Monday, March 20, 2006

RTI Listeners' Club Meeting in Calcutta

What's going on?

It is the first time that Radio Taiwan International English Service has held Listeners' Club meetings since it was restructured in 1998. RTI has received an increasing number of letters from South Asian region over the last six years, showing that more and more listeners in South Asia tune in to RTI.

When RTI made a decision to hold listeners' meetings in South Asia, the English Service had a debate over where the meetings would be held since RTI listeners are scattered all over India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. After much consideration, RTI decided to go to Delhi and Calcutta (Kolkata).

48 listeners attended the RTI Listeners' Club meeting in Kolkata on Feb. 19, 2006. Two participants came all the way from Chennai which is some 1,600 kilometers away from Kolkata. Believe it or not, it took them two days to get to Kolkata to take part in the meeting and of course, another two days to get back. Some from Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh stated their willingness to take part as well. The meeting was held at the conference room of the Peerless Inn which is centrally located and is within a walking distance from the bus station.

The meeting was a tremendous success

The meeting began with a brief introduction of the three RTI personnel, Chairman Lin Feng-jenq, Vice Manager of Programming Department Wayne Wang and Carlson Wong, followed by the video presentation introducing RTI. During the Question and Answer period, listeners responded with constructive suggestions. The highlight of the event is that RTI announced the establishment of RTI Listeners' Club in Kolkata with the hope of bringing together listeners around the region.

The President of RTI Listeners' Club in Kolkata is Swopan Chakroborty.

We were overwhelmed with joy by the enthusiasm of RTI listeners in India and hope that it is a good start. After all, well begun is half done and we do hope to see our listeners soon.

We would like to remind our South Asian listeners that RTI has opened a post office box in Delhi (RTI, P.O.Box 4914, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, 110029, India) for years to help you save postage So write to us!

Background Info

RTI Chairman Lin Feng-jeng officially announced the founding of RTI Listeners' Club in Kolkata on Feb.19, 2006. The President of the Club has the following responsibilities:
· Help promote RTI
· Help arrange Listeners' Meeting
· Monitor RTI Frequencies
· Keep RTI informed of DX activities around Kolkata

The President of the Club is Mr.Swopan Chakroborty. Mr.Chakraborty is also one of the two RTI official monitors in India.