This is Cairo: When Egypt started its first national radio broadcast station

Amira Noshokaty , Tuesday 31 May 2016

On 31 May 1934, Egyptians heard the famous line 'This Is Cairo' from the National Radio for the first time

Radio building in down town

The 31st of May marks the 82nd anniversary of the launch of the Egyptian National Radio Broadcasting Station.

On that day in 1934, the voice of radio presenter Ahmed Salem proudly announced the commencement of 'This is Cairo.'

Prior to the formation of the national radio station, Cairo had its own short-waved, private broadcasting centres with limited emission range, which could be heard in limited areas.

The national radio touched the lives of artists back in the day, giving great exposure on a national level to young shining singing stars including Fathia Ahmed and Oum Kalthoum.

Before radio, music was mainly confined to theatres, private parties and cafes

Some 80 years later, despite all available technological gadgets, radio is still the most enchanting of all for millions as the one media realm that still gives you room for imagination. 


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