ITANAGAR, Oct 1: Deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on Sunday launched the extended ARUN FM Transmission at All India Radio, here, even as urged the Centre to set up radio station with FM transmission in all the districts of the state.
Remembering his long attachment with the All India Radio, Mein said that the signature tune, played during the launching of the ARUN FM transmission, brought back his old memories of listening to the news and songs in local dialects.
Listening to the cricket commentary in radio was also exciting, he said, adding “those are the moments we spent with radio which we will never forget.”
However, with the passage of time and advancement of technology, television and other modern gadgets like the smart phones had completely stalled the people’s attractions from radio, he said while appreciating the way AIR took up the challenge.
“The FM broadcasting has brought a revolution in the AIR,” Mein said.
Congratulating the AIR Itanagar for successful launching of its own programme ARUN FM, he said that the state government would extend every possible support for the improvement of AIR service in the state.
He further said that ARUN FM 103.1 MHZ will be an effective medium for dissemination of information about the government activities, programmes and policies to the people of the state.
The chairman of Hydropower Development Corporation, Tungri Effa urged the government to set up radio stations in the remote areas of the state, to keep the villagers informed about the developmental activities initiated by the government.
The AIR Programme head, J B Nabam while throwing light on the 31-year long journey of AIR Itanagar informed that ARUN FM 103.1 Megahertz is a part of vigorous initiative taken up by the director general of All India Radio to improve the quality of broadcast.
Initially, ARUN FM will air its own programs from AIR Itanagar for 7 hours and very soon it will be extended to atleast 13 hours of broadcast on its own 10 KW transmitter and it will give aerial coverage of at least 40 KM radius.
He said that programme will be broadcast in 16 dialects including Hrusso, Sajolang and Tutsa, besides news bulletins in 11 dialects.
On the occasion, director (Engineer) of Doordarshan Kendra, Itanagar, K Morang; engineer head, AIR, Itanagar, Sanjay Koul and senior radio artists, Bengia Hemanta and Taba Yal Nabam also shared their experiences with AIR, Itanagar.