All India Radio is world’s largest Radio Network it serves to the nation by providing utility programmes in its various languages with the objective BAHUJAN HITAAY, BAHUJAN SUKHAAY… (Welfare of all, happiness of all) All India Radio, popularly known as AIR and Akashvani covers 91.42% area and 99.13% population of the nation. AIR provides information, education & entertainment, and also creates public opinion, as a democratic process, through its broadcasts.
Radio broadcasts began in India in the early 1920’s. The first programme was broadcast in 1923 by the Radio club of Bombay this was followed by setting up of a Broadcasting service that began broadcasting on 23rd July 1927.
All India Radio also came to be known as Akashvani in 1956.
When India attained independence in 1947, AIR had a network of 6 stations (Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Tiruchirapalli, and Lucknow). There were 5 stations owned by the princely states (Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Mysore, Trivendram & Baroda) which later mewed with AIR.