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03 Oct 2023

RED FM Presents Dugga Dugga - The Sound of Sharodiya Live in Kolkata!

MUMBAI: 93.5 RED FM, India’s leading private radio and entertainment network announced the third edition of ‘Dugga Dugga - Sounds of Sharodiya’ to celebrate the festive fervor and experience the m

16 May 2016

Can Saavn change the dynamics of radio in India?

MUMBAI: For a streaming service that began as a movie service in 2006 in the United States, Saavn's decade-long journey and expansion involved not

12 Feb 2016

Big FM RJs share their Marathon experience

MUMBAI: Big FM recently ran a unique campaign

04 Oct 2015

How did new entrants to the radio industry fare? Find out

MUMBAI: Acquiring a radio frequency or multiple

03 Oct 2008

Ad rates hike - will the advertiser bite?

The new advertising rates for metros announced by many of the FM radio stations have come into effect recently.

01 Oct 2008

Live bands edge out albums this Navratri

MUMBAI: Till a few years ago, one could see men and women dressed up for the Navratri, swirling their ghaghras and twirling their dandiyas, dancing around a cassette player blaring out prerecorded music.

But today, even in the outskirts of Gujarat, youngsters fancy dancing to the beats of a live band rather than to a CD. Does this mean that the age of Garba cassettes and CDs is over?

25 Sep 2008

Is the drama just beginning?

How long can a listener hear out 'Kabhi kabhi Aditi', on any station he cares to flick to?

The infotainment capsules and snippets like Kamla Ka Hamla and Sud now seem to be morphing into another genre, yet untapped on Indian FM waves.

04 Sep 2008

Continuing govt apathy to news on FM irks industry

Is the chapter on permitting news broadcasts to private FM radio channels over, at least as far as the government is concerned?

This appears to be the view of both Information and Broadcaster Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi and I&B Secretary Sushma Singh, who both answered with an unequivocal 'no' recently to media queries whether news would be allowed soon on the FM airwaves.

The move has been perceived by the radio industry as a regrettable step as news is permitted on all other media.

18 Aug 2008

Making music despite the odds

MUMBAI: FM radio operators in small towns have their own set of challenges.

In the third phase of FM radio broadcasting in India, the government plans to issue licences for 680 FM radio stations across 237 cities in the country, mostly very small towns like Achalpur, Bettiah and Churu.
Experts have already cast a doubt on the wisdom of this initiative as nearly 80 per cent of the proposed FM stations fall in very small towns where the FM radio business looks non-viable.

02 Aug 2008

Suddenly spoilt for choice

Maharashtra's cultural capital, which hosted only Radio Mirchi for six years, has four FM players now. Each wants to reign over the Pune airwaves.

The competition in the FM radio space just got hotter in Pune, the university town turned second IT hub of the county that also stakes claim to being the cultural capital of Maharashtra.

29 May 2008

Bangalore stations go the Kannada way

The country's first private FM station launched in the garden city almost six years ago. Several other players followed, and in the radio space, Bangalore has turned out to be one city that never let complacency get the better of it.

The trend continues, with many stations having executed an about turn in their programming in the last few months in Bangalore, in terms of format, content and jock talk.

Radio Mirchi, Big FM, Radio One, Indigo, Fever, Sun (Suryan), AIR's Rainbow are the other players in the Bangalore airspace.

06 May 2008

Composers sound out industry for rights

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy worked on a relatively humble budgeted Johny Gaddar after scheming music for a slate of big banner films. However, the deal was in their favour as the Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer film fetched the trio a plum 50 per cent share of the music rights.

The composer trio will now revel in the royalties, profits and other
opportunities of monetizing the property. The rules of the music game have begun to modify and this has encouraged 100 odd similarly creative minds in the industry to demand their rights. The rules within the industry are changing, if slowly.

24 Apr 2008

"We would rather use our own local news" - FM players

It's news, but not good news to the FM radio industry in the country. I and B minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi's statement in the Rajya Sabha that the ministry is evaluating TRAI's recommendation that FM be allowed to air news handed out by Doordarshan and All India Radio in phase III has not gone down too well with the players.

18 Apr 2008

RADIO STATIONS -Stake Claim to Slice of IPL hype

The Indian Premier League has given radio stations another event to piggyback on. Most have tied up with teams specific to their cities, but there are hardly any exclusive tie ups.