Australian Indian Radio was launched under the stars on the roof top of Brisbane Sudima Suites on January 29th. Australian Indian Radio in an extension of Brisbane Indian Times and will compliment the successful publication. There is so much happening in and around Brisbane and so much to report on.

Umesh Chandra, has personal experience in radio since 2005, he was introduced to radio by Manju Jehu. In 2005 Umesh had gone into the studios of radio 4EB for a promotional interview of Brisbane Indian Times Multicultural Business and community awards night. Manju Jehu asked Umesh Chandra to stay for the entire duration of the show which used to be a complete hour in those days. After the program Manju Jehu said “your Hindi is not bad, would you be interested in coming in next week”, Umesh Chandra obliged, and with Manju Jehu’s guidance, he slowly worked his way up, form studio guest to assistant presenter, then with experience and training acquiring the broadcasters’ licence and becoming a full broadcaster and presenter. After becoming a full presenter and until 2014 Umesh Chandra has presented most number of shows within Indian Programming group. He had served as the group secretary for a number of years and is currently the Vice convenor of Indian Programming Group and has been appointed a director on the Board of Radio 4EB. Umesh has also been presenting the Bollywood show on Redcliffe’s community station “Your Better Mix 99.7” the show was shelved in 2014 due to lack of Government funding or sponsorship. The show was very popular and was acknowledged by the station as one of the best produced show.

With the introduction of the digital channel of Radio 4EB, the Bollywood show was shifted to Global Digital and it airs every Friday from 7pm till 9pm. Umesh’s interest in the Audio Video field goes well before the first radio interview at radio 4EB, he ran a successful video production company back home (Chandra’s Video Production) and on migrating to Australia, he completed a diploma in film and television production from the Film and Television academy in Sydney. Obviously being in the field Umesh was often approached to start a radio station, he was reluctant until now. With the introduction of the digital technology, the horizon expanded and so emerged Australian Indian Radio, “Colouring the Digital Airways”

The official launch date had to be changed due to the state elections, the short official ceremony was held on the roof top of Brisbane Sudima Suites. The event received favourable response in a very short span of time. Hajji Sultan Deen, who has supported Brisbane Indian Times and the Brisbane Indian Times Multicultural Awards welcomed everyone at Australian Indian Radio Launch and passed on the welcome to Chiu Hing Chan, the MC for the night, Chiu Hing Chan sits on the QCAT tribunal and is the chairperson of White Ribbon Queensland committee amongst other things. Mrs Archana Singh, Honorary Counsel for India in Queensland, officially launched Australian Indian Radio by unveiling a special plaque, the first one of two that would bear her name within twenty four hours, the second one was at Gandhi Inspirational Bridge in Springfield. Umesh Chandra thanked everyone for coming and apologised that they could not fit any more people due to the catering restrictions.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale presented a beautiful plaque and a framed certificate of appreciation to Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio for their continued service to the community. Guests included representatives of GOPIO, FICQ, AIBC, Qld Sanatan, IPG Radio 4EB, Queensland Trade, Springfield Land Corporation, Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council and Qld Government. In-house team, Trudi Tarres, Rajani Chaudhary, Sanjay Chandra and Usha Chandra were the main facilitators of the event. The new voice of Australian Indian Radio, Rajani Chaudhary moved a vote of thanks. Mayoor Thakeria of Sudima suites graciously provided the magnificent venue and the catering was taken care of by Garnishes Catering.

Australian Indian Radio is now online, twenty four seven, it can be received on any internet enabled device, and via Bluetooth (if equipped) connectivity it can be connected to a car audio system. Australian Indian Radio can be received via “Tunein” a free app which can be downloaded from “Apple store” or “Google Play”, you can also listen in by visiting www.indianradio.net.au. The schedule of twenty four seven program is under constant review to accommodate requests from community members wishing to host specialty programs. As usual your valuable feedback is always welcome.

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