Meta on World Radio Day: Radio Tirana a unique, powerful station

Albanian President Ilir Meta on the occasion of the International Radio Day held today a meeting with journalists, sports commentators, presenters, producers, various radio directors, correspondents, editors etc.

Mr. Meta addressing the audience said that:A�”It is a privilege and pleasure to see today, assembled together, so many Albanian radio icons over the years, this medium and institution so fond and close to many generations that grew up with your voices, with varied programming and the musical sounds that you conveyed from that box, which has been rightly assessed by everyone, including my generation, as magical.

The International Radio Day gathered us at this ceremony, not just to commemorate a symbolic date, but also to firstly appreciate the contribution of each of you.Thanks to all of you, this medium in Albania was able to gain a unique power from November 28, 1938, the date of the establishment of Radio Tirana to the present day, when the radio copes with the inevitable challenges of digitization and alternative sources of information.This year, Radio Tirana celebrates its 80th anniversary.

The beginnings of Radio Tirana are related to prominent names of Albanian art and culture, who graduated in European universities and conservatives such as Gjergj Bubani, Hamdi Sulceb, Marie Paluca, Tefta Tashko, Mihal Ciko, Stoli Beli, Hysen Vendresha, Viktor XhaA�ka , Kaliopi Plasari, Evanthi Zoraqi-Ciko, Anton Mazreku, Lola Gjoka, Pjeter Gjini, Kristaq Antoniu, Liza Vorfi, Behije A�ela, Hysen Pelingu, Kel Sata, LuA�ie Miloti, Bik Ndoja, Kostaq Nase, Bardhyle Katundi, Mihal Stefa, Abdulla Grimci , Vath A�angu etc.Despite the huge economic difficulties, Albania was undergoing, the small staff of Radio Tirana, made efforts to enrich the programs. a�?This is Radio Tiranaa�? even though under censorship, it could transmit cultural and national values.

In 1962, another important event occurred not only for Radio Tirana, but in general for the artistic life in our country. That is the creation of the Radio Symphony Orchestra. The purpose of its creation was to provide musical programs, enabling the realization of many artistic activities that the most important of all, the Albanian Song Festival which counts 56 editions so far.

Radio Tirana deserves praise for the Albanian Radio Chronicles School establishment by its two journalists, Alfons Gurashi and Agron Cobani. The ’90s, the era of change, brought more freedom to journalists, but also more space and truthfulness for listeners who saw RTSH as the only means of informing about the rapid events occurring in Albania.A�Any reform made in Albania, any historical moment, any social conflict, or any artistic event, was first transmitted by Radio Tirana, a radio that covers with signal the entire country.

Through this institution everyone felt more Albanian, Albanians within the borders, in Kosovo and Diaspora. Radio Tirana, already not alone in the Albanian radio market, is a unique institution, loved by millions of Albanian listeners in and out of the country, conveying to them through the nation’s language and culture, information as a universal right of civilization.

The UNESCO Year for Radio and Sport should be assessed by all our sports radios, not just as one year in the service of our sports achievements but also as a recall of sport history and of the Albanian sports icons.

Finally, I would like to appreciate all the directors, journalists, commentators and Albanian radio technicians, without exception, old and young, and to express my gratitude for everything you have given to the society, its civilization and development,a�? concluded Albanian President Meta.

/Klara Ruci/

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