With the vision to promote the especially- abled community of Indian society, Radio Udaan was came into existence as a small effort under the Udaan Empowerment Trust in February 2014 and within a short span of six years it gained global recognition as a unique platform for the especially – abled community. Today, the radio is successfully running as one of the most listened and followed stations in more than 115 countries across the borders and has a monthly listener base of around 20,000 listeners with the count increasing with each passing day.
This idea was born when it was seen that neither there were optimal opportunities for the especially- abled in the society nor was there any concern for their survival rights. There was no proper framework under which they could work without their dignity and individuality being looked down upon by the society. Radio Udaan came up as a golden opportunity for many to live and explore their innate talents, follow their dreams, and explore the treasures, life had for them in itself.
Initially the station was used as a main stream media to increase awareness and unite people together to raise their voices against the partial steps taken by the higher authorities in every aspect. Slowly and gradually, people from diversified culture and background joined this initiative to transform the societal view towards the disabled and impaired community.
Radio Udaan aka Flight of Life believes in three E’s- Entertain, Empower and Elevate its companions and listeners globally. From the year it was started, Udaan is working round the clock for 365 days to provide best content to its listeners. The station is run by team of efficient, determined and hardworking members who are visually impaired but in no way are they less from the normal individuals. They are known for creating unique, creative, engaging, and inclusive content with surprise elements intact in it. The radio also works on live broadcasting of all the major events held nationally and also is equally inclined to celebrate the festivals around the year.
In past six years, the radio station has built strong connections and networks with its listeners globally and has with time provided them a space to express their ideas, views, opinions, share advices, bring in light their talents through participation in various competitions, quizzes, games and discussions with rewards and recognitions to the best ones. The radio has been successfully playing its part in igniting the spark of positivity in those who find it difficult to live on with their disabilities.
After achieving national and international awards from renowned organizations, Radio Udaan is all set to spread its umbrella of awareness about the various opportunities and rights of the physically impaired in the rural areas with plans to initiate door to door awareness programmes. It will also come up with a grand platform in the form of Udaan Idol Contest for the especially abled community to come forward and share their hidden talents with the society. The target population for these campaigns is estimated around ten million which is one fourth of the country’s total population.
The station has proved that with will and determination even the obstructions can be turned into opportunities to shine!