RA­DIO RE­BIRTH

DOWN BUT NOT DEAD, THE POP­U­LAR RA­DIO IS REIN­VENT­ING IT­SELF

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LIVING TECH - BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

This is All In­dia Ra­dio.” For In­di­ans above the age of 30, it is hard to re­mem­ber a child­hood with­out these words be­ing a part of life. Of late, of course, the ra­dio has been rel­e­gated to the po­si­tion of an ad­di­tional fit­ting in phones, head­phones and other such de­vices. The only place we lis­ten to ra­dio is in the car, but that too is a lux­ury lim­ited to ur­ban ar­eas. In­ter­net ra­dio has re­vived some of the charm of lis­ten­ing to a broad­cast in which you have no idea what is go­ing to come next, but band­width has been a hur­dle for this lis­ten­ing plea­sure. Mean­while, satel­lite ra­dio died early due to its high costs and the need for sub­scrip­tions.

Af­ter be­com­ing a de­vice that caters pri­mar­ily to the ru­ral mar­ket, the ra­dio, or the tran­sis­tor as we like to call it, has started evolv­ing. In keep­ing with the times, the lat­est breed of ra­dios can play me­dia files, oth­ers can power them­selves us­ing so­lar pan­els or a dy­namo, the rest try to pass them­selves off as alarm clocks, lava lamps and toys while be­ing able to tune in to your favourite sta­tion in a jiffy. The ra­dio of the new era is here. “This is All In­dia Ra­dio 2012.”

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