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    Geoffrey Thomas returns with a show designed for long drives

    Great music and long drives go hand-in-hand. And where better than the ECR to enjoy both. But instead of plugging in your iPod on your next jaunt down the coast, why dona��t you tune into Chennai Livea��s new show, East Coast Ride with the Big G. Hosted by Geoffrey Thomasa��an experienced radio man and the founder of city-based music company, Amaranta Entertainmenta��ita��s a show that he promises will put a smile on your face. a�?Ia��ve created my play list quite carefully. I will be playing both contemporary and classic commercial hits. So you can expect everything from a Robbie Williams to a Coldplay and Deep Purple,a�? he says, sharing that he will, however, stay away from bubblegum pop, rap and hip hop. a�?There is an overdose of those genres on radio, and I feel it doesna��t suit the mood. Much of the songs I play, you wona��t hear too much on regular playlists. It is more clued into what people might like to listen to at night,a�? he adds.
    Though not a call-in show, it will have the occasional guest to keep things interesting. a�?My guests could be anyone from the owner of a popular eatery on ECR to an indie musician or a sports personality. But I will make sure they are people who can speak really well,a�? laughs the 52-year-olda��who set up Radio Indigo in Bengaluru, besides being its programming director for 10 yearsa��recalling how he had a tough time getting a popular Formula One racing driver to go beyond monosyllables on one of his earlier shows. a�?I will also give my listeners information on restaurants and shops to visit, and activities to do on that stretch of the coast,a�? concludes Thomas, sharing that he has plans to do a classic rock show soon, just on the weekends.

    Weekdays, between 9 pm and 11 pm. Details: chennailive.fm

    a�� Surya Praphulla Kumar

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