Odisha Channel Bureau
BHUBANESWAR: The city is ready to host the annual International Radio Fair at the Exhibition Ground from February 12 to 14.
Eminent radio presenter cum Bollywood actor Anu Kapoor many radio stars will join the event that is being organised by Outreach. UNESCO has praised the fair and described as an example for radio activists at the international level.
Different international and national radio stations and famous RJs are scheduled to participate in this event.
The major attraction at this year’s fair will the exhibition of as many as 1500 old radio sets and gramophone records.
Operators from Kolkata will show the use and techniques of Ham radio. OSDMA is also making a ham radio stall. The Dxing experts are coming from West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Bihar to share their experience on shortwave listening.
Along with these, there will be a sand art and a food court for refreshment of visitors.
This year Outreach has introduced National Radio Award 2016. For dedicating the whole life to radio and working for radio Akhil Mittal will get the life time achievement award.
Famous programme of Vividh Bharti Mumbai, ‘Jijnasa’ has been selected as popular radio programme of the year. Presenter of the program Yunus Khan will receive the award.
Anu Kapoor will get the ‘Popular radio presenter of the year’ award.
The community radio of Uttar Pradesh ‘Salaam Namaste’ will get the community radio station of the year award.
On the occasion of radio fair, a new internet radio channel www.radiobhubaneswar.com will be launched. The main focus of the radio is live broadcasting of different programmes held in Bhubaneswar.
Every evening there will be different cultural programmes in which more than 200 artists will participate.
“Radio listeners from many parts of country are coming to visit the fair as the fair is getting popular. But due to demonetisation and election there is lack of sponsors this time. So it’s more difficult to organise such an expensive event,” according to convener of Outreach International Radio Fair Subrat Kumar Pati.