Monday, August 31, 2009

Govt may allow pvt radio channels to broadcast agency news

PTI 29 August 2009, 01:51pm IST
NEW DELHI: Private radio channels may be able to broadcast news sourced from

agencies like PTI and UNI if the government accepts their long pending
request to allow them to do so.

FM radio broadcasters have been demanding that they should be allowed to use

news provided by the agencies in their bulletins.

"The matter is still under consideration, " according to a top official of
the information and broadcasting ministry.

The demand, being considered by the ministry, could form a part of the
phase-III roll out of FM radio stations bidding.

The phase-III of FM radio stations bidding would be rolled out as soon as
the government settles the financial problems and royalty issues facing
several bidders of the second phase.

At present, there are around 100 FM radio channels in the country and a
number of private companies have applied for licence to launch new channels..

Source: http://www1. timesofindia. indiatimes. com/Govt- may-allow- pvt-radio- channels- to-broadcast- agency-news/ articleshow/ 4948059.cms
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SIMC, Pune goes RADIO-ACTIVE again with NRM’09

by neha86, August 29, 2009 22:48

Pune: Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune proudly
presents the second chapter of its unique event- the National Radio
Meet'09 at the Lavale Campus on 19-20 September, 2009.

The National Radio Meet (NRM) aims to bring together the
first-in-command of the top private radio stations in the country and
stalwarts of the Indian radio scene on one platform, giving media
aspirants and students from across the nation an exclusive opportunity
to interact with the best, in both the creative and administrative
areas of the Indian radio industry.
Following up on the roaring success made by the event NRM'08 the
previous year, which featured the legendary Mr.Ameen Sayani, Ms.Apurva
Purohit, CEO, Radio City, Mr.Tapas Sen, Programming head, Radio
Mirchi, Vehrnon Ibrahim, Radio One and the like speaking on the
evolution and growth of radio through time, NRM'09 has roped in
equally distinguished, proficient and prominent professionals from the
Radio channels- the cream of the radio industry today-

I&B Minister, Govt of India
Mr. Vineeth Singh Hukmani, CEO, Radio One
Mr. Abraham Thomas, CEO, Red FM
Ms. Nisha Narayan, Project Head, S FM
Ms. Monica Nayyar, Director, Radio Choklate
Mr. AHM Baziur Rehman, CEO, Coastal NGO's for Radio and Communication
Ms. Krutika Rawat, RJ from Dubai
And many more….

The themes for the two day event are as follows:
1) Existing Revenue Models and possibilities of exploring new sources
for the Radio Industry
2) Existing Brand Strategies and re-branding options available to
radio stations today
3) Growing opportunities in the field of Social Development and
Communication using radio as an instrument for change
4) Regional radio flavours and content diversification in the industry today

Conceptualized by the media trainees of SIMC under the leadership of
Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Dean, Symbiosis International University and
the Director, SIMC, NRM'09 is all set to look at a medium that has
fast grown from the shadows of its more popular cousins and geared to
go global even as the content gets localised. The National Radio Meet
will be a forum where a massive youth audience of over a thousand,
apart from our media friends, including the radio fraternity, will
interact with the top executives and creative honchos of the Indian
radio industry.
Livening up the discussions are contests- Live RJ hunt, Best Business
Plan for Commercial Radio Station, Best Business Plan for Community
Radio Station and Best Programming contests with over Rs.25000 to be
won in cash apart from internships!!!

The I&B Minister shall also be releasing at NRM '09, a Report with
Comprehensive radio research on 'Radio stations in liberal
democracies: An in-depth analysis of regulatory, revenue, and
programming framework', with focus on India, Pakistan, Russia, United
Kingdom, United States of America, Brazil, United Arab Emirates and

Another highlight of the event is the launch of SymbiFM Radio powered
by Radio One to be followed by the launch of Advance Radio Management
Program accredited by SIU and backed by Radio One and BBC.

(Source : cplash)

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Govt to defer Phase III of FM radio till fixing of royalty issues

NEW DELHI: The Phase III of FM radio expansion has been deferred to resolve certain issues primarily relating to royalty for music.

Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources said the issue had already been taken up with the Human Resource Ministry which administers the Copyright Act.

The sources clarified to that the channels that had been licensed in Phase II had complained that they were unable to break even primarily because of the huge royalty they were forced to pay to the music companies.The methodology of fixing royalty will be discussed, particularly as to the basis on which the royalty payment should be fixed.

The source also confirmed that the issue of permitting news on private FM Radio channels was also under consideration.

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Radio Mirchi partners with Reshammiya's movie 'Radio'

MUMBAI: Radio Mirchi has announced a tie up with Himesh Reshammiya starrer Radio, an upcoming movie, with Radio Mirchi as an integral part of the story.

Radio is slated to release on 11 December worldwide. Reshammiya is playing the role of a radio jockey in the movie.

Radio Mirchi CEO Prashant Panday said, "Radio Mirchi has always had a very close association with Bollywood and has always supported movies with unique contests and interviews with the biggest stars. This association with Radio takes our integration with a movie to next level and is a one of a kind opportunity for Radio Mirchi to be a part of the movie's story."

"Radio Mirchi was the natural choice for us to associate with for a film based on a radio station. Another big advantage I had was the opportunity to interact with the best RJ's in the country, to learn from them, and thus bring in a lot of realism to the role," said Reshammiya.


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No time frame yet for introduction of Broadcast Bill in Parliament

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is yet to fix a time frame for introduction of the Broadcast Services Regulation Bill in Parliament, but sources confirmed that senior officials had three round of meetings with stakeholders from different media companies.

"In accordance with the directions of Minister Ambika Soni, I&B secretary Raghu Menon has already held three meetings with the industry stakeholders to accelerate the process of the consideration of the Bill," says a source in the I&B Ministry.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

BBC marks 70th anniversary of WWII with new Archive collection

August 27th, 2009 - 9:23 UTC by Andy Sennitt

The BBC Archive is today launching a new online collection dating back to 1939, as part of the Corporation's plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War. Documents, a new image gallery and 20 rare recordings dating back over 70 years have been made available online for the first time, giving a unique insight into the how the BBC prepared the country, and itself, for the outbreak of the Second World War.

Never-before-seen internal BBC documents and historic radio broadcasts have been released, including Richard Dimbleby reporting on Chamberlain's return after signing the Munich Agreement, Neville Chamberlain's declaration of war, and King George VI's radio address to the nation.

Surprising recordings which illustrate the reality of war for ordinary people have also been released, including a broadcast reminding people not to try out their gas masks in the oven or behind the exhaust of a motorcar.

Julie Rowbotham, Executive Producer, BBC Archive, said: "This was the first war where the radio was an essential source of news and information and the release of these broadcasts gives us the opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for those tuning in as the nation went to war in 1939. The BBC archive provides a unique record of recent British contemporary history and this collection shows how important the BBC's role was in keeping the country informed during wartime."

World War II: The Outbreak of War is the latest in a series of online collections released by BBC Archive, which explore the cultural and political developments that shaped the 20th century.

The collection is available from Wednesday 26 August and can be viewed at Unfortunately, the audio is not available to Web users outside the UK.

(Source: BBC)

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DRM+ Field Trial in Germany

DRM+, the DRM technology for radio broadcasts at frequencies up to 174 MHz, was presented to a select audience in Hannover, Germany, on 19th August 2009. This event was organised by Niedersächsische Landesmedienanstalt and University of Hannover.

Representatives of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (Rundfunk & Telekom Regulierung-GmbH), Swiss Federal Office of Communications (BAKOM), local radio stations in Austria and the Association of Citizens' Media and Education (Bundesverband Bürger-und Ausbildungsmedien), Germany, attended the presentation and discussions.

The focus of this event was digital broadcast options for regional and local radio stations. The quality of DRM+ digital broadcast featured at the event was much appreciated.

It was noted that, while some European countries are going ahead with their digitisation plans, questions raised by small regional and local radio service providers unable to join multiplexes, remain unanswered. DRM+ provides the optimal solution for local and regional radio stations. With its small bandwidth, DRM+ fulfils their requirements while these stations do not need to share big multiplexes with other broadcasters.

The discussions concluded that broadcasting extra digital radio programmes in addition to analogue broadcasting in Band II is not possible in middle-Europe where Band II is fully occupied. The broadcasters and engineers present at the event concluded that what is required is to explore the possibility of using Band III (174-230MHz) for DRM+.

(from DIGITAL radio mondiale - News)

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Thursday, August 27, 2009


DX MIX NEWS # 587 28 August 2009
U.K.(non) Summer A-09 Schedule of VT Communications Relays. Part 1 of 3:
Radio Japan NHK World
0000-0020 on 5960 SKN 300 kW / 140 deg to WeEu English
0200-0300 on 11780 SNG 250 kW / 340 deg to SEAs Japanese
0230-0300 on 5960 ERV 100 kW / 125 deg to WeAs Persian
0500-0530 on 5975 RMP 500 kW / 140 deg to WeEu English
0400-0430 on 5980 ERV 100 kW / 222 deg to N/ME Arabic
0800-0900 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Japanese
0900-1000 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 013 deg to SEAs Japanese
0945-1030 on 6140 SNG 250 kW / 140 deg to SEAs Indonesian
1030-1100 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Burmese
1100-1130 on 9760 WOF 060 kW / 102 deg to WeEu English Fri DRM
1130-1200 on 9760 WOF 060 kW / 102 deg to WeEu Russian Fri DRM
1130-1200 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Thai
1230-1300 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1300-1330 on 11740 SNG 250 kW / 001 deg to SEAs Chinese
1300-1345 on 15215 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg to SoAs Bengali
1345-1430 on 9585 TAC 100 kW / 163 deg to SoAs Hindi
1430-1515 on 9680 TAC 100 kW / 170 deg to SoAs Urdu
1400-1430 on 13630 RMP 500 kW / 062 deg to EaEu English
1500-1700 on 12045 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg to WeAs Japanese
1700-1900 on 13740 DHA 250 kW / 285 deg to NoAf Japanese
2200-2300 on 9650 DHA 250 kW / 285 deg to NoAf Japanese

Radio Prague
0000-0027 on 7275 ASC 250 kW / 245 deg to SoAm Spanish
1300-1327 on 9850 WOF 060 kW / 102 deg to WeEu German DRM Fri/Sat
1330-1357 on 9850 WOF 060 kW / 102 deg to WeEu English DRM Fri/Sat
1630-1657 on 11700 SIN 090 kW / 040 deg to WeEu German DRM
2330-2357 on 11730 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to CeAm Spanish

Gospel for Asia
0000-0130 on 6145 DHA 250 kW / 085 deg to SoAs SoEaAs langs
1600-1630 on 9810 DHA 250 kW / 100 deg to SoAs SoEaAs langs
1615-1630 on 9810 DHA 250 kW / 070 deg to SoAs SoEaAs langs Sun-Wed
1615-1630 on 9810 DHA 250 kW / 120 deg to SoAs SoEaAs langs Thu-Sat
2330-2400 on 6040 DHA 250 kW / 085 deg to SoAs SoEaAs langs

Voice of Vietnam
0100-0125 on 6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm English
0130-0225 on 6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm Vietnamese
0230-0325 on 6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm English/Spanish
0330-0425 on 6175 SAC 250 kW / 212 deg to NoAm English/Spanish
0430-0525 on 6175 SAC 250 kW / 240 deg to NoAm Vietnamese
1700-1725 on 9725 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu English
1730-1825 on 9725 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu Vietnamese
1830-1855 on 9725 MOS 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu French
1900-1925 on 9725 SKN 300 kW / 070 deg to EaEu Russian
1930-2025 on 9430 SKN 300 kW / 090 deg to WeEu German
2030-2125 on 11840 SKN 300 kW / 110 deg to SEEu Vietnamese

Adventist World Radio
0100-0200 on 15445 TAI 100 kW / 250 deg to Asia Vietnamese Sat

Sudan Radio Service
0400-0500 on 11805 DHA 250 kW / 245 deg to EaAf Arabic
0500-0600 on 13720 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Arabic/English
0500-0600 on 15325 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Arabic/English
1500-1530 on 17745 SIN 250 kW / 144 deg to EaAf English
1530-1700 on 17745 SIN 250 kW / 144 deg to EaAf Arabic
1700-1730 on 9590 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Dinka Mon
1700-1730 on 9590 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Zande Tue
1700-1730 on 9590 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Moro Wed
1700-1730 on 9590 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Bari Thu
1700-1730 on 9590 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Shiluk Fri
1700-1730 on 9590 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf Arabic Sat/Sun
1730-1800 on 9590 DHA 250 kW / 240 deg to EaAf English

Radio Okapi
0400-0600 on 11690 MEY 100 kW / 345 deg to Congo French/Lingala
1600-1700 on 11890 MEY 100 kW / 330 deg to Congo French/Lingala

0500-0700 on 3995 SKN 100 kW / 121 deg to WeEu English/German DRM
0700-0800 on 5790 WOF 100 kW / 114 deg to WeEu English/German DRM
1400-1700 on 5790 WOF 100 kW / 114 deg to WeEu English/German DRM
1700-1900 on 5790 SKN 100 kW / 105 deg to WeEu English/German DRM
1900-2100 on 5875 KVI 040 kW / 190 deg to WeEu English/German DRM
2100-2200 on 5790 SKN 100 kW / 105 deg to WeEu English/German DRM

BBC Darfur Salaam:
0500-0530 on 12015 CYP 300 kW / 177 deg to Sudan Arabic
0500-0530 on 13650 CYP 250 kW / 187 deg to Sudan Arabic
1700-1730 on 15790 CYP 250 kW / 177 deg to Sudan Arabic
1700-1730 on 17585 CYP 250 kW / 180 deg to Sudan Arabic

Cotton Tree News
0730-0800 on 15220 RMP 250 kW / 189 deg to CeAf English/Others

KBS World Radio
0700-0800 on 9870 SKN 300 kW / 110 deg to WeEu Korean
1430-1500 on 9660 WOF 060 kW / 102 deg to WeEu English Fri DRM
1800-1900 on 15360 RMP 500 kW / 062 deg to EaEu Russian
1900-2000 on 6145 SKN 250 kW / 150 deg to WeEu French
1900-2000 on 15365 RMP 500 kW / 168 deg to NoAf Arabic
2000-2100 on 3955 SKN 250 kW / 106 deg to WeEu German
2100-2130 on 3955 SKN 250 kW / 106 deg to WeEu English

Voice of Croatia
0800-1200 on 11675 SNG 100 kW / 140 deg to AUS Croatian+English news

(Jaisakthivel, Chennai, India Via Ivo Ivanov)

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Strong Signals: India's FM Radio Stations Brace for New Competition

When Mumbai residents tune into one of their local FM radio stations, it is understood that the jockey is not going to use his air time to tax them with discussions about the global economic downturn, terrorism or any other weighty matter of the day. Instead, his challenge to listeners is to find the answers to riddles like, "I have eyes, but cannot see; a tongue, but I don't speak. What am I?" (A shoe, in case you were wondering.)

For many private FM station owners, such light-hearted programming is no laughing matter. Even if they wanted to air current affairs programming, regulations prohibit them from doing so. Broadcasting news, weather bulletins and live sports are all also off limits to these stations. In addition, they can forget about owning multiple licenses in a single city, and one license can only cover a single type of programming -- say, contemporary rather than classical music. None of those regulations, however, apply to state-owned and operated All India Radio (AIR), which was established in 1936 and is one of the biggest radio networks in the world with more than 230 broadcasting centers across the country.

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AIR taking radio closer to people, says official

GUNTUR: Prasara Bharati's All India Radio, with the right mix of programming and technology, revived the radio listening habits among general public and is giving the Satellite Television channels a run for their money.

Making these observations at an interactive session with the students of Acharya Nagarjuna University Department of Journalism students, the Vijayawada All India Radio Station Director Mangalagiri Aditya Prasad termed the radio as a media of the common man from all economic strata of society. "Our aim is to bring in as many interactive programmes as possible so that the content is tailored to the specific interests of a any person in an urban conglomeration or remote rural area," he said.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

The transmission network of the Ruhunu regional Service of SLBC upgraded.

The transmission network of the Ruhunu regional Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has been upgraded. Accordingly, a new transmission with a capacity of five kilowatts is in place from today. This measure to enhance the quality of transmission is one step in the programme of SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe to improve the transmission network in Deniyaya. (Source: SLBC Website)

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reconstruction of Kokavil transmission tower begins in Sri Lanka

August 20th, 2009 - 10:36 UTC by Andy Sennitt

The transmission tower at Kokavil in Sri Lanka, shattered by the LTTE during the civil war, is being reconstructed on directives given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa under a program launched to rebuild the Northern Province. The LTTE took complete control of the Rupavahini transmission tower and damaged it when government troops liberated the area.

The reconstruction work was launched yesterday with the laying of the foundation stone. The 172 metres tall tower will be rebuilt at a cost of 400 million rupees (US$3.5 million) and will facilitate state and private sector TV and radio channels and telecommunication companies to extend their services to the Northern Province.

(Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence)

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Radio Pakistan Lahore goes silent

LAHORE - Instead of upgrading the equipment and replacing the old transmitter of Lahore Station, one of the major medium wave (MW) stations of the Radio Pakistan, has been shutdown completely on the directions of Director General Murtaza Solangi on the other day.
This medium wave station had been working since 1937 and was widely listened throughout the world, including the main cities of India on 630 kilo watts (KW). It played a key role in the wars of 1965 and 1971 by broadcasting patriotic national songs.
Interestingly, besides closing the chapter of Lahore Station, Solangi also sealed another major news and current affairs channel of Lahore Station that was being listened on 1332 kilo watts for the last 4 years. It is pertinent to mention that 1332 KH was established by investing almost five hundred million rupees.
An official of Radio Pakistan disclosed that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was keeping mum over the solo initiative, as the DG has close relations with higher authorities. That is the reason why he is making such decisions from the time he took the charge of this key post.
The source further says the federal ministry is authorised to establish or close Radio Pakistan' s any station but it has remained silent over this solo step owing to various reasons.
The DG Radio Pakistan is of he view that the closed station was in loss costing expenditure; moreover, old infrastructure was not fulfilling the modern requirements of broadcasting. For meeting modern needs, on the further directions of DG, a new short wave channel FM 93 has been established by replacing Lahore Radio Station, which is listened on short range covering the area of 30 or 40 km.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Radio hams remember Rajiv Gandhi

On the birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, many recall his contribution to the development of ham radio as a hobby in the country. Radio hams recall Rajiv Gandhi (VU2RG) simply as Rajiv and the work he did to promote the hobby.

According to information provided by the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR), Hyderabad, he found good potential in amateur radio operators (radio hams) to carry forward his vision to "open up communications to the people through amateur wireless stations set up as a national network in over six lakh villages."

According to Arya Ghosh, a life member of NIAR and a radio ham for 16 years, Rajiv Gandhi, with the help of founder and Chairman of NIAR S. Suri and others, organised an exhibition, "Communication Past-Present- Future," at Teen Murthy Bhavan in New Delhi from November 14 to 19, 1981 and invited the Press, senior scientists and bureaucrats.

His mother and late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited it and made several contacts over amateur radio, particularly to several Ham stations set up in cyclone-prone areas of Andhra Pradesh to show how it would help in disaster mitigation.

The plan of action to promote amateur radio nation-wide was prepared by Rajiv Gandhi.

It was made known to the public at a meeting organised by Mr. Suri in Hyderabad during Rajiv Gandhi's first visit to Andhra Pradesh as AICC general secretary and MP in February, 1982.

In front of a gathering of 5 lakh people, he declared that amateur radio must be developed fast in national interest and to see scientific temper was developed among youth and that of taking the country into 21st Century with communication and information technology open to public participation through Ham.

Mr. Ghosh who lives here recalls that Rajiv Gandhi's love and affection for ham radio and radio hams was so much that even on the very last day of his life, he made his last call on ham radio from the city of Visakhapatnam on board a flight.


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Absolute Radio begins tests for digital live music station

Absolute Radio is to launch a new live-music digital radio station with the working name of Absolute CTRL.

The station has begun test transmissions on DAB in London. Absolute CTRL will play a "selection of live recordings of rock and pop music aimed at a broad adult audience interested in live music".

Absolute, owned by the Times of India Group, already runs two digital-only stations, Absolute Radio Classic Rock and Absolute Radio Xtreme.

But while Classic Rock had 191,000 listeners in the first half of this year, Xtreme had an average weekly reach of just 58,000, down more than 50% on the first half of 2008.

Absolute Radio's main national music station has also suffered a big drop in listeners since its rebranding from Virgin Radio last year and now has a weekly audience of 1.69 million listeners, the majority of them via digital.

A spokeswoman for Absolute Radio said CTRL was an internal working title of the new station. It will be tested internally over the next few weeks before a pilot version is made available to a limited number of listeners.

The station's test recordings are currently sharing the same DAB slot as the children's radio station Fun Kids. The children's station airs between 6am and 7pm, with Absolute CTRL broadcasting between 7pm and 6am.

Absolute CTRL's broadcast licence was approved by the media regulator, Ofcom, earlier this month.

Absolute Radio's brand director, Chris Lawson, said it was the first of a number of new products the station wanted to unveil before its first anniversary in September.

"The digital team have been busy building a new radio platform and we are almost ready to share it with you," he wrote on the station's One Golden Square blog.

"Some of you may know it as Project Wallaby, Project Control, or 'Potentially the most exciting and innovative radio innovation ever'. OK, that's my name for it, not that I'm biased.

"We think it's one of a kind so it's going to be really exciting once we go through the traditional teething problems. It's only version one and we are looking at adding more features to it along the way."


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Results of Wavescan "Silent Stations DX Contest"

In our program on Aug 04, we announced the winners for our big 2009 "Silent
Station DX Contest". You will remember that the month of June was our
contest month, and we waited until the end of July until all mails arrived
from all over the world. Many of these contest entries came in large
packets and large envelopes, so many of which were registered to ensure safe
delivery.This was again a very rewarding contest which attracted entries
from many well known international radio monitors, as well as from those
whose names are not known widely. As in all previous years, entries came in
from many different countries, and the quality of so many entries was indeed
very high once again.

Our contest for this year required five areas of information: -
* List of five QSLs from stations now silent
* Brief description of each QSL
* Photocopy of each QSL
* Three reception reports from any AWR transmissions anywhere in the world
* Three radio cards of historic importance

As our continental winners, we are pleased to announce the names of the
following personnel:
* Asia Nobuya Kato Fijisawa Japan (DSWCI member!)
* Pacific Brian Webb Upper Hutt New Zealand
* South America Leonardo Santiago Merida Venezuela
* North America William Patalon Fallston MA USA
* Europe Hans Lollike Hedehusene Denmark

Entries of Merit:
* India Girish Chadaga Bangalore
* New Zealand John Durham Tauranga
* Indonesia Jemmy Liwang Sulawesi
* Mexico Luis Vallebueno Durango
* Canada Jonathan Pukila Thunder Bay ON
* Sweden Bjorn Fransson Visby (DSWCI member!)
* USA Edward Insinger Summit NJ

And now for the news you have all been waiting for: Who is our world winner
for the year 2009? As you hold your breath, we can tell you that this is
now the fourth occasion in which he has won our annual DX contest. Our
world winner for 2009 is none other than Günter Jacob of Passau in Germany.
Congratulations again Günter, and you monumental entry is most remarkably
prepared. Your many pages of valuable information are a delight to peruse.
In fact, your entries on these four occasions rank as among the best we have
ever received since these annual contests began way back in 1977. The only
other entry that equals the quality and excellence equal to yours was the
1996 entry from William Matthews in Columbus, Ohio, USA. His entry was
bound into a loose leaf book one inch thick and we still use his information
to this day as a reference volume for important historical information.

The entry from Günter Jacob lists his five best QSLs from stations now
silent and they are:
* Radio New Zealand ZL5 7.5 kW Titahi Bay 1970
* Radio Australia 10 kW Perth 1971
* Radio Tahiti 20 kW 1972
* Radio Americas 7.5 kW Swan Island1972
* Radio Senegal 100 kW 1961
We express our appreciation to each person who sent in an entry to our 2009
Annual DX Contest. (Adrian M. Peterson). Günter Jacob is a member of the
DSWCI since 1957 and Bill Matthews has also been a member. Congratulations
to all! (Ed)

(Via DX-Window No. 383, Danish SW Clubs International)

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India

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Radio Hello 106.4 FM to air BBC's Tamil programming

Mumbai, Maharashtra, IND, 2009-08-18 14:44:00 (
The BBC's special Tamil-language programming tailored for India's FM market
will now be available to audiences of Radio Hello 106.4 FM across Tamil
Nadu, thanks to a partnership agreement signed between BBC World Service and Radio Hello 106.4 FM.
Radio Hello 106.4 FM is part of the Malar Publications Group and is the
largest FM radio network in Tamil Nadu.The partnership means that Radio
Hello 106.4 FMwill rebroadcast the content produced by BBC World Service's
Tamil FM team, including regular as well as topical programming.
The BBC will launch its availability on Radio Hello 106.4 FM with AR Rahman
Special which will include an exclusive interview with the composer who won
two Oscar awards for his Slumdog Millionaire music. Regular BBC programmes
on Radio Hello will include:

·Hello Nimisham, BBC Vishayam
Hourly updates on sports and entertainment from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a

·Hello Wind-up, BBC Round-up
Weekly show on the latest film releases, film news, behind-the-scenes
stories and star interviews

·Hello Game-Zone, BBC Play-Time
Weekly show on the latest sporting action from around the world.

All this content is also available for listening via the website
Neil Curry, Head of Business Development, Asia and Pacific Region, BBC World Service, comments: "We are delighted with our partnership with Radio Hello 106.4 FM. With this association, audiences across Tamil Nadu will be able to listen to a fantastic range of BBC World Service programming on FM, which will not just entertain but also engage our audiences, offering them many ways to interact."
The BBC's special output for India's FM market includes infotainment updates in Hindi and Tamil languages.This programming is available via partner stations in India: Radio One in Delhi, Mumbai,Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Pune; Radio Choklate in Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack and Rourkela; Hello Radio106.4in Chennai,Kovai, Madurai, Trichy, Nellai, Tuticorin and Puducherry; Radio Tadka in Jaipur and Udaipur; Radio Tomato in Kolhapur; Radio Misty in Siliguri and Gangtok; Radio Chaska in Gwalior; and Radio Rangila in Raipur. It is also available via Radio Spice in Dubai, UAE; and in the US via HumDesi Radio in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Jose and Washington DC.

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

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Friday, August 14, 2009

BBC 2008/2009 International Radio Playwriting Competition winners announced

Efo Kodjo Mawugbe from Ghana and Erin Browne from the USA have been awarded the two top prizes in the BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2009.

Erin Browne from the USA won the English as a First Language category with her play, Trying, described by the judges as "exquisite", "human" and "spare".

Efo Kodjo Mawugbe from Ghana won the English as a Second Language category with his play, The Prison Graduates, described by the judges as "imaginative", "muscular" and "hysterically funny".

In addition, the best writers from four regions were awarded radios as prizes.

Vasil Bassa Janikashvili from Georgia received the top prize for Russia and the Caucuses for his play, On The Latch, and Anna Bennetts from Australia won for the Asia Pacific region with her play, Shift.

Meher Pestonji from India came first in the South Asia category with her play, Feeding Crows, and Csaba Székely from Romania won for the Europe region with his play, Do You Like Banana, Comrades?

Congratulations to all our winners. A full list of highly commended and commended plays will appear here next week.


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Radio St. Helena Day 2009

Radio St. Helena Day 2009 will be on Saturday, 14. November 2009.
The "Party On-The-Air" will have the following schedule.
Time in UT Target Area(s)
2000–2100 India / Southeast Asia
2100–2200 Japan / Asia
2200–2330 Europe
2330–0100 North America / Central America / Caribbean
The transmission will be on 11092.5 kHz in Upper Side Band, as usual.

Radio St. Helena is very pleased to announce that the newly designed RSD 2009 QSL cards will be sponsored by the highly respected Japan Short Wave Club. This good news has been reported by Mr. T. Ohtake of the JSWC. It can truly be said, that without the very generous help of the JSWC, there would not have been a RSD Revival in 2006.

To get a QSL from Radio St. Helena, you must send a written and verifiable reception report by AIRMAIL and include sufficient return postage. Email-reports will be not be verified. Recordings will not be returned. In EURO-countries, please send a 5-Euro banknote. Otherwise, please send 3 or more US dollar banknotes to cover the required return postage.

Radio St. Helena
P. O. Box 93
Jamestown, St. Helena
South Atlantic Ocean
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via United Kingdom & Ascension
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The last two lines of the above address are very important and should be written as shown. Be sure to use sufficient postage on your letter to RSH. Ask at your local post office for the correct AIRMAIL postage for your letter to go all the way to St. Helena.

Emails and telephone calls from DXers everywhere are very welcome during the broadcasts. A special email address for RSD 2009 will, probably, be announced in October.

Gary Walters and his Team at RSH wish everyone excellent listening conditions, hope that you enjoy the programming, and hope that the sunspots will be kinder to us this year.

With best 73's, (Robert Kipp, Aug 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Radio celebrates the medium itself this Independence Day

The Indian Entertainment and Media Outlook 2009 from ricewaterhouseCoopers for the Indian radio industry has projected it to grow by 18 per cent over the next five years, reaching Rs 19 billion in 2013 from the Rs 8.3 billion in 2008. The Indian E&M Outlook 2009 also projects the share of the Indian radio industry in the advertising pie to go up from 3.8 per cent in 2008 to 5.2 per cent in 2013.

As India celebrates her 62nd Independence Day on Saturday, August 15, 2009, exchange4media speaks to Indian radio industry honchos to find out the one freedom the industry would like to celebrate this Independence Day. An exclusive dipstick survey.

Independent India's independent radio?

Harrish M Bhatia, COO, My FM:

"I think the one freedom that we are beginning to see is the freedom from advertisers' bias. The advertising fraternity has really begun to appreciate the medium of radio and we have seen extensive advertising in the last few months. Radio has finally been able to redeem itself as an advertising medium. It's definitely a reason to celebrate."

Monica Nayyar Patnaik, Director, Eastern Media Ltd:

"The industry as a whole has benefited with the FDI allowed in radio. Being allowed to broadcast political ads was also a good move. The decision to demerge from the parent companies allows autonomy for radio stations, and of course freedom of expression with our listeners. Radio Choklate has a superlative local connect. We know what the public likes and its sentiments, especially on Independence Day. On our radio, we would celebrate that 'Reflection' of the freedom of expression that our listener expects and celebrates."

Neeraj Chaturvedi, National Marketing Head, Fever FM:

"The one freedom we would be celebrating is the medium itself, as it is a medium close to the people. This medium speaks on a one-on-one basis, it speaks to its listeners as a friend. Radio connects to the city like no other medium does."

Tapas Sen, Chief Programming Officer, Radio Mirchi:

"The two things we at Radio Mirchi will be celebrating this Independence Day are: firstly, being the No. 1 FM station across all RAM markets – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore for around 6-7 weeks, and secondly, the freedom to provide emotional succor to millions across the country, especially in this moment of crisis through very sensitive programming and that too without agitation of any kind."

Nirupam Sonu, Senior Vice President – Programming, Big FM:

"To use the power of the medium and our network of 45 stations to reach out to millions of people each day, across the length and breadth of the country and entertain them with the best music mix, coupled with information that enriches their lives. In short, it is the freedom to use the medium effectively to entertain India."

Sunil Kumar, MD, Big River Radio:

"Freedom from excessive government control of the medium, Freedom from the ridiculously low rates that media agencies pay and Freedom from similarity of formats among radio stations."

Indushekhar Sinha, Head Business Development, BBC World Service:

"Freedom to experiment is one freedom we would like to celebrate this Independence Day. It's all about providing an 'intimate connect'. In this age, where one scrambles for space and craves for privacy, Radio obliges and agrees to be a personal possession."

Raj Gopal Iyer, Founder, Blue Ocean Media and Consulting:

"Freedom to be one to one with the listeners in every city/ town and be able to communicate with the people real time and be the medium to provide various forms of entertainment, information, education, tips, news, sports updates, etc., and in the bargain help build brands. The power of the medium, which is truly 'the theatre of mind' is the core essence to be celebrated this Independence Day."

Reefat Rasool, Founder, Z&A Production:

"Well, I would want to celebrate this Independence Day with the thought that radio has given 'voice' to the voiceless masses, the freedom of radio being omnipresent, yet non-intrusive. Affordability, portability, and access indoors and outdoors give radio a clear edge over other media."

While the industry players have different reasons to celebrate freedom, when it comes to the freedom that the industry really longs for, it still remains the freedom to air news and current affairs, multiple frequencies, infrastructure costs, and especially resolution of the long pending music royalty issue, which many in the radio industry prefer to be revenue based.
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Govt moots higher FDI for FM radio, DTH

The government has revived the proposal on rationalisation of foreign investment in the broadcasting and telecom sectors.

In a draft Cabinet note, the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) under the commerce ministry has recommended a holistic review of foreign investment policy across the two sectors, but has left some areas untouched. While the FDI cap may be raised in the FM radio and direct-to-home (DTH) segments, no change has been recommended for cable TV and news channels.

Also, for the first time, foreign investment limit is likely to be set for satellite radio and headend-in-the-sky (HITS). Although mobile TV is expected to pick up once 3G (third generation) telecom services are introduced, the government is yet to make up its mind on the FDI ceiling in this segment.

In the private FM radio segment, DIPP has proposed to allow foreign investment up to 24%, subject to approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Currently, foreign investment (FDI and FII together) is capped at 20% for FM radio. Although the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had recommended a 49% foreign investment limit for this media segment, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry felt it was not necessary to raise the cap to that extent.

For cable TV network, foreign investment up to 49% is permitted.

Even as Trai wanted the limit to be raised to 74% (on par with telecom), "the I&B ministry has felt that the implication of raising the limit would be that that the control would be passed on to the foreign partner, which may not be desirable in the light of the fact that cable network is still a predominant mode of distribution of broadcast channels and there is considerable sensitivity involved." Therefore, no change is being proposed in cable TV network.

In the case of DTH and uplinking hubs/ teleports, 74% of foreign investment is proposed. Currently, the foreign investment cap is at 49%, with FDI limit at 20%, in DTH.

For uplinking of news and current affairs channels, no change in the FDI limit has been proposed "for the present," though Trai wanted it hiked to 49% from the current 26%. For non-news channels, the new policy would stick to the 100% foreign investment limit.

As for downlinking of TV channels, it is proposed to "formally permit foreign investment up to 100%," says the internal note prepared by DIPP.

Currently, there is no policy for satellite radio, and therefore 100% FDI is allowed by default. But, the new policy is likely to set the FDI limit at 74% for satellite radio. Same is the case for HITS.

While there are various FDI rules for ISPs, now a uniform FDI limit of 74% is being set for all internet service providers. The DIPP note adds that no recommendation in regard of mobile TV is yet available and hence the same is not being covered.

The note, prepared for the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, has been sent to the Department of Commerce, Department of Economic Affairs (finance ministry), Planning Commission, Department of Telecom, National Security Council Secretariat and the ministries of I&B and home affairs. It has also been sent to the Prime Minister's Office..


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BBC unveils special radio programming for Independence Day

On the occassion of Independence Day, BBC World Service has unveiled a special programming line-up that will be played across all its partner stations..

These include Radio One, Radio Chaska, Radio Choklate, FM Tadka, Tomato FM, Radio Misty, Radio Rangila and Radio Spice.
Said BBC World Service head - business development Indushekhar Sinha, "We look at Independence Day as a special event and are glad to offer an array of programmes to the audience."

On 13, 14 and 15 August, all the partner radio stations will air Independence Boley To?, a one-minute programme that will have whacky, serious and edgy responses from the youth on what independence means to them.

India at 62 will be a one and a half minute capsule wherein well known Indian names from all across the world will be interviewed on their hopes and perceptions on India. The show will be aired on 14 and 15 August.

Some of the well known personalities who will be interviewed for the show are Indira Nooyi, Sunita Williams, Gurinder Chaddha, Sabeer Bhatia, Kal Pen, Amar Bose, LN Mittal, Jhumpa Lahiri and Deepak Chopra.

BBC, meanwhile, will air Music Beyond Borders - Indo-Pak Jugalbandi, a 20-minute special, wherein Indian Ocean from the Delhi studio and Strings from the Karachi studio will make music together.
"The programmes will be played in all our partner stations and would be aired once a day," Sinha added.

- 14/08

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DX MIX NEWS # 585 14 August 2009
GERMANY(non) Summer A-09 of Media Broadcast(ex DTK T-Systems).Part 3 of 4:
Adventist World Radio (AWR):
0300-0330 on 6065 WER 250 kW / 135 deg Daily to EaAf Tigrigna
0300-0330 on 9845 WER 250 kW / 135 deg Daily to EaAf Oromo
0330-0400 on 9815 WER 250 kW / 135 deg Daily to EaAf Amharic
0400-0430 on 7270 WER 250 kW / 120 deg Daily to ME Arabic
0500-0600 on 6145 WER 100 kW / 120 deg Daily to EaEu Bulgarian
0700-0800 on 11980 WER 100 kW / 210 deg Daily to NoAf Arabic
0800-0830 on 11980 WER 100 kW / 210 deg Daily to NoAf Kabyle
0800-0900 on 12010 WER 100 kW / 210 deg Daily to NoAf French/Tachelhit
0900-1000 on 9790 NAU 100 kW / 180 deg Sun to SoEu Italian
1200-1300 on 15435 WER 250 kW / 090 deg Daily to SoAs English/Bangla
1300-1330 on 15320 NAU 250 kW / 070 deg Mon-Fri to EaAs Chinese
1300-1330 on 15320 NAU 250 kW / 070 deg Sat/Sun to EaAs Uighur
1330-1500 on 15320 NAU 250 kW / 070 deg Daily to EaAs Chinese
1500-1600 on 15160 ISS 250 kW / 080 deg Daily to SoAs Nepali/Hindi
1500-1530 on 15335 WER 250 kW / 090 deg Daily to SoAs Punjabi
1530-1600 on 15335 WER 250 kW / 075 deg Daily to SoAs English
1630-1700 on 17575 WER 250 kW / 135 deg Daily to EaAf Somali
1700-1730 on 9445 WER 250 kW / 120 deg Daily to ME Arabic
1730-1800 on 11915 WER 100 kW / 210 deg Daily to NoAf Kabyle
1730-1800 on 17575 WER 250 kW / 135 deg Daily to EaAf Oromo
1900-1930 on 15205 NAU 250 kW / 215 deg Daily to CeAf Fulfulde
1930-2000 on 15205 WER 250 kW / 165 deg Daily to CeAf Ibo
1900-2000 on 9765 WER 100 kW / 210 deg Daily to NoAf Arabic/Tachelhit
2000-2030 on 9765 WER 100 kW / 210 deg Daily to NoAf French
2000-2100 on 11755 WER 100 kW / 180 deg Daily to WeAf French/Yoruba

Radio Netherlands
0500-0555 on 6015 NAU 250 kW / 243 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
0500-0555 on 9895 NAU 250 kW / 160 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
0600-0655 on 6035 NAU 250 kW / 215 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
0600-0655 on 9895 NAU 250 kW / 226 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
0700-0755 on 6035 NAU 250 kW / 186 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
0700-0755 on 6120 WER 250 kW / 300 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
0700-0755 on 11935 WER 250 kW / 240 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
0800-0955 on 6120 WER 250 kW / 255 deg Mon-Fri to Europe Dutch
0800-0955 on 5955 WER 250 kW / non-dir Sat to Europe Dutch till Aug.31
0800-0955 on 9895 NAU 250 kW / 221 deg Sat to Europe Dutch till Aug.31
1000-1655 on 5955 WER 250 kW / non-dir Sun to Europe Dutch from Sep.01
1000-1655 on 5955 WER 250 kW / non-dir Daily to Europe Dutch till Aug.31
1000-1655 on 9895 WER 250 kW / 240 deg Daily to Europe Dutch till Aug.31
1000-1655 on 9895 WER 250 kW / 240 deg Sun to Europe Dutch from Sep.01
1500-1555 on 13700 NAU 500 kW / 140 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
1500-1555 on 13700 NAU 500 kW / 230 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
1500-1655 on 5955 WER 250 kW / non-dir Mon-Sat to Europe Dutch from Sep.01
1500-1655 on 9895 WER 250 kW / 240 deg Mon-Sat to Europe Dutch from Sep.01
1600-1655 on 13700 NAU 500 kW / 140 deg Daily to Europe Dutch till Aug.31
1600-1655 on 13700 NAU 500 kW / 230 deg Daily to Europe Dutch till Aug.31
1700-1725 on 11665 WER 500 kW / 120 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
1800-1955 on 15535 WER 500 kW / 150 deg Daily to Africa English
1900-1955 on 15335 NAU 500 kW / 183 deg Daily to Africa English
2000-2155 on 6125 NAU 250 kW / 225 deg Daily to Europe Dutch
2100-2125 on 9895 NAU 250 kW / 320 deg Daily to Europe Dutch till Aug.31

Hamburger Lokalradio
0900-1000 on 6045 WER 100 kW / non-dir 1st Sun to CeEu German

Mecklenburg Verpommern Baltic Radio:
0900-1000 on 6140 WER 100 kW / non-dir 1st Sun to WeEu German

Blue Star Radio:
0900-1000 on 6140 WER 100 kW / non-dir 2nd Sun to CeEu Music

European Music Radio:
0900-1000 on 6140 WER 100 kW / non-dir 3rd Sun to CeEu Music

Radio Gloria International:
0900-1000 on 6140 WER 100 kW / non-dir 4th Sun to CeEu Music

Christian Science Sentinel:
0900-1000 on 6055 WER 100 kW / 090 deg Sun to CeEu German
1800-1900 on 9585 WER 125 kW / 075 deg Sat to EaEu Russian

Evangelische Missions Gemeiden:
1030-1100 on 6055 WER 125 kW / non-dir Sat/Sun to CeEu German
1100-1130 on 13710 NAU 250 kW / 020 deg Sat to FE Russian
1500-1530 on 11955 NAU 250 kW / 087 deg Sat to EaEu Russian

Missionswerke Arche Stimme des Trostes
1100-1115 on 5945 WER 250 kW / non-dir Sun to CeEu German

Radio Traumland:
1300-1400 on 5945 WER 100 kW / non-dir Sun to CeEu German

Voice of Oromia Liberation Front:
1600-1630 on 11760 WER 500 kW / 135 deg Sun/Tue/Thu to EaAf Oromo

Cheetah Radio:
1600-1700 on 11730 JUL 100 kW / 090 deg Sat to SoAs English

Radio Huriyo:
1630-1700 on 11640 NAU 100 kW / 145 deg Tue/Fri to EaAf Somali

Voice of Oromiya Independence:
1700-1730 on 13830 JUL 100 kW / 130 deg Sat to EaAf Oromo/Amharic

Radio Oromiyaa Liberation
1730-1800 on 13830 JUL 100 kW / 130 deg Fri to EaAf Oromo/Amharic

Ethiopia Adera Dimts Radio
1700-1800 on 13820 NAU 500 kW / 140 deg Sat to EaAf Amharic

Voice of Democratic Eritrea-Ethiopian Liberation Forum
1700-1730 on 13820 NAU 125 kW / 145 deg Thu to EaAf Tigrinya
1730-1800 on 13820 NAU 125 kW / 145 deg Thu to EaAf Arabic

Voice of Ethiopian Unity-Ethiopians for Democracy:
1700-1800 on 13820 WER 250 kw / 135 deg Sun/Wed to EaAf Amharic

Voice of Oromo Liberation (Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo):
1700-1800 on 13830 JUL 125 kW / 130 deg Sun/Wed to EaAf Oromo

Radio Reveil Paroles de Vie:
1830-1845 on 15675 NAU 100 kW / 170 deg Tue/Thu to CeAf French

(Ivo Ivanov)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The world's first dial-free radio

Introducing the Q2 Cube - internet radio with a twist Q2

Consultants’ design and engineering expertise helps Armour Group PLC take novel internet radio from concept to market in nine months.

The Q2 Cube, a novel internet radio developed by Cambridge Consultants and Armour Group PLC, is being demonstrated for the first time at IFA Berlin, 4-9 September 2009 in advance of its pre-Christmas launch.

The product’s user-friendly and intuitive design makes internet radio fun, taking it from the desktop to the bedside table and turning it into a desirable consumer object. The user selects one of their four pre-selected stations by turning the Q2 Cube onto one of its four ‘live’ faces. A fifth face is dedicated to the speaker - tilt it forward to turn the volume up, tilt it backwards to turn it down.

The Q2 Cube from Armour will launch in Autumn 2009 and will be available in selected stores in time for Christmas. It is based on a concept first shown by Cambridge Consultants at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Kevin Taylor, E-Commerce & Marketing Director at Armour, commented: “When we first came across Cambridge Consultants’ concept for a cube-radio, it was the revolutionary user interface that caught our attention. At last, here was a way to make internet radio fun, and to turn into a truly novel consumer product with mass appeal. Having agreed to commercialise the technology, it was Cambridge Consultants’ expertise in developing low cost wireless platforms that helped us get the product to market so quickly. We’re now in the position of being ready to launch the Q2 Cube, a really innovative product which we believe will change the way people interact with and listen to the radio forever.”

Duncan Smith, Head of Consumer at Cambridge Consultants, added: “We’d had a hugely positive reaction when we first demonstrated the concept, but it was Armour that saw its true commercial potential. We worked closely with their technical product development teams and their manufacturer, adding our own electronics and software expertise to Armour’s strengths in consumer product development and home entertainment. Working together in this way, we’ve kept the development cost low and helped Armour bring the Q2 Cube to market in just nine months.”

Cambridge Consultants is demonstrating the Q2 Cube at IFA 2009 (Hall 10.2 Stand 119), giving visitors a sneak preview of Armour’s revolutionary internet radio. The company’s display will also include examples of its other consumer product development work, including CatchNet, a unique platform for delivering web-services to consumers via a range of single-function devices.

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SFM to turn Red FM on 14 August

SFM has formally announced the rebranding of its 38 FM stations, 23 stations of South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL), 14 stations of Kal Radio Ltd and one station of Udaya FM Pvt Limited as Red FM. With Red's three existing stations in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, Red FM is now the second largest FM network in India.

SFM would be unveiling its new brand name on 14 August in the north, east and west regions and on the 17th in the south. The station would be broadcast as Red FM with the tagline 'Bajate raho' from Friday. was the first one to mention about the rebranding on 21st July.

Red FM COO Abraham Thomas states, "Red FM has stood out with its strong listener connect and contemporary entertainment style which is symbolised by Superhit music, movie, cricket and popular RJ's making it the most popular FM brand in Mumbai. We are happy to extend the already successful Red FM format of brand, content and programming across the country. Red FM will be able to replicate its unique flavour across the country which will help us win more listeners and advertisers in the coming days".

The rebranding exercise will be comprehensive and incorporate the Red FM DNA into all the other stations in programming style, content, format and presentation and entails complete re-training of the staff including the RJ's, Station heads, sales and marketing teams. The company has planned a series of multi-media advertising campaign across all the cities to take the new Red FM engagement format to the listeners as well as to the advertisers. The campaign will be on-air, on-ground and through out-door mediums as well as in trade publications.

Commenting on the occasion CEO of the unified brand Red FM K Shanmugam, says, "Consolidating our radio FM business under the successful Red FM brand was a very strategic move by us to offer pan India audience under a single strong brand representation. This will help us unify our programming across key cities and help garner a larger share of ears. Advertisers can now reach out to a wider listener base and can capitalize from the unique Red FM program format."

Planning to unveil the brand change this week, the station started pitching with on-air and OOH campaigns about a week ago. All the stations have been playing back to back music since 7th August with no RJ presence. During the breaks, it introduced the brand change by adding that something new is coming on the frequency. Apart from that the station has put up 'ab sabki bajegi' in huge numbers hoardings across the city.

With its footprint across 16 different States covering the top 10 markets in the country the network reaches to over 20 million radio audience

States Cities under Red FM brand:

Maharashtra: Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nagpur (in addition to Mumbai)

Karnataka: Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Gulbargha

Kerala: Kochi, Trivandrum, Trissur, Kannur, Kozhikode Andhra Pradesh: Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vizag, Warangal, Rajmundry, TirupathiGujarat: Ahmedabad, Rajkot, VadodaraUttar Pradesh: Lucknow, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur

Rajasthan: Jaipur

Orissa: Bhuvaneshwar

West Bengal: Assansol, Siliguri (in addition to Kolkata)

Sikkim: Gangtok

Assam: GuwahatiJharkhand: Jamshedpur

Meghalaya: Shillong

Mizoram: Aizwal

New Delhi: New Delhi


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hello FM in content pact with BBC Radio; rebrands itself as Radio Hello

Hello FM, owned by Malar Publications Group, has joined hands with BBC Radio to provide some of its content. One of the reasons for this strategic tie-up is the possibility of a Government nod to air news and current affairs, which could help the FM station grow further and allow it to play a much larger role. Hello FM, which is predominantly a Tamil FM station, also plays English songs on weekends and generates its creatives in-house. Hello FM claims to have generated revenues worth Rs 70 million for the first quarter this fiscal, a growth of over 40 per cent as compared to the same quarter last year.

Following this partnership, there will be capsules which will run about 60- 90 seconds long, titled- 'Hello Nimishyam BBC Vishayam' which means- its Hello's time with BBC's content/ insight which will be aired every hour across its seven stations. The content would include lifestyle and entertainment which would include Kollywood, Bollywood, Hollywood and even Sports. This exercise would be launched from August 17, 2009. There will also be a weekly roundup of 'Hello Nimishyam BBC Visheyam' which will be aired on Saturdays as part of its breakfast shows, and a sports roundup as part of its English show on Sundays. Thus there would be two 15 minute capsules on weekends (weekly roundup capsules) while on a daily basis there will be 60 to 90 seconds capsules.

In conversation with, Rajeev Nambiar, CEO Radio Hello said, "BBC which for the first time has come on board, has seen us as one of the best ways to take their interest forward. We are also excited about the association because this is a relationship which we can leverage on once we get the nod from the I&B Ministry to air news and current affairs as part of our content, nevertheless BBC will be putting across a lot of informative capsules which will see many interesting highlights of subjects that are of interest to our audience."

"These are contents of great value which can bring in new audience for us and once we have the mandate to air news and current affairs we would also have the ability to play a larger role" he added.

A change of name:

In yet another set of development and keeping an eye on the Phase III rollout along with the possibility of getting a nod for multiple frequencies too, Hello FM will henceforth be known as Radio Hello 106.4 FM, the reason being that it was the frequency of the FM station that had taken the centre stage atleast in the south. "More than rebranding we call it a redress. We want a brand name eventually which would be in synonyms with the category of radio so, we want to be known as Radio Hello and not Hello FM.. Secondly, while speaking in Tamil the frequency was always the hero as it had taken the centre stage. We are gearing up for phase III and cultivating a global audience and therefore we want to emphasize on the brand name rather than frequency name."

While the FM station has both television partners and their own print medium, Hello FM will be taking to on-ground extensively in order to promote its name change. For instance one of the onground activity is called 'College Sema Star' which will see the FM station reaching out to nearly 91 colleges in 13 weeks and thus reaching out to over 5lakh students and in this process, the FM station will also short list around 5000 radio talents. Each college and the chosen talent will be allowed to manage the radio station on Sunday which would be in terms of being the RJ of shows, which would continue only for 13 weeks..

"We have very clearly strategized that all our marketing initiatives would be audience contact initiatives. We are not going to run a major mass media campaigns except as part of deliverable for sponsored activities" added Nambiar. has also learnt that Hello FM will be hiring new talents at the executive levels. With the phase III launch expected soon, the FM Station also has expansion plan on cards as it does not want to confine to a region alone. "We are looking at expansion and not just confining ourselves to a region. We hope to make this foray either independently or through a strategic alliance" stated Nambiar.

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University to commission FM radio soon

Madurai Kamaraj University is all set to commission the Gyan Vani FM Radio to broadcast educational programmes for students.

The transmission trials will start in the next few days and the formal launch is expected to take place on September 15, the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai.

"We want to complete the trials by the end of August. The university has made investment to acquire digital technology and hi-tech sound proof room for the FM Radio Station project," R. Karpaga Kumaravel, MKU Vice-Chancellor, told The Hindu.

According to him, MKU will become the first conventional university in the State to have the Gyan Vani FM Radio Station.

Various plans had been drawn up to reach out to students in and around Madurai effectively through useful educational programmes.

Among the technical education universities, the Anna University has a similar radio station for education purposes.

Career counselling, personality development, academic programmes and awareness modules would be among the programmes to be broadcast through the radio station, Dr. Karpaga Kumaravel said.

According to university officials, the FM station coverage will be for a radius of around 90 kilometres and the varsity will take the help of All India Radio also for transmission.

The major beneficiaries of Gyan Vani will be the students pursuing courses through distance education.


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Farm Radio for Kuttanad soon

Farmers of Kuttanad will shortly have a community radio for themselves, alerting them on weather changes and imparting essential tips on agriculture apart from attempting to help them tide over the agrarian crisis that has been dogging the region for long.

The Kuttanad Farm Radio, as the initiative will be known, is a project of the Farm Information Bureau (FIB), Thiruvananthapuram and is among the measures being initiated by the State Government to tackle the lack of information that has led to aggravation of disasters brought upon Kuttanads farmers by the vagaries of nature.

According to FIB officer G.S. Unnikrishnan, the project was announced last month by Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran in the State Assembly and work has already begun with the objective of launching the radio, the first of its kind in the State, within three months.

To serve farmers in a radius of 25km from the centre of Kuttanad, the Kuttanad Farm Radio will have technical inputs from agricultural experts in the State Agriculture Department and will be operated by professional jockeys. Expected to cost around Rs. 30 lakh, the radio station will most probably be located at the Rice Research Institute in Mankombu here. The cost could vary depending on the transmitter capacity, Mr. Unnikrishnan said.

A survey to identify the requirements of Kuttanad farmers and to chalk out programmes accordingly is already on. Kuttanad-specific programmes will be broadcast twice a day. If the experiment turns out to be successful, plans are afoot to establish similar community radio stations in Palakkad, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.

"Since it is the State Government that will be running the radio station in association with the All India Radio, we require approval of the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to launch the radio. We have already submitted necessary applications and hope the approval comes without much delay," Mr. Unnikrishnan said.

Similar community radio station projects were launched by non-governmental organizations, albeit for fishermen, but did not prove to be sustainable ventures, Mr. Unnikrishnan said, adding that the pre-launch survey for the Kuttanad Farm Radio would help to avoid any glitches.


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Hello FM rebrands as Radio Hello

Malar Publications promoted radio venture Hello FM 106.4 has been rechristened as Radio Hello.

The Tamil Nadu based venture that garnered revenues of Rs 70 million for 2008-2009 with an EBIDTA of Rs 30 million, runs seven stations in the state.

The brand change has been initiated on air across all Hello FM stations in Chennai, Kovai, Madurai, Trichy, Nellai, Tuticorin and Puducchery, and was kicked off in a phased manner beginning end July. According to a recent assessment of the station’s popularity, it was found that listeners were able to recall the frequency more than the station name. Hello FM CEO Rajiv Nambiar says, “The listeners were identifying us as 106.4, especially because of the tagline, ‘idhaan right number’ (this is the right frequency). Considering that, the station decided to morph the brand name, keeping it more generic and using a name synonymous with the medium, given its on-air and on-ground initiatives.”

Nambiar further adds, “By prefixing the word ‘Radio’ to the station’s name, we can now be sure that attention will be clearly on the brand name, rather than the frequency, especially since multiple frequencies are likely to be allowed soon.”

The name change falls in to place, as the station plans to explore new shores and new places.” Consequently, the tagline ‘idhaan right number’ will also witness a gradual phasing for the same reasons, he says.

With the brand change, the radio station is bringing about changes in the station gradually. The station has started round the clock broadcast since the past four months. “There are few stations which broadcast through the night. All our seven stations broadcast live and it is not just back to back music; the stations are manned by RJs till 4 am,” states Nambiar.

The station is also experimenting with strengthening its property over the web space. Radio Hello provides a web platform for its on air advertisers, thereby giving them a grounded presence. “We also stream our deferred on-air radio content on the website and plan to pump in more shows. Also, we are in talks with music label owners for adding audio content to the website.”

Radio Hello has also kickstarted an on ground activation targeting 13 colleges each in Chennai, Kovai, Madurai, Trichy, Nellai, Tuticorin and Puducchery. The activation named ‘College Sema Star’ picks up students proficient enough to be radio jockeys, show producers, scriptwriters and music schedulers. These students undergo three days of training at the studios of Radio Hello and eventually run the station all by themselves on a Sunday. (

Monday, August 10, 2009

Netherlands Fellowship for International Radio Course

Trainers, training organizers and educators working in the broadcast
sector are invited to an international 'Training the Trainers' course in
the Netherlands. Deadline: October 1.

The six-week course, sponsored by the Radio Netherlands Training Centre
(RNTC), aims to strengthen the capacity of training needs and design, and
to develop and deliver effective and efficient training solutions. It will
take place in Hilversum, from May 17 to June 25, 2010.

Applicants from 61 countries can apply for a Netherlands Fellowship,
whereby travel, accommodation and the course fee are paid for by the Dutch

http://sites. courses/TtT2010. php

RNTC application deadline: 1st October, 2009
Embassy NFP application deadline: 1st December 2009
NFP application deadline: 1st January 2010
The deadline for non-fellowship applicants is February 28th, 2010

Course Aims
To strengthen the capacity of trainers, training organisers and educators
working in or for the broadcast sector to assess training needs and
design, develop and deliver effective and efficient training solutions.
These training solutions will enable broadcast organisations to meet the
challenges of increased competition, technological change and professional
mobility and to improve the quality and appropriateness of their output.

ASOC exam in Pollachi

Anamalai Amateur Radio Club members have decided to conduct an ASOC exam in the month of October (3rd week), those who are interested to write the Exam they can send the Application to this following address.

M.K.Ananthaganesan, President. VU3GPF.
K.Ibrahim, Addl- Secretary, VU3IRH, (98420-63686)
Divansha pudur (Post),
Coimbatore ( Dt)

Note: - if need of application download here