| 21 Jun 2024
Big FM RJ Siddharth Mishra wins Sound of India contest; to represent India at Zurich's International Radio Festival

MUMBAI: From an array of talented RJs that are currently hosting shows on Indian FM radio, the Zurich-based International Radio Festival (IRF), together with group's, has hand-picked Big FM’s Siddharth to represent India at IRF 2015.

The event will take place in Zurich this August,giving RJs and DJs  across  the world, an opportunity to connect with each other. Siddharth Mishra came out on top from around 80 entries of radio jocks and radio show producers across various stations like Big FM, Red FM, Radio Mirchi, Radio City, MY FM, Suryan FM, Friends FM, Radio Indigo and Oye FM.

Just like previous editions, RJ Siddharth will bring something different to this year’s IRF. Known for his baritone voice, the RJ has been hosting Big FM Mumbai’s morning show since June 2013. According to RAM ratings, Siddharth’s show is among the top ten in Mumbai, and his retro playlist is sure to be a treat at IRF.

Winning the Sound of India @IRF 2015, means that Siddharth and his show producer Aanchal Sethi, will be flown and given accommodation in Zurich at no cost to them. This has been made possible with the support of Switzerland Tourism.

Previous winners of the Sound of India contest have been Red FM’s Malishka, Radio Mirchi’s Jeetu Raj, My FM’s Meenakshi and Radio One’s Prithvi.

Says Group Founder and CEO, Anil Wanvari, “It's  a  great  journey and IRF have taken together in India. Every edition of 'Sound of India' is about exposing different facets of India’s very diverse radio ecosystem to Europe’s radio listeners. We are happy that this time round, we are adding the retro flavour, by selecting RJ Siddharth and his producer Aanchal. I am sure both of them will regale audiences there like has not been done before. It is all about taking Indian radio and music to another level."

Added IRF Director, Darryl von Daniken, “We are happy to have partners like in India,who help us select the best Indian talent every year along with Mix Cloud, and welcome them in Zurich where they can also network with other leading radio makers from around the world. IRF is happy to be a platform that connects various talents in the radio industry. We are looking forward to RJ Siddhartha’s broadcast at IRF 2015.”

Commenting on his win, RJ Siddharth of Big FM said, “It is of great honour to me, to be the  only  radio jockey  from  India  representing  Indian  radio  on  a  global  platform  like  the International  Radio  Festival (IRF).  It  showcases  some  of  the  world’s  best  in  music radio programming. Being nominated for the IRF 2015 Sound of Music contest in itself is a privilege and the win is a splendid feat for both, Big FM and myself. It is a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge aboutradio and the retro genre alike, while also learning from other RJs and DJs from across the globe, present at the prestigious event. I would like to thank for hosting such an exciting contest and Big FM for pushing me to participate.”

Mr.Ashwin Padmanabhan,Executive Vice-President and Business Head,   Reliance Broadcast Network Limited stated,“The International Radio Festival is a go-to place for music enthusiasts and experts in the field of radio; a single platform that brings the who’s who of radio from across the world together. As such, it is a great accomplishment for us at Big FM to see RJ Siddharth win the exclusive opportunity to represent radio ona platform as glorious as this. He has been a favourite among listeners as the Breakfast Show Jock in India for his resonant voice and art of radio jockeying. We couldn’t be more proud to see him take this role to a newer, higher level by broadcasting his show LIVE all the way from Zurich.”