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All's fair in love for radios

Memories: A visitor at the Radio Fair in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: From reminiscing the golden days of transistors to getting a chance to meet popular hosts of radio shows, the two-day Radio Fair, hosted here had plenty to offer to the visitors.

Held to celebrate World Radio Day, the exhibition included, apart from radios, a large collection of gramophones - dating back to 1906.

Radios belonging to vintage brands such as Murphy, Phillips, Garrard, Philco and Zenith found place at the exhibition. The exhibitors came from diverse backgrounds but were united in their love for radios.

Rajendra Sahu, a carpenter from Bhubaneswar, has spent 15 years collecting radios and has about 150 old sets in his private collection.

Rajendra used to listen to radio since he was a five-year-old boy. "I have travelled to a number of places across the state to collect them. I also love to make new radios," he said.

He has made around 15 radios and he takes around five days to assemble one.

The exhibition also included old and new radio equipment, auxiliary studio, sand art on World Radio Day theme, philately on radio, a radio repairing shop, shops selling radios, handmade radios and a selfie zone. Seminars and cultural programmes on the theme of radio were also held.

The fourth edition of radio fair will be held next month. Youth group, Outreach, organises this International Radio fair every year, on the occasion of World Radio Day.

Launched last year, online radio channel - www.radiobhubaneswar.com - has been broadcasting events here.

"It is the oldest system of broadcasting in our country and it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that the medium does not die out," said fair organiser Subrat Pati.

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