All India Radio Stations Guwahati and Shillong on Monday celebrated its 72nd birthday.
On July 1, 2000, the All India Radio Tezpur station was inaugurated.
The birth of twin Shillong-Guwahati station was on July 1, 1948. The Guwahati Station started its service from the beautiful Commissioners Bungalow located on the bank of the Brahmaputra at Uzanbazar Ghat.
The then Chief Minister of Assam Gopinath Bordoloi had allocated the Bidhan Sabha Bhawan at Shillong. That was the beginning of the long journey.
To facilitate the inauguration of the twin radio station, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Phani Talukdar and Birendra Kumar Phukan were given temporary appointment on June 1, 1948 as Programme Assistant.
The formal inauguration of Studios was done by the Premier Gopinath Bordoloi in Shillong and Maulana Mohmad Tayabullah in Guwahati. Mehera Masani was the first Station Director of the Shillong-Guwahati Station.
Initially, the radio station had two transmissions daily. The morning transmission was of 90 minute duration, and the evening transmission was from 5.00 pm to 9.15 pm.
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The station was broadcasting its programme from Shillong and Guwahati through a 1 KW transmitter.
In 1953, the coverage of the station was increased with the installation of a 10 KW transmitter at Jalukbari. Soon, Kamrup, Nagaon and other nearby districts came under the coverage.
In 1953, the Headquarter of the Shillong-Guwahati Station was shifted to Guwahati, and shifted its base at the permanent campus at Chandmari.
The Guwahati station emerged as a full-fledged station when Assam’s capital was shifted in 1972 to Dispur.
Since then, AIR Guwahati has been serving the people of Assam with information and entertainment. The Guwahati station has
At present, AIR Guwahati is a full-fledged Regional Station with 3 channels of broadcast. While the Guwahati A and B channels are AM Channels, while the CBS channel is a FM Channel.
The officials of AIR Guwahati has organised a colourful cultural programme on Monday on the occasion of its 72nd birthday.