Commissioned on 2nd November 1955, All India Radio Bangalore is the capital station of Karnataka. The broadcasting set up was housed in a rented building named ‘Cubbon House’. This is now a heritage building which was earlier owned by Humayun Mirza, who was the son of Sir Mirza Ismail, the illustrious Dewan of Mysore. The new studio complex built during 1981 now houses Primary Channel, FM Rainbow, Vividh Bharathi, Amrithavarshini (Classical Music Channel), DTH channel and External Services (Kannada) channels.
All India Radio, Bangalore has successfully endeavoured to serve the cause of Kannada language, land and Culture while instilling the sense of National Integration and the spirit of Democracy among its listeners. Vividh Bharati established in 1970, did open up the first opportunities to advertise the products and services of proactive businessmen. The new wave of ‘infotainment’ broadcasting with new FM Technology started with the commissioning of FM Rainbow dubbed as the entertainment channel on 1st September 2001. Amrithavarshini. India’s first ever Classical Music Channel, launched on 26th January 2004 became an instant hit as it addressed the need for aesthetically pleasing musical experience. Presently, Direct To Home (DTH) services carry the broadcasts of Primary Channel, FM Rainbow and Amrithavarshini (on Raagam DTH) to the nook and corner of our country. Kannada Service of External Services Division broadcasts to reach out to the listeners in the Middle East.
With its varied experiments in broadcasting techniques since its inception AIR, Bangalore has the rare distinction of being called the ‘Broadcasting Laboratory’ of the country.