He is the youngest radio presenter in the city, but Shyam Renganathan packs a punch: be it on his radio shows on Fever FM, his theatre work or his stand up comedy. He sounds like a friend on-air and that makes him identifiable, and the listeners love it. Here’s what he had to say:
How has the radio experience been?
The experience has been overwhelming. I had never imagined I’d become a radio jockey. I was hired as a producer initially, but my team had the confidence that I would be a good RJ. What followed was practising, recording links, getting constant feedback, and trying to improve over the next couple of months. And voila, one day it happened—I was live on air and it’s been going great.
Tell us about your shows?
I host two shows. The first is Chennai Express (from 11 am to 1 pm) where we talk about ‘namma Chennai’ and how people from the city are making Bollywood what it is today. It also feature talents from our city. I also host a lighthearted request show called Request Dotcom (from 1-2 pm).
Response to Hindi music?
I love Bollywood music because I’ve grown up in the North, thanks to my father being in the army. Initially I was skeptical about its reach and acceptance in the city. But I must say the response we’ve been getting is phenomenal. The jock talk is in ‘Tanglish’ and the songs we play are all super hits. I feel that Chennai and its insanely-talented people will continue to find success in Bollywood, be it Mani Ratnam, AR Rahman, Kamal Haasan, director Shankar or Dhanush.
Word out to your listener?
You guys are the best. I hope to keep surprising you, making you laugh and trying to make you think about important issues.
Catch Renganathan light up Fever 91.9 every weekday. See you next week.
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The writer’s views expressed here are entirely in his personal capacity.