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Radio Salesian starts broadcast on 8th December
By Father C.M.Paul  - 5 Comments
Mumbai, Nov. 24. Darjeeling - A college in Darjeeling has become the first to launch a full-fledged campus / community radio with 12 hour daily broadcast showcasing 20 different feature programs in Nepali language. It is also the first campus radio in West Bengal and entire northeast India to be run by a college.
The official launch of the station is scheduled for 8th December even though the web version of Radio Salesian was launched on 28thOctober 2016 by Member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Darjeeling Prof. Amar Rai.

''It was our Diwali gift to Nepali people worldwide,'' says Principal Dr George Thadathil speaking of the possibility on-demand radio provides for people everywhere to access program of their choice at their own convenience.

''Our Community Radio broadcast is set to serve geographic and ethnic communities of the region with content that is popular, relevant and often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters,'' adds Dr Thadathil.

The web radio may be accessed on computer or mobile phone by visiting ''Radio Salesian'' on college website

Radio Salesian - Voice of the Hills is a nonprofit venture of Kolkata Salesians made possible by a generous grant from UGC (University Grants Commission) after Salesian College obtained the status of ''College with the Potential for Excellence''.

A team of six RJs host some 25 shows, seven days a week and daily 12 hours under RJ Samir of Radio Misty fame along with other local RJs Soroj, Savitri, Rohit, Sumina and Bryan. While some shows are daily, others are weekly and bi-weekly shows.

Four more RJ interns have joined the station for a two month's intense training.
The vast array of programs in Nepali include Prabhat Vandana (Morning Devotion), Naulo Bihani (New Dawn), Samishran (Fusion); Shasakta Naari (Empowered Woman); Samarpan (Song Dedication); Srijana Ka Lahar Haru (Literature Review);  Krishi Utthan (Agriculture Show); Shrastha Ra Srijana (Legendary Artistes);  Hamro Bhaka Hamro Sanskriti (Folk Music);  Sangeethanajali (Songs); Farkera Herda (Memory Lane);  Bal Manjari (Kids Show); Charcha Paricharcha (Social Issues); Yuwa Awaaj (Youth Voice); Kathai Kathaa (Story Time); Prathibha Manj (Talent Show); Jan Gunaso (Grievances), Old is Gold, Unplugged and Stories Behind Music, featuring local bands - the only English language show.

The regular broadcast transmission of Radio Salesian 90.8 FM channel scheduled for 8th December 2016 can be heard live in parts of Darjeeling and Siliguri, as well as Kurseong, Mirik, Sonada, Pashupati (Nepal), Sukiapukuri, Balsun Valley and several other places. END


KANAGA Maria Arokiam Italy Lecce
December 01, 2016

I heartily congratulate SCS for installing and starting the broadcast of the community radio. It is the voice of those who are not often heard in the mainstream media. I hope that this example will spur on others to start similar ventures in other parts of Salesian India.

PORUTHUR Joseph India Chennai
November 27, 2016


PORUTHUR Joseph India Chennai
November 27, 2016

It is easier to run a commercial FM station than a community based one. While the former has recourse to the endless list of cine songs and voice of celebrities, the latter has to create new contents with the people and for the people. I wish 'voice of the hills' all success in building the lives of the people in the hills. Your daily commitment of 12 hours on air is a big challenge indeed. Hope to hear 'voices' next year and years to come! I'm listening.

George THADATHIL India Dimapur
November 26, 2016

Thank you. The Radio Salesian is a venture for the community irrespective of the social background of the people in the region. The Radio as means of disseminating the class room content of discussions by the students and faculty for the future prospective students is the intent besides providing entertainment.

Sudikshit Roy Barma India Mumbai
November 25, 2016

Salesians can begin nation wide broadcast of 90.8 FM channel , this would bring about a revolution in the reaching of millions of devotees in India.

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