Internationally world radio day is celebrated on 13th February every year. UNESCO decided to celebrate it on 3rd November 2011 during its 36th conference.
This day is celebrated to show the importance of Radio. This day serves to promote radio as a means of communication in the time of emergency.
It is believed that Guglielmo Marconi made the first radio transmission in 1895. In the early 1920s, the radio came into existence commercially.
Radio stations came into existence three decade later. During 1950s, radio and broadcasting system became a common commodity around the world.
The main reason of celebrating World Radio Day is to raise awareness among the public & media about the importance of radio.
History of Radio Day
Radio was discovered by Heinrich Hertz. Radio waves were operated at a frequency of 30 hertz and 300 gigahertz.
A device called a transmitter generates them. The transmitter is connected to the antennas.
It allows the radio waves to radiate. A radio receiver receives the waves & it is attached to another system of antennas.
How to celebrate Radio Day
The radio has many forms like, AM/FM, HAM, Shortwave, and many more. With all of these versions of radios, you may have one in your home, even if you do not have a standard AM/FM radio!
Actually, radio day is a great opportunity to remember all the days that we spent traveling with Walkman and enjoying the best and newest music broadcast from our local radio station.
Put CD’s and MP3 players aside and remember the new music discovered by playing radio.
In India, radio is often called as the theatre of the mind. It fascinated listeners with hit shows like ‘Binaca Geet Mala’and ‘Jai mala’.
No one can forget the voice of Ameen Sayani. The Radio Industry has emerged from “Vividh Bharati” to “Radio Mirchi”.
How many radio stations are in India?
Here is a list of the most prominent Radio Stations of India…
Radio Mirchi, My FM, Big FM, Red FM, Radio City, Dhamaal 24, Radio One, Fever FM, Hit FM, Radio Indigo…
Radio mirchi 98.3 has its special tag line “Its Hot!” India’s Favourite Hindi Music Radio Station is a nationwide network of private FM radio station.
Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL) is the owner of this station. ENIL is one of the subsidiaries of The Times Group.
In 1993, it began operations in Indore. At that time radio mirchi was named as Times FM. Now, radio mirchi has a presence in more than 33 cities including 6-metro cities of India. Radio mirchi charges more than double of the competition, means it is the costliest station.
My FM 94.3 has a tag line “Joyo Dil Se”. Bhasker group launches the radio channel. It is operated under the brand name 94.3 My FM through the Subsidiary SMEL.
Recently it is present in 7 states and 17 cities like Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Udaipur, Ajmer, Surat, Bilaspur and Nagpur, Kota, Jabalpur and Raipur.
The channel concentrates on music, talk shows and other entertainment-oriented programs that offer significant interaction with listeners.
Big FM 92.7 has a tag line “Suno Sunao, Life Banao”. This is a nationwide private FM radio station in India.
Indian businessperson Anil Ambani owns this radio channel. It broadcasts at 92.7 MHz (92.7 FM).
This is the only private radio channel, which broadcasts from Srinagar & Jammu in the state Jammu & Kashmir.
It covers 45 cities currently. BIG FM included Singapore, the first city outside India, in its broadcasting network from 1st July 2008.
They launches a number of radio contests are expected to be aired that enable contestants to win prizes.
Red FM is an Indian radio band. Its tag line is “Bajaate Raho!” This radio station was launched in 2002.
At that time it was playing a mix of hindi & English songs. Now they are programing 100% exclusively Hindi.
It broadcasts in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Kanpur in addition to Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Kochi, Trivandrum, Trissur, Kannur, Kozhikode, Tirupathi, Hyderabad, Nashik, Vijayawada, Vizag, Warangal, Rajahmundry, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Lucknow, Aizwal, Allahabad, Varanasi, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Asansol, Siliguri, Gangtok, Indore, Guwahati and Shillong.
Radio city 91.1 is India’s leading radio network. Its tag line is “Whatte Fun!” It started from Mumbai in 2004.
Now it broadcasts from Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam.
It plays Hindi, English & regional songs. Radio city has launched an online radio station Fun Ka Antena.
It plays hits across genres including International, Bollywood, Indipop and Sufi among others. Mr. Apurva Purohit is the Chief Executive Officer of Radio City.
Dhamaal 24 broadcasts on 106.4 FM. Its tag line is “Dhinchak”. It is a one of a kind radio station on air in ten stations across the country, launched under the aegis of Broadcast 24 of the B.A.G. Network.
You can find popular music, bhajans, ghazals and songs with a local flavour on this radio station.
This collection makes the channel the one stop shop for all music lovers and avid radio listeners. Dhamaal 24 brings radio programming of a unique style, incomparable to any other station to you.
94.3 Radio one is a joint venture of BBC worldwide & Next Mediaworks Ltd. They broadcast in 7- Indian metro cities namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune and Ahmedabad.
It comes with the tag line of “maximum music, maximum choice”. The channel is changing the way people listen to music on Indian radio.
They are breaking new ground by playing 13-songs every hour. It plays 1200 more songs every month.
Radio one’s jocks are called music jocks instead of radio jocks. These music jocks are passionate music specialists who love music entwined with the sound of their voices.
Fever FM comes on 104 FM. Its tag line is “It’s all about the music”. This is an online Hindi FM Radio Station is an initiative of HT Media Ltd. in partnership with Virgin Radio.
In India, they use Hindustan Time’s media strengths & Virgin’s Radio global expertise to bring an excellent FM radio station to the listeners across the country.
In Delhi, it is available since October 2006, in Mumbai since January 2007, in Bangalore since March 2007 & in Kolkata since January 2008.
This radio channel podcasts, Bollywood song contests, reviews & more. It is known for the best entertainment and most fun.
Hit 95 FM radio station is known for “How to have fun!” It is Delhi’s no.1 hit music radio.
It is popular for a perfect mix of music and talk, with highly popular shows hosted by some of the most well liked and vibrant RJ’s in town.
High level of listener involvement and interaction is one of the signatures of the station.
In this station, every show features a large number of callers. May be it is for the various fun contests and segments – or even to answer the questions put out on air.
Hit FM is the radio station for the people, of the people – and most importantly- by the people of the city.
Radio Indigo 91.9 FM is the only International music radio channel in India. It was launched in2006, in Bangalore.
Mainly it broadcasts in Bangalore but it is also available in Goa. This radio station is not just papas that preach, but it is a proven & time-tested formula.
It is called “colour of music”. This is the only radio station of Goa & Bangalore. It has the power that brings all the biggest stars tunes directly to you at listener’s convenience & preference.