On 31.07.2014, AIR was the fastest in transmitting breaking news instantly every time India won a medal in Wrestling, Gymnastics and Athletics. Listeners were kept constantly updated from the Badminton courts where five Indian shuttlers reached the quarter finals in singles and Delhi Commonwealth Games champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Poonappa made it to the last eight in women’s doubles. Indian performance in Table Tennis where Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj reached the semi-finals, Joshna Chinnappa and Deepika Pallikal reaching the last four in Squash, Lawn Bowls Men’s fours where India lost to England in the semi finals and the men’s Hockey team reaching the semi finals with an emphatic 5-2 win over South Africa were also highlighted with detailed results and analysis.
Daily Highlights at 7.05 am had a bouquet of sound bites of prominent Indian performers including silver medallist wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Satyavrat Kadian and Bajrang, boxers including Beijing Olympic medallist Vijender, Pinki Rani, Leishram Devi, L Devondro Singh and Mandeep Jhangra who are through to the semi finals, our women’s Hockey team’s young drag-flicker Jaspreet Kaur and ace forward Rani Ramphal. Interviews with prominent Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa and K. Srikanth, Table Tennis medal hopefuls Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sahil Shanker Shetty, Squash stars Deepika Pallikal and Saurav Ghoshal, and India’s first woman to win a medal in Gymnastics, bronze-medallist Deepa Karmakar were featured in this highlights capsule.
Programme “Post Card from Glasgow” broadcast late night on 31.07.2014 contained interviews with three research scholars from London of Indian origin, a human interest story from Scotstoun sports centre, a chat with an Indian origin badminton player presently representing Australia, a story on lawn bowls and museums of Glasgow and a short chat with an Indian-origin taxi driver in Glasgow. E-mail messages received from listeners were also included in this broadcast.
AIR has been receiving an overwhelming response from listeners via email. Contents of a few e-mail messages received in its firstname.lastname@example.org account created for CWG-2014 are reproduced here:-
“I am recently listening to this programme. I like the discussions about india from people who have been staying there. Also like the idea that all Asian stay united.this inspires us.”
Ranjeet Kumar from Sirsa, Haryana:
“I am Ranjeet kumar from Desu jodha, sirsa haryana. Mujhe aap ka CWG Postcard bahut achha lagta hai. Khaskar jo aap alag-alag countary ke logo se baat karte h or Bharat kebare me unke vichar puchhate hai. Aur khaskar aapka present karne ka tarika Mujhe bahut pasand hai.”
“i listen to your program almost but everyday. i like d program vry much as i come across various people in d show. but i had 1 objection not only to u people but to d media in all over India. last day when 4 indians reached d finals of wrestling AIR news/ other news like times of india gave d headlines that 4 more silver assured for India. i want u to ask u people that whether u gave d headlines like this when India reached finals of 2011 WC final/2014 20-20 WC final that India will at least get d runners up trophy???? i think u people should v told 4 more Golds r up for grab in wrestling then our wrestlers also would v got confidence & who knows may be India could v won atleast 2 golds out of 4 if not 4.....media persons should take every sports equally then only we can be superpower!!! i hope u read this message today & i hope all d Indians arise now...thnks in advance for reading my message....”
Gomesh Komawat, Sikar, Rajasthan:
“Mera name gomesh kumawat h. Or m Rajasthan sikar se hu .. M an computer engineer. Jinendra ji aapko bahut 2 dhnyawaad ki aapne mera mail saamil kiya ..Glasgow m India ka achha pradarshan chal RHA h but jaise ki kal vignesh(mass comm.) ne Jo kha use sunkr bahut achha LGA ... To m bhi yhi khna chahta hu england ek small country hote hue bhi 1st position pr chal RHA h .. To India itna piche kyu h ... To plz plz meri request h ki is message KO government tak phuchayein jaaye .. Taaki India technical or games m improvement kr skein... Or aapka ye program sunkr bahut accha LGA .. Meri aapse ek request or h ki m aapki saari team ki ek photo Facebook pe ho jaaye to bahut achha Lgega ... Meri or se Krishna poonia KO best wishes ki wo India k liye gold jeete ... Saare jahan se achha hindostan h hamara ....thnks a lot sir”