Friday, August 31, 2007

All India Radio 'stages' its news bulletins

Special Correspondent
Thiruvananthapuram: When thousands of radio listeners tuned
into the afternoon and evening news bulletins of All India
Radio (AIR)Thiruvananthapuram station on Wednesday, they
would hardly have known that they were becoming part of an
epoch-making event.
They were, because the bulletins were broadcast for the first
time from outside the studio, from the stage on which meetings
and seminars to mark the golden jubilee of the regional news
bulletins were in progress.
The afternoon bulletin was presented live even as a seminar
on 'Radio:Scopes and Challenges' was in progress in the
specially erected pandal on the AIR station premises and the
evening bulletin in the presence of luminaries including
Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, the former Chief
Minister K. Karunakaran, Revenue Minister K. P. Rajendran,
poet O.N.V.Kurup, film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan and P.K.
Bandopadhyaya,Director-General (News), AIR.
The 'staged' bulletins were a treat to watch with neither
any hiccup nor any last-minute rush.
The experience and professionalism of the AIR team was in
full flow as Sushama read the 12.30 p.m. bulletin and
veteran newscaster Ramachandran went on air after a break
with his well-remembered 'Kauthukavaarthakal.'
The AIR team also had a surprise up their sleeves: a phone
-in with writer-orator Sukumar Azhikode, who was supposed
to participate in the seminar, but could not do so due to
other pressing engagements.

Interacting live with Forest Minister Benoy Viswom, who
inaugurated the seminar, Prof. Azhikode likened All India
Radio and its regional news bulletins to a river in steady
flow, its presence refreshing and constant.
Inaugurating the seminar, Mr. Viswom said he was confident
that AIR would be able to face the challenges posed by
technology and the new culture of entrepreneurship if it
could answer the question on whose side it wished to stand,
on the side of the makers of the nation such as Gandhiji
and Nehru and the poor and downtrodden or on the side of
the rich and the affluent. He was certain that AIR would
stand by the former.
M. K. Sivasankaran, former station director, AIR,
Thiruvananthapuram, gave the keynote address. B. R. P.
Bhaskar, veteran journalist and social critic,D. S. Malik
Additional Director General (News), AIR, K. P. Mohanan,
Editor,Asianet, G. Sajan, Assistant Station Director,
Doordarshan,Thiruvananthapuram, R. Parvathy Devi, journalist,
K. A. Muraleedharan, station director, AIR, Thiruvananthapuram,


18:44 IST
Rajya Sabha
Prasar Bharati has set up an exclusive Marketing Division
at Guwahati in 2006, which is working as a Single Window
for catering to the needs of Advertisers/Clients of Assam
and the entire North-Eastern region. This division accepts
bookings for and on behalf of all the AIR stations of Assam
and North-Eastern Region. With the help of the Marketing
Division at Guwahati, the AIR stations in Assam and North-
Eastern Region have been able to increase their commercial
Besides, All India Radio has already allowed concession up
to 50% on commercial rates to NGOs/Voluntary Organisations
for promoting Public Service Broadcasting on various radio
stations of Assam and the North-Eastern Region viz. Halflong,
Jorhat, Diphu, Kokrajhar, Belonia, Gangtok, Jowai,
Kailashahar, Mokokchung, Kohima, Tezu, Tura etc. in order
to make the stations of this region commercially viable
to some extent.
This information was given by Minister of Information &
Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri P. R. Dasmunsi
in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

(Press Information Bureau, Govt of India)

BIG 92.7 FM goes International

Syndicates content to US based Asian FM
Mumbai, Maharashtra, IND, 2007-08-31 12:41:00 (
BIG 92.7 FM, India’s No.1 FM Network has joined hands with none other than Asian FM the largest and only Station of its kind in the United States, dedicated to serving and promoting the South Asian community. As part of the alliance, BIG 92.7 FM will syndicate content to Asian FM which will be in the form of non-music content. The content will be heard across major cities of the US and will begin to be aired from September 1, 2007.
Radio had been the main source of entertainment for most NRI’s before they migrated to the US. Over the past decade, Indian TV has found a place in the NRI households, however, radio, which was a trustworthy and proved medium for the South Asian community, took a long time to find its foothold. With Asian FM’s launch, that void was filled with a mix of news, discussions on local and national issues and contemporary and classical programs. The coming together of the ‘Titans’ will bring Asian FM closer to the pulse of India.
As part of the agreement, BIG 92.7 FM will give Asian FM non-music content. The content will be largely in Hinglish.
The content will be spread across the week covering the pegs of devotional, humor, romance, television, Bollywood, health and of course the Top 30 countdown. With the Asian FM programs are designed to cater to all sections of the community in English and Hindi
Speaking on the alliance, Mr. Jayyant Bhokare, Vice President, Business Development, BIG 92.7 FM said, “This tie up marks the foray of BIG 92.7 FM in the international arena and we are extremely excited to join hands with one of US’ most unique and popular Radio Station’s, Asian FM. After the phenomenal response received from India, we are all geared to entertain people overseas. Our effort is to entertain the Indian diaspora, giving them the flavor of radio, back home. We are confident that our innovative program offerings centered on the pegs of devotion, humor, love, Bollywood, television etc. will be very well received.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Deepak Viswanath, Vice President of Asian FM said, “When on the lookout for partners in India, we found philosophical synergies with BIG 92.7 FM, leading to a comfortable working relationship between the two companies. As Asian FM expands its audience base, we believe that the Big Fm Content will fit well within our existing program line up. I am sure that some of our listeners, which have not been to India for a while, will definitely find the content very progressive with cutting edge humour.”
Anand Velayudhan, Chief Liasion Officer – India, ITV Inc said “This is a huge opportunity for Indians in America to get hold of latest in the world of Indian entertainment. Nothing is more important for the NRI in US than a daily dose of India. This is a big opportunity for listeners and even bigger for Indian brands to reach NRI listeners.”
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About BIG FM
BIG 92.7 FM is part of Adlabs Films. Ltd. The Station is poised to create history with it’s pan India presence, spanning across 45 cities, 1000 towns and 50,000 villages to reach 200 million Indians across the length and breadth of the country. The Company plans to take FM radio as a medium of entertainment not only to the key metros, but also to virgin markets that have never before experienced this medium of entertainment. The Station promises not only to entertain but to inform and empower the listener with utilities that one may take for granted. In addition to the utilities, the Station has a stunning array of RJ’s who will be the voice and personality of the channel. The RJ’s have been selected after a careful and selective nationwide hunt. With an investment of Rs. 400 crore dedicated to Transmission Equipment, Infrastructure and licensing, the proposed network will be the largest ever. BIG 92.7 FM will bring to you 24x7 unique entertainment from a highly advanced and state-of-the-art radio broadcast technology via transmitters with web based remote management capability, hot swappable power supply and power amplifier with controller card redundancy. BIG 92.7 FM is the next BIG thing on Radio. Big is beautiful! BIG is better! And now its here!! BIG 92.7 FM. Suno. Sunao. Life Banao. For further information, log onto or sms to 5454
Media contacts For any information, interviews, please contact: Nitin Tanksale: 9392403253. Visit us at

Friday, August 17, 2007


13:10 IST
Lok Sabha

Eleven All India Radio Stations and 164 private FM radio
stations are expected to go on air by the end of the year.
Of these, 27 are in Maharashtra, 17 in Kerala, 14 in Tamil
Nadu, 12 in Rajasthan, 10 each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh,
9 each in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, 8 in Karnataka
and West Bengal, 7 each in Punjab and Jharkhand, 6 in
Chattisgarh,3 each in Himachal Pradesh, Sikkam and Pondicherry,
2 each in Orissa,Meghalaya and Assam and one each in Arunachal
Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura,Bihar and Daman & Diu.
A new policy of expansion of FM broadcasting through private
operators was notified in July, 2005. Subsequently, 337
channels including 217 channels of class-C and class-D cities
were put on bid. Out of these 217 channels,agreements were
signed with successful bidders for 139 channels in 57 cities.
For the remaining 78 vacant channels of class-C and class-D,
pre-qualification bids have been invited from private
companies through tender notification dated 8.6.2007.
This information was given by Minister of Information &
Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri P. R. Dasmunsi
in written reply to a question in Parliament (Lok Sabha).

(Press Information Bureau, Govt of India)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Bhutan Broadcasting Service new 100 Kw Txer Inaugrated

Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation inaugurated the installation of a new 100 kilowatt THOMSON TSW 2100D DRM short wave radio transmitter on 10th August,2007.
The inaugural ceremony of the installation of the new transmitter was attended by the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Sudhir Vyas. Also present were the Information and communications minister, Lyonpo Leki Dorji and other government officials.
Addressing the gathering, the information and communications minister Lyonpo Leki Dorji said Bhutan being a mountainous country with rugged terrain, isolated and inaccessible settlements and far flung communities, BBS radio remains the most powerful medium to inform, educate and entertain the masses.
Speaking at the function, the Managing Director of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation, Mingbo Dukpa said Radio and TV are powerful tools of communication. He said any development to further enhance the capacity of the broadcast media marks an important milestone in the developme nt of the country.
BBS radio has come a long way since it was established as an amateur radio station in 1973. BBS Radio today broadcast 100 hours of News and Programs in 4 languages in a week.
Since its inception, BBS Radio has become the source of news and information for Bhutanese who live in scattered rural settlements across the kingdom.
Its importance cannot be emphasized with historic changes taking place in the country. With today’s inauguration of the new 100 kilowatt shortwave transmitter, BBS Radio can reach listeners around the globe as far as New Zealand and Netherlands.
The short wave transmitter was installed with financial support from the Indian Government.
This DRM capable 100 kW transmitter was installed in Sangaygang, 2660 meters above sea level and test transmissions were already going on.Transmitter was not being operated on DRM mode due to problem with the RF Exciter.However the problem has been rectified & they are having occassional DRM tests during txn b/down times with power output of only 25 watts.

Links :

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Radio Stations in UAE

Mohammed Oovais from Abu Dhabi,UAE sent this interesting
bit of info on local radio stations in UAE .........

Asianet Radio is transmitting from Abu Dhabi.Studio located
in Duabi (Dubai Media City). Now they are changing the
frequency for upgrading 648 AM . New frequency is 1539 KHz
and its only 5 am to 6 pm (UAE time) . They promised that
old frequency wil come back soon with more power and quality.

Apart from Asianet Radio , there is another south Indian
station(main lang: malayalam) RADIO ASIA broadcasts on
1557 Khz . They also announced chage in frequency
permanently to 1239 Khz.Radio Asia also braodcasting in
FM 94.7Mhz.

And other Indian/Asian FM's :

Radio 4 - 89.1 Hindi (From Ajman - reaching Abu Dhabi in
good quality)

City - 101.6 Hindi/urdu From Dubai (almost clear but some
times not rtacching ABu dhabi)

Hum FM 106.2 Hindi /Urdu (From Um Al Quwain this also same
like city) - airs cricket live some times

95.3 FM ( Test with oldies) Hindi - (clear reception in Abu

96.7 Hit FM .This is another Malayalam FM .(most of the times
good reception in Abu dhabi )

104.4 Awaaz FM is not at all received in Abu Dhabi

All of above FM transmitters are located in Dubai and Northern
emirates hence some times its not possible to listen in my poor
chinese receiver in Abu Dhabi (Located south). Car receivers are
better in catching signals.Inside apartments its difficult because
almost all buildings are 18 Floor high rise, hence it may cause

Thank u and good dxing

73's bye....

Broadcast India Show 2007

A global megamart for broadcast related industries…

Symposium 30-31 Oct 2007
Exhibition 1-3 Nov 2007
Y.B.Chavan Centre, Mumbai, India.

The Broadcast India Show is a global megamart for broadcast
related industries, with everything to do with entertainment
- from content creation to its delivery, under one roof.
After the roaring success of 16th consecutive Exhibition
and Symposium, you're invited once again to be a part of
this global village. With a visitor tally of 22,542 and
the presence of more than 400 companies from 31 countries
in 2006…we are only growing bigger by the day.
The focus last year was on IPTV and some of the biggest
names in the business chose Broadcast India as the platform
to showcase their products and services. And as reaffirmed
by their positive testimonials, they weren’t let down.
Broadcast India continues to remain the Indian sub-continent’s
premier show for the infotainment industry.
The latest innovations in Television, Radio, Video, Audio,
Film, IPTV, Mobile TV, Computer Graphics, Visual Effects,
Multimedia, Music, Lights, Cable, Satellite, Broadband,
Internet and Transmission were all on display for visitors
who poured in from across the sub-continent and from the
Middle East, South Africa and South Asia. Needless to say,
our show struck the right balance between information
exchange and serious business deals.
We bring together the global bigwigs in broadcasting.
Most of our past exhibitors have already confirmed their
presence in Mumbai for Broadcast India 2007, shouldn’t
you book your stand space too?

Entrance free for Trade Visitors by invitation and

All India Radio - Independence Day special broadcasts

All India Radio will broadcast a running commentary on the Flag
Hoisting Ceremony to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between
0705-0810 hrs. IST (0135-0240 UTC) on 15th August 2007
as per the details given below:

0705-0810 IST (0135-0240 UTC)
Hindi : 6030(Kingsway), 6155(Kingsway), 9595(Khampur),
11620(Khampur), 15135(Kingsway)

0705-0810 IST (0135-0240 UTC)
English : 4860(Kingsway), 9950 (Aligarh), 11830Kingsway),
13630(B'lore), 15050(Khampur)

Note :
a) Urdu service on 9595 & 11620 kHz will carry commentary
in Hindi between 0135-0240 UTC.
b) Sindhi service on 5990 kHz between 0100-0200 UTC would
stand cancelled.
c) Pushtu service on 9910 kHz between 0215-0300 UTC would
stand cancelled.
d) Delhi regional program on 4860 kHz would carry english
commentary at 0205-0240 UTC
e) Uttaranchal program on 6030 kHz between 0200-0230 UTC
would stand cancelled.
f) Urdu service on 6155 kHz will carry commentary in Hindi
between 0135-0240 UTC.

During the relay of commentary and News bulletins, the
regional shortwave transmitters will operate on frequencies
as per the time blocks given below.

0555-0645 IST (0025-0115 UTC) 4810
0700-1018 IST (0130-0448 UTC) 7180

0545-0645 IST (0015-0115 UTC) 4920
0700-0945 IST (0130-0415 UTC) 7160

0550-0645 IST (0020-0115 UTC) 4800
0700-1000 IST (0130-0430 UTC) 7140

0600-0645 IST (0030-0115 UTC) 4775
0700-0930 IST (0130-0400 UTC) 7150

0555-0645 IST (0025-0115 UTC) 4820
0700-0930 IST (0130-0400 UTC) 7210

0530-0645 IST (0000-0115 UTC) 4760
0700-0930 IST (0130-0400 UTC) 7115

0555-0930 IST (0025-0400 UTC) 6020

0555-1030 IST (0025-0500 UTC) 6110

0550-0645 IST (0020-0115 UTC) 5010
0700-0930 IST (0130-0400 UTC) 7290

In case, the commentary goes beyond 0240 UTC,
the News bulletins in Hindi/ English and all
subsequent Regional News bulletins would be broadcast
after the commentary is over. The sequence of News
bulletins will, however, remain unchanged.

The Hindi/English News bulletins between 0330-0340
UTC and other centrally originated programmes normally
available between 0340-0355 UTC would stand cancelled.

Reception reports on the above broadcast should be sent
to :
Spectrum Management & Synergy Division,
DG, AIR, New Delhi by email at:

BBC's Radio Station New Logo's

Its estimated that £120,000 was spent to rebrand the BBC's radio station logos.
Check this link for History of older BBC Logos...

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Radio Luxembourg Podcasts

From : Benny Brown,Radio Luxembourg

To You, the Listeners of Radio Luxembourg:
Are you aware of our new podcasts? You need to be, because it's another unique feature on our website ( By listening to the variety of our podcasts, you'll hear vintage broadcasts by some of the great names on Radio Luxembourg.
Re-discover Timmy Mallett (with his green hair) as I talk with him! Snowball fights will never be the same!
Dave Christian shares memories of The Great 208 during the '60s and '70s with our own Enda Caldwell.
Relive the final night of broadcasting from the satellite, as Mike Hollis explains to me how that night was one of his life's worst-ever experiences.
And there's more. Click "audio on demand" for all the podcasts on Radio Luxembourg. And keep coming back, as we add more material regularly.
If you've got something you want to tell us, you can easily contact us via the website. We'd like to hear from you, and don't forget to tell us where you're listening. Stay tuned.

TWR India A07 Revised schedule wef 26th August

Start Stop Freq Lang Days Site Power(kW)

0000 0015 9380 7410** Bengali Mon-Fri Alma Aty 200
0015 0030 12085 Nepali Mon Tues Novosibirsk 200
0030 0100 12085 Bhojpuri Mon - Fri Novosibirsk 200
0100 0145 12085 Nepali Mon - Fri Novosibirsk 200
0100 0130 12085 Hindi Sat Novosibirsk 200
0115 0145 12085 Hindi Sun Novosibirsk 200
0130 0145 12085 Nepali Sat Novosibirsk 200
0100 0115 12035 Hindi Daily Irkutsk 250
1300 1315 9445 Garhwali Mon - Sat Novosibirsk 250
1315 1330 9445 Dogri Mon - Fri Novosibirsk 250
1315 1330 9445 Hindi Sat Sun Novosibirsk 250
1330 1345 9445 Hindi Daily Novosibirsk 250
1345 1400 9445 Hindi Tues - Sun Novosibirsk250
1400 1415 9445 Hindi Thurs-Sun Novosibirsk 250
1415 1430 9445 Hindi Sat, Sun Novosibirsk 250
1345 1400 9445 Tibetan Mon Novosibirsk 250
1400 1415 9445 Braj Bhasa Mon/Tues Novosibirsk250
1400 1415 9445 Kashmiri Wed Novosibirsk 250
1415 1430 9445 Bhojpuri Mon - Fri Novosibirsk 250
1430 1445 9445 Hindi Mon -Fri Novosibirsk 250
1430 1445 9445 Punjabi Sat Sun Novosibirsk 250
1445 1500 9445 Punjabi Daily Novosibirsk 250
1500 1515 9445 Punjabi Mon - Fri Novosibirsk 250
1515 1545 9445 Hindi Mon - Fri Novosibirsk 250
1230 1245 9415 Dhodiya Tues/Wed Irkutsk 250
1230 1245 9415 Maithili Thurs/Fri Irkutsk 250
1230 1245 9415 Santhali Sat Irkutsk 250
1245 1315 9415 Urdu Mon-Fri Irkutsk 250
1245 1300 9415 Kui Sat Irkutsk 250
1300 1315 9415 Ho Sat Irkutsk 250
1315 1345 9415 M.Bengali Mon/Tues Irkutsk 250
1315 1345 9415 Punjabi Wed Irkutsk 250
1315 1330 9415 Mewadi Thurs/Fri Irkutsk 250
1315 1330 9415 Bengali Sat Irkutsk 250
1330 1345 9415 Marwari Sun Irkutsk 250
1330 1345 9415 Dzonka Thurs/Fri/Sat Irkutsk 250
1345 1400 9415 Bundeli Sat Irkutsk 250
1345 1415 9415 Bundeli Sun Irkutsk 250
1345 1415 9415 Maithili Mon-Fri Irkutsk 250
1400 1415 9415 Oriya Sat Irkutsk 250
1415 1430 9415 Kumaoni Sun Irkutsk 250
1415 1430 9415 Magahi Mon Irkutsk 250
1415 1430 9415 Mundari Tues/Wed Irkutsk 250
1415 1430 9415 Kurukh Thurs/Fri/Sat Irkutsk 250
1430 1445 9415 Sadri Sat/Sun Irkutsk 250
1430 1500 9415 Sindhi Mon-Fri Irkutsk 250
1445 1500 9415 Chodri Sat/Sun Irkutsk 250
1500 1515 9415 Bhili Sat/Sun Irkutsk 250
1500 1530 9415 Kutchi Mon-Fri Irkutsk 250
1515 1530 9415 Mouchi Sat/Sun Irkutsk 250
1530 1545 9415 Gamit Mon-Wed Irkutsk 250
1530 1545 9415 Vasavi Thurs/Fri Irkutsk 250
1530 1545 9415 Awadhi Sat/Sun Irkutsk 250
1545 1600 9415 Urdu Mon-Fri Irkutsk 250
1545 1600 9415 Hindi Sat Irkutsk 250
1600 1615 11955 Pashto Daily Samara 250
1615 1630 11955 Pashto Mon-Fri Samara 250
1630 1645 11955 Dari Mon Samara 250
1230 1300 11570 Kokborok Mon-Fri Guam 100
1245 1300 11570 Kokborok Sat Guam 100
1330 1345 9700 Santhali Sun Guam 100
1330 1400 9700 Assamese Mon-Sat Guam 100
1345 1400 9455 Santhali Daily Guam 100
1400 1415 9635 Boro Sun Guam 100
1400 1415 9635 M.Bengali Mon/Tues Guam 100
1400 1415 9635 Boro Wed/Sat Guam 100
1415 1430 9635 Manipuri Sat/Sun Guam 100

** 7410 wef 2nd Sept 2007

Reports to :
Trans World Radio - India
L - 15, Green Park
New Delhi - 110016
Phone : +91 11 26515790
Email :

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bangladesh Betaar frequency changes

Bangladesh Betaar has changed their SW frequency for external services from 7185 kHz to 7250 kHz. 7185 was suffering from long time due to Chinese co-channel interference and really a waste of resources.
Revised frequency schedule for External and Home service programmes as shown below:
Shortwave Transmission (External Service)

Lang Time (UTC) Target Area Frequency (kHz)
English(GOS) 1230 - 1300 South/SE Asia 7250 kHz
Nepalese 1315 – 1345 Nepal 7250 kHz
Urdu 1400 – 1430 Pakistan 7250 kHz
Hindi 1515 – 1545 India 7250 kHz
Arabic 1600 – 1630 Middle East 7250 kHz
Bengali 1630 – 1730 Middle East 7250 & 9550 kHz
English(V.O.Islam)1745 – 1815 Europe 7250 & 9550 kHz
English(GOS) 1815 – 1900 Europe 7250 & 9550 kHz
Bengali Service 1915 – 2000 Europe 7250 & 9550 kHz

Reception Reports to :
Mahesh Chandra Roy
Senior Engineer
Research & Receiving Centre
Bangladesh Betar
121,Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue
Shahbag, Dhaka -1000, Bangladesh

(Swopan Chakraborty,Kolkata via Bangladx e-group)

Asianet Radio 648 AM from UAE

Asianet Radio 648 AM from UAE is well heard now a days in Northern India.The station provides programming in various formats - radio magazine, interviews, discussions, interactions, music etc.
Asianet Radio gives the highest priority to news & news based information and current affairs programmes that consist of analytical and investigative reporting. Music has always been an important part of the stations programming and it provides a blend of all kinds of Malayalam music.
An audio clip of Asianet Radio 648 AM can be heard at :

* Logo courtesy Asianet website.