The city has always welcomed radio with open arms. I remember back in the mid-90s, when the radio revolution was about to take place, Chennaiites took to the medium and interacted with it, making it more than just a trend. Within a few years, it had become a lifestyle. In spite of FM being limited to a few hours in a day back then, the popularity of the medium was always sky high.
There is a uniqueness to the sound when it comes to FM in the city. Yes, there are more regional stations than English or Hindi, but that said, the collective sound is like a kaleidoscope view of the sights and sounds of this city. Presenters who have taken up the job of being the voice of the city have done well and given the medium a strong foundation.
You can never overlook radio in Chennai. It has some really air-worthy talents like Ajai Titus of Mirchi, Balaji Patturaj from Big FM, Sindhu Sreekanth, Sanobar Sultana and Tausif Ahmed from Fever FM, Sulabha Santhosh from Radio One, Suresh Sonaimuthu from Hello FM—the list is quite endless. Kudos to these individuals who keep the flame of FM burning in this city.
FM has been a big brother, too. Whether it be floods, tsunami, draught, relief or locating the lost, it has stood by the needy and provided extensive help time and again. That’s what the medium is about and it is heart-warming when you know that the work you’ve put in on-air has brought a smile to someone’s face out there.
As we move forward, I’d like to see the medium mature in a way that it is not only about party jokes and film talk. The city of Chennai needs to listen to content that lacks the trivial quotient and is more like Google on-air. FM has had a quantum leap in terms of what it was back in 1995 and what it is today.
We can safely say that the medium is in great hands and is always looking out for the people here. As we turn nine, here’s a toast to our wonderful listeners and the people behind this great medium. See you next week with more radio talk.
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