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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Visit to Radio Brahmaputra- a Community Radio Station with Many Dreams

Writer at BCRS
13 February, UNESCO encourages all countries to celebrate this day as World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves. As a radio hobbyist I marked this special day by visiting and spending few moments with few enthusiastic and dedicated community radio workers at the Radio Brahmaputra- the first non-commercial radio station in North-Eastern Region, set up in 2010 near the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra in Dibrugarh district of upper Assam.

As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. This multi-purpose medium can help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters; and it provides journalists with a platform to report facts and tell their stories. With such and many more dreams and aim a community radio station under the banner of Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS) was set up in 2010 by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) in collaboration with UNICEF. Radio Brahmaputra was scheduled to start broadcasting in 2012, but till today they are awaiting a formal frequency allotment by the government. But they are now well prepared to broadcast in five different languages and dialects with the direct involvement of local communities. These languages are Assamese, Chadri (tea garden dialect), Bodo, Mishing and Bhojpuri (dialect of migrant community from Bihar & Uttar Pradesh). Radio Brahmaputra is dedicated to serve the people within coverage of 10-15 KM radius to disseminate information on social, 
cultural and political issues as well as foster local cultures and talents. Presently a team of 19 dedicated youths are involved in this project with huge prospects of quality radio broadcasts and most of them are recruited from these five communities living in station's target area and a network of 150 volunteers spread across islands, tea gardens and urban areas are also associated with this station. Presently they are producing programs on health issues, agricultural topics, community based programs on education issues, radio chat shows, music, information based programmes, radio drama, interviews, quiz show among school children, special programmes for women and older people, covering cultural events, folk music and public service
announcements and presently "narrow casting" among target audience in their coverage area, gathering programme feedback from the community listeners and helping them to consider it as their own media and to speak on their own issues. It is gaining acceptance not only as a media but as choupal to all, getting communities together to exchange their views, improve mutual understanding and respect.

BCRS Program Coordinator Bhaskar Jyoti Bhuyan expressed his concern on the delay in spectrum allotment (frequency allocation) to Radio Brahmaputra, but he and his entire team is hopeful that once they get the formal licence and as soon as their reach become more direct and large to their target audience they are keeping many dreams alive to serve the local community towards a new dawn of knowledge and entertainment. Radio Brahmaputra already has a website and they have Podcasts of some of their program on experimental basis, and they hope that soon they will provide the radio world with the best radio programs from the banks of Brahmaputra.

Please Visit BCRS Website:

House of Radio Brahmaputra at Maijanghat, Dibrugarh

Thursday, February 7, 2013

IDXR Heritage North East India QSL Project

INDIAN DX REPORT happy to announce launch of "IDXR Heritage North East India QSL Project" through which we are trying to showcase and promote charming North Eastern India to the world. 

If you want to see nature's real beauty, enjoy diverse cultural heritage and study rich ethnic societies, then a visit to North East India is a must. It has everything to offer you. North East India consisting of 7 states, also called 'Seven Sisters', comprising Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura and recently Sikkim is also considered as an North Eastern state, so in our project we have included Sikkim also. North East India has some real surprises for the travellers coming here. Not so much established on the travellers map, yet the North Eastern India, has its own charm that will sweep you off your feet. Come here for once and loose yourself in its charismatic magic.

Read More about NE India here:

The INDIAN DX REPORT is produced from this very land of NE India, in the state of Assam. So we have planned to issue our future QSLs on the theme of North East India, its culture, heritage, people, tourism, etc. Initially these QSLs will be available only via electronic mode (eQSL), but if in future we can get any sponsorship and support we shall also print and issue paper QSLs to our listeners on these same theme. 

To start this journey of " IDXR Heritage North East India QSL Project" we are pleased to announce our first eQSL of this series. Please have a look on the image below. This QSL is based on the colourful tribes living in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China, Tibet and Bhutan. Its a state with lots of colour, beautiful people and charming atmosphere. You can read about 

Arunachal Pradesh here: 

We shall be issuing this eQSLs for all correct reception report received by email for IDXR broadcasts via AWR and KBS between January-March 2013.


Station Program Name         Month           Date of Broadcast
KBS    Worldwide Friendship February        23rd Feb. 2013

KBS    Worldwide Friendship March            30th Mar. 2013
AWR   WAVESCAN               March            31st Mar. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship April              27th Apr. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship May               25th May 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship June              29th Jun. 2013

AWR   WAVESCAN               June              30th Jun. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship July               27th Jul. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship August           31st Aug. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship September     28th Sep. 2013

AWR   WAVESCAN               September     29th Sep. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship October         26th Oct. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship November      30th Nov. 2013
KBS    Worldwide Friendship December      28th Dec. 2013

AWR   WAVESCAN               December      29th Dec. 2013

Please listen IDXR and send us your reception reports, comments and suggestions to <>

All postal reception reports with 2 IRCs and equivalent return postage (for listeners in abroad) and Indian postal stamp worth Rs.25/- (for Indian listeners) will be awarded paper QSLs available in only old designs.

Send Your postal reception reports to:

JORHAT 785001