The soundscape of Chennai’s only English station,104.8 FM, is changing for the better, with two new voices breaking the on-air monotony. RJ Vikram Savio Moses (26), a sociology graduate who got interested in radio after winning a college competition, welcomes commuters with Metro Mornings, while 26-year-old RJ Angira—a self-confessed “people’s person” who gave up her job in the hotel industry to play popular hits and have “personal” conversations with her listeners—has fun on The Drive. I caught up with the hosts to find out more.
How is it doing a breakfast show?
Vikram: To start with, I am not a morning person. So you know how the rest of that line goes. But to be honest, for the first time in my life, I am happy waking up early. These are tricky shoes to fill, considering the two RJs on this show before me were women and much-loved by their listeners.
What areas would you like to develop for your show?
Vikram: I’ve always been keen on ensuring that my listeners have something to take back from the programme. There are those who disagree with me, but that’s their perspective. Be it current affairs, sports, business, technology or even knowledge of songs, there is always something to take back. On the morning show, it feels like I’m finally talking to the people who want to know more.
How was your first experience on radio?
Angira: It was unnerving, but exciting. I guess having a major in psychology helps you deal with real-life situations and you learn to control your emotions a tad bit. So it worked out in my favour. It (RJing) is something new and I’ve got lots to learn and a long way to go.
What can the listeners expect from your show?
Angira: I’m here to build an individual connect—from the kind of music I play to the topics I choose to speak about. I hope people enjoy it. And feedback is always welcome.
Catch Metro Mornings (7-11 am) and The Drive (6-9 pm) on ChennaiLive. See you next week with more radio talk.
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