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Orissa gets its first campus-based Community Radio Station

Cuttack-based Ravenshaw University launched Ravenshaw Radio 90.4 FM, Orissa’s first campus-based radio station, in April.

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It was launched on Maha Bisuba Sankranti, the Oriya New Year, after the original schedule of launching it on 1 April, Utkal Divas - the State’s formation day, was postponed. Before this, the radio station had successfully carried out 12-hour dry runs daily for at least six months.

A platform for the students to give expression to their views and creative energies, the radio station has been set up at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh and accomplished by Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (a Government of India enterprise providing consultancy services and turnkey solutions encompassing radio and television broadcast engineering). It was officially launched by University Vice-Chancellor Devdas Chhotray.

The radio broadcasts programmes between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. every day with a repeat between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. the next day. The programmes are an eclectic mix of information, education, entertainment and discussions on current affairs as well as contemporary topics.

Ravenshaw radio co-ordinator Viraj Shukla said the studio has been relaying 15 programmes across different categories. He added that the radio station also played songs non-stop for 12 hours from May 7 to May 9 to commemorate Rabindra Jayanti. It will also air counselling sessions to the students on a weekly basis.

Though professionals are helping students as of now, the University students will, in course of time, handle the radio station completely – anchoring, production, transmission. It will give voice to their opinions and ideas and will spread knowledge across the spectrum – socio-economic, cultural, educational – with the radio channel available to FM users within a radius of 8-10 km from the varsity. The studio has been set up in the guest house of the varsity.

Mr. Shukla added, “There has been a tremendous response from the public at large. Even the University students are very upbeat about it. It will benefit them immensely by developing their personality and communication skills. It will increase awareness among the general public.”

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