Washington, D.C., March 19, 2008 – Radio Today and Radio Aamar, two FM radio stations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, became the newest affiliates of VOA’s Bangla Service earlier this month.
“These new partnerships give us an important opportunity to expand our audience in Bangladesh,” said VOA Director Danforth Austin. “Visiting Dhaka just weeks ago, I learned first-hand that VOA’s broadcasts are hugely popular.”
Radio Today (89.6 FM) now broadcasts 5-minutes of world and U.S. news produced by VOA’s Bangla Service daily between 11:45 p.m. to 12 a.m. (1745 to 1800 UTC). In addition, a 10-minute English-language newscast jointly produced by Radio Today and VOA will air at nightly at 9:45 p.m. local time. The programs were formally inaugurated on March 3.
Beginning March 12, Radio Aamar (101 FM) broadcasts the first 30 minutes of VOA’s daily one-hour Bangla-language program six days a week from 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Dhaka (1600 to 1630 UTC). Every Wednesday, Radio Aamer broadcasts the entire 60 minutes, including the popular call-in show Hello Washington.
VOA Bangla Service broadcasts on radio, television, and the Internet reach an estimated 10 million people in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. There are more than 1,000 VOA fan clubs in the Bangladesh. .
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