Now every country its own radio-station from where all sorts of programs are broadcast to the nation and to the world at large.
Out of the many advantages of radio broadcasting, a few important ones are being given here. First, broadcasting is very useful for educating the people. People can listen to the talk and lectures of the great thinkers sitting in their homes. The whole of mankind can know the views of the great philosophers or leaders of any country through the radio. Through special radio programs, classroom lessons of schools and colleges can be supplemented by broadcasting by specialists. Lessons on these subjects can be transmitted through broadcasting.
Secondly, broadcasting has placed entertainment of all sorts at our service. In fact, the radio has ousted the gramophone from the field of recreation. Lovers of classical music may listen to the best singers. Those who have no ears for classical music may turn to light music. Still others like to enjoy shorts stories or dramas on their radios. Now we need not waste our time and money on going outside to attend musical programmes; we can listen to them all on our radio sets. All cricket fans cannot go to England to see the matches between Bangladesh vs England. The radio enables them to listen to the running commentaries. Even the clapping and the scouting of the spectators can be heard. The rural folk can listen to the programs, special meant for them. So, the radio is a good friend to all.
Thirdly, in this fast-changing world everyone wants to keep in touch with the change events. Radio is said to be talking newspaper. We need not read the newspaper and exert our eyes.
Lying down in our easy chair or bed, we may listen to the important news from the farthest corner of the world. Even illiterate persons can keep themselves abreast of world events by listening to the radio. So, broadcasting is a boon for the literate and illiterate alike.
The radio is also of great use in commerce and industry. It is used also for advertising. Daily we hear on radio Bangladesh the advertisement of so many medicines, cosmetics and other articles. This is the commercial use of broadcasting. Besides this, business-man may profit by knowing the ups and downs of the different markets. Markets reports are regularly relayed on the radio. So, the radio is of great use in business and commerce.
Broadcasting is a powerful medium of propaganda. The public can be educated in civic sense, health rules and other rules of public conduct. Many social evils may be removed by broadcasting interesting features in connection with these evils. In war time, also the radio helps the warring nations to keep up the moral of the people. Now a day, our government is trying to do the work of village uplift by broadcasting special rural programs. Radio is also being used to explain the five-year plans to the people. Thus, it is an important medium of reconstruction.
But now the radio is facing stiff competition with the T.V. there is a network of T.V. receivers all over the country. T.V. programs can now be viewed in every corner of the country. The sale and production of T.V. sets, both color and black and white, has increased several folds and more people are taking to T.V. viewing. But radio will always have its own taking T.V. viewing. But the radio will always have its own role and significance in the life of the nation. No amount of competition can kill it.