Far less music was heard in days of yore. Then came the Radio. In September 1895, when Guglielmo Marconi, a self-taught 21-year-old from Bologna, sent signals by using electromagnetic waves to connect a transmitting, and a receiving antenna, little did the 'Father of the Radio' realize he'd just ushered in the craze for 'listening in'.
"...Unforgettable! That's what you are
You're so unforgettable..." (Nat King Cole)
Marconi went on to establish his own company and one of its greatest achievements was to transmit the world's first live professional music recital. It played a lead role in founding the consortium of manufacturing interests that developed into the publicly funded BBC, setting world standards in public service broadcasting to this day.
1922. Enter BBC with a staff of four and financed by a Post Office licence fee of 10 shillings, payable by anyone owning a receiver, and supplemented by royalties on radio sales. The first broadcast came from London on 14 November and in the 1930's Radio listening spread like wildfire, as hundreds of radio stations sprung up world over.
Noah Samara's vision of an informative-rich society led him at the age of 34, to found WorldSpace in 1990. His early career was in satellite telecommunications and he strongly believed that radio reached out to people where other media simply couldn't. Headquartered in Washington, DC, WorldSpace provides satellite delivery of digital audio communications and multimedia services to Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. In July 2000, BBC signed an agreement with WorldSpace to broadcast programming via their AfriStar and AsiaStar satellites.
And somewhere in these rapidly changing events, Radio Indigo entered the WorldSpace platform about a year and half ago.