The Public Radio of Armenia celebrates the 94th anniversary today.
“The construction of the radio station in Yerevan has been completed. The station will start operating in five days,” the “Soviet Armenia” newspaper informed on August 27, 1926.
The Voice of Yerevan was first heard on air on September 1, 1926.
Yerevan is speaking… these words have been on air for 94 years now, spreading the voice of the Armenian state worldwide.
On September 1, 1926, the first 15-minute experimental radio program called “Voice of Yerevan” was transmitted in Armenia. The first test programs were mainly folk music programs regularly interrupted by local news.
The creation of radio station made it possible to use radio broadcasting as one of the most efficient mass media for informing and educating the population. That is why radio programs were expected to cover such topics, which would interest people of different specialties and meet their needs.
On June 15, 1927, Armenian Republican Radio started to broadcast its programs on regular basis. In the early years only Yerevan and surrounding villages were included in the broadcasting radius. Due to efforts of a group of radio lovers radio service became available in more than 25 villages in 1927, and in another 40 the following year.