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.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

BBC Hindi celebrates 75 years

BBC Hindi is celebrating 75 years

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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.
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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 

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