Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Frequenting the air waves

All India Radio is reinventing itself to be in tune with the times

Once upon a time, people used to wake up to All India Radio's (AIR)
signature tune followed by Vande Mataram and Mangal Dhwani and listened to
the early morning news before starting their day. The names of the news
readers and announcers in those days were household names across the

AIR or Akashvani as it is also called, ruled the air waves till Doordarshan
came on the scene as a national broadcaster in 1982. Today there are 837 TV
channels and 245 private FM stations. Has that impacted AIR's listenership
as many people think?

Read this excellent article published in today's "Hindu" :


[Alokesh Gupta,New Delhi, DX India YG]

BBC World Service shortwave radio blocked in China

The BBC has said shortwave broadcasts in English of World Service radio are being jammed in China. In a statement, the corporation said it was not possible to determine exactly where the blocking was coming from. But it said the "extensive and co-ordinated efforts are indicative of a well-resourced country such as China". "The BBC strongly condemns this action which is designed to disrupt audiences' free access to news and information," said the statement.

[Alokesh Gupta,New Delhi, DXLD]

Friday, February 22, 2013

DW KLICK Contest

DW Global Media Forum Klick Award 2013.
Send or post your Snaps on Sustainable economy by April 10, 2013 and win Prizes.
Details on http://www.dw.de/global-media-forum/klick-award/s-30930

[Ashik, Rajshahi,Bangladesh]

Monday, February 18, 2013

Radio Kotagiri 90.4 Mhz inaugurated

Radio Kotagiri, the Community Radio Station operating on 90.4 MHz from Nilgiris, Tamilnadu was inaugurated yesterday, 16 Feb 13.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

World Radio Day in MS University, Tamil Nadu

World Radio Day in Tamil Nadu

Shortwave radio stations play a important role in Tamil speaking countries. Particularly in India, Tamil Nadu state has a lot of radio listeners. Still in the social networking world, many of them like to listen the Tamil Shortwave International radios like BBC, CRI, RV, RVA, FEBC, AWR, SLBC and more.

On 13 Feb 2013 we organize a special speech on "International Radios and Tamil" by the Veteran International Radio Critic Mr.Pathamadai S.Kandasamy in our Department of Communication, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. For more details contact ardicdxclub (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) in

Monday, February 11, 2013

Come and join with us on World Radio Day

Govt allocates Rs 100 cr for community radio in 12th Plan

Five hundred community radio stations are to be set up during the plan
Vidhi Choudhary

Mon, Feb 11 2013. 04 09 PM IST
New Delhi: The government has allocated Rs 100 crore for community radio in
the 12th Plan (2012-17), said Manish Tewari, minister of information and
broadcasting, while delivering the valedictory address at the third
National Community Radio Sammelan on Monday.
Five hundred community radio stations are to be set up during the plan
period. The government has allocated Rs 90 crore for financial support and
Rs 10 crore for training, capacity building and awareness campaigns of
community radio stations, Tewari said.

Source : http://tinyurl.com/cu82h8e
Via Alokesh Gupta,  [dx_india YG] 

CRS can relay All India Radio news bulletins: Varma

Community radio stations can re-transmit news of All India Radio
bulletins, even as the government once again turned down the demand for
airing of local news bulletins.

The government has also taken a decision to waive spectrum fee for
community radio stations, though the orders in this connection will be
announced as soon as the Telecom Ministry completes the necessary
formalities. The spectrum fee of Rs 19,000 had recently been increased to
Rs 91,000 and posed a major burden on the CR stations.

Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary Uday Kumar Varma said,
"Even for FM which is a far more commercial venture, we have not allowed
news which they can create on their own, but we have in the proposed policy
that they could perhaps use the AIR news. I am willing to offer that to

Full story at :

Via Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi  [dx_india YG]