In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone too far
Pictures came and broke your heart, put the blame on VTR
These are lines from Video Killed the Radio Star, the first video aired on MTV on August 1, 1981. The song predicted the death of radio when television was the buzz of the town. The lyrics referred to a period of technological change in the 1960s, the desire to remember the past and the disappointment that children of the current generation would not appreciate the past. It celebrated the golden days of radio, thus the theme was sheer nostalgia. From the 1950s till early 1980s, radio was an important medium for the most of the populace. Courtesy so many FM stations around, the radio is well and alive even today, and is enjoying a good deal of listenership.
Television can well be crowned as the best of blessings of science. Today home without tv is like a body without soul. It is a luxury that almost every home can afford. There were days when only the rich people had the superfluity of owning a tube, even when there was only one channel, our own PTV. I recall that from late 80s till early 90s there was only one television set for our entire village to watch. PTV used to have transmission for local languages in the evening from 4pm to 6pm. At 5pm a Sindhi play would be telecast. TV set would be placed on a well-decorated table and all the women, children and men would gather and sit on the ground to watch with all the interest, curiosity and surprise.Andhera Ujala (Darkness & Light), Dhuwan (The Smoke), Hawaein (The Winds), Nijaat (Liberty), you name it, are only few of the classics we shall never forget. Today there are over a hundred channels to remote through, and off course a hundred programs to choose from at one single time and a hundred reasons to sit and watch.
The quality is still a miss.