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    Indian network MY FM celebrated the festival of Raksha Bandhan last week with soldiers at the border.

    Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival where sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on their brother’s wrist, symbolizing their love and prayers for his well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her.

    The channel initiated a campaign called “Ek rakhi fauji ke naam”, where listeners could send rakhis to soldiers at the border.

    The two-week activity collected 2, 99,446 rakhis across its network of 30 stations for soldiers posted at Akhnoor near the country’s border with Pakistan.

    MY FM presenters RJ Meenakshi, RJ Archana, RJ Viny and RJ Shonali from Jaipur went to the army camp and tied rakhis on the soldiers’ wrists. They also hosted a live show from that location.

    Speaking on the initiative, Viplove Gupte, CPO, MY FM said: “We asked our listeners to send in their good wishes with Rakhi to the brothers who fight valiantly for us and protect us all the time from all kinds of attacks from enemies. RJ Meenakshi went last year too for this and when she shared her experience of meeting 200 brothers of a battalion and how these toughies cried when she tied Rakhi to them because they hadn't seen a family member in many months, was an extremely moving thing for all of us."


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    India’s HT Media owned Fever 104 FM has launched a new breakfast show in Bangalore.

    The station is bringing RJ Prithvi as ‘Bangalore Ka Bond’ on Mad Mornings.

    According to the station, ‘Madness can only be cured with madness’ is the core thought that drives the morning drive time and the show is classy, local and humour driven.

    It will air on weekdays at 7 am and has a unique investigative, fun-filled format with segments like ‘Bond Bulletin’ and ‘Prithvi Ki Hindi Abhi Bhi Chindi’.

    Fever has been the leading station in Bangalore in the Non Kannada space for over 5 years and has a 14 percent market share and a reach of over 2.1 million. (Source: RAM 2017).

    Commenting on the launch, Harshad Jain, CEO- Radio and Entertainment, HT Media Ltd. said: “Fever FM Banaglore has always been at the front end of innovation and has many firsts to its credit including Radio Dramas that explored crime and horror genres. Morning is a very important time band and we are sure the show will provide a lively and entertaining start to the day for our listeners.”


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    As India celebrated 70 years of Independence on Tuesday, international music station Indigo 91.9 played an A Capella rendition of the country’s National Anthem.

    Curated by some of the finest musicians in the city, the version was played on-air and its video was also shared on the station's social media handles.

    The station also paid tributes to the armed forces, thanking them for their service to the nation.

    Indigo Bangalore also celebrated brands that have contributed in shaping brand India.

    Legends behind these brands, like Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon, Narayana Murthy of Infosys, Ashish Hemrajani Bookmyshow.com, OML’s Vijay Nair, MTR’s Vikram Maiya and Narayan Rao from the iconic ice cream brand Corner House, were part of the exclusive series.

    These industry leaders shared their journey, mantra, goals and aspirations with the audience.


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    Nautel Limited has shipped six additional high-power DRM-enabled MW transmitters for deployment at All India Radio, the largest digital broadcasting system in the world.

    Four 100 kW NX100 and two 200 kW NX200 transmitters were shipped to India in July 2017 for installation in six cities.

    The transmitters will be commissioned by Nautel’s in-country partner Comcon in association with India’s Prasar Bharati.

    The July 2017 shipment of 6 NX transmitters complements the 27 NX transmitters which are already on air with DRM transmission throughout India. The massive project has the goal of bringing digital radio to nearly a billion residents of the country.

    The new transmitters will be installed at All India Radio (AIR) facilities in Hyderabad, Jagdalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Bhawanipatna, Jeypore and Sambalpur. All 33 transmitters in the AIR project are configured for DRM30 operation.

    Nautel NX high power transmitters occupy a very small footprint and offer the industry’s highest efficiency (90%) along with AM precorrection, unmatched linearity and Nautel’s exclusive, award-winning Advanced User Interface which provides commercial grade instrumentation, spectrum analyzer, logging, presets, local and remote transmitter control, email notifications and enhanced support services.

    “Nautel is excited to partner with Comcon and Prasar Bharati on this extensive project,” said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel President and CEO. “With this system fully deployed in all parts of India, AIR is uniquely positioned to serve the different dialects and regional needs of its billion listeners. It’s a shining example of the capabilities digital broadcasting can provide throughout the world.” 


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    Indian network MY FM, the radio arm of DB Corp, has launched a new brand campaign with the punch line ‘Chalo Aaj Kuch Achcha Sunte Hai’ (Let’s listen to something good today).

    According to the company, the campaign is rooted to the brand philosophy of ‘Jiyo Dil Se’ (Live from the heart and is an attempt to inspire its listeners to look at the brighter side of things.

    It promises wholesome, light hearted entertainment for all age groups.

    Harrish M Bhatia, CEO, MY FM said: “MY FM believes that it has larger role to play in people’s life than just entertainment, our attempt is to bring back the unadulterated entertainment, light hearted purposeful listening that radio promises.”

    Rohit Mehrotra, Brand Head, MY FM, said: “The idea is to position ourselves as a complete 'family listening radio station'. 'Chalo Aaj Kuch Achcha Sunte Hai’, is in sync with the product promise of providing content that’s meaningful, positive and energetic.”

    Subhashish Datta, Executive Creative Director, DDB Mudra North – the agency which created the campaign, said: “With this campaign, the intent was to establish a ‘deeper’ and more enduring ‘emotional’ connect with the listeners while staying on the positive side of things. Our intent was to stay away from all the ‘beep…beep…beep’ because the brand has always believed in adding fun and laughter in the life of its listeners without being sarcastic and insensitive.”


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    Indian network Radio City has announced the winner of Season 9 of its singing talent hunt ‘Radio City Super Singer’.

    This year, the contest was held in 39 cities across 12 states and saw participation from almost 600,000 participants.

    Each city saw top 5 contestants battling in the grand finale that was supported and judged by the music maestros including Daler Mehndi, Tanishq Bagchi, Shruti Pathak, Hans Raj Hans and Shilpa Rao.

    In Delhi, Stuti Tiwari was crowned the ultimate winner after an intense competition spanning three weeks with other finalists - Ram Bhajan, Himanshu Gaur, Janki Maheshwari and Mridul Dhiraj Khanna, and was also rewarded with cash prize of Rs 100,000.

    Kartik Kalla, EVP & National Head – Programming, Marketing & AudaCITY, Radio City 91.1 FM said: " The enthusiasm and passion demonstrated by the participants is a testimony to the immense love for music that exists in every Indian's heart."

    Daler Mehndi said: "Music is an integral part of our culture and I think it's great that radio city is taking the initiative to bring to limelight singers. Melodious voices like the ones I heard at the finale, assures us that the future of music in India is bright I congratulate the winner and her luck."


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    Indian network Big FM is back with the tenth edition of 'Green Ganesha' to celebrate the annual festival dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesh this year.

    The campaign encourages people to use eco-friendly material like papier-mache to make models of the deity instead of plaster-of-Paris.

    Having started in Mumbai in 2008, it has now reached over 20 major cities across India and also gained support from environmentalists, political dignitaries and celebrities.

    This year, the initiative will further encourage change-makers by felicitating them with the title of 'Green Heroes'.

    During the 11-day long festivities, station’s presenters will also discuss a social cause such as cleanliness, women Safety, child labour, dowry, cast discrimination, female infanticide, drug abuse, domestic violence, gender inequality and food wastage.

    A spokesperson from the company said: "Ten years ago, awareness surrounding eco-friendly Ganesha was negligible. Given the scale of the festival across cities, we felt it was imperative to create awareness about the ecological implications of the celebrations. Today, we are pleased to see that our efforts have paid-off since the concept of eco-friendly Ganesha has seeped into the mass consciousness."


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    Indian network MY FM completed 10 years in Bhopal, the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh, and marked the occasion with a comedy evening.

    MY FM is the radio business of DB Corp and broadcasts across 30 Tier II & III cities across 7 states in the country.

    The event, titled ‘Happy Evening Live’ featured stand-up comics Vipul Goel and Sundeep Sharma.

    The station also added RJ Roopak to its line-up. He will be hosting the evening drive show “Happy Evenings” on weekdays from 5 pm to 9 pm.

    MY FM CEO, Harrish Bhatia said: “We have received immense love from our listeners in last decade. Our customer centric approach has led us to leadership position in this market. We will continue to strive for highest standard of entertainment through our differentiated content, innovative marketing initiatives and on ground activities”.


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    India’s 94.3 Radio One, the brand owned by Next Radio Ltd, a subsidiary of Next Mediaworks Ltd, has completed 10 years and is planning to celebrate the milestone from September 4, 2017 till January 2018.

    Radio One operates in seven cities and is the only network to operate international radio formats in three largest markets -  Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. In Pune, Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad, it plays upscale Hindi formats.

    It will be airing special new programming with actor Kabir Bedi who will highlight the best things that have happened in the world in the last 10 years. 

    There will be messages from many Indian and international star including Jamie Foxx, Rita Ora, Diana King, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Arjun Rampal and Ayushmann Khurana.

    Kids in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore excited will get a chance to commemorate 10 years of the song ‘Too late to apologize’ by One Republic by playing their version of this song at the station’s studios.

    ‘The Radio One Band’ has created a special anniversary song called ‘Thank You for the 10 on 10 Feeling’.

    “It is truly a momentous time for our company and me personally as I complete 10 years with Radio One too in September 2017,” said Vineet Singh Hukmani, MD & CEO Next Radio Ltd.


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    Indian network Radio City 91.1 FM has partnered with Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) to offer specialized content across all metro stations in Lucknow – the capital of the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (U.P.).

    The metro was recently inaugurated by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Chief Minister of U.P, Yogi Aditya Nath.

    Radio City has partnered with LMRC to create customized content packages during peak and off-peak hours respectively which comprises of songs, jingles and local trivia. The content will be refreshed every fortnight.

    A jingle has been specially composed and produced in house for Radio City LMRC that will be played on an hourly basis.

    On the first day of metro for commuters, Radio City installed a studio set-up at Char Bagh metro station from where its presenters will broadcast their shows live.

    Commenting on the partnership, Abraham Thomas, CEO, Radio City 91.1FM said: "Radio City has ruled the airwaves in Lucknow for 16 years and through this partnership we are excited to present the city with a new entertainment destination. Since its inception, Radio City has always been a pioneer in launching path breaking initiatives and Radio City LMRC is a testimony that reflects our leadership stance."


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    Indian network Radio City 91.1FM has become the first radio network from India to offer thematic playlists to Apple Music users.

    Radio City will curate playlists that reflect six distinct themes, giving music fans an opportunity to enjoy music that resonates with their personal tastes.

    The playlists will be inspired by Radio City's popular shows – 'Love Guru', 'Radio City Top 25', 'Suno Na Dilli' and 'Kasa Kaay Mumbai'; two other thematic playlists include 'Flashback Cassette' and 'Chillout Zone'.

    Featuring songs from the 80s, 90s, 2000s to the recent hits, the playlists will span across different genres, from olden melodies to the grooviest of all tracks. They will also be regularly updated to reflect current trends and consumer preferences.

    Users can find Radio City playlists by clicking on Radio City "Curators" in the "Playlists" section on the Browse tab on Apple Music, or go to http://apple.co/radiocityplaylist.

    Abraham Thomas, CEO, Radio City 91.1 FM said: "We are known for our well-researched and mood-mapped music. Curating playlists on Apple's platform will help us utilize these strengths to offer our listeners content that enhances their music experience. Furthermore, the availability of our playlists on Apple Music will make it easier for our listeners to enjoy quality music on a device of their choosing, at a time and place of their convenience."  

    Rachna Kanwar, COO, Digital, Jagran New Media said: "Radio City's analytics engine blends years of consumer preferences, helping us deliver the most enjoyable and relevant music experience to have ever been offered by an Indian radio network." 


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    India’s MY FM is running a campaign on child abuse and safety awareness called ‘Chalo Bachcho Ki Sunte Hai’ (Let’s listen to the kids).

    The weeklong campaign seeks to address the issue of increasing number of crimes against children.

    During the activity, station presenters are speaking to eminent speakers, ministers, authorities, parents and callers to discuss aspects of the recent child abuse case and educate the public.

    During the first two days of the campaign, presenters visited various schools across its network cities and found out that there is a lack of security, as proper check and safety is not being assured by schools and also police verification of the staff is done at select schools.

    Keeping this as the focal point, over the next few days they will try and aggressively edify parents on the matter of safety of children in schools and implementation of existing guidelines to protect school-going children from offences like sexual abuse and murder.

    Child psychologists will also feature in on-air interactions focussing on the importance of speaking with kids, how to approach them, how to deal with their fears and various checks to put in place for child safety.

    Commenting on the campaign, Viplove Gupte, ‎Chief Programming Officer at 94.3 MY FM, said: "Increasing incidents of violence and sex crimes with children in school is the reason why MY FM wishes to make the parents aware of the problem that has been lurking in the dark. Recent incidents in Delhi and many unreported crimes done in school are on the rise, and apart from increased surveillance and installing checks and balances, one of the points we wanted to raise and make people aware about was "The role of a parents in rearing up of their child". Why is it important to talk to your child instead of staying glued to screens of TV or mobile phones, why is it important to spend time with your child, why is it important to understand the child psychology and many such questions are being answered. We have spoken to eminent speakers about school reforms. We intend to bring out all fears of parents and share them with the school authorities and the government so appropriate steps can be taken and for that, involving listeners to have a dialogue, providing a list of probable solutions which will at least help in reducing the possibility of occurrence of such crimes."


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    Indian network 92.7 Big FM has introduced a new show called 'Uncensored with MJ Anirudh' to address topics that are considered a taboo in the society.

    The show will air 10 pm to 12 am from Monday to Friday on the network’s Mumbai station.

    MJ Anirudh urges people to talk about and debate topics like homosexuality, rape, casting couch, one-night-stands and many others on which they often abstain from sharing their views.

    A live poll on social media introduces the'Topic of the Day' in the afternoon, a day prior to when the radio programme airs.

    A celebrity segment called, 'Apke Sitare Kya Kehte Hain' features prominent Bollywood personalities speaking about topics that they are not usually vocal about.

    A spokesperson from the station says: "How often do we hear people actually talk about kids receiving sex education, pornography, live-in relationships and other important topics, on such a mass scale. We believe in empowering our listeners and have decided to walk the talk with Uncensored. The show will provide a platform for listeners to debate on topics that are usually considered inappropriate, but are important to be spoken about in the society. Through this new offering we aim to reach a larger set of audience."


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    Indian network Big FM is celebrating the Hindu festival of Navratri with an initiative called ‘Suron Ki Nau Deviyan’ (Nine Goddesses of Music).

    Navratri is a multi-day Hindu festival celebrated in the autumn every year. It celebrates either goddess Durga or Rama’s victory over an evil demon, depending on the region in the country.

    Big FM’s campaign is a nine-day musical fest with the message of women empowerment.

    The station will specially compose nine sufi-folk songs highlighting the virtues of nine goddesses during Navratri. 

    Nine female artists including Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur, Prajakta Shukre and Shradha Pandit will feature solo in the videos of these songs.

    They will also connect with listeners during a one-hour special evening show dedicated to each singer from September 21 to 29.

    The one-hour special show will be based on the theme which symbolise the virtue of the goddess of that specific day such as strength, beauty, power etc.


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    India’s Radio City 91.1FM network announced Radio City Cine Awards Kannada 2017 to applaud exceptional artistes and technicians of the Kannada film fraternity.

    Earlier, the network had organised Radio City Cine Awards Tamil2017 for patrons of Kollywood cinema which saw over 69,76,455 votes from listeners.

    Its grand finale saw renowned artistes like Vijay Sethupathi, Keerthi Suresh and A.R. Rahman among others being crowned as the winners. 

    The launch of the Kannada Cine Awards was attended by leading ladies of the Sandalwood industry - Shruti Hariharan, Suman Ranganathan, Radhika Chethan, Sharmila Mandre, Sangeeta Bhat, Neethu Shetty, Manvitha Harish, Sparsha Rekha, Karunya Raam and Hitha Chandrashekar and Actor Srinagar Kitty.

    The event was hosted by Radio City RJs- Pradeepa and Nethra.

    Nominees and winners will be determined based on public voting under 10 different categories - Favourite Actor, Favourite Actress, Favourite Director, Favourite Lyricist, Favourite Music Composer, Favourite Singer (Male), Favourite Singer (Female), Favourite Comedian, Favourite Cinematographer and Favourite Movie.

    Abraham Thomas, CEO, Radio City said: "Very few award platforms aim to empower the consumer and recognize talent based on public opinion. We are certain that Radio City Cine Awards will not only be a platform for our listeners and the audience to choose their favourite artistes, but will also be a catalyst between Kannada stars and their fans."


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    Garba is an Indian folk dance performed in the state of Gujarat during Navratri, a celebration lasting nine nights, in which the dancers honour Durga, the feminine form of divinity.

    Though music and dance remain the highlight of season, the government has imposed a noise ban post 12 am. 

    To help people dance the night away without causing any interruption, MY FM came up the concept of Silent Garba.

    As a part of this, music is played through a console and all the Garba dancers are given headphones which are connected to the console via Bluetooth and this goes on till late in the night.

    Commenting on this initiative, Harrish Bhatia, ‎Chief Executive Officer, MY FM, said: "We know how much the people of Gujarat love their Garba and how much they love to dance the night away. I am really happy that we could come in and provide a solution for them."

    Viplove Gupte, Chief Programming Officer, MY FM, said: "Initially when we approached the societies with the proposal, we met up with a lot of scepticism as people were not sure about the concept. Staunch garba loyalist also scoffed saying, this is against the spirit of Garba and without the music blaring from loudspeakers there will be no garba but when we reached out to the elders of the society, they welcomed us with open arms."


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    On the occasion of World Heart Day on Friday, Indian network 92.7 Big FM promoted the idea that music heals the heart in Bangalore.

    The station’s presenters encouraged citizens to take a pledge to maintain a healthy heart during the day-long celebrations titled ‘More Music Na Tonic’.

    Various well-known artists such as Mentalist Narpath, Rapper and DJ All-ok & team - Kannada's first hip hop music band, Rap Kavigalu Rapp band, singer and guitarist Prahlad Prasad, singer & composer Govind and beatboxer Nandeesh supported the initiative. 

    Big FM's morning hosts Shruti and Rubina (along with the artists released heart-shaped balloons symbolically letting go off stress and pledged to maintain a healthy heart. 

    Speaking about the idea MJ Shruti said: "While we connect with listeners every day and share important information for their betterment, today was a different day altogether. It was great to connect with them in real-time and share the importance of maintaining a healthy heart by adopting a nutritious lifestyle and more importantly let music heal them.”


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    Indian network Big FM has come up with a programming initiative called 'Khushiyon Ki Marathon' to mark the upcoming festival of Diwali in the country.

    Starting October 6, the six-day on-air marathon will play a medley of six specially curated happy folk songs, one for each day of the marathon.

    The network has created six unique videos based on six happy folk songs, recreated from popular tracks.

    One song each will be released in Hindi and regional languages across 61 stations of the network over the six days of 'Khushiyon Ki Marathon'.

    The network is also tweaking its programming schedule for the activity. On October 7, 8, 14, 15, 16 and 17, the morning show will air from 7 am to 12 noon, 12 pm to 5 pm will be the afternoon show followed by an evening show from 5 pm to 10 pm. 


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    India’s public broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is planning to launch services for several countries to boost diplomatic ties and the government’s outreach programmes to Indians settled overseas.

    The External Services Division (ESD) of the AIR presently reaches around 150 countries with programmes in 27 languages, of which 14 are targeted at neighbouring countries and Southeast Asia.

    ESD’s programming includes news bulletins, commentaries on current affairs, a review of the Indian press, informative talks, interviews, documentaries, features and Indian music of all genres and plays.

    New countries which AIR wants to reach include Japan, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Maldives and some in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

    Referring to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recent visit to India, ESD Director Amlanjyoti Mazumdar told PTI that both countries are expanding engagements in number of sectors, hence, the need for a Japanese AIR service.

    He said Pakistan has increased its presence in African countries through its new radio services, and India cannot work in “silos”.  The ESD aims to keep the listeners in touch with the ethos of India, its point of view on various issues, highlight trade opportunities in the country, besides projecting it as an education, healthcare and tourist destination.

    “Indians today live in almost every country and are interested in knowing what the country of their birth holds for them,” he said. 


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    Indian network Radio City has announced the launch of its web platform radiocity.in Hindi.

    Listeners will now be able to access premium content on http://hindi.radiocity.in/, which will serve as the e-face of Radio City's 39 stations. 

    The network says that this launch is aligned with its strategy of diversification and localization by offering its digital platform for their regional audience.

    With dedicated Hindi playlists and podcasts of the most popular Radio City shows, the website will also offer premium Hindi web radio stations cutting across film, international and devotional genres.

    "Regional language internet users have been growing at a much faster pace than English with 38% of the total Indian internet user base expected to comprise of Hindi users by 2021. Organic engagement for local content is comparatively higher and we want to tap into this potential while providing our regional users the ease and accessibility to content in Hindi," said Abraham Thomas, CEO, Radio City. "The launch of radiocity.in Hindi aims at addressing the needs of this growing plethora of tech savvy regional audience to provide them with the best content in the most convenient format." he added.

    Commenting on the launch, Rachna Kanwar, COO, Digital, Jagran New Media said: "As we expand into more cities and genres this year, the first logical extension online will be to make our content available to listeners in their preferred language. As a large chunk of our audio content is in Hindi, it only follows that we make this option available to listeners who consume content in Hindi.”


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