India’s first radio broadcast on Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’, recalling World Radio Day trip

Radio is a powerful medium to celebrate humanity in its diversity and provides a platform for democratic discourse. It remains one of the most popular media platforms in the world. Radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity because of its unique ability to reach large audiences and serve as a platform for all voices to be heard and represented. Radio stations serve diverse communities, offer a variety of programs, opinions and content, and reflect the diversity of their audiences through their organizations.

According to several international studies, radio remains one of the most trusted and widely used media in the world. Therefore, the theme for the 2022 edition of World Radio Day has been decided to be “Radio and Trust”.

In honor of World Radio Day 2022, UNESCO calls on radio stations around the world to commemorate the 11th edition of this event and over a century of radio. The World Radio Day sub-themes are Trust in Radio Journalism, Trust and Accessibility and Trust and Sustainability of Radio Stations.

Initial phase of radio in India

The Radio Club broadcast the first radio program in India in June 1923. Daily broadcasts included music and talk for two or three hours each day.

Nevertheless, the stations were forced to close in 1927 due to lack of financial support. The next step was to establish a broadcasting service, which began broadcasting in Bombay in July 1927 and in Calcutta a month later under an agreement between the Indian government and the Indian Broadcasting Company Ltd.

India’s first radio station was established in Delhi on June 8, 1936. The term “All India Radio” was coined by Sir Lionel Fielden on June 8, 1936. A former senior BBC producer, he worked as a broadcast controller in India for five years. and was one of the eminent persons to establish All India Radio (AIR).

India’s national public radio station, All India Radio (AIR), is officially known as Akashvani. It is the largest radio network in the country and the world and offers a variety of programs such as drama section, FM section, national service, etc.

All India Radio Signature Tune

A brand new melody was also introduced in the same year. AIR’s signature tune was based on Raag Shivaranjini and was composed by Walter Kaufman, a Czech Jew who fled Europe in fear of Nazi onslaught. In 1934 he came to India and lived in Bombay for twelve years, where he worked in the music department of AIR. While there, he conducted extensive research on Indian music and even worked on Hindi films.

AIR – the largest media organization

AIR has become one of the largest media organizations in the world, thanks to its phenomenal growth. With a network of 262 radio stations, AIR reaches nearly 92% of the national population and almost all of its territory. The popularity of the radio station only grew over time. PM Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” is now available on AIR.

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