Radio Stations in Eastern India
As an important metro city, Kolkata has many important regional stations, private radio stations and national radio stations too. Radio SRFTI, Radio JU and Y FM NSHM are the private stations that are available within a particular radius from the particular institutions. Some other commercial and popular stations are:
Radio Mirchi (98.3 FM): Radio Mirchi maintains weekly music charts (or record charts) for India. The most followed charts are Mirchi Top 20 (Bollywood Songs) and Angrezi Top 20 (English Songs). Both of these charts are a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. Radio Mirchi was officially launched in Kolkata on May 2, 2003.
Red FM (93.5 FM): Red FM is an Indian FM radio network headquartered in Delhi. The network broadcasts content in various Indian Languages. On 14 August 2009, Surya FM was re-branded into RED FM across 64 cities in India.
Fever 104 FM: Fever FM is an FM radio station in India. It is currently available in 13 cities in India. Fever plays contemporary hit music in Delhi, Kolkata and also Chennai, while the other cities have a mix of contemporary and retro Bollywood music.
Other radio stations are Friends FM (91.9 MHz), Big FM (92.7 MHz), Radio One (94.3 MHz), AIR FM Gold (100.1 MHz), AIR FM Vividh Bharati (101.8 MHz), Ishq FM (104.8 MHz), AIR FM Rainbow (107 MHz) etc.
Radio Stations in North India
There are three All India Radio stations in Kanpur, AIR FM Gold, AIR FM Rainbow and Vividh Bharati. Another private institutional radio station is IIT Kanpur Radio (90.4 MHz). Indian capital Delhi has many stations operated by AIR like Aakashvani Ajmer, FM Rainbow, Aakashvani Rajdhani, AIR Jalandhar Punjabi, AIR Urdu, FM Gold, Vividh Bharati, AIR Delhi Indraprastha etc. Delhi has also some private institutional radio stations like DUCR FM, Radio Jamia, JIMS Raaga, Salaam Namaste Radio and KRIMS FM. Some popular radio stations are listed below:
Radio City: Radio City is India's first private FM radio station and was started on 3 July 2001. It broadcasts on 91.1 (earlier 91.0 in most cities) megahertz from Mumbai (where it was started in 2003), Bengaluru (started first in 2001), Lucknow and New Delhi (since 2003). It plays Hindi, English and regional songs. In 2010, Radio City has launched its first internet radio station Radio City Fun Ka Antenna and now they have 18 online radio stations.
Big FM: 92.7 Big FM is a national private FM radio station in India. It broadcasts primarily at 92.7 MHz from 58 stations across the country, reaching a potential audience of 450 million. It mainly plays music from local-language films along with occasional Western music. It broadcasts from 8am to 8pm in non-metro cities, while in metropolitan markets, it broadcasts a 24-hour schedule.
Gyan Vani : Gyan Vani is an educational FM radio station broadcasted in several cities of India. Gyan Vani stations operate as a media cooperative with the day-to-day programmes being contributed by various educational institutions, NGOs, government and semi-government organizations, UN agencies, ministries such as Agriculture, Environment, Health, Women and Child Welfare, Science and Technology, etc.
Other popular stations are Waqt Ki Awaz, Red FM, Fever 104 FM, Radio Mirchi, Mirchi Love etc.
Radio Stations in Western India
Western India consists of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra which includes three main cities namely Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Some popular stations broadcasting here are:
Radio One 95.0 FM: The network was launched in 2002 at Go 92.5, before re-launching itself as Radio One with a new frequency in 2006. The network is the only one broadcasting in English in all of India's three biggest cities namely Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
FM Tadka: Patrika Group radio venture FM Tadka is currently the 7th largest radio network in India with 18 stations across 6 states. Tadka is currently aired in Jaipur, Kota, Ajmer, Bikaner, Udaipur, Raipur, Bilaspur, Agra, Prayagraj, Bareilly, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Jalgaon, Solapur, Muzaffarpur, Aligarh, Jammu and Srinagar. It has been the No.1 radio station in Jaipur since 2008. A station that is known for its most happening programming and a perfect mix of latest, Classics, English, Club mixes, Pop and popular choice music enjoy maximum local connect with listeners.
Mirchi Love 104 FM: In Ahmedabad Mirchi Love plays in Telugu language. This channel was first broadcasted in 2016 in Ahmedabad. This station plays listed popular love songs from Telugu industry.
Other popular stations in Jaipur are Red FM (93.5 MHz), Radio Mirchi (98.3 MHz), MY FM (94.3 MHz) etc. , for Ahmedabad - My FM, AIR Vividh Bharati, Radio Nazariya, Micavaani - 90.4 FM(Mudra Institute of Communications) etc. and in Mumbai - Bansal FM 95.5, Jago Mumbai 90.8, Oye 104.8 FM, Radio MUST, Mumbai One etc.
Radio Stations in South India
South India consists of cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai etc. Stations operated by All India Radio in south India are FM Rainbow, Vividh Bharti, AIR FM Gold, AIR Real FM 103.6, AIR Ananthapuri FM 101.9, AIR Thiruvananthapuram 106.5, AIR Thrissur 101.1, AIR Kochi FM 102.3, AIR Kannur 101.5, AIR Devikulam 101.4, AIR Manjeri FM 102.7, AIR Gyan Vani-Kochi 106.5 etc.
Ragam 100.1 FM (Classical): Raagam is an Indian niche radio channel owned and operated by All India Radio. The channel was launched on Republic Day on 26 January 2016. Raagam is programmed to offer and devoted to classical music. The channel is a 24-hour internet radio channel, which represents a mosaic of Hindustani and Carnatic classical music through DTH facility.
Suryan FM: Suryan FM is a Tamil language FM radio channel owned by Indian media conglomerate Sun Group. The channel has 10 broadcasting stations in Tamil Nadu. In other states, SUN Group's FM service is known as Red FM 93.5 mostly and Magic Fm 106.4.
Radio DC: Radio DC is a non-commercial community radio administered by the DC School of Management and Technology (DCSMAT). It is the first private FM (frequency modulated) community radio station in Kerala. It is located in KINFRA Film and Video Park, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. It broadcasts at 90.4 MHz. All the operations in the radio station are managed by the students of DCSMAT with support from the faculty.
Other popular stations are Mirchi 95 FM, Radio Active Community Radio 106.4 FM, Indigo 91.9 FM, Radio Macfast FM 90.4, Red FM 91.1 in Thrissur, BIG FM 92.7, Radio Mango 91.9, Global Radio 91.2 FM etc
The local channels hold on the geographic pulse and have a higher network among local authorities, knowing better ways to solve roadblocks during national operations. When dealing with audio music companies or technical support suppliers, the regional radio companies get the first preference for sales and advertising. Regional radio in India have grown and developed to a great extent in the past decades, thus ensuring acceleration in revenues too.
(Last Updated on : 10-05-2021)
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