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Radio has the reputation of being the oldest and the cheapest medium of entertainment in India. The radio industry has been completely reshaped by the various private players that entered the sector after the government allowed foreign investment into the segment and opened the licenses to the private players. DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES IN BROADCAST RADIO The first one which was used in olden days for transmission purpose is AM. Amplitude modulation (AM)1 is a technique used in electronic communication, most commonly for transmitting information via a radio carrier wave. Frequency modulation (FM) is a form of modulation that represents information as variations in the instantaneous frequency of a carrier wave. FM is commonly used at VHF radio frequencies for high-fidelity broadcasts of music and speech. Today radio is used for many forms of communication from long distance satellite communications to the personal cell phones that are widely used. In addition to this wireless communications are becoming more important for data as demonstrated by the rapid growth in Wi-Fi Radio is also used for telecommunications links. Signals with frequencies in the microwave region are normally used. These signals have frequencies much higher than those in the short wave band and they are not affected by the ionosphere. However they provide reliable direct line of sight links that are able to carry many telephone conversations or other forms of traffic. Satellite radio Satellite radio is one of the fastest-growing entertainment services in the world and it is making its presence felt in a small but a positive way in India. A satellite radio is basically a digital unit that receives signals broadcast by communications satellite. This allows a person with a set to follow his favorite stations anywhere in the country unlike the terrestrial radio (AM and FM) whose signals are limited to a certain area depending on the power of the station. Some of the advantages of a satellite radio are that the sound is of digital quality and there are no commercials. But it is not for free, it is available on subscription for a fee. An example would be “world space radio”. Satellites, radar, communications, internet, message service are the effect of radio technology in our modern day life. With the growth of radio the requirement for mobile connectivity, it is certain that wireless technologies with radio at the core will continue to thrive and become more
widespread. To meet the demand it is likely that new technologies will be developed to maximize the use of the available radio spectrum. HD radio ("hybrid digital" or "high definition") is a brand name of a method of digital transmission of AM and FM radio stations. The HD Radio system is unique which allows stations to broadcast crystal-clear audio and a variety of text-based services, as well as more FM channels, without changing to new frequency bands. Hybrid system is a system in which digital signals are sent along with the analog carrier as the standard for AM and FM broadcasting in the United States. FM stations can offer multiple channels (called "Multicast" channels) on the same frequencies allocated to analog radio stations. Internet radio Internet radio e-Radio is an audio broadcasting service transmitted via the Internet. Broadcasting on the Internet is usually referred to as webcasting since it is not transmitted broadly through wireless means but is delivered over the World Wide Web. The term "e-Radio" suggests a streaming medium that presents listeners with a continuous stream of audio to which they have no control much like traditional broadcast media. It is not synonymous with podcasting which involves downloading and therefore copyright issues. Nor does e-Radio suggest "on-demand" file serving. Many Internet "radio stations" are associated with a corresponding traditional "terrestrial" radio station or radio network. Internet-only radio stations are usually independent of such associations. Old media don’t’ die! They just bounce back in new avatars. Not so long ago radio had been written off as fuddy-duddy, down market and not so cool. Television and later “new media” were touted to being the media of the future. But thanks to technology radio is making a comeback. FM radio is a new entity altogether and has to deal with new market dynamics. Media owners dealing with new markets will virtually have to draw up their strategies as they go along, create programming that is new, innovative and grab away eyeballs from TV sets and make them tune into their radio sets. It’s a whole new challenge and competition is never far away. Ad revenues will also not be easy to come by, as advertisers will expect media players to put their money where their speakers are before they commit large sums of money towards radio advertising. The other challenge for radio in attracting advertisers is the nature of the medium-radio has always
considered being a reminder medium. The involvement of listeners to radio is low, Vis a Vis television or print media. With the coming of more channels, and the emergence of lifestyle advertising, radio will become a push and pull medium. As said earlier, is not just making a comeback but is being reincarnated into a new avatar. Any radio setup has two parts: • • The transmitter The receiver
The transmitter takes some sort of message (it could be the sound of someone's voice, pictures for a TV set, data for a radio modem or whatever), encodes it onto a sine wave and transmits it with radio waves. The receiver receives the radio waves and decodes the message from the sine wave it receives. Both the transmitter and receiver use antennas to radiate and capture the radio signal. When you listen to a radio station and the announcer says, "You are listening to 91.5 FM “what the announcer means is that you are listening to a radio station broadcasting an FM radio signal at a frequency of 91.5 megahertz. Megahertz means "millions of cycles per second," so "91.5 megahertz" means that the transmitter at the radio station is operating at a frequency of 91,500,000 cycles per second. Your FM (frequency modulated) radio can tune in to that specific frequency and give you clear reception of that station. All FM radio stations transmit in a band of frequencies between 88 megahertz and 108 megahertz. This band of the radio spectrum is used for no other purpose but FM radio broadcasts. Common frequency band includes the following: • AM radio - 535 kilohertz t - 1.7 megahertz • FM radio - 88 megahertz - 108 megahertz AM radio has been around a lot longer than FM radio. The first radio broadcasts occurred in 1906 or so, and frequency allocation for AM radio occurred during the 1920s. In the 1920s, radio and electronic capabilities were fairly limited, hence the relatively low frequencies for AM radio. FM radio was invented by a man named Edwin Armstrong in order to make high-fidelity (and static-free) music broadcasting possible. He built the first station in 1939, but FM did not become really popular until the 1960s. .
HISTORY OF RADIO Radio owes its development to two other inventions, the telegraph and the telephone; all three technologies are closely related. Radio technology began as "wireless telegraphy". Radio can refer to either the electronic appliance that we listen with or the content listened to. However, it all started with the discovery of "radio waves" - electromagnetic waves that have the capacity to transmit music, speech, pictures and other data invisibly through the air. Many devices work by using electromagnetic waves including: radio, microwaves, cordless phones, remote controlled toys, television broadcasts, and more. The Roots of Radio During the 1860s, Scottish physicist, James Clerk Maxwell2 predicted the existence of radio waves; and in 1886, German physicist, Heinrich Rudolph Hertz demonstrated that rapid variations of electric current could be projected into space in the form of radio waves similar to those of light and heat. In 1866, Mahlon Loomis, an American dentist, successfully demonstrated "wireless telegraphy." Loomis was able to make a meter connected to one kite cause another one to move, marking the first known instance of wireless aerial communication. Twenty years after the telephone was invented and music was first sent down a telephone line, Guglielmo Marconi sent radio signals. Marconi (1874-1937) was born in Italy and studied at the University of Bologna. He was fascinated by Heinrich Hertz’s earlier discovery of radio waves and realized that it can be used for sending and receiving telegraph messages, referring to it as “wireless telegraphs.” Marconi’s first radio transmissions, in 1896, were coded signals that were transmitted only about 1.6 km (a mile) far. Marconi realized that it held huge potential. He offered the invention to the Italian government but they turned it down. Marconi was not the first to invent the radio, however. Four years before Marconi started experimenting with wireless telegraph, Nikola Tesla, a Serb who moved to the USA in 1884, invented the theoretical model for radio. Tesla tried unsuccessful to obtain a court injunction
however. being afraid that his invention will be stolen. it was not public radio broadcasting as we know it today. Marconi’s Coherer. Tesla became acknowledged as the inventor of the radio – even though he did not build a working radio. never marketed his wireless radio.against Marconi in 1915. It was developed mainly for ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communication. Nikoli Tesla remains to be acknowledged as the inventor of the radio. The instruments (‘Mercury Coherer with a telephone detector’) are still there in the science museum of the Calcutta University. He was awarded the US patent for the invention of the radio in 1904. The transmission was over a distance of three miles from the Presidency College and Science College in Calcutta. Indian scientist J. a farmer from Murray. referencing the Proceedings of the IEEE. which he used in 1901. he applied for the patent in September 1901. Transmitters at that time were called spark-gap machines. Bose did not apply for a patent on his design because he believed in the free flow of inventions in science. . January. Thus writes contributor Dipak Basu. made a voice transmission four years before Marconi transmitted radio signals. This was a way of communicating between two points. But under pressure from American friends. Stubblefield. was the exact copy of that of Bose. It is reputed that Nathan B. 1998. Marconi was present in the meeting of the Royal Society and it is thought that he stole the notebook of Bose that included the drawing of the ‘Mercury Coherer with a telephone detector’. his radio equipment was gone. Stubblefield demonstrated his invention to the press in 1902 but. mountains or water. In 1943 the US Supreme Court reviewed the decision. By that time Marconi had received his patent and international recognition.Radiotelegraph and Spark-Gap Transmitters Radio-telegraphy is the sending by radio waves the same dot-dash message (Morse code) used in a telegraph. When he was found dead in 1929. Growth of Radio . Kentucky. Bose demonstrated the radio transmission in 1896 in Calcutta in front of the British Governor General.C. Bose had solved the problem of the Hertz not being able to penetrate walls.
the triode amplifier and the Audio. the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was established with the purpose of distributing control of the radio patents that had been restricted during the war. Kentucky.AM Radio Lee Deforest invented space telegraphy. after the government released its control of all patents. De Forest was also the person who first used the word "radio". The Alexanderson high-frequency alternator and the De Forest tube resolved many of these early technical problems. Navy to prevent its possible use by enemy spies. . thus. government took over control of all patents related to radio technology.Improvements to Radio Transmitters Overseas radiotelegraph service developed slowly. Military Use and Patent Control When the United States entered the First World War in 1917. In the early 1900s. which was heard by radio-equipped ships within several hundred miles. Radio Speaks The first time the human voice was transmitted by radio is debatable. Lee De Forest provided that detector. Fessenden. It made it possible to amplify the radio frequency signal picked up by the antenna before application to the receiver detector. In 1919.S. in 1906. primarily because the initial radiotelegraph transmitter discharged electricity within the circuit and between the electrodes was unstable causing a high amount of interference. The U. Lee Deforest .S. "Hello Rainey" spoken by Natan B. to an experimental program of talk and music by Reginald A. in 1892. the great requirement for further development of radio was an efficient and delicate detector of electromagnetic radiation. much weaker signals could be utilized than had previously been possible. all radio development was controlled by the U. Stubblefield 2 to a test partner near Murray. Claims to that distinction range from the phase.
True Broadcasting Begins In 1915. in New York City. Edwin Armstrong received U.885 for a "Method of Receiving High-Frequency Oscillations Radio" for his FM technology. Regeneration amplification worked by feeding the received radio signal through a radio tube 20. Edwin Armstrong should be known for inventing three key innovations: regeneration.342. On November 2. and frequency modulation. to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. also in New York City. and died in 1954. Edwin Howard Armstrong was one of great engineers of the 20th century. FM Radio 1933 Edwin Armstrong is most commonly known for inventing frequency-modulated or FM radio in 1933. Regeneration Amplification 1913 In 1913. Edwin Armstrong was only eleven when Marconi made the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission. including a 125 foot antenna in his parent's backyard. Frequency modulation or FM improved the audio signal of radio by controlling the noise static caused by electrical equipment and the earth's atmosphere.000 times . patent 1. the young Armstrong began studying radio and building homemade wireless equipment. The Dawn of FM Radio The story of FM radio is one of success and tragedy. However.S. speech was first transmitted across the continent from New York City to San Francisco and across the Atlantic Ocean from Naval radio station NAA at Arlington. Westinghouse's KDKA-Pittsburgh broadcast the Harding-Cox election returns and began a daily schedule of radio program. he was born in 1890. Virginia. 1920. super heterodyning. Edwin Armstrong invented the regenerative or feedback circuit. Enthralled.
By 1941. The ensuing war diverted resources and froze development. Armstrong was well aware of AM radio's major limitations: • • • Static interference from household appliances and lighting Limited audio quality (frequency response and dynamic range) Nighttime interference between many stations (co-channel interference). Armstrong was clearly a technical genius. that increased the power of the received radio signal and allowed radio broadcasts to have a greater range. Since most radio station owners didn't want to go to the expense of creating high-fidelity programming just for their FM stations. the FCC allowed them to simulcast — simultaneously broadcast the same programming on both their AM and FM stations. Although his life was cut short. RCA bought into the patents and helped Armstrong develop an experimental radio station.per second. he's still considered the most prolific inventor in radio's history. and cause Armstrong to lose his personal investment in FM radio. Then the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Even though he had improved AM radio in significant ways. pressured the FCC to change all of the FM radio frequencies — a move they knew would instantly obsolete all of the exiting FM radios. who was head of RCA and had said he would help him develop it. interest in FM radio further diminished and by 1949. Superhetrodyne Tuner Edwin Armstrong invented the superhetrodyne tuner that allowed radios to tune into different radio stations. David Sarnof3 and RCA. Once TV started to evolve. especially in rural areas Armstrong took his invention to a friend. David Sarnof. 50 FM stations were on the air. many FM stations . because of ionosphere refraction. still out to hold control of their radio empire.
He wrote a note to his wife apologizing for what he was about to do. 1954. Edwin Armstrong. but today it leads AM radio in both number of stations and listeners.com) As shown in the from the graph . gave up his long. Once FM radio started to make money. On January 31.cybercollege.had shut down. RCA quickly started pushing its development and subsequently made millions of dollars from the sale of FM transmitters and equipment. removed the air conditioner from his 13th story New York apartment. Graph 1: Growth of FM radio (Source: www. The green line represents the growth of noncommercial and National Public Radio (NPR) stations. A few weeks later RCA announced record profits. taxing battle against Sarnof and RCA. RADIO BROADCASTING . We'll cover public broadcasting — both radio and television — in an upcoming module. and jumped to his death. FM radio not only climbed out of the cellar of popularity after Armstrong's death.
This period marked the start of "regular" broadcasting. it was a period in which some persons at least saw in broadcasting possible source of revenues-from sale of time. 1926 – 1930: Commercial radio became solidly established. especially on the network level. it saw the beginnings of broadcasting on a commercial basis. and while not too many new program forms introduced. The 1930-35 period was also the time of the greatest "idea" development in the history of American radio programming-with respect to network programs in particular. from a threat-of-war situation into actual involvement. Chiefly. The make-up of RCA consisted of those companies that had the key patents or would shortly buy them for wireless telegraphy. but even so. but which was not able to be used unless all the conflicting patent owners would permit. in 1944-45. with the result that broadcasting equipment. 1923 – 1926: This was a transitional period. . costs advanced. It saw an enormous increase in the total number of radio stations. 1941 to 1945 was the big money-making time for American radio. electronic concerns were shifted to war production. The nation had shifted. was in short supply. at least. no less than 70% above the level of revenues in 1940-41. Broadcasting in 1935 to 1941 saw radio revenues soaring to new heights. 1940s: This period included World War II. of a shift in importance from radio to television. etc. The war imposed as many hardships on broadcasters as it did upon those engaged in other occupations. The Radio Corporation of America4 was formed in 1919 as a patent pool to control the use of the new equipment which had been invented during WWI. rather than the sale of receiving sets. Some of this increase was the result of inflation. older forms were polished and improved. On the other hand. both network and station revenues were strikingly greater than in the prewar period. 1930s: This was the beginning of the great depression in the United States – a depression which had its effect on programming and on the various forms of advertising. but relatively little effect on broadcast revenues. the erection of 108 TV stations-and the beginnings. employees were drafted into military service. after the government removed restrictions late in 1919. tubes. The transistor was demonstrated in 1947 by Bell Labs. in December of 1941. it marked the development of new types of equipment. 1945-1952: A highly important era in the history of American radio and television.particularly development of networks and the presentation of network programs by national advertisers. it saw development of basic types of programs.
AM stations even tried to meet the challenge by going "stereo" but no one cared. 1960-1970 . reversing their 1950 decision which had authorized a non-compatible field-sequential system (CBS). The networks reached from coast-to-coast and in 1953 the FCC approved the industry indorsed compatible NTSC color television system (RCA-NBC). Programming. The saying. AM stations still refused to play the new music from albums and were suddenly facing new competition from FM stations that would play the music. Radio became less secure. The music was still controlled by cynical old white men. There are plenty of listeners and times are good as far as jobs and money. Stations played three minute songs. Advertisers want to buy radio.radio bores: AM Top 40 begins the decade with lock on the ratings. Pop music was better and it demanded a delivery service that sounded as good as a home audio system. be brief" was. Each station has only a small segment of the audience. it seemed. 1970-1980 .Broadcasting from 1952 through the 1960's: Earlier trends continued. music and contests are now targeted to a specific age group (12-35) based on demographic research showing this group has money to spend on goods and services by the new affluent middle class. once AM and now FM were making lots of money.radio reinvents: Probably based on the early work of programmers like McClendon and Bill Drake. hundreds of AM stations embrace a "top-40 time and temperature" format. "be bright. There was even disco on FM! Formats fragment: There are no longer just two formats. Even though its sound was stale. . top-40 on AM and progressive rock" on FM. it took a long time for FM to overtake AM." By the middle of the decade most of these major stations were struggling. in some markets more than 50% of the people using radio are still tuned by habit to that "one big legendary AM station. The Big FM's would rule by the decade’s end. Radio makes lots of money: The big music stations. but grew in the number of smaller stations licensed. but during this decade television became the dominant mass medium as the freeze on licenses was lifted and a 70channel UHF band was added. FM makes a comeback: For a system that was invented nearly 40 years earlier. There were lots of jingles and promotions. posted in every control room.
A smaller pie: The number of stations swelled to 12. promotion or production of promotions. This means cutbacks. Production that used to involve splicing tape is now done . In the 1980s almost half of the radio stations changed hands. hundreds of new radio networks emerge and die. The era of Niche Programming and formats begins and now there is a format for every narrow interest. To succeed you have to be above average. Buy-sell: Like the house you bought for a high price in the late 1980's. Stations now have to satisfy the demands of the marketplace instead of the demands of Federal regulation. mostly offering music formats delivered by big city DJ's. the FCC station owners tried to save AM one more time. If you were a news writer. Smaller stations automate with them but it makes the station less local-sounding. persistent.Radio networks return: With inexpensive satellite technology available to every station. reporter and reader as every station had to employ in the 1970's. 1990-2000 . now your station was no longer required to have news. In this market most of each day is automated.radio struggles: The Reagan administration de-regulates the industry. the radio station you also bought is worth less than you paid.radio competes: Less people do more work. new challenges: For young people seeking a career in radio the good news was if you are good at sales. less people have to do more. AM tries a comeback: Helped with new technical regulations. News and public affairs suffered. 1980-1990 . New owners. edited and broadcast using the hard drive of a computer. lessappealing to listeners and sponsors. Again. more automation. promise of fewer stations and an expanded AM band. tenacious. there were perhaps 100 to 200 stations vying for listeners.000 and in major and large markets. you'll work. New group owners & duopolies: One company can now own 25-25-25 plus and in San Jose and San Francisco some companies own many stations. use automation to run three stations at once. No union problems because the unions in radio are practically irrelevant. less news and public affairs types. New radio station owners want to cut costs. Digital takes over radio technology: Now an entire day can be stored.
and the South Zone in Chennai. In 1936. the Integrated North-East Service that aimed at reaching out to the tribal groups in northeast India and handles the External Services. to be replaced with computer memory. the North-East Zone in Guwahati. semi -commercial operation of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. And just like the transition to television. HISTORY OF RADIO IN INDIA: Broadcasting began in India with the formation of a private radio service in Madras (presently Chennai) in 1924. DBS. the West Zone in Mumbai. current owners want to be first in line when licenses are issued for these new services. New delivery services: Digital stuff. Internet. and suddenly many struggling AMs are revived and saved again by talk radio. Assam. AIR was made a separate Department under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Talk radio's decade: Rush. Government of India controls the radio broadcasting in India that works under the Directorate General of All India Radio. namely in the North Zone in New Delhi. It was established in 1936 and since 1957 All India Radio was renamed as Akashvani. to inaugurate Radio stations in Bombay and Kolkata. DMX. AM is around after almost 100 years. When India became independent in 1947. the Indian Broadcasting Company5. There are five regional headquarters for All India Radio. etc. In the very same year.with the click of a mouse. this very Corporation was renamed All India Radio (AIR) and was controlled by the Department of Communications. All India Radio`s network had expanded by the mid-1990s to around 146 AM stations along with a National Channel. all future non-FM delivery services. The company almost went bankrupt in 1930 but the colonial government took away the two transmitters and the Department of Labor and Industries started operating them as the Indian State Broadcasting Corporation. Vividh Bharati earned its revenues from extensive advertisements and . There were only six radio stations in India at the time of independence. the East Zone in Kolkata. British colonial government approved a license to a private company. Akashvani is a government-owned. Analog devices like cart machines will disappear by 2004. Conservative politics. Still. Commercial Radio services in India started in 1967 by Vividh Bharati Service with its headquarters at Mumbai.
It was due to the same reason of static thoughts prevailing in the society. The early history of Indian radio broadcasting in independent India set the parameters for the succeeding role of television in the nation. In 1961 the television medium were expanded to include a school educational television project. Then history changed its course. the FM Radio advertising and sponsorship business grew to Rs. again associated with the All India Radio`s services. Then. book commercials from advertisers and broadcast the whole lot. prepare programming content. (1997-98). The number of radio receivers increased almost five times between 1970 and 1994. through its electronic media regulatory body Prasar Bharti. Most radios are also produced within India. such as farmers needing agro climatic. Indian radio proved to be a prime medium of social integration. India has a wide-ranging network of medium wave and short-wave stations. In those days radio was considered as an integral medium of communication. and traffic and road sense. Initially it was around 14 million that rose to nearly 65 million. decided not to renew contracts of private FM operators. Within 4 years. In 1994 there had been almost eighty-five FM stations and seventy-three short wave stations that connected the entire country. Programs were broadcast twice a week for an hour a day on welfare topics related to community health. In 1993. primarily due to the absence of any motion medium.had been broadcasting from thirty-one AM and FM stations during the mid-1990s. All the national affairs and social changes were informed through the waves of broadcast media and within no time. 93 crores with Times of India's Times FM & Mid-Day Group's Radio Mid-Day becoming the main players. popularity of radio spread nationwide. citizens duties and rights. that television came into existence in 1959. and other agriculture-related information. the Government allowed private FM operators to 'buy' blocks (chunks) on All India Radio. plant protection. The role of broadcasting provided an inlet for the flow of modern ideas. Not surprisingly. in June 1998 the Government. Television broadcasts started from Delhi in September 1959. Indian radio also took up the task of aiding in the development of economic scenario. the Government of India did not permit private radio stations to broadcast in India. The broadcasting equipment used in India is mainly indigenous and reaches special audiences. For more than 4 decades. however the importance of radio did not decline. the advertising revenue .
The objective is to “make FM radio a . A handful of serious bidders chose to remain. Today. unable to shell out the high license fee. players consolidated and the Government extended its deadline. Incidentally. Licensee Fee and revenue sharing model Currently.75 crore. won the largest number of bids. which grew rapidly following the entry of private player. the bidding price for the Mumbai license was reportedly to the tune of Rs 9. Many gave up. while the bids for Delhi were Rs 71. The government got the highest bids .5 billion. the bids for Hyderabad and Nagpur came next. garnered close to Rs 3. So.Rs 97. Expecting to collect Rs 800 million from auctioning 108 licenses. each for Rs 77.6 billion as license fee for the privately run FM radio channels in 40 cities.for 76 channels in 26 cities. The government collected close to Rs 4. many companies bid for the licenses to operate in key markets. compared to 89% of All India Radio (AIR). Currently. And in 2000. New Media Broadcasting. respectively.5 million from each of 10 broadcast companies . the Government gave the green light to privatize radio in India. 1999 was the historic day when the Government announced that 150 new FM channels would be licensed across 40 cities. Others dropped out saying the business was not viable.2 million and Rs 74 million.for stations in Mumbai. the Government auctioned licenses for private FM channels to bolster the revenue. in effect. the competition shrank. Private FM radio sector would shift to a revenue-sharing model from the existing license fee regime. But the going was not so easy. the government had to actually face mass withdrawal of bidders because of the huge license fee. The first round of bidding . Music Broadcasting became the first firm in India to commence private FM broadcast from Bangalore in July. July 6. a Zee Group company. However. For instance. In response to the Government's offer. And the focus on metros was evident in the bidding. FM coverage in India is restricted to just 17% of the country. Interestingly. there are roughly 10 players who will operate approximately in 37 cities across the country. which go up by 15 per cent every year.2 million each Radio is expected to follow the growth of the Television industry.fell by 50% within a year! This time. revenue-sharing also exists in the media sector. FM players pay annual license fees. which focused mainly on the smaller towns.
The panel also suggested that players wanting to enter the sector in the second round of licensing need to have a technical viability clearance by a financial institution on the financial viability of the project. Canada with 12. There has been debate on whether to recommend a revenue-sharing structure or a fixed amount for a period of 10 years. The geographical area covered by radio in India in India is as high as 98 percent and the penetration level is approximately 97 percent. Revenue-sharing will follow payment of a one-time entry fee through a process of bidding. radio has a 5 % to 12 % of the advertising cake.FICCI estimates FM’s . While the private FM players had sought revenue-sharing in the band of 2-2. the panel has fixed it at 4 per cent. Currently radio has just 2 percent of the 9000 crore Indian advertising market according to an Arthur Anderson’s survey. Revenue-sharing figure is quite low at around 4 %. It has also recommended to the government to release additional spectrum for the use of FM radio companies so that the number of companies operating in one centre can go up. 50/. much like satellite channels did to the quantum of television advertising in the country. But FM presently covers only 17 percent of the area and 21 % of the population of India through transmitters. However in spite of the various challenges the emergence of private FM stations is certain to increase the quantum of radio advertising in the country .5 per cent. Globally depending on each country. the number of FM radio stations targeted is around 300 to 4006.7% and Spain with 9. it is firm on revenue-sharing now. On the higher side are countries like the United States with 13 %. That should open up a vast new market of consumers-100 million Indian households own an estimated 150 million radios. After the second round of privatization. Given that radio has penetrated into 100 million homes and a FM set costs around Rs. FM station executives are not forthcoming on multi-platform strategies as yet. It’s better to keep the revenue-sharing figure low than to have a failed project.1%. outnumbering television sets 3:1.success story”.
it is being predicted that radio's share in the total advertising pie will see an increase in the medium term. employment & career options. Also government allowing foreign players to enter the Indian market it will help the industry grow. radio is personalized.5 percent to 5 % in five years. 1200 crores by 2005 and Revenue of radio services is expected to rise to Rs 689 crore by 2008 at a CAGR of 30 per cent. Providing free-to-air local broadcasts of music and entertainment.traffic advisories. cellular phone service or auto related products would have a good impact when advertised on radio is primarily known as a “drive time” medium most people who turn in are doing so while commuting. helpful information . . for advertisers. Virgin group has already started exploring the Indian market for suitable partners. With the government ready to reduce the license fees it will help in attracting new players like reliance which had earlier backed out only due to the entry fees. It can provide a level playing field with benefits for listeners. It is on the basis of these key drivers of growth. Also one must not forgot that radio continues to be a medium that has tremendous reach among the poor and marginalized sections of society. This would be the key when evaluating the medium. Also advertising of certain product seems to work very well while some might not. Thus the potential if FM is better is bigger town. The future looks bright as the reach of radio is expected to raise post the increase in the number and quality of players in the industry. FUTURE OF RADIO INDUSTRY FM Radio can play its part in building a stronger business future for India. as the car population is much bigger. They have also forecasted that revenues from radio advertising in India will be Rs.share up from the present 1. each radio station is reeling under the brutal financial impact of high costs. With more players in the fray the FM radio industry would grow and also enhance the government’s yield from licensing radio naturally. For example. The new India deserves an active private FM radio sector. Rs. Spearhead the government objective of growing the FM radio business in India. While TV is a family medium. Various radio stations are coming up with IPO for example Radio Mirchi thus helping them expand. But at current levels of advertising support. community announcements and public service messages provide a real value-added service.
Radio also reaches to uneducated village folk who do not read print publications. because people can listen to radio anytime and anywhere they want. and reveals that radio listenership habits have changed considerably.000 crore Indian advertising markets. which is 4 % for the growth of the radio stations. advertising spending is expected to amount to Rs 500 crore this year. The Rs 1. So that they can develop themselves well because this industry is still in an introduction stage.6 billion industry is reported to be growing by 31 per cent every year and should touch the Rs 6. Therefore radio is more popular. It is also a free medium. with revenue rising at 23 per cent annually.2 billion by 2007. SWOT Analysis Strengths: • Recently. • The advertisers. They can’t afford a TV set. • The success of private FM stations.There are an estimated 150 million radio sets across the country. though radio has only a 2 per cent share in the Rs 6. are welcoming the opportunity. the government has agreed upon revenue-sharing model. • Radio is considered as a background medium. brochures or ads in local supplements of newspapers. • • 90% of India has access to radio which is unmatched by any other media. At the places where the literacy rates are low where people hardly read newspapers and radio is the only medium that they can understand. who would depend on word-of-mouth. not only are listeners tuning into it more often but also sticking to radio for longer hours every day. . pamphlets. Also.
• Radio-only nature of radio communication is a tremendous creative compromise. This is the situation that every radio channel is facing. the percentage of listener tuned to anyone station is likely very small. And therefore. in India there is no proper research is available. But. • No proper research available . other media or the advertisers or agency can use this medium for brand recall. Research is the main base to attract client and get more revenue.research is very important for any advertising segment. • Fragmented Audience . Many stations are conducting their own research which can be biased.• Radio is the least cost medium and it helps to reach mass audience with various backgrounds. Therefore. and therefore it is difficult to differentiate between the programs of the different channels. Many advertisers think that without strong visual brand identification the medium can play little or no role in their advertising plans. Most of the stations plays much of the music that is played consist of Hindi Film songs. • Increase in listenership numbers but no increase in ad revenue. Weakness: • One of the major weaknesses of Radio is that there is very less differentiation in the programs that are aired. An advertiser whose product depends on demonstration or visual impact is at a loss when it comes to radio. Radio offers its reach frequency and selectivity at one of the lowest costs per thousand and radio production is relatively inexpensive. Radio is a complement to another media. . • • Radio is considered as a medium where the “Proximity to purchase” is very high.the large number of the audience in India is fragmented in various remote places. And like its radio message creates a fleeting impression that is often gone in an instant.
and that is the challenge. One has to constantly innovate. Brand building is thus much more difficult. And then it is easier for the advertisers also to decide on which channel to advertise. • • Leaves huge scope for innovation in local market Threats: . • Allowing private FM players to start news and current affairs programs. we are very bullish. And can play their station which will exclusively provide with the information relating to that university/college campus. • • • Launching a radio station with 24-hour news channel Tie-ups with BEST or railway authority for playing the FM in train and in bus.• Short commercials Opportunities: • Getting copyright licenses from the government for running mega events which are aired on the AIR radio station and have been restricted to be aired on other private stations. if some station is targeting the health conscious people then their programming strategy will vary accordingly. • With the coming of the many more new players in the radio industry each channels can position themselves quite different from others. and gung-ho about this whole enterprise. like. The launch of Private Radio FM has managed to create a set of ‘New Listeners’ for the medium • The new radio stations which will come in future they can have venture with the college or university campuses. At the same time.
all of whom have been granted licenses over the past 3-4 years. Apart from AIR. as they could not afford to pay the annual license fees. Advertising is the sole source of revenue for radio in India. So. particularly those below the age of 25. Currently.• The biggest threat to private radio industry players is ALL INDIA RADIO.leveraging its twin advantages of wide coverage and cost effectiveness. As a result of unsustainably high license fees. . With no particular differentiation in the music. AIR is the biggest player in India because of its reach. through a wide network of broadcasting centers and transmitters. the sector generates annual revenues of INR 2.9 percent. also have access to new technology like mobile phones. INDIAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FOCUS 2010 On Radio Radio is a mass medium and therefore ideally suited for India . government channel etc… • Because of the new government policies there will be more number of stations and then competition will also increase. They have taken very quickly to interacting with their favorite radio stations and RJs via email and SMS for song requests and competitions. which is set to increase at 15 percent per annum. which covers 91 percent7 of India's area and reaches 99 percent of the population. This is one of the biggest threats it faces. there are 21 privately-owned FM stations in 12 major cities.they can listen to music and get information on the move. Today's busy teenagers love radio because it complements a faster-paced lifestyle . this growth rate is far from flattering. four players cumulatively generate annual revenues around INR 250-300 million. This implies a marginal rise in radio's share in the advertising pie to around 1. It is dominated by the state owned All India Radio (AIR). set at levels significantly above their earning capacity. Given that a significant portion of the operating costs is the license fee. against total operating costs of around INR 550-600 million. A few FM stations have been forced to shut down. there is a fear of losing its brand loyalty. Younger audiences. If one considers the private sector FM market in Mumbai. low charges. revenues would need to grow at over 40 percent annually to break even in the next three years. the sector has been reeling under heavy losses.2 billion and is growing at around 20 percent annually. Given that commercialization of radio is still in a nascent stage in India.
reaching over 99 percent of its one billion inhabitants . It has less than 2 percent share of the total advertising pie in India.com) The Indian potential India has an estimated 180 million radio sets. In the US. the radio sector cannot and should not be satisfied with a growth rate in the low 20s.Graph 2: Graph showing FM listeners across age groups (Source: www. in Spain 9 percent and closer to home. compared to a global average of 8 percent. The easy availability of FM radio sets at affordable price points (ranging from INR 40INR 150) is fuelling its mass penetration. In India too. radio remains a laggard. commercial radio could account for approximately 8 percent of media spends in the short to medium term and up to 10-12 percent in the long term. FM penetration is the highest in the SEC A segment and least in SEC D. in Mumbai and Delhi. in terms of its advertising spend. Further. radio has a 13 percent share. 'the radio on the move' trend is catching on in urban and semi-urban areas. While consumption in India is still largely at home. 70 percent of radio listeners in these cities listen to FM radio all seven days of the week. We estimate that if its real potential is unlocked in India.televisionpoint. In spite of such attractive statistics. Bridging the gap .a clear indication of the vast commercial potential in India for this medium. it is the younger generation that is the key target audience vis-à-vis radio. However. in Sri Lanka. Plainly. According to market research. radio has a 21 percent share of the advertising spend. this sector has not been able to monetize its hold on the listener’s eardrums.
the total additional investment required will be INR 11 billion. However. and only 30 percent comes from either national or international advertisers or from the network of advertisers. its ad revenues are expected to grow at a moderate pace. but currently in India accounts for a small portion of the radio revenue pie. For example. In its current form and structure. In contrast. thereby turning India's promise into reality. the challenge confronting radio is to bridge the gap between the current growth trend and potential growth expectations. in India. FM radio needs to grow from the current 21 stations in 12 cities to at least 300 stations in 100 cities. 70 percent of all radio revenues come from local retailers.the local retailer. the radio industry will not be able to attract the necessary funding. to help the radio industry curb it losses. At an investment of INR 40 million per radio station frequency. it is expected that the private FM channels will drive the future growth of the sector. needs to develop strategies to expand across the country and enhance business performance. has proposed a transition from the existing license fee regime to a revenue sharing one. radio is a unique medium and the focus on large advertisers seems to be at the cost of its largest potential benefactor . retail comprises only 8 percent of radio advertising. It is hoped that clarity on revenue-sharing emerges.Due to the public-broadcaster nature of AIR and its socio-economic rather than a commercial focus. they have focused on mass entertainment to gather listeners. in USA. The retail segment globally constitutes a large part of radio's clients and sales. on its part. In other words. the designated regulatory body for radio. To exploit the true potential of this sector. TRAI. Hence. soon. Since the private FM channels need to survive in a commercial and competitive environment. . The industry. Local mantra The sales and marketing efforts of the major FM radio stations have focused on the large advertising clients. This may be partly attributed to the FMCG-marketing background of some of the managers and partly due to the sales strategy of the multi-media groups that own most radio stations.
the cost effectiveness of radio advertising will be even more acute. due to its ability to transmit a particular message over a small geographical area. there is a need to unlock the advertising potential in the retail segment. The retailer. . the achievement of 60 percent of the result at 15 percent of the cost makes radio significantly more cost effective than television. The price differential between radio and television will vary depending on the area and the audience. Radio stations offer high frequency ‘opportunity to hear’ for the advertiser. A high frequency combined with a moderate card rate (effective rates average between INR 500 to INR 900 per 10 seconds) provides an opportunity for retail players to promote their products and services cost effectively without fragmentation as in the case of national or even regional media. However. which can be a great proposition for local retailers. where the cost of television advertising is more than seven times that of radio advertising. with city/ locality specific target groups. by its very nature. is a localized medium.com) Radio. advertising on radio costs just 15 percent that of television.televisionpoint. International research indicates that radio has 60 percent of television’s effectiveness at increasing campaign awareness amongst an audience of 16-44 year old radio listeners. can be a major beneficiary of radio advertising. Clearly.Graph 3: Pie diagram showing the profile of advertisers (Source: www. In India. While the price relativity for other audiences will vary.
when re-broadcast. vertically integrated media corporations. there is enough potential to create a library of recordings that can be used beyond a single show. It is important for the radio stations to highlight the effectiveness of using radio for local level promotions and region-specific ad campaigns. whether music or not. While some radio stations are waking up to this reality. Very little programming is developed to create any strategic intellectual property. the advertiser base of FM radio is highly skewed.televisionpoint. cross media promotions could be an added incentive for the potential advertiser. Moreover. this potential is largely untapped. However. Creation of a good software library can become a source of competitive advantage for a radio player. saves the cost of producing new content and generates newer revenues by offering brand association with such a property at reasonably low rates. This should not be the case in a localized. Ideally. Creation of value packs Most of the programming currently being aired. Creating specific IP whether in the form of RJs. Besides. Such content.com Presently. the advertiser base should be broad-based with a large number of local advertisers promoting their products. if the topics discussed are not affected by the 'regency' factor. mass-medium like radio.Graph 4: Graph showing the revenue composition of radio Source: www. programmed formats or around content areas could have the dual advantage of being re-usable in the future and being syndicated across other channels. since many FM players are associated with larger. has little or no library value. such content can be exported for broadcast in other countries where the demand for Indian content is considerable. . Interactivity is a major content driver within the radio programming strategy. with around 11 percent of advertisers contributing 60 percent of their revenues.
Channels that address specialist listener groups need to emerge. content specialization has been a distinct trend in the evolution of radio. Radio stations will need to start finding their own niche. The innumerable contests and interactive sessions on air bring in close to 30. Radio stations have not been able to generate any significant channel loyalty. radio stations find it difficult to market their USP. This has led .Hindi film music. the pressure to sell airtime forced them to resort to the lowest common denominator . there is an urgent need to evolve programming towards differentiated content. Being localized. However. Initially. This me-too approach towards content has a direct implication on the marketing of the radio channels as any message or campaign carried by it runs the risk of being lost in the clutter. Hindi and mixed content. like a radio station that caters to the African-American population of New York or a Malayalam channel with Indian content for expatriate Indians in the Middle-East. Very few have held on to the English format or even non-film content. with listeners simply switching from song to song. Manpower The most conspicuous item on the expense list is 'salaries'.000 callers every day for a single channel in a city like Mumbai . However. Hence. especially FM radio. FMCG marketing or advertising.Niche programming Internationally. these radio stations need not look beyond their walls to get valuable listener data. It may also require a shift from mass marketing of the radio channels to marketing programs targeted at specific market segments. This is driven by the fact that radio stations hire people from high wage industries like television. Since there is very little to differentiate between the various channels. these channels also meet the demands of local advertisers. Radio stations have traditionally grown by attracting specialized audiences. Channels that started out with English programming as a key differentiator have drastically reduced the total airtime dedicated to it. socio-economic or ethnic or combination of factors. Validation of niche audiences would enable differentiated client targeting with unique value propositions. a closer look reveals that even programmed loyalty does not exist.a valuable database that is currently under leveraged. In fact. most radio stations in India started off with a defined niche as well. These stations address specific audiences based on geographic. they provided the listener with a choice of English. Between them. The salary structure in radio is comparable to that of other larger media units. the resultant effect is constant channel swapping by listeners. With limited sponsored market research done in this area.
India. Programs that are aligned to channel positioning can ride on the channel branding. But as the market matures and niche channels develop with defined target groups and unique value propositions. particularly in a market where lack of niche programming has resulted in constant surfing for songs of choice. as has been the case with satellite television. While it is necessary to incur reasonable manpower costs in order to stay competitive and attract the best talent. radio stations with limited budgets need to make a choice between channel branding and program branding. What the listener associates with is the quality of content. What could work better for them would be a combination of two.to the creation of a people-cost structure that is incompatible with the current size and revenue earning capacity of the radio industry. but that does not necessarily translate into higher listenership. while other programs should develop their individual brands. is in a prime position to take advantage of the growth potential of this segment. These programs rode on extremely successful content formats. branding exercises will become more meaningful. without diluting the channel positioning. Channel brands and programs will be associated with niche content and specific listener profiles that can be sold to potential advertisers. with its diverse regional influences. Brands that have spent more on marketing have a higher recall. The key word is 'association'. irrespective of their preference or affinity to the station. Branding Branding plays an important role in establishing a strong channel and program association amongst listeners. Some private FM stations have incurred large costs on building merely 'Top of Mind Recall' for all listeners. Branding is expensive and therefore. innovative cost management solutions such as the right mix between live and recorded music could reduce production and salary costs. Conclusion India's radio industry has a strong growth potential if mechanisms and policies are put in place to provide it with appropriate support. For example. . There is no doubt about the effectiveness of radio when it comes to building brands for its clients. the increased number of private radio channels across the country is likely to transform commercial radio from an urban phenomenon to a national one. With privatization gathering momentum. brands like Binaca / Cibaca and Bournvita were built on radio.
sebi.e. and is expected to grow at 14. and growth rates of the advertising industry The Indian advertising spends. and outdoor.34%. as a percentage of GDP.gov.2% to reach Rs. 30. There is a correlation between the economic growth rates of a country i. According to CSO estimates nominal GDP growth for fiscal 2006 is estimated at 10. radio. television. 127 billion by fiscal 2006 Segmentation in advertising The five key industry segments comprise print. which lags behind other developed and developing countries Graph 5: Graph showing the ad spend across countries (Source: www.9%. cinema.94% over the last 10 years (1995-2005).636 billion.in) During fiscal 2005. is 0.Advertising in India: India has been among the fastest growing economies in the world. the nominal GDP growth rate. The nominal GDP for fiscal 2005 was Rs. These different segments within the industry are at varying stages of growth and corporatization . the gross advertising spend in India is estimated at Rs 111 billion. with a nominal GDP CAGR8 of 9.
sebi.3% 0.4% 0.4% 0.0% 43.5% 6. even 150 stations across India is a sustainable proposition.9% Cinema Outdoor Internet 0.6% 41. radio has suffered from shunted growth. American radio commanded US$3.7% 0.2 Billion out of US$60 Billion spent . The growth of the satellite television audience saw proliferation of a number of satellite television channels offering more choices to media buyers and consumers of entertainment.5% 0. Thus. TRENDS RADIO TRENDS IN INDIA & ABROAD: A MADISON INDIA STUDY It is ironical that while India has the second highest 9 penetration of C&S homes in the world. radio manages to garner around 4-5% of the mass media spend. which started off as a single government controlled television channel.0% 6.6% 8.9% 2.3% TV 39.9% 43. now has over 300 channels covering the Indian footprint.7% 2.4% 47. resulting in growing ad spends on this medium.in) The Indian television industry has grown rapidly.7% 0. the television broadcasting business.2% 46. This can be attributed to misdirected policies by government. which saw the beginning of satellite broadcasting in India. especially since 1991. There are more than 6000 radio stations in US and even a developing country like Nigeria has 18 FM stations. Reforms and proliferation of private players were the key reasons for this rapid growth of the share of television in the advertising industry. radio accounts for 20% of ad spend. It is estimated that in 2001.4% 7.5% 2. In most markets. This growth was also aided by the economic liberalization program of the Government. Going by the International benchmark.3% Table 1: Table showing media spends in the total ad spend (Source: www. In some countries like Sri Lanka.0% 0.gov. which did not give enough prominence to radio as a rich medium for entertainment and also for community development.Media Spends as % of Total Ad Spend Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Print 49.7% Radio 2.4% 0.4% 0.5% 7.3% 40.9% 2.6% 46.0% 48.
advertisers will spend around Rs. 600 crore. there are numerous issues facing the radio broadcasters. We expect the trend to continue for some more time till significant advertising monies are committed on radio. While growth of the radio broadcast industry looks exciting. Publications having strong city edition will do have an advantage as they already have infrastructure to marshal local advertisers and also keep a tab on the pulse of the city citizens. However. in UK four media groups control nearly 60% of ad revenue. as they will have access to well defined captive audience. Radio stations that are part of established media houses would do well.like a special radio station dedicated to south Indians residing in Mumbai or a station that caters exclusively to college going population.Typically. In India. emergence of stations that address only specialist audience groups . This will constitute around 4 % of the enlarged ad pie. radio should feature in the media planner's radar as a serious medium. Specialization . media planners are quite at loss as there is inadequate information on this medium.on mass media. We expect similar consolidation exercise in India. Madison Media expects that the evolutionary pressures will prevail in India and radio stations will increasingly find their own niche. consolidation is inevitable and stations groups are formed that controls most of the revenues. . Madison media estimates that by 2004.8. there is a surge of activity when the media is liberalized but over a horizon of five to six years. As of today. Radio Audience Measurement The question haunting most advertisers and media planners is regarding the audience measurement that will be adopted for Radio. Such specialist channels will be ideal medium for advertisers. the concept of niche programming has not yet caught the imagination of the broadcaster and audiences find it almost impossible to distinguish one from another. station owners and advertising agencies on ad hoc basis are conducting research. currently radio is able to garner less than 1% of the total ad pie of Rs. For instance. the industry feels that these are mere start-up issues.Internationally. As it is early days in India. radio stations have grown by attracting niche audiences (like a Hispanic channel in US or a Malayalam channel in gulf) and local advertisers. International experiences show two distinct trends in evolution of radio business Consolidation . if one goes by Mumbai experience. Today. For instance. we expect that by year 2004. 500 crore on radio.
while driving (32%). In the mean time. Advertising agencies also conduct periodic dipstick surveys. followed by Hindi pop (40%). these are many years away from being put to commercial use. at public places (9%) and at the office (7%). Almost 51% of the people listen to FM for an average time of one hour and another 39% listen to FM for a longer period of 1-3 hours. Indicative surveys are being conducted and published periodically by research agencies.000-person telephone survey. radio audience research has not matured to the extent of television audience measurement. Majority of the people listen to Hindi film songs (63%). Radio Mirchi is the most popular station and is tuned by people in SEC A and B. Madison Media routinely undertakes studies on radio usage. Key Findings from Madison Media Research • • • • • • Radio has a reach of 56% and there is a distinct skew towards males. weekdays where the number of tune-ins is as high as 94%. RADAR report was based on a 12. Till recently. we suggest that advertisers should not ignore the media owing to non-availability of any established audience measurement data. We expect that over a period of time.Even internationally. The prime reason for inadequate advancement in radio audience measurement technique has been the small share of ad pie that radio commands and also the vast geographic spread. the next round of RADAR plans to shift reliance from telephone survey to diary-based panel for data collection. People listen to FM at home (70%). The popular rating system for radio that is used in US is the Arbitron's RADAR (Radio's All Dimension Audience Research) audience report. Best Practices that have evolved in using the medium: . audience measurement technique for radio will improve and a currency will be established for buying commercial time and selection of alternatives. Sunday listenership is dramatically low with only 10% of the people tuning in to FM vs. It measures National radio audiences and the audience size of radio commercials aired on 31 radio networks operated by large radio networks. However. There has been some academic discussion on use of "meters" in radio sets to determine listenership. remixes (37%) and English pop (33%). However.
This exhaustive study was conducted in early 1980s and subsequent research added to the body of available knowledge. Exploit Drive Time Audiences . given the low penetration of ownership of personal cars in India. making radio a very effective medium.While the audience measurement is still in infancy. they are invaluable in providing directions and we at Madison Media have distilled these findings. we do not expect car owners to be the largest audience for radio. that nearly 85% of in-car audiences do not shift stations frequently.studies clearly demonstrate that properties created on radio are cost effective and have advantage of high recall. There are mixed reports with regard to station switching behavior among in car listeners. users of radio as an advertising medium can benefit from extensive work carried out in area of media effectiveness. It will be incorrect to directly transplant those learning are in Indian context. In any case. . In other markets.the traditional bastion of radio has been the "In car" listening. "Binaca Geet Mala" on radio was as one of the best media properties. many successful service brands especially those in office supplies and financial services have benefited tremendously by judicious use of radio. However. which tested 1200 commercials with 200 respondents per commercial. It might take some time before the properties start to reward the advertisers and advertisers should be willing to fork out the extra premium now before the medium gets established. To create such high decibel properties. contrary to popular myth. adapted to Indian context and arrived at set of best practices for radio advertising. Most of these studies have been conducted in developed markets like UK and USA. other studies indicate there is extremely low loyalty among in car listeners. advertisers should be willing to enter early and commit long term investment. UK indicates. It is more important to understand that radio will be the best medium to target upwardly mobile high spending executives and businessmen. A research by Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB). The most impressive in this genre of research has been the Radio Recall Research (RRR). Closer home. However. It is not important whether in-car listeners will form the bulk of listenership base. However. A study by Voice of British Advertisers shows that radio is the most effective medium to target businessmen. Create Unique Properties . Studies have demonstrated that in-car listeners are light consumers of other media like television. it is undeniable that for brands that target at affluent section of the society need to be actively associated with radio. International experience suggests that music oriented properties targeted at youth last long and provide immense benefit to advertisers.
uk) . radio can be advantageously used in creating sonic elements of a brand. fatigue factor is high with radio commercials. Creation of sonic branding reduces long term cost of advertising. there is evidence. used in conjunction with a television campaign. In general. This is called Imagery Transfer.co. on an average. It is through imagery transfer that radio creates a synergy with television. As can be fathomed. The ads that were repeated too often were disliked.A study by Statistical research Inc. it proved to be an effective medium. Though airing multiple variants is recommended. Moreover. another monumental study is the Millward Brown study on radio multiplier effect. shows that three out of four consumers who watch a television spot will "replay" the visual image mentally when they hear a radio commercial for the same brand. As in any other media. The broad findings of the study proved that radio was. and in general.apart from RRR. Copy variation can offset this fatigue and it is suggested to have three variants of the same theme. as one need not air the complete commercial to register recall. The media tested were Commercial Radio and television in the Central Region of UK. where aural brand elements are used is very effective in sustaining brand's recall (tring tring of Britannia). Recent studies have shown that Sonic branding. This study involved nearly 5500 interviews in continuous research to track awareness and attitudes to 17 brands. Another series of studies called "distraction study" tried to simulate the fact that radio listening is always secondary activity.studies have clearly established that length of the commercial had a positive impact on the advertisement. ads that were liked had higher impact. three-fifths as efficient as television at driving advertising awareness amongst radio listeners. the efficiency of the campaign in building awareness increases on average by 15% as shown in table below: (Source: rab. which state that simultaneous airing of more than 5 executions leads to decay in effectiveness. Effective Radio Copy Management . RRR studies also indicate that more brand mentions in the commercial were good for ad recall and was more effective when the brand was mentioned early in the advertisement.Exploit Imagery Transfer . Millward Brown conducted the study across October 1999 to April to find out how effective radio advertising can be relative to television. spots of 45 seconds or more were effective. Radio Multiplier Effect . These tests also indicated that listeners were able to create and keep images fresh and top-of-mind even when engaged in other task. if 10% of a given television budget is re-deployed onto radio.
Thus the FM radio operators are not willing to take a risk by not catering to the mass segment. Conclusion Radio offers tremendous opportunities for advertisers and media planners need to explore various options by which they can effectively use radio in their media mix. this cannot be taken as a thumb rule as there will be wide variance between rates in U. Thus. This will provide an opportunity for the market to arrive at the final verdict on the effectiveness of the medium. Little differentiation between different FM radio stations The content played on different FM radio stations is very similar in nature. Of course. This is hurting the growth of the FM radio industry as people who prefer niche music genres are not tuning into FM radio.The study highlighted that radio effectiveness result was achieved at one-seventh of the cost. broadcasters need to develop the market by being more responsive to the advertiser's needs.K and other markets. Conversely. the major marketers advertising on radio may cut their ad budgets in case of an economic downturn. Besides this. The radio stations are free to air and do not garner any subscription revenues. the study makes a strong case for advertisers to divert a small portion of their TV budget to radio. people frequently switch between stations leading to listenership fragmentation. thus making them totally dependent on advertisement revenues. Most of them play popular film and pop music and very few cater to the niche audience such as English rock music lovers or Indian classical music lovers. This is happening because one player is allowed to own only one station in every city. FM RADIO INDUSTRY: RISK FACTORS Economic downturn10 The FM radio industry derives almost all its revenues from advertisement. This would adversely affect the radio industry. Competition from satellite radio . Advertising is a discretionary expenditure and is the first one to be pruned in case of an economic slowdown. However.
902 subscribers. FM radio is limited to a small range around the transmission site while the satellite signals cover the entire country. High music royalties FM radio broadcasters have to pay high royalties to the music companies for the music content procured from them. satellite radio has high subscription charges whereas FM radio is free to air. However the broadcasters can enter into a voluntary agreement with Phonographic Performance Limited and The Indian Performance Right Society Limited at high rates or under the rates determined by the courts of law to minimize their expenses. radio’s turn could come in the next 10-15 years. Threat from digital technologies Digital broadcasting technologies like Satellite/Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) using the FM band and Digital Radio Mondial (DRM) using the AM band are becoming popular worldwide. a few countries are looking at a total switch off of analog broadcasting (FM/AM) by 2020 or so. This favorable treatment meted out to satellite broadcasters may adversely affect the growth of the FM radio industry. The quality of digital broadcast is better than analog transmission.713 net subscribers during 3QFY07. However. However.Many of the restrictions that apply to FM radio broadcasters do not apply to satellite radio broadcasters. Norway is the only country that has formally announced a cutoff date. But with analog TV likely to be switched off in India in the next 5-7 years. ending the period with 164. multiple channel ownership by a FM broadcaster in the same city is not permitted. FM broadcasters cannot broadcast news and current affairs 24 hrs a day whereas satellite broadcasters can do so through a dedicated station. the current satellite broadcaster in India is offering multiple channels. In Western Europe. digital receivers are more expensive than analog receivers. Besides this. WorldSpace lost 8. At present. Intense competition . the satellite radio broadcaster WorldSpace operating in India has not been able to meet with much success. enabling the broadcast of multiple radio stations. In fact. There is efficient utilization of spectrum in case of digital broadcasting. Satellite radio broadcasters do not have to pay any license fee whereas FM radio broadcasters have to pay 4% of their gross revenues as license fees. however. in India.
It grows at a faster rate in such buoyant times.5% by 2011 as per the FICCI-PwC report on the Indian entertainment and media industry.1% during the same year. the media planning and buying arm of advertising group Publicis.4% to 3. As per a study conducted by ZenithOptimedia. The number of FM radio stations has increased dramatically leading to a proportionate increase in the demand for trained personnel. Radio industry: Growth drivers Fastest growing segment of the media and entertainment industry The radio industry recorded a growth of nearly 58% in 2006. real estate firms and retailers. The real estate industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 25% in the next five years. The share of radio in the total advertising industry increased from 2. there are many risks that could derail the growth of the FM radio industry. little differentiation between the FM radio stations and intense competition.There is intense competition between the FM radio operators operating in the same city. Due to this attrition and poaching have become wide spread. Radio industry should be a major beneficiary of the high growth in these sectors. the advertising spend is expected to increase to Rs 367 bn by 2010 from Rs 227 bn in 2007. The size of the radio industry is projected to increase at a CAGR of 28% from Rs 5 bn in 2006 to Rs 17 bn by 2011. Organized retail industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 40% in the next five years. We feel that the major risks are a potential slowdown in the economy. Thus. All of them are clamoring for the same advertisers. The advertisement industry is a proxy to India’s high economic growth. More than 90 channels across various languages and genres are being launched this year. All these industries are expected to witness robust growth in the years to come. This is further expected to increase to 5. Robust growth of the Indian economy The Indian economy has grown at a robust rate of 9% and 9. Demographics .2% in FY06 and FY07 respectively. Beneficiary of the buoyant growth of major advertisers The major advertisers on radio are the entertainment channels. listeners and need to procure similar content.
As per the CII-KPMG report. The Indian film industry is getting more organized and receiving more institutional funding. The study is currently restricted to the cities of Delhi. has recently ventured into radio audience measurement through a study called RAM (Radio Audience Measurement). Mumbai and Bangalore. Reduction in license fees The Phase I policy for the privatization of FM radio had a very high fixed license fee structure with an annual escalation of 15%. Availability of listenership reports is bound to support and attract larger spends from marketers. TAM.The target listeners for the radio industry are the youth. Ideally. Local advertising Globally. Availability of listenership data Leading TV viewership research company. The quality of music produced is improving which augurs well for the growth of the radio industry. while local advertising contributes 70% of radio revenues in the United States of America. a localized medium like radio can be effectively used for local-level promotions apart from being bundled as part of cross-media promotion strategies. the local retail segment constitutes a large part of radio's advertising income. a revenue sharing formula was introduced whereby radio companies had to pay a fixed annual license fee of 4% of gross revenues or 10% of the reserve OTEF (One Time Entry Fee) whichever is higher. In the phase II policy. Phase III policy . the share of local advertising is only about 8% of radio revenues. 55% of the India population is below 25 years leading to an increase in the audience of the radio industry. Marketers generally wait for adequate research data to emerge before committing large spends to any medium. in India. Thus there is huge potential for the radio industry to benefit from an expected increase in the share of local advertisements. The content on radio primarily comprises of film music. Research may cover larger number of cities in the years to come. The reserve OTEF was 25% of the highest valid bid for that city.
"Radio has its own special strengths and contributions. Radio is that medium of the single sense and frees the imagination. . Radio as an Advertising medium: Radio advertising is one of the earliest and most popular forms of advertising in today's world of mass media. Radio is now the third largest mass advertising media trailing newspapers and of course television. and sports. In the next article. It's radio that's there when disaster strikes. Radio is broadcasted everywhere twenty-four hours a day and always has the breaking news. started his career in radio and concluded." Nearly 98 percent of people listen to the radio primarily for news. the Government will open up as many as 700 channels in the Phase III as per some media reports. all night. While TV pulls the big audience. Unlike many other mass mediums radio is much more personal and friendly which attracts large audiences. and 80 percent of the younger audiences daily. Walter Cronkite11. entertainment. Instead of working against television which was virtually impossible radio companies began working with them. all day. Radio audiences have concluded that they listen to the radio. During this time the younger audience was one of the radio's highest audience percentages. In the early to mid 90s Fox was having trouble obtaining the younger audience that they wanted so they looked to the radio. Though the radio industry has many growth drivers. which is remarkably comparing with the competition. This phase will witness licenses being awarded in smaller towns. Radio advertising became increasingly difficult with the dawn of the television era which prompted the need for new ideas to reach the audience. talk. because they are either bored or lonely. Although television has shifted much of the audience away from radio it is undisputable that radio is always there. it's still radio that's there virtually every place. we shall outline the risks to the growth of the radio industry. Radio reaches 77 percent of consumers. This could result in radio getting a larger share of the advertising spends. much like television.It is expected that after the completion of Phase II Policy. Although radio did take a severe hit when the television was introduced into average households they still managed to make a comeback. a famous broadcast journalist. there are various risk factors also that could derail the growth of the radio industry.
radio is the ideal means of reaching people driving to and from work. Most people listen to the radio at one time or another during the day. Of all media. In fact. Free creative help is usually available. Can be enjoyed at home. for instance. In addition. For example. And because airtime costs are low. This flexibility allows advertisers to adjust to local market conditions. radio has the shortest closing period. • Permits you to target your advertising dollars to the market most likely to respond to your offer. For example. these radio time slots provides the best audience for many advertisers. Known as drive time. and so on. • • • Permits you to create a personality for your business using only sounds and voices. In addition. Copy can be submitted up to airtime. and even weather.Advantage of radio: The most important advantage radio offers is its ability to reach specific audiences through specialized programming. extensive repetition is possible. Radio offers advertisers flexibility. current news events. Radio's flexibility is also evident in its willingness to participate in promotional tie-ins such as store openings races. Pizza hut12. Advantages: • A universal medium. Radio may be the least expensive of all media. . a local hardware store can quickly implement a snow shovel promotion the morning after a snowstorm. the costs of producing a radio commercial can be low. particularly if local station announcers read the message. radio can be adapted for different parts of the country and can reach people at different times of the day. the most appropriate role for most radio advertising in a supportive one. Radio's low cost and high reach of selected target groups make it an excellent supporting medium. at work. Rates can generally be negotiated. and while driving. reached out to its target audience of women making dinner choices by using radio during 4 to 5 pm time slot.
or not clear Basically in any educational communication. radio is having a lot of disadvantages for any educational communication.• Least inflated medium. if an educational program is broadcast then the people who do not have good listening skills cannot understand it. radio rates have gone up less than other media. Lack of visual aids is the major disadvantage of radio in educational communication. During the past ten years. • • Not as fast as using a phone. Moreover. to totally saturate your market you have to advertise simultaneously on many stations. Strategic Roles of Radio . which means your ad has to work hard to be listened to and understood. • Radio is a background medium. body language also plays a very significant role in understanding the point of view of the other person and it is not viewable in radio communication. Ads are an interruption to the entertainment. • Advertising costs are based on ratings which are approximations based on diaries kept in a relatively small fraction of a region's homes. In the case of radio. Therefore. Another thing which is very important in educational communication is to get feedback and analyze the interest of audience which is also not possible in radio. There are a lot of people who want visual aids like whiteboards. Most listeners are doing something else while listening. for making it more persuasive and effective visual aids are very important. radio ads must be repeated to break through the listener's "tune out" factor. could take a little bit The line could get fuzzy. multimedia presentations or hard copies to better understand the discussion. Disadvantages: • Because radio listeners are spread over many stations. • • Listeners cannot refer back to your ads to go over important points. Because of this.
this is often the most challenging task in sectors where there are several topparity brands. Radio is particularly useful for this as it uses the human voice in real-time. Support to other media Young people are of course consumers of several media. To press. low capital cost and local flexibility. Radio can also. Brands in fast-changing areas like retail or financial services often use radio for its ability to put over several different messages as an overlay to a core TV campaign (multiple executions in radio are very inexpensive compared to TV). like TV. or a promotional offer. With TV it is traditionally used to add to the length of a campaign or to fill weeks where there is no TV activity . radio can work in a complementary way to other media. Brands like the Carphone Warehouse13 have used this unique characteristic of radio to develop an unassailable lead within their category. often need the benefits of products or services explained to them before they can make a decision to purchase .As Commercial Radio developed in the early days.fast turnaround. a bank account. its key strengths were seen as primarily tactical . This means that the young people do not have to wade their way through extensive reading material before they even know what the proposition is.for services or corporate advertising this can be very valuable in adding personality and tone of voice. bring things to life . Dominant share of mind Share of mind can be described as the extent to which a brand makes itself salient within the consumer's mind . radio above all adds intrusiveness. most conspicuously in the form of a Sonic Brand Trigger. or to include additional information. because levels of ad avoidance with print are so high.it can also be used to explain products or services in more depth. . These days however. Radio also works exceptionally well with TV if there is creative synergy. radio is increasingly being used for strategic roles. The ability of radio to create dominant share of mind is a product of its intrusiveness and the high frequency with which ads are broadcast. and/or high levels of competitive activity. because of their inexperience.for example. Because of its inherent characteristics. while the traditional strengths still apply. and campaigns which use only one medium can miss out on the "media multiplier effect". Young people.
they feel.g. care must be taken in the creative work to overcome this expectation . films. Tone of voice is a key area with radio: young people can tell when they are being addressed as equals. tone of voice etc. Tone of voice is a key issue with advertising strategies in this territory. as a personal "me-medium". because radio is a real-time intrusive medium. and when they are not. surprise.Speaking from inside youth culture As the qualitative research illustrates. outlets selling favored brands. and to set up their own world independently. e. There was evidence of three sorts of advertising memories: Relevant: Ads which mentioned areas or names of specific interest. Radio Advertising The evidence from the qualitative research is that young people feel their local FM station is aimed at people like them. However. young people begin to move away from their parents' world of choices and preferences. probably quite correctly. since they expect most ads to be irrelevant to them.leaving their parents out of the equation. they feel as though the people on the radio treat them like adults . . and are strongly influenced by relevance of the brand or product advertised. concerts Vague/ not relevant: Memories of ads for local garages.through linking to the relevant topic. allows the advertiser to speak from inside the so-called "youth fortress" As the respondents said in the research.newspapers for example.little or no specific detail remembered Sonic Brand Triggers: Much evidence of children's ability to pick up on musical SBTs and sing them out loud Consideration It seems clear from this analysis that children are very selective in their attention. It would follow that. they have to sit through the full length of any ads which are for irrelevant products. Radio. involvement. that most advertising is aimed at adults. but the advertising is not . cars and insurance companies . Inevitably this means that some media are seen as outside that independent world .
It was acquired from India Today promoter Living Media in January 2006. "Mera Wala Gana". Warangal. Mangalore. "Indore Beats" and "Nomoshkar Kolkata". Delhi. Lucknow. Indore. RADIO STATIONS ACROSS BANGALORE: Red FM: Red FM is an Indian FM14 radio brand. even for seemingly irrelevant brands. Starting August 14. Shillong and Aizwal. Vijayawada. with a 48. It was launched in 2002. Aurangabad. Radio Indigo is the only radio station in the country that plays contemporary international . Kannur. NDTV. "Dilse". 2009 and re-branded all its stations to Red FM except for the ones in Tamil Nadu.9% stake. Nagpur. Tirupathi. Siliguri. Rajahmundry. Kochi.1". "RDX". as well as minority holdings of Hyderabad-based IT company Value Labs. Bangalore. Astro. This is a Jupiter Capital venture. The channel is owned by Kalanidhi Maran. Jaipur. S FM or Suryan FM was re-branded into RED FM across 38 cities in INDIA. Rajkot. Bhubaneswar. Hyderabad. "Superhits Music Show". Jamshedpur. Their punchline is 'Baja ate Raho' (Keep Playing). "One Two ka Four". 2009.The color of music. The most widely broadcast shows include "Morning No.5 megahertz in the cities of Mumbai. the programming is now 100% exclusively Hindi. Mysore. However. Gulbarga. Trivandrum. Gwalior. Kolkata and Pune in addition to Bhopal. Jabalpur. playing a mix of Hindi and English songs. Guwahati. In one of the recent developments at Super Hits Red FM 93. with stations broadcasting at 93. Nashik. Asansol. Vadodara. Soul of Bangalore is the country's first and only international hit station. Radio Indigo: Radio Indigo 91. Ahmedabad. Vizag. Gangtok. S FM took over Red FM in August.9FM15 . Kozhikode. Trissur. "Mumbai Local". Varanasi.5 Virag Mishra joined the team as a National Creative Head.Young people pick up very strongly on musical Sonic Brand Triggers. Kanpur. Allahabad. Virag the recipient of the esteemed Stardust Award for standout performance as a lyricist is from advertising background.
In MP. jazz. it operates on 101. it uses the 100. the name was changed to FM Rainbow in 2002.9 has now emerged as the hottest radio station connecting to the most happening International music from around the world. This government owned enterprise. Saggy. In vizag. but the new cowboys on the bandwagon are Kenny Jones. Sriram. It was earlier called FM Metro. Christabel. run by All India Radio16 is a national radio station. it operates on 102 megahertz. The station is talking to all those who reflect the Youth and love music. In Bhopal. The station plays a vibrant array of genres like pop. Having headquarters in Bengaluru. It operates in Bangalore as well with a frequency of 101. And they are so exclusive that they are broadcasting only to Bengaluru and Goa. It’s International with an Indian soul. In Lucknow. The signals of this station are very strong and it catches till the far villages.3.music. Radio Indigo 91. world music and much more. English language covering more than 12 districts of Madhya Pradesh and 21 Suburbs in Bhopal City. it is also known as "Rainbow FM". Suraj and Shweta taking their shows to the extreme and rocking the studios literally. The channel plays various genres of music unlike private channels. Of course the audience hears favorites like Rohit Barker. But like all good things in this world. In Hyderabad. Playing all the hits all the time. Melodee Austin. features Hindi and regional language songs and occasional English songs along with hourly news bulletins in English. In Delhi. hip-hop. It plays . it operates on 102.1 megahertz. heard all across India.2 megahertz. it does not stick to music of just one language. Radio Indigo caters to Bangalore and Goa's long-standing tradition and a vibrant community of music aficionados.7 MHz slot. regional language and also in Hindi. it operates on 107. Radio Indigo 91-9 has evolved to brilliance through bigger promotions & prizes. it operates on 102. The listeners are exposed to a prescribed dose of music or whatever gets their groove. AIR FM Rainbow: AIR FM Rainbow. cars and office.1 megahertz in Hindi cum. classic rock.9 megahertz and in Vijayawada it operates on 102.6 megahertz and AIR FM Rainbow Delhi is the only FM Channel to be aired in as many as ten cities. Michelle and Allen Kepler. The station has today become a house-hold name and those who have grown to love the station are sneaking it in their homes. Ryan Seacrest. In Mumbai.
Take off. Fever 104 FM.1 megahertz. It plays the latest hits. In a short span of three years. 1 position in Mumbai and Bangalore leaving behind all the other FM channels in these cities. it operates on 107. Mumbai. The popular slot for English music called Radio Raptures on AIR FM Rainbow is aired everyday from 7am to10am and from 10pm to 1am and it has earned a very good audience with the passing years. Fever 104 FM has surged ahead with a total time spent listening of 386 minutes. the channel's rise has been meteoric. Matchless music hours. Wicked Hour. Some of the radios Jockeys of AIR FM Rainbow are Altaf. with its signature property of 40 minutes non-stop music. Rainbow is one of very few Indian radio channels which air Western Music and the western music slots are really popular with listeners.1 megahertz in Tamil language covering more than 12 districts of Tamil Nadu. National Radio Station in Trichy. Raunak. Just for you. all day. Bangalore and Kolkata. In Mumbai. Almost all the radio jockeys on private FM channels once started with FM Rainbow.ghazals. In terms of TSL.2 FM station in Delhi on the popularity charts. all the time across the cities of Delhi. owned by HT Media Limited.6 megahertz and AIR FM Rainbow Delhi is the only FM Channel to be aired in around ten cities.7 MHz slot. a rare occurrence in Indian radio channels. In Tamil Nadu. Fever 104 FM is a contemporary hits music station that plays a mix of regional. In Delhi. Mumbai (since January ’07). Fever 104 FM with its tagline ‘It's all about the music!’ entered the FM radio market in key Indian cities. it uses the 100. was formed in technical collaboration with the Virgin group. AIR FM Rainbow is heard on 102 megahertz. It has many western music programs like Time Out. It is No. The company entered the private FM radio market in the four main cities of Delhi. soundtracks as well as English songs. Aditi and Sohail. It has gained the No. hippest and most happening Radio Station that plays more music than any other was launched. this radio channel is also known as "Rainbow FM". Bangalore and Kolkata with the brand Fever 104 FM. Mumbai. In vizag. Radio pet house. India's youngest. AIR FM Rainbow operates on 102. You asked for it. Sunny. . AIR FM Rainbow operates on 102. Footloose. FEVER 104 FM: In 2006. Wasim. not only this it also has classical music shows. Live wire Plus. while in Lucknow. national and international hits. Bangalore (since March ‘07) and Kolkata (January ‘08). It is available in Delhi (since October’ 06). FEVER 104 FM17.
5 MHz in Mumbai till 2006. operating in various media segments such as print media and television broadcasting. The government then took the initiative to privatize the radio broadcasting sector. Times FM was probably the most famous radio in India which began its operation in 1993. Radio Mirchi: Radio Mirchi19 is a nationwide network of private FM radio stations in India. The initiative got a good response. launched a carpooling drive which is has involved celebrities like Robin Uthappa. Kolkata. Bangalore. The station broadcasts at 94. 10. was the only radio broadcaster in India. was the only radio broadcaster in India. It sold airtime blocks on its FM channels in Indore. till June 1998. Delhi. It sold airtime blocks on its FM channels to private operators.0 MHz’s. 2006 in Mumbai before going national in 6 more cities. Soon the service of Radio One will also be started in Bhopal. In the city of Bangalore. After that. Times FM. who developed their own program content. Indore.000 people are said to have carpooled in the city. Radio Mirchi began operations in 1993 in Indore. Hyderabad. It is a joint venture between Mid-day Multimedia and BBC Worldwide and operates in 7 metros namely Mumbai. It was known as Go 92. All India Radio or AIR. The original avatar of Radio Mirchi was Times FM. the government decided not to renew contracts given to private operators. The Times Group operated its brand. and by the end of May 2009. Limited (BCCL) which is one of the largest media and entertainment companies in India.Radio One: Radio One18 is a radio station in India. Radio One and the Bangalore Traffic Police. Chennai. Delhi. who developed their own program content. Coleman & Co.5 FM and was broadcast on 92.3 MHz in all cities except in Ahmadabad where it broadcasts on 95. . Until 1993. which is one of the subsidiaries of The Times Group. let’s know a little about Radio Mirchi. It is owned by the Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL). Vizag and Goa to private operators. Kolkata. Pune and Ahmadabad. The government then took the initiative to privatize the radio broadcasting sector. a government undertaking. a government undertaking. it is promoted by Bennett. Jabalpur and Jaipur. Mumbai. It was launched on June 8. AIR. The Times Group operated its brand. and Rahul Dravid encouraging the public to carpool. Until 1993. Before we begin.
The survey had 1. Sonu Niigaam. Playing contemporary hits songs Radio Mirchi has always been the No 1 choice of listeners. In December 2008. During the year. As per the Radio Audience Measurement Reports (RAM). Mirchi was voted the No. The jury led by Chairman. As per Brand Reporter October 2009 issue Mirchi was recognized as one of the game changers of the decade in the radio industry. The success of the website reflects the overall popularity of Mirchi. The SEC ABC segments were earlier dominated by Big FM & now by Friends FM. Javed Akhtar. till June 1998. Radio Mirchi has been dominating in Delhi & is the leader in Mumbai and Kolkata. 1 media brand. Its lead over its nearest competitor is more than double. IRS 2009 reiterates the same as Mirchi has more than 41 million listeners across 32 stations. The survey was conducted by Metrix Labs and AC Nielsen. After that. the government decided not to renew contracts given to private operators. This endorses the vote of trust that the brand has built amongst its listeners. the design was created and crafted by the music fraternity itself.: The Mirchi Kaan Awards acknowledges and honors the contribution of individuals and organizations that have led the way in developing clutter busting radio advertising.the other members comprised the best in the industry: Prasoon Joshi.Times FM. would make any recipient proud . While the parentage of the idea was that of Mirchi. it won a plethora of awards.5 million participants. Radio Mirchi is the number 1 radio brand in the private FM space. It's the largest private FM Radio operator in the country in terms of number of operational stations and revenue. Its market share in revenue terms remains in excess of 40% of the private FM industry. Lalit Pandit. However in Kolkata they are not clear leaders in SEC ABC segments. Anu Malik. However in the SEC D & E segments Radio Mirchi has total domination. Louiz Banks. the brand. Over the years Mirchi have established two important landmarks i.e. The awards have been instituted to encourage continued creative focus on radio advertising. Mirchi’s website was voted the most popular TV and Radio site in India. Sadhana Sargam. Shankar Mahadevan. It has been recognition of the brand popularity and the creative talent behind the brand. This unique honor was bestowed on Mirchi by the Pitch-IMRB group's survey of the top service brands of the country. ahead of iconic brands like The Times of India and Star Plus. . Kavita Krishnamurthy.
BIG FM 92. Ramesh Sippy and Kunal Kohli.0 in most cities) megahertz from Mumbai (where it was started in 2004). Lucknow and New Delhi. 2001. The station has been criticized for multiple format changes and presenter lineup. Radio City has launched Fun Ka Antenna Online Radio Station which plays hits across genres including International. songs. Suresh Wadkar. videos. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Radio City Bangalore is India's first private FM radio station and was started on July 3. the station had been steadily losing popularity with the launch of newer stations in Bangalore. It plays Hindi songs. Recently as of July. it covers 45 cities. Over the years. Jonzie Kurian and Suresh Venkat. The Radio station currently plays a mix of Hindi and Kannada music. It was launched in Hyderabad in March. Radio City recently forayed into New Media in May 2008 with the launch of a new mega music portal . Bangalore (started first in 2001). Indipop and Sufi among others.PlanetRadiocity. and other music-related features. Darius Sunawala. The jury set tough standards. This is the only private FM radio station which is being broadcast from Srinagar and Jammu in Jammu & Kashmir state. This initiative has already reached hundreds of schools across the country. It launched with presenters such as Rohit Barker.com that offers music related news. . 700 to 800 million in the current fiscal year to set up 16 FM (Frequency Modulation) stations across India. English and regional songs. Bollywood. 2006.7: BIG FM 92.7FM).7 MHz (92.Kailash Kher. It broadcasts on 91. Currently. 2006 it has announced plans to invest Rs.7 is a nationwide private FM radio station in India owned by Indian businessman Anil Ambani21.1 (earlier 91. It broadcasts at 92. This initiative of ‘Listen to my movie’ has been felicitated with one of the most prestigious Readers Digest Pegasus CSR Awards in the ‘Silver Category’. in Chennai on July 7th 2006 and in Vishakapatnam October 2007.e. Radio City: Radio City20 is a FM radio station in India. “audio books”. The Chief Executive Officer is Ms Apurva Purohit. As a part of its CSR Mirchi initiated a program to improve the quality of life of the visually impaired and the company came up with an initiative i.
4. Its mission is to provide excellence in academic education and focuses on the holistic development of the individual. to sensitize society to global. social issues etc.000. environment. women. BIG FM included Singapore.It has made an announcement to invest Rs. scientific awareness. under the name of 'BIG Bollywood 96. Its main tagline is "Suno Sunao.3. the first city outside India. while entertaining the public. the JGI family is principled. development. proactive and visionary.000 dedicated to transmission equipment. The community radio station. Inspired by its dynamic founder and Chairman Mr. Radio Active will seek to reach out to Bangalore’s masses on issues concerning health. educate. In keeping with its tradition of promoting the welfare and betterment of society. .3FM’.000. which would make the proposed network the largest ever. Its vision is to contribute leaders to a vibrant and responsive India. to use technology and human enterprise in tandem to help create a meaningful and proactive social ambience where interdependence becomes mutually supportive and to focus on a universally responsive India. JGI draws on the essence of tradition and sophistication of modernization to educate the professionals of tomorrow. and charitable schooling to professional courses. 2008. It broadcasts its programs daily from 5 to 8pm on XFM 96. JGI has taken the initiative to launch a community radio station serving the cause of progress and development of the community at large. Life Banao". from primary to higher education. R Chenraj Jain. in its broadcasting network. Radio Active: Jain Group of Institutions (JGI)22 is a conglomerate of 35 mission driven institutions that spans the gamut of education. infrastructure and licensing. The Vision behind Radio Active is to empower every individual in society to become a winner and an achiever by harnessing and nurturing human potential. in turn seeking to inform. national and local issues. From July 1.
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