What is AIR?

All India Radio, popularly referred as AIR, is the National Public Radio broadcaster of India. It was officially known since 1956 as Akash Vani (voice from the sky). The All India Radio (AIR) was established in 1930. It is the sister service of Prasar Bharti’s Doordarshan, an Indian Television broadcaster. Headquartered in the Akashvani Bhavan building in New Delhi, it houses the drama section, the FM Section, the National Service and is also home to the Indian Television station Doordarshan Kendra.

All India Radio is the largest radio network in the world, and also one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world in terms of the number of languages broadcasted and the spectrum of socio-economic and cultural diversity it serves. AIR’s home services comprise of 420 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92% of the country, reaching nearly 92% of the country’s area and 99.19% of the total population. AIR originates programming in 23 languages and 179 dialects.

Vividh Bharati is one of the best-known services of the All India Radio. Its name roughly translates as ‘diverse Indian’. It is also known as the Commercial Broadcasting Service or CBS. Commercially it is the most accessible AIR Network popular in Mumbai and other big cities. Vividh Bharti offers a wide range of programs including News, film music, short plays, comedy etc. It operates on different medium wave-band frequencies in each city.

As India’s National Broadcaster and also the premier Public Service Broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR) has been serving to inform, educate and entertain the masses ever since its inception, truly living up to its motto- ‘bahujan sukhaya bahujan hitaya cha’ (which means, for the happiness of the many, for the welfare of the many.

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