Radio needed License


From a bulky box at the center of family life to a gizmo for the iFirst generation, the radio has shrunk in size. The memories haven’t.

Then one has to have a license from the Director General P&T to operate the radio.


The bulky radios of the 1960s that came with valves, aerial wiring and earthing and took long minutes to warm up before the first cackle came through are now the stuff of reminiscences and mostly a Murphy.

Here is a journey back to the 1960’s after one sees that Radio License issued on 6-3-1968 to Smt.Deshpande of Hindwadi. The license fees were Rs.15 for a new one and Rs.3 for renewal every year. An additional radio in the same premises meant another Rs.3 as fees.

For the new generation who haven’t seen Murphy radio and never knew that a license was needed yes, the license raj did exist then. Later on it was removed with time.

All the images have been shared by Uday Deshpande.

Thanks to him for preserving a part of history.



  1. Check out following freq during night time
    103.0, 102.7, 98.3 & 94.3.
    Sometimes 93.5 & 92.7.

    It Works!!! I listen to them (in Belgaum) on my SE W810i Mobile.

  2. Thats very good to know. I didnt know that license was required to hear the radio. thanks AAB for letting it know

  3. Thanks to Uday (/Narayan Deshpande) and Thanks to Uday (AAB) for bringing back memories. I remember that little precious book which I had seen even in my house. We still have that little treasure..the book as well as the big royal looking Radio which was pretty actively used even when I was in school till almost 1988(if I remember correctly) after which the latest gadgets replaced the importance of the Radio.

    Nice piece of history. We should preserve our heritage.


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