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    With a name like hers, it was fated perhaps that Melodee Austin would choose radio as her raison d’A?tre. Today, she is a decade old in the business and has a well-informed overview of the growth of FM radio in India. She says, a�?FM in India has grown tremendously from the time it started. But I have been to Paris, Dubai and Dublin in the recent past and radio there is a bit different. Some of those features, I think, can be incorporated here. There should be more freedom of speech, better programming strategies and more openness when it comes to discussing taboo topics.a�?

    She began her love affair with radio almost 10 years ago with All India Radio and she has been with Bangalorea��s Indigo 91.9 for the last six years. She says, a�?Radio was always a dream from the time I first heard a request show on Radio Ceylon as a child. And thata��s when I decided that come what may, I will one day be a radio presenter and here I am and I love every second of being on air, chatting with listeners and playing music.a�?

    She realised the power of the medium the day she dissuaded a depressed listener from causing harm to himself. She adds, a�?Once a listener called in to say that he has to travel for work everyday and my show was his only solace across those 50 kilometers. It means a lot when listeners consider you as their best friend and guide and form a personal connection.a�?

    The other great aspect of her work she says is that, a�?We get to break new music first and we are the first and the only 24 hour English radio station in the country.a�? Though she loves to talk, the one thing radio has taught her is the art of listening, because as she says, a good RJ does not just talk but knows when to let a moment be.

    a�� Reema Moudgil

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