National Broadcasting Day 2024, History and Its Importance

National Broadcasting Day 2024

Every year on July 23, India celebrates National Broadcasting Day to recognize how radio has affected our lives. This day also marks when All India Radio started organized radio broadcasts, which was the main way people heard things before TVs were around.

History of National Broadcasting Day

Radio in India started with the India Broadcasting Company, but it didn’t last long. After that, in April 1930, the Indian Broadcasting Service began and later became All India Radio on June 8 of the same year. Since 1956, it’s officially called ‘Akashvani,’ inspired by a poem by Rabindranath Tagore in 1938.

Significance of National Broadcasting Day

Radio has been important in India since 1927, helping to inform, entertain, and educate people. All India Radio follows its motto, ‘Bahujan Hitaya, Bahujana Sukhaya,’ meaning it works for the well-being and happiness of many. National Broadcasting Day also reminds us of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who used radio to inspire Indians against British rule.

Interesting Facts About National Broadcasting Day

  1. Amitabh Bachchan’s Rejection: Even famous actor Amitabh Bachchan was turned down by All India Radio due to his voice, showing that success doesn’t always come the easy way.
  2. Harmonium Ban (1940-1971): Between 1940 and 1971, All India Radio didn’t allow the use of harmonium because they thought it couldn’t handle the complex Indian classical notes.
  3. First Commercial on AIR (1967): In 1967, All India Radio played its first commercial, marking a big change in how things were broadcasted.
  4. Doordarshan’s Start (September 15, 1959): The national broadcasting network, Doordarshan, began on September 15, 1959. Both Doordarshan and All India Radio used to work together until they separated on April 1, 1976.


National Broadcasting Day is a time to celebrate radio’s progress from the early days to now. It’s not just about technology; it’s about how radio connects us culturally and historically. Looking back from the India Broadcasting Company to today’s Akashvani, it shows how radio has left a lasting impact on the thoughts and feelings of the country.

23rd July 2024 Special Day

National Broadcasting Day and the new appreciation of radio it brings. The date is a good time to make goals for growing broadcasting’s impact, refocusing priorities to recognize how important radio is, and being hopeful about radio’s future. The coming of 2024’s National Broadcasting Day brings back hope for a good year ahead and a future where radio keeps enriching lives, as we mark when All India Radio started organized broadcasts, which used to be the main way people heard things. This special day lets people celebrate how radio has affected our lives.


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