(Last Updated on : 18/06/2013)
Indian radio personalities brought about some of the most significant changes in the audio media of the nation. Lately, the radio organizations are made up of copywriters, producers, compeering executives and most importantly radio jockeys. The RJs or the radio jockeys have been serving the Indian radio competently for almost a century. Earlier they were known as the radio announcers, who only functioned as news readers or hosts and later with the advent of FM channels the Radio Announcer were referred to as Radio Jockey or RJ. Nowadays being a radio jockey has become a desired career option due to its lucrative future and celebrity status.
Lately, the radio jockeys play the role of the navigator as well as entertain the listeners and simultaneously provide updated online information. Every successful RJ is best known for his own style of communicating. A sweet, mid to heavy voice is considered to be the best one for broadcasting. However, individualistic charm of the Indian radio personalities made them actually famous. To deliver all of it through voice is not that easy task and confidence is the key word to attain success.
Ameen Sayani, one of the most popular radio announcers of Indian Radio, is presently working for Red FM. He attained fame with Binaca Geetmala and Bournvita Quiz Contest and ruled over the airwaves during 1950s and 1960s. His elder brother Hamid Sayani has also been a radio personality of international fame. The celebrity actor Sunil Dutt
started his career in Indian media through Radio. Vijay Kishore Dubey and Shiv Kumar Saroj are also two of the popular radio announcers of Indian Radio. After the popularisation of FM channels, the trend of radio jockeys increased even more. FM channel broadcasts in stereo and has very good sound quality as compared to other short, medium wave channels. As a result, the vocal talent of the radio jockeys is truly exploited extensively in these FM channels. Rhicha Vyas and RJ Prateek are the two most popular radio jockeys of contemporary Indian Radio. The medium has reached out its local audiences through radio jockeys like Anuj Gurwara and Cindu Chandrasekharan.
The style, expression, delivery, and content has developed in Indian Radio
vastly and FM Radio specifically is a fast progressing industry with more and more channels opening up in every city of the world. RJ Mir is popular in entire eastern India for his popular show Hi Kolkata (infotainment programme) on Radio Mirchi, similarly is RJ Sree for her show Khoobsurat, dealing with women centric affairs. RJ Radhika and her show Ananda Junction entertains her audiences with general local affairs, while the duo of Rakesh and Pragya at BIG FM keep their listeners hooked with their witty and humorous comments. RJ Jimi in Red FM attained great popularity for his heavyset voice. Celebrities like Rupam Islam
, Soumitra Chatterjee
, Bratati Bandyopadhay
sometimes reach out to the audiences through radio, discussing several interesting topics.