Radio Sweden honors announcer with CD

To honor the work of the late Vilnis Zaļkalns, who led the Latvian service of Radio Sweden from 1989 until his death in 2002, his colleagues have prepared a double compact disc collection of some of his most memorable broadcasts.

Radio Vilnis includes reports prepared during the independence activities in the Baltic states in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as commentary about some of the difficulties facing the nations after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Also heard are Zaļkalns’ commentaries on myths about Sweden.

The 20 tracks on the album are introduced by Austra Krēsliņa, Dagnija Lapsa and Dace Vinklere.

Information about obtaining the album is available by contacting Dace Vinklere in Sweden by telephone at +46 70 653 2526 or by e-mail, or Ģirts Zēgners in Latvia by telephone at +371 68 50 511 or by e-mail at

Radio Vilnis

The Latvian bureau of Radio Sweden has released a two-disc collection of broadcasts by the late Vilnis Zaļkalns.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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