thanks, Vic! We all had a great time celebrating.

Seoul Survivor, huh? Please elaborate!


Anonymous said...

Sure Abby,
"Seoul Survivor" is a name I use in forums, and the KPI/(then)M-Track "message board". I was in Seoul in 1999, at a convention called KoBA, at the COEX. This is where I got my tremendous love and respect for the Korean culture and Koreans in general.

Vic in Arrowbear, CA and
Seoul Survivor

Melanie said...

Dear Abby,

What a merry celebration!

English team you're such a blessing to us..

Happy to see Sue Park again after a long time. You so gorgeous.

Sarah and Chris such a funny partners.. Enjoying so much listening to you both.

Abby love your writing style and stories.


Abby Rhodes said...

Hey, Vic

I asked about "Seoul Survivor" because there's an expat rugby team with the same name (well, "Seoul SurvivorS").

Hope you're having a great week!

Michelle said...

Wow... it look like you guys really had a great celebration with so much fun... I bet Sophia the producer is really a good dancer.... she really enjoys dancing i can tell... To all English team of KBS ... Aja! Aja! fighting!!! (Best of Luck to all and keep up the Good Work!)