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    When you enter the medium of radio, especially as a presenter, get ready to experience the exhilarating highs and the inevitable lows. There are a million reasons for the lows and most importantly, in order to get past them is to not acknowledge it. A presenter from a regional station caught up with me and shared the ugly side of this beautiful medium.
    The presenter was in half a mind to quit radio and try something totally abstract. The reason was there are too many cooks in the kitchen. I did try and tell this person that it wouldna��t be different at any other station. Yes, the colour of music would be in varied shades but thata��s how the Radio Sabha works.
    Ita��s actually humorous when you hear about the tactics people adopt these days. Ita��s not only predictable but lacks any form of intelligence. The presenter Ia��m talking about is well known amongst listeners and it wouldna��t do well to the consumers if a professional host who delivers numbers voluntarily retires from the medium.
    However, each individual is to his own on radio. Ita��s much like life, only that there is a politics of protocol one needs to follow during work hours. Over the last two decades, Ia��ve seen that a radio station is at its best health in the initial stages after which youa��ll find the Gangs of Wasseypur patrolling your station, subjugating it to the never ending war games during office hours.
    Ia��m glad that when I do see nonsensical politics or maybe someone who is trying to provoke a situation, the antidote for me (in such a scenario) has always been to treat that person like furniture. Ita��s worked ten out of ten times and the reason for this is that I have never ever underestimated the collective power of fools.
    If youa��re a presenter and in a situation such as this, stand up and take those bullets fearlessly. Dona��t worry they wouldna��t hurt you as they are only made of rubber. See you next week with more Radio talk!

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