Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Radio Martí Celebrates 30 Years of Broadcasting

May 20, 2015                                                                                                    
MIAMI - May 20 will mark the 30th anniversary of Radio Martí providing uncensored and unbiased news and information to the citizens of Cuba.
The staying power of Radio Martí is a testament to the importance of a free flow of information," said Carlos García-Pérez, Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which oversees the Martís. "It is a profound and personal honor to be part of an institution that has made such a positive impact on the daily lives of people throughout the island."
Despite continuous jamming efforts by the Cuban government, Radio Martí reaches audiences in Cuba through a combination of high and low-tech approaches, such as satellite, shortwave and AM radio, online, flash drives, DVDs, and mobile apps.
"At each step of the way, the Cuban government has tried to stop us," García-Pérez explained. "But we have been undeterred and by pursuing creative media alternatives we have ensured that our professional journalism reaches Cuba."
In March of this year an independent survey found that 20 percent of Cubans are tuning in to Radio Martí.
Throughout its history, Radio Martí has been a singularly important source of uncensored information on some of the most important news in Cuba, including:
Glasnost and Perestroika reforms in the Soviet Union,
The fall of the Berlin Wall,
The 1994 "Cuban Exodus" and development of the so called "wet foot/dry foot" policy,
Pope John Paul's visit to Cuba in 1998,
The Elian Gonzalez saga,
Cuba's Black Spring, in which more than 75 dissidents, including 29 journalists, were imprisoned,
The death of prominent activists Oswaldo Paya and Laura Pollan,
Providing a pivotal voice for Human Rights movements all across the island, and
The release of American Alan Gross and the announcement of an opening of U.S.-Cuban relations.
Radio Martí historically took on an instrumental role through its investigative unit, which sought to corroborate news leads coming from the island.
In addition to major news events, Radio Martí has provided lifesaving public health information, breaking the news to Cuba and the world about the presence of HIV/AIDS on the island and the existence of the mental institution "Sanatorio de los Cocos," as well as the most recent cholera and chikungunya outbreaks. With news, arts, sports, entertainment and musical programming, the Martís bring aspiring, inspiring and empowering stories to Cubans.
The Martís will share an historic timeline, photos and articles online on and will provide special programming, remembering key moments from its history and providing interviews with Cubans on the impact of Radio Martí.
"For 30 years Radio Martí has been a trusted source of news for the Cuban people," said García-Pérez. "We will continue to provide them with objective and balanced information so that they can make informed decisions as to their future."  
Today Radio, TV Martí and produce multimedia content that is used on the web 24/7, on around-the-clock radio broadcasts, and daily TV newscasts, long form TV documentaries and snackable content for the web and mobile.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti). BBG programming has a measured audience of 215 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.
(BBG Press Release)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Minister inaugurates high power DRM transmitter in Jammu

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the 300 kilowatt DRM High Power Transmitter of 'Radio Kashmir' in Jammu.

The new transmitter will cover an aerial radius of 90 to 100 kilometers, and replaces an old analog transmitter.

Speaking on the occasion Singh said the Centre is committed to the empowerment of radio broadcast, and added that the government had initiated the revival of All India Radio (AIR).

Director General of AIR Fiyaz Shehriyar said, "As a part of migration to Digital Radio, it has been decided that by the year 2017, a complete switch over to digital mode will be made. All India Radio started with small leaps in this direction way back in 2013."

A DRM transmitter can transmit signals both in analog and digital modes. DRM technology is regarded as the harbinger of digital radio revolution in the country.

DRM radio broadcasts will have many additional value added services such as improved audio quality, stereo capability, single frequency operation, transmitting maximum four services or channels simultaneously from the same transmitter, vehicular, portable and fixed reception, less susceptibility to fading effects and improved reception reliability.

Other future plans for Radio Kashmir, Jammu include replacement of the old 10 kW transmitter by a new transmitter towards the end of next year.

Source & more info at :

Related :

Radio an effective medium to reach out to the people: Dr. Jitendra
Launches 300 KW DRM Transmitter for Radio Kashmir Jammu

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BBC Hindi celebrates 75 years

BBC Hindi is celebrating 75 years

More info at :

Audio files of selected news reports during last 75 years ( in Hindi)

KTWR Station on Guam Survives Typhoon

TWR staff members and their families on the island of Guam are safe and the ministry's transmitter station is bruised but still working after Typhoon Dolphin swept across the Pacific island.
In fact, KTWR – the call letters assigned to the transmitter facility – is was running on generator power and a back-up water system. Tan, whose report to fellow TWR leaders was prepared in consultation with KTWR Chief Engineer Mike Sabin, said one of the site's antennas will require major repairs but damage to others was minor, allowing the working ones to carry the broadcast load for now.
Full story at :

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

New app from All India Radio for Android users

All India Radio has released new app "AIR Live" for Android users.

Here's the link to download AIR Live mobile app from Google Play Store 

Channels available :


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BBC World Service broadcasts Lifeline programmes in Nepal

In response to the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, the BBC World Service is now broadcasting additional programming on shortwave in both Nepalese and in English.
BBC Media Action - the BBC's international development charity - is working with the Nepali Service on BBC World Service (radio and online) and local partner radio stations to broadcast 'Lifeline' programming.
Liliane Landor, Controller of World Service Languages, says: "Information is vital and we are doing all we can to make sure that our audiences in the affected areas receive their local and regional news as well as 'Lifeline' programming designed to give practical information to help deal with the aftermath of the earthquake."
The Nepali language programme is available on shortwave as follows:
Nepali dawn transmission (01:30-01:45 GMT)
11995 kHz (25 metre band)
15510 kHz (19 metre band)
Nepali evening transmission (15:00-16:00 GMT)
9650 kHz (31 metre band)
5895 kHz (49 metre band)
The availability of World Service English on short wave to Northern India and Nepal has been extended with the service now starting one hour earlier than normal at 23.00 GMT.
Additional frequencies for World Service in English (to S Asia) from 23:00 GMT to 24:00GMT
5895 kHz (49 metre band)
9540 kHz (31 metre band)
From 00:00GMT the broadcasts continue as normal on 12,095kHz, 9,410kHz and 5970kHz
(BBC WS Press Release)

New BBC Nepali frequencies as following :

1500-1545 UTC  .234567 5895, 9650 May 4
1500-1600 UTC  1 ......     5895, 9650
0130-0145 UTC  .2 .....     11995, 15510
0130-0200 UTC  1.34567 11995, 15510 May 5

Disaster Management Communication Broadcasts by All India Radio in the wake of the devastating Earthquake in Nepal and India

A) Details of programming by the External Services Division (ESD) of All India Radio
·   As soon as the News of devastating Earthquake ravaging large part of Nepal started trickling in, as an immediate measure, SOS announcements advising people not to panic and take precautionary safety measures against the possible aftershocks were made.
·      Thereafter, the service got in touch with the MEA officials and by 7 pm, the helpline numbers of MEA, the Indian Mission in Kathmandu were repeatedly announced.  People were advised to take all precautionary measures, as per the guidelines provided by the NDMA. Appeal of ADG, NDMA was also recorded over telephone and broadcast.
·      Since, all lines of communication had broken down; the Nepali Service being broadcast on Short-wave remained the only available communication link to reach out to the distressed people in Kathmandu valley and the hinterland Nepal.
·       Hence, the normal programming of the whole evening transmission was changed and programmes relating to the Earthquake were broadcast continuously.
·       A special report about the flying in of medical help, relief material and NDMA experts by India for the help of the Nepalese people in their hour of crisis was broadcast to boost the morale of the people and to inform that India is by their side at this critical situation.
·  The next morning transmission also included interview of Shri Krishna Prasad Dhakal, Deputy Chief of Mission of Nepal in India, who elaborately spoke regarding the situation, the need of relief materials, medical aid etc.
·     The SOS announcements were continued to be made as many aftershocks were felt. Appeal announcements requested by the 2nd Secretary in the Nepalese Embassy regarding rehabilitation and requirements of different relief materials like Dry ration, Medicine, Tents and Baby Food, Drinking Water etc were also made in the morning and mid-day transmission of Sunday.
·         Interview and bytes of some of the persons evacuated from Nepal were also broadcast. In the evening transmission on Sunday, the appeal made by the Prime Minister's in his special radio programme Mann Ki Baat broadcast at 11.00 am was included.
·     On Monday, telephonic interviews of Indian- Nepalese volunteers who are going to Nepal for helping in the rescue and relief work were broadcast in the transmissions. SOS announcements, helpline numbers, health precautions to be taken etc were broadcast in the morning and mid-day transmission.
·         A press conference called in the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi, where details of relief and rescue works were given and India's yeoman help at the hour of crisis was lauded, has been covered and excerpts are being broadcast in the evening transmission.
·    The efforts of the Nepali Service to disseminate vital and crucial information to the distressed people of Nepal and also to the rescue workers would continue over the next few days till life comes back to normalcy.
·       The tone, tenor and the content of the service will be calibrated to suit the requirements as the events unfold.
·     The In-charge of the Nepali Service, and the Head of External Services Division have been personally monitoring the situation and are in constant touch with the MEA, Embassy of Nepal in Delhi, Indian Mission in Kathmandu, NDMA and other agencies involved to cater to their communication needs and providing important and critical information to the suffering people.
  B) Programming by AIR stations serving Indo-Nepal Border and areas affected by the
In the wake of the earthquake that struck and caused  heavy damages in some of the States bordering Nepal recently, All India Radio stations situated in the affected areas have been playing a vital role in disaster management communication to bring succour to the  affected people. AIR Stations have acted as the fastest mode of communication to reach the affected people and provide them the vital information for their safety and well-being.
As soon as the news about the killer quake broke out on 25th April, 2015, AIR Stations  serving the areas which suffered due to earthquake were advised to mount suitable programmes keeping in view the situation in their respective service areas. These Stations have also been advised that depending upon the extent of damage, they may contact various State and local government authorities which deal with disaster management activities such as rescue, relief and rehabilitation for their broadcasts in their respective regions.
As per standing instructions for AIR stations regarding disaster management in such situations, the concerned AIR stations in these areas have started giving wide publicity to helpline numbers of various relief agencies. Special educative and informative programmes have been mounted disseminating information about the various relief and rescue measures taken by the administration in order to reach out to the affected people. In this direction, AIR Patna, AIR Darbhanga, AIR Gorakhpur, AIR Lucknow, AIR Gangtok, AIR Siliguri, AIR Guwahati, AIR Delhi, etc put out suitable programmes to generate awareness among the masses, particularly informing them how to deal in such situations and also not to fall prey to rumour mongers. Accordingly, the quake related broadcasts have been suitably devised and these programmes are being continued with updated information as the situation continues to unfold and concerned agencies step up their efforts to keep people abreast of the latest situation. Emphasis is also being given to educate the people on the possible post- quake health issues in specially mounted health programmes.
 C) Details of some of the programmes broadcast/planned for broadcast by various
      channels  of AIR, Delhi
FM Rainbow
Date of broadcast: 25 April, 2015
Time of broadcast: 1700 to 1800 hours
Dial out: Professor K J Anand Kumar, NIDM, New Delhi and,
   Shri S S Guleria, DIG, NDRF, New Delhi
Date of broadcast: 25 April, 2015
Time of broadcast: 1745 to 1800 hours
Dial out: Professor K J Anand Kumar, NIDM, New Delhi
FM Rainbow
Date of broadcast: 27 April, 2015
Time of broadcast:  0800 to 0900 hours
Dial out: Shri M. Sashidhar Reddy, Former Vice Chairman, NDMA, New Delhi
Interview: "Understanding Earthquakes"
Date of broadcast:  27 April, 2015
Time of broadcast: 2130 to 2200 hours
Expert: Shri O. P. Mishra, Seismologist, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, New Delhi
Date of broadcast: 28 April, 2015
Time of broadcast: 1300 to 1400 hours
Dial out: Shri Sailesh Naik, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, New Delhi
FM Rainbow
Date of broadcast: 28 April, 2015
Time of broadcast: 0800 to 0900 hours
Dial out: Major General R. K. Kaushal, Senior Consultant, NDMA, New Delhi
Indraprastha Channel and FM Rainbow
Saturday Phone-in-Program on "Bhukamp Aur Aapda Prabhandan".
Date of broadcast: 02 May, 2015
Time of broadcast: 0910 to 1000 hours
Experts: Professor Santosh Kumar, Director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre, New Delhi
Professor V K Sharma, Consultant, Disaster Mnagement, IIPA, New Delhi
Shri O. P. Singh, Director General, NDRF, New Delhi
PS: Programme presenters/comperes of FM Rainbow, FM Gold, Indraprastha and Rajdhani channel of All India Radio, Delhi are educating the masses/listeners regarding precautions they should take before and after earthquakes since the evening of 25/04/2015. Other important information including details of helpline numbers (latest 011-1078 – the national earthquake related NDMA helpline) is also being provided regularly.
Related :
All India Radio and BBC World Services design special programming for earthquake affected Nepal

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

KTWR Guam starts emergency broadcast for Nepal Earthquake

KTWR Guam has started one hour emergency shortwave broadcast wef 27th April 2015 :

1400-1500 UTC (1945-2045 Nepal Time) on 15280 kHz in English/Nepali/Hindi/Bhojpuri

The Trans World Radio (TWR) Nepal team visited the affected areas to better understand the situation, and will continue to visit other affected areas over the next several days. To address the long-term spiritual and emotional needs, TWR will produce a 15-minute program in Nepali to be broadcast once a day, seven days a week over 15 FM stations in the affected districts.
TWR will also produce a one-hour program with four 15-minute segments in Nepali, Hindi, Bhojpuri, and English. The programs will be broadcast once a day, seven days a week, over shortwave from Guam to reach those closer to Mount Everest, where they may not be able to receive FM broadcasts.
TWR would like to distribute at least 5,000 radios in the region to replace those that may have been damaged or lost in the quake.

Related :

BBC World Service additional txns to Nepal

With effect from 27th April, 2015 BBC World Service has started emergency additional shortwave broadcasts in response to the recent earthquake in Nepal :
2300-0000 UTC (0545-0615 Local Time) on 5895, 9540 kHz English
0130-0145 UTC (0715 -0730 Local Time) on 11995, 15510 kHz Nepali
1500-1600 UTC (2045 - 2115 Local Time) on  5895, 9650 kHz Nepali
(Via Hiroshi's Blog)


Monday, April 27, 2015

Nepal Earthquake - Emergency Traffic

25th April 2015
Emergency traffic related to Nepal earthquake was noted on 14210 kHz usb at 1840 UTC, 4X6TT shared that Satish 9N1AA from Nepal telecom is safe. Later on 9N1AA was on air with the ground report from Nepal.
Video of Nepal earthquake emergency traffic 14210 USB 1846 UTC 25 Apr 2015

Radio Nepal was heard last night with centralised special live transmission which continued beyond 1 am IST (1930 UTC) to help millions of distressed and homeless peoples. 684 Pokhara was best. 792 Kathmandu , 576 Surkhet, 1143 Bardibas were also received fair/poor. 648 Dhankuta & 810 Dipayal could not be heard here at Agartala. Tecsun PL660 with Telescopic ant. used.

(Pradeep Kundu, Tripura on FB)
Due to disruption of internet service in Singha Durbar area online streaming service of Radio Nepal was not available, you can now listen to Radio Nepal live using this link :

Radio Nepal MW stations at 1945 UTC, 26 April 2015 :
All the 6 stations were noted on air with special programme on earthquake.
576 100 KW Surkhet ...
648 100 KW Dharan, Sunsari
684 100 KW Malepatan, Pokhara
792 100 KW Bhainsepati, Kathmandu
810 10 KW Doti, Dipayal
1143 10 KW Mahottari, Bardibas
Nepal Earthquake - Report from Region 3

Updates 28th April 2015

Ham operators to help in quake rescue efforts
Amateur Radio Volunteers in Nepal, India Continue to Aid Earthquake Response
How radio killed the video star

With effect from 27th April, 2015 BBC World Service has started emergency additional shortwave broadcasts in response to the recent earthquake in Nepal :
0000-0030 UTC (0545-0615 Local Time) on 5895, 9540 kHz English
0130-0145 UTC (0715 -0730 Local Time) on 11995, 15510 kHz Nepali
1500-1600 UTC (2045 - 2115 Local Time) on  5895, 9650 kHz Nepali

(Via Hiroshi's Blog)

All India Radio and BBC World Services design special programming for earthquake affected Nepal
How ham radio can be useful during natural disasters
Nepal earthquake update #3
Govt plans HAM radio centres in each Maha district
Disaster Management Communication Broadcasts by All India Radio in the wake of the devastating Earthquake in Nepal and India
When Radio overshadowed TV during earthquake in Nepal

Amateur Radio Groups Give Quake-Rattled Nepal a Helping Hand
After Nepal earthquake, people turn to ham radio
An old tech shows its resilience, while new tech reveals its problems

Friday, April 24, 2015

Special TEST of Radio Spaceshuttle !

Radio Spaceshuttle will have SPECIAL TEST transmission on 13800 kHz on Sunday 26th of 2015 at 20:00-21:00 UTC-time (21-22 in UK, 22-23 in Central Europe, 23-24 in Eastern Europe)

This transmission will be made to study is this frequency more free to be listened this time. As well we like to gather information of areas where this transmission might be received-  Reception reports with audio files are very welcome!

Please send your reports with fee of 2 euros/ 3 US-$ or IRC's to our Herten Postal Box:
Radio Spaceshuttle International
P.O.Box 2702
6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands

All India Radio's four regional channels go online

NEW DELHI: Listeners of Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Malayalam channels of All India Radio (AIR) can now also hear the programmes of their choice online as the public broadcaster has begun live streaming the four regional language channels on its website.

These four channels can now be listened on the website in addition to FM Gold, FM Rainbow, and FM Urdu of Delhi station and Vividh Bharati (Mumbai) which were already being live streamed.
Read more at:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

AIR DRM Test Transmission with multiple programmes from SPT Bangalore

All India Radio will be conducting trial transmission in DRM mode with multiple programmes from SPT Bangalore as per below :

Date : 20th April to 30th April, 2015 (Extended after 30th April 2015 until further notice)

1745 - 2230 UTC (2315-0400 IST) - 7550 kHz to UK & West Europe

Programme 1 = GOSIV/HINDI/GOS-V
Programme 2 = Vividh Bharati

Consequently GOS V Service from 2045-2230 UTC (0215 -0400 IST) on 11620 kHz to Aus/NZ will be shifted from DRM mode to analog mode.

Please send your reception reports to

A special QSL card is available for this DRM test transmission.

(Alokesh Gupta)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Minister inaugurates AIR Delhi Vividh Bharati Service on FM (100.1 MHz)

Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and I&B, Shri Arun Jaitley has said that the introduction of the Vividh Bharati services from Delhi, on the FM platform had addressed the content and entertainment needs of the audiences residing within the NCR region. The transmission within the minimum radius of 60 kms would enable the people to enjoy high quality rich content programs with utmost clarity transmitted by the given platform. Technological advancement and availability on FM Mode would make Vividh Bharati and other channels of AIR available on mobile phones, car stereos and internet. This initiative would also mainstream the platform with audiences proactively offering them different program segments and keeping pace with contemporary themes on the entertainment segment. Shri Jaitley stated this while inaugurating the Vividh Bharati FM service at the AIR, New Broadcasting House here today. MoS I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Secretary I&B Shri Bimal Julka and CEO, Prasar Bharati Shri Jawhar Sircar, DG, AIR Shri Fayyaz Sheheryar were also present on the occasion.

Reiterating the historical role played by Vividh Bharati channel in the broadcast of entertainment programs, Shri Jaitley said that the different programs had left a deep imprint on the minds of the listeners since it began in 1957. While the programming had witnessed qualitative improvement, the extension of this platform from New Delhi on the FM stream would further enhance the quality of transmission and sound reception. Vividh Bharati as a platform had created landmarks which remain predominant in the minds of the listeners. Shri Jaitley recalled some of the prominent programs that had been successfully broadcast since the last several decades. The Minister mentioned 'Bhule Bisre Geet, Hawa Mahal, Jaimala for the Army personnel, Sangeet Sarita and Youth Express.' All these programs addressed the varied audiences' needs successfully across the country.

The audience of Vividh Bharati Service in Delhi was hithertofore being beamed through MW only. Now the signal shall be available through Frequency Modulation (FM), which has stereophonic sound quality and has the inbuilt feature of becoming available on mobile phones and car stereos. A dedicated 10 KW transmitter has been installed for the VB Service Delhi and it will cover a minimum radius of 60 kms.

Vividh Bharati on FM will be available in Delhi on 100.1 MHz. This is in addition to its availability on MW 1368 kHz. Two other existing FM services of AIR are FM Gold(106.4MHz) and FM Rainbow(102.6 MHz). AIR also has its Local Radio Station Network in Frequency Modulation.Vividh Bharati is considered to be the most popular channel of All India Radio across the nation. While its services were available across most parts of the country on FM mode, in the 4 metros (with the highest population densities) it was being transmitted only on Medium Wave till recently.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Audio file of inaugural transmission :

(Alokesh Gupta)