An interview by Ratnesh Dwivedi
This was my first chance to meet Mark Tully in person. I had interviewed him before over the telephone for a community radio station I set up in my previous organization in 2014. A magnificent personality, an excellent welcome and polished Hindi makes Mark Tully what he was in yesteryears and what he is today.
I still remember the day when I first met the father of Community Radio of India, Dr.R Sreedher, my Ph.D research guide, and heard about Internet Radio and its advanced new approach in the modern era. That was the year 2014 when in India, only one Internet Radio i-radio live was broadcast, but today a number have graced the airwaves.
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