In the historical Kalaburagi city in the north eastern part of Karnataka, the Akashavani Kendra, has crossed a major milestone by successfully completing the most eventful 50 years. Started on 11 November 1966, the erstwhile Gulbarga AIR station was dedicated to the nation by the then Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajbahadur in the presence of the then Karnataka PWD Minister Veerendra Patil who subsequently became the chief minister of the state.
``In the times of undesirable trend of sensationalism, news corrupted with views, it is only the AIR which has maintained purity, integrity and credibility’’ Mr.Naidu said. Responding to the complaints of radio viewership drastically coming down, the minister was optimistic that the days will not be too far when people will fall back to radio for news and entertainment. He also promised to overcome the shortage of radio sets in the market in six months.MPs Mallikarjun Kharge, Bhagawanth Khuba and Basawaraj Patil Sedam underlined the need for radio expanding its horizons and continue to maintain sanctity in the days of private channels increasingly becoming commercial and abhorring the real public cause. Sri Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble minister for I&B released the souvenir `Kallarali Hovagi’ (Blossomming of a Stone). The inaugural attraction was a group dance on Swachch Bharat Theme by Omkar Nrutya Sadhana of Kalaburagi. The inauguration was followed by a number of cultural events.