Radio Pakistan Hyderabad went on air with its new 100-kilowatt digitized transmitter on its 59th founding anniversary on Sunday.

Director General Radio Pakistan Samina Parvez unveiled the plaque marking formal commissioning of the transmitter at an impressive ceremony. She also cut the anniversary cake on the occasion.

Addressing the audience, the director general expressed the pleasure that Hyderabad radio which has a glorious past, has entered into the age of digitization. She hoped that the station would go a long way to promote both Pakistani and Sindhi cultures in a vast region.

Samina Parvez hailed the role of Hyderabad radio in the construction and development of the region, promotion of culture, and welfare of the people particularly during wars of 1965 and 1971, and natural calamities such as hurricanes and floods. In this connection, she particularly quoted setting up of "Mehran Mauj Studio" during super flood.

The Director General was happy that Radio Pakistan Hyderabad had produced legends like film star late Muhammad, Mustafa Qureshi, Reshma, Ibrahim Nafees and Himayat Ali Shaer.

Similarly, it introduced prominent Sindhi artistes like Ustad Umeed Ali Khan, Ustad Muhammad Jumman, Robina Qureshi, Abida Parveen, Mai Bhagi, Alan Faqir and Sanam Marvi, who acclaimed the international repute.

Later, a musical evening was also held in which Ambar Mehak, Akbar Khamisu, Faisal Aziz, Abdullah Khan, Diba Sehar, Muhammad Aziz, Taj Mastani, Amir Ali Haider Ali and other artistes performed.

Hyderabad radio had initially started its journey with a two kilowatt small transmitter 59 years ago. After installation of 100-kilowatt digitized transmitter, quality broadcasts of Hyderabad station would be listened in a radius of 150 kilometers during the day and up to 250 kilometers at night.

Launching of new transmitter at Hyderabad is part of gigantic program to replace the old transmitters of Radio Pakistan. Transmitters at Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan stations have already been replaced.

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