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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
Indian scientist J. which he used in 1901. In 1943 the US Supreme Court reviewed the decision. mountains or water. Nikoli Tesla remains to be acknowledged as the inventor of the radio. referencing the Proceedings of the IEEE.C. When he was found dead in 1929. Growth of Radio . By that time Marconi had received his patent and international recognition. 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’. Stubblefield demonstrated his invention to the press in 1902 but. The instruments (‘Mercury Coherer with a telephone detector’) are still there in the science museum of the Calcutta University. 1998. Bose did not apply for a patent on his design because he believed in the free flow of inventions in science. The transmission was over a distance of three miles from the Presidency College and Science College in Calcutta. . he applied for the patent in September 1901. being afraid that his invention will be stolen. it was not public radio broadcasting as we know it today. This was a way of communicating between two points. Thus writes contributor Dipak Basu.against Marconi in 1915.Radiotelegraph and Spark-Gap Transmitters Radio-telegraphy is the sending by radio waves the same dot-dash message (Morse code) used in a telegraph. Kentucky. his radio equipment was gone. Stubblefield. never marketed his wireless radio. was the exact copy of that of Bose. It was developed mainly for ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship communication. He was awarded the US patent for the invention of the radio in 1904. Tesla became acknowledged as the inventor of the radio – even though he did not build a working radio. Transmitters at that time were called spark-gap machines. a farmer from Murray. It is reputed that Nathan B. Bose had solved the problem of the Hertz not being able to penetrate walls. But under pressure from American friends. made a voice transmission four years before Marconi transmitted radio signals. Marconi’s Coherer. however. January. Bose demonstrated the radio transmission in 1896 in Calcutta in front of the British Governor General.
Navy to prevent its possible use by enemy spies. Fessenden. all radio development was controlled by the U. De Forest was also the person who first used the word "radio". Lee Deforest . in 1906. Lee De Forest provided that detector. the triode amplifier and the Audio. Radio Speaks The first time the human voice was transmitted by radio is debatable. In 1919. In the early 1900s. to an experimental program of talk and music by Reginald A. Military Use and Patent Control When the United States entered the First World War in 1917. primarily because the initial radiotelegraph transmitter discharged electricity within the circuit and between the electrodes was unstable causing a high amount of interference. "Hello Rainey" spoken by Natan B.S. 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.Improvements to Radio Transmitters Overseas radiotelegraph service developed slowly.S. The Alexanderson high-frequency alternator and the De Forest tube resolved many of these early technical problems. in 1892. which was heard by radio-equipped ships within several hundred miles. Stubblefield 2 to a test partner near Murray. . government took over control of all patents related to radio technology. 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. The U. Claims to that distinction range from the phase. Kentucky.AM Radio Lee Deforest invented space telegraphy. thus. after the government released its control of all patents. It made it possible to amplify the radio frequency signal picked up by the antenna before application to the receiver detector.
and died in 1954. Frequency modulation or FM improved the audio signal of radio by controlling the noise static caused by electrical equipment and the earth's atmosphere. including a 125 foot antenna in his parent's backyard. FM Radio 1933 Edwin Armstrong is most commonly known for inventing frequency-modulated or FM radio in 1933. Edwin Armstrong was only eleven when Marconi made the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission. also in New York City. However. Westinghouse's KDKA-Pittsburgh broadcast the Harding-Cox election returns and began a daily schedule of radio program. and frequency modulation. in New York City.S. super heterodyning.True Broadcasting Begins In 1915. the young Armstrong began studying radio and building homemade wireless equipment. to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Edwin Armstrong received U. Edwin Armstrong should be known for inventing three key innovations: regeneration.342.000 times . Edwin Howard Armstrong was one of great engineers of the 20th century. Edwin Armstrong invented the regenerative or feedback circuit. On November 2. 1920. The Dawn of FM Radio The story of FM radio is one of success and tragedy. Regeneration amplification worked by feeding the received radio signal through a radio tube 20. Virginia. 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. Enthralled. he was born in 1890. Regeneration Amplification 1913 In 1913. patent 1.885 for a "Method of Receiving High-Frequency Oscillations Radio" for his FM technology.
By 1941. the FCC allowed them to simulcast — simultaneously broadcast the same programming on both their AM and FM stations. David Sarnof3 and RCA. interest in FM radio further diminished and by 1949. and cause Armstrong to lose his personal investment in FM radio. because of ionosphere refraction. pressured the FCC to change all of the FM radio frequencies — a move they knew would instantly obsolete all of the exiting FM radios. still out to hold control of their radio empire. many FM stations . RCA bought into the patents and helped Armstrong develop an experimental radio station. Armstrong was clearly a technical genius. Since most radio station owners didn't want to go to the expense of creating high-fidelity programming just for their FM stations. who was head of RCA and had said he would help him develop it. that increased the power of the received radio signal and allowed radio broadcasts to have a greater range.per second. Although his life was cut short. Even though he had improved AM radio in significant ways. Superhetrodyne Tuner Edwin Armstrong invented the superhetrodyne tuner that allowed radios to tune into different radio stations. David Sarnof. The ensuing war diverted resources and froze development. Then the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. he's still considered the most prolific inventor in radio's history. Once TV started to evolve. 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). 50 FM stations were on the air. especially in rural areas Armstrong took his invention to a friend.
FM radio not only climbed out of the cellar of popularity after Armstrong's death. Once FM radio started to make money. On January 31. removed the air conditioner from his 13th story New York apartment. We'll cover public broadcasting — both radio and television — in an upcoming module. RCA quickly started pushing its development and subsequently made millions of dollars from the sale of FM transmitters and equipment. and jumped to his death. Graph 1: Growth of FM radio (Source: www. 1954.com) As shown in the from the graph . A few weeks later RCA announced record profits. RADIO BROADCASTING . but today it leads AM radio in both number of stations and listeners. taxing battle against Sarnof and RCA. He wrote a note to his wife apologizing for what he was about to do.had shut down. The green line represents the growth of noncommercial and National Public Radio (NPR) stations. Edwin Armstrong. gave up his long.cybercollege.
rather than the sale of receiving sets. On the other hand. especially on the network level. . the erection of 108 TV stations-and the beginnings. after the government removed restrictions late in 1919. 1940s: This period included World War II. 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. 1926 – 1930: Commercial radio became solidly established. older forms were polished and improved. Broadcasting in 1935 to 1941 saw radio revenues soaring to new heights. of a shift in importance from radio to television. etc. electronic concerns were shifted to war production. it marked the development of new types of equipment. 1923 – 1926: This was a transitional period. employees were drafted into military service. 1945-1952: A highly important era in the history of American radio and television. was in short supply.particularly development of networks and the presentation of network programs by national advertisers. The transistor was demonstrated in 1947 by Bell Labs. but even so. Some of this increase was the result of inflation. 1941 to 1945 was the big money-making time for American radio. Chiefly. in 1944-45. The make-up of RCA consisted of those companies that had the key patents or would shortly buy them for wireless telegraphy. 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.This period marked the start of "regular" broadcasting. no less than 70% above the level of revenues in 1940-41. The nation had shifted. but relatively little effect on broadcast revenues. tubes. with the result that broadcasting equipment. and while not too many new program forms introduced. It saw an enormous increase in the total number of radio stations. but which was not able to be used unless all the conflicting patent owners would permit. from a threat-of-war situation into actual involvement. in December of 1941. it was a period in which some persons at least saw in broadcasting possible source of revenues-from sale of time. 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. both network and station revenues were strikingly greater than in the prewar period. at least. it saw the beginnings of broadcasting on a commercial basis. costs advanced. it saw development of basic types of programs.
posted in every control room. Advertisers want to buy radio. FM makes a comeback: For a system that was invented nearly 40 years earlier. but during this decade television became the dominant mass medium as the freeze on licenses was lifted and a 70channel UHF band was added.radio reinvents: Probably based on the early work of programmers like McClendon and Bill Drake. The saying. The networks reached from coast-to-coast and in 1953 the FCC approved the industry indorsed compatible NTSC color television system (RCA-NBC). hundreds of AM stations embrace a "top-40 time and temperature" format. The music was still controlled by cynical old white men. Programming. in some markets more than 50% of the people using radio are still tuned by habit to that "one big legendary AM station. once AM and now FM were making lots of money. Stations played three minute songs. 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. but grew in the number of smaller stations licensed. . 1970-1980 . be brief" was. reversing their 1950 decision which had authorized a non-compatible field-sequential system (CBS). Each station has only a small segment of the audience. AM stations even tried to meet the challenge by going "stereo" but no one cared. it seemed. Radio makes lots of money: The big music stations. 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. it took a long time for FM to overtake AM.radio bores: AM Top 40 begins the decade with lock on the ratings. "be bright. 1960-1970 ." By the middle of the decade most of these major stations were struggling. Pop music was better and it demanded a delivery service that sounded as good as a home audio system. Even though its sound was stale. There were lots of jingles and promotions. There was even disco on FM! Formats fragment: There are no longer just two formats. The Big FM's would rule by the decade’s end. Radio became less secure. top-40 on AM and progressive rock" on FM.Broadcasting from 1952 through the 1960's: Earlier trends continued. There are plenty of listeners and times are good as far as jobs and money.
radio struggles: The Reagan administration de-regulates the industry. edited and broadcast using the hard drive of a computer. tenacious. new challenges: For young people seeking a career in radio the good news was if you are good at sales. In the 1980s almost half of the radio stations changed hands. less news and public affairs types. Production that used to involve splicing tape is now done . hundreds of new radio networks emerge and die. AM tries a comeback: Helped with new technical regulations. New radio station owners want to cut costs. 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. reporter and reader as every station had to employ in the 1970's.radio competes: Less people do more work. Buy-sell: Like the house you bought for a high price in the late 1980's. lessappealing to listeners and sponsors. use automation to run three stations at once. more automation. If you were a news writer. you'll work. Again. 1980-1990 . The era of Niche Programming and formats begins and now there is a format for every narrow interest. In this market most of each day is automated. 1990-2000 . New owners. Stations now have to satisfy the demands of the marketplace instead of the demands of Federal regulation. Smaller stations automate with them but it makes the station less local-sounding. mostly offering music formats delivered by big city DJ's.Radio networks return: With inexpensive satellite technology available to every station.000 and in major and large markets. News and public affairs suffered. promise of fewer stations and an expanded AM band. promotion or production of promotions. A smaller pie: The number of stations swelled to 12. there were perhaps 100 to 200 stations vying for listeners. To succeed you have to be above average. the FCC station owners tried to save AM one more time. No union problems because the unions in radio are practically irrelevant. now your station was no longer required to have news. persistent. the radio station you also bought is worth less than you paid. less people have to do more. This means cutbacks. Digital takes over radio technology: Now an entire day can be stored.
the Integrated North-East Service that aimed at reaching out to the tribal groups in northeast India and handles the External Services. the North-East Zone in Guwahati. AM is around after almost 100 years. and the South Zone in Chennai. It was established in 1936 and since 1957 All India Radio was renamed as Akashvani. to be replaced with computer memory. current owners want to be first in line when licenses are issued for these new services. British colonial government approved a license to a private company. Internet. Akashvani is a government-owned. the East Zone in Kolkata. HISTORY OF RADIO IN INDIA: Broadcasting began in India with the formation of a private radio service in Madras (presently Chennai) in 1924. Talk radio's decade: Rush. all future non-FM delivery services. There were only six radio stations in India at the time of independence. Assam. namely in the North Zone in New Delhi. In 1936. And just like the transition to television. In the very same year. Government of India controls the radio broadcasting in India that works under the Directorate General of All India Radio. There are five regional headquarters for All India Radio. etc. the West Zone in Mumbai. When India became independent in 1947. semi -commercial operation of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. All India Radio`s network had expanded by the mid-1990s to around 146 AM stations along with a National Channel.with the click of a mouse. Conservative politics. 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. and suddenly many struggling AMs are revived and saved again by talk radio. the Indian Broadcasting Company5. DBS. DMX. New delivery services: Digital stuff. Still. Analog devices like cart machines will disappear by 2004. Vividh Bharati earned its revenues from extensive advertisements and . this very Corporation was renamed All India Radio (AIR) and was controlled by the Department of Communications. to inaugurate Radio stations in Bombay and Kolkata. Commercial Radio services in India started in 1967 by Vividh Bharati Service with its headquarters at Mumbai. AIR was made a separate Department under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Within 4 years. again associated with the All India Radio`s services. decided not to renew contracts of private FM operators. Television broadcasts started from Delhi in September 1959. citizens duties and rights. the advertising revenue . primarily due to the absence of any motion medium. 93 crores with Times of India's Times FM & Mid-Day Group's Radio Mid-Day becoming the main players. in June 1998 the Government. Then history changed its course. The role of broadcasting provided an inlet for the flow of modern ideas. and other agriculture-related information. popularity of radio spread nationwide. Initially it was around 14 million that rose to nearly 65 million. In 1993. such as farmers needing agro climatic. however the importance of radio did not decline. through its electronic media regulatory body Prasar Bharti. In 1961 the television medium were expanded to include a school educational television project. In those days radio was considered as an integral medium of communication. prepare programming content. Then. Indian radio also took up the task of aiding in the development of economic scenario. In 1994 there had been almost eighty-five FM stations and seventy-three short wave stations that connected the entire country. book commercials from advertisers and broadcast the whole lot. India has a wide-ranging network of medium wave and short-wave stations. the Government allowed private FM operators to 'buy' blocks (chunks) on All India Radio. It was due to the same reason of static thoughts prevailing in the society. that television came into existence in 1959. Programs were broadcast twice a week for an hour a day on welfare topics related to community health. the Government of India did not permit private radio stations to broadcast in India. plant protection. Not surprisingly. the FM Radio advertising and sponsorship business grew to Rs. (1997-98). The early history of Indian radio broadcasting in independent India set the parameters for the succeeding role of television in the nation. Indian radio proved to be a prime medium of social integration. The broadcasting equipment used in India is mainly indigenous and reaches special audiences. For more than 4 decades. and traffic and road sense. The number of radio receivers increased almost five times between 1970 and 1994.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. Most radios are also produced within India.
Currently. The first round of bidding . In response to the Government's offer. a Zee Group company. Private FM radio sector would shift to a revenue-sharing model from the existing license fee regime. won the largest number of bids. So.2 million each Radio is expected to follow the growth of the Television industry.fell by 50% within a year! This time. July 6. respectively. the competition shrank. Others dropped out saying the business was not viable. But the going was not so easy. Interestingly. Licensee Fee and revenue sharing model Currently. garnered close to Rs 3. New Media Broadcasting. which grew rapidly following the entry of private player. And the focus on metros was evident in the bidding. the government had to actually face mass withdrawal of bidders because of the huge license fee. the Government auctioned licenses for private FM channels to bolster the revenue. revenue-sharing also exists in the media sector. Incidentally.for stations in Mumbai. Many gave up. the Government gave the green light to privatize radio in India.2 million and Rs 74 million. each for Rs 77. there are roughly 10 players who will operate approximately in 37 cities across the country. The objective is to “make FM radio a . The government got the highest bids .for 76 channels in 26 cities. And in 2000. the bids for Hyderabad and Nagpur came next. 1999 was the historic day when the Government announced that 150 new FM channels would be licensed across 40 cities. the bidding price for the Mumbai license was reportedly to the tune of Rs 9. For instance. compared to 89% of All India Radio (AIR). Music Broadcasting became the first firm in India to commence private FM broadcast from Bangalore in July. Expecting to collect Rs 800 million from auctioning 108 licenses. FM players pay annual license fees.5 million from each of 10 broadcast companies . unable to shell out the high license fee. while the bids for Delhi were Rs 71. A handful of serious bidders chose to remain.6 billion as license fee for the privately run FM radio channels in 40 cities. many companies bid for the licenses to operate in key markets. in effect.75 crore.5 billion.Rs 97. However. Today. which focused mainly on the smaller towns. The government collected close to Rs 4. players consolidated and the Government extended its deadline. which go up by 15 per cent every year. FM coverage in India is restricted to just 17% of the country.
Globally depending on each country. much like satellite channels did to the quantum of television advertising in the country.success story”. radio has a 5 % to 12 % of the advertising cake. That should open up a vast new market of consumers-100 million Indian households own an estimated 150 million radios. it is firm on revenue-sharing now. 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 . While the private FM players had sought revenue-sharing in the band of 2-2. 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. Given that radio has penetrated into 100 million homes and a FM set costs around Rs.7% and Spain with 9. But FM presently covers only 17 percent of the area and 21 % of the population of India through transmitters. The geographical area covered by radio in India in India is as high as 98 percent and the penetration level is approximately 97 percent. On the higher side are countries like the United States with 13 %.1%. FM station executives are not forthcoming on multi-platform strategies as yet. 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. Canada with 12. Revenue-sharing will follow payment of a one-time entry fee through a process of bidding. Currently radio has just 2 percent of the 9000 crore Indian advertising market according to an Arthur Anderson’s survey. There has been debate on whether to recommend a revenue-sharing structure or a fixed amount for a period of 10 years. It’s better to keep the revenue-sharing figure low than to have a failed project. After the second round of privatization. the number of FM radio stations targeted is around 300 to 4006. the panel has fixed it at 4 per cent.5 per cent. Revenue-sharing figure is quite low at around 4 %.FICCI estimates FM’s . outnumbering television sets 3:1. 50/.
for advertisers. it is being predicted that radio's share in the total advertising pie will see an increase in the medium term. With more players in the fray the FM radio industry would grow and also enhance the government’s yield from licensing radio naturally. It is on the basis of these key drivers of growth. Also government allowing foreign players to enter the Indian market it will help the industry grow. 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. 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. Various radio stations are coming up with IPO for example Radio Mirchi thus helping them expand. 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. Rs. For example. each radio station is reeling under the brutal financial impact of high costs. helpful information . Virgin group has already started exploring the Indian market for suitable partners. This would be the key when evaluating the medium. Thus the potential if FM is better is bigger town. community announcements and public service messages provide a real value-added service. . The new India deserves an active private FM radio sector. Spearhead the government objective of growing the FM radio business in India. But at current levels of advertising support.5 percent to 5 % in five years. While TV is a family medium. Also advertising of certain product seems to work very well while some might not.share up from the present 1. It can provide a level playing field with benefits for listeners.traffic advisories. FUTURE OF RADIO INDUSTRY FM Radio can play its part in building a stronger business future for India. Providing free-to-air local broadcasts of music and entertainment. employment & career options. Also one must not forgot that radio continues to be a medium that has tremendous reach among the poor and marginalized sections of society. radio is personalized. They have also forecasted that revenues from radio advertising in India will be Rs. 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. as the car population is much bigger.
There are an estimated 150 million radio sets across the country.000 crore Indian advertising markets. • • 90% of India has access to radio which is unmatched by any other media. advertising spending is expected to amount to Rs 500 crore this year. though radio has only a 2 per cent share in the Rs 6. Also. The Rs 1. So that they can develop themselves well because this industry is still in an introduction stage. brochures or ads in local supplements of newspapers.6 billion industry is reported to be growing by 31 per cent every year and should touch the Rs 6. • The advertisers. are welcoming the opportunity. SWOT Analysis Strengths: • Recently. At the places where the literacy rates are low where people hardly read newspapers and radio is the only medium that they can understand.2 billion by 2007. with revenue rising at 23 per cent annually. Radio also reaches to uneducated village folk who do not read print publications. not only are listeners tuning into it more often but also sticking to radio for longer hours every day. because people can listen to radio anytime and anywhere they want. It is also a free medium. pamphlets. Therefore radio is more popular. who would depend on word-of-mouth. and reveals that radio listenership habits have changed considerably. • The success of private FM stations. the government has agreed upon revenue-sharing model. which is 4 % for the growth of the radio stations. • Radio is considered as a background medium. They can’t afford a TV set. .
other media or the advertisers or agency can use this medium for brand recall. But. • • Radio is considered as a medium where the “Proximity to purchase” is very high. • Radio-only nature of radio communication is a tremendous creative compromise. in India there is no proper research is available. Therefore. Weakness: • One of the major weaknesses of Radio is that there is very less differentiation in the programs that are aired. • Fragmented Audience .the large number of the audience in India is fragmented in various remote places.research is very important for any advertising segment. the percentage of listener tuned to anyone station is likely very small. • No proper research available . and therefore it is difficult to differentiate between the programs of the different channels. Radio is a complement to another media. Many advertisers think that without strong visual brand identification the medium can play little or no role in their advertising plans. • Increase in listenership numbers but no increase in ad revenue. Research is the main base to attract client and get more revenue. This is the situation that every radio channel is facing. And like its radio message creates a fleeting impression that is often gone in an instant. 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. An advertiser whose product depends on demonstration or visual impact is at a loss when it comes to radio. And therefore. Most of the stations plays much of the music that is played consist of Hindi Film songs. . Radio offers its reach frequency and selectivity at one of the lowest costs per thousand and radio production is relatively inexpensive.
And can play their station which will exclusively provide with the information relating to that university/college campus. One has to constantly innovate. • • Leaves huge scope for innovation in local market Threats: . • With the coming of the many more new players in the radio industry each channels can position themselves quite different from others. if some station is targeting the health conscious people then their programming strategy will vary accordingly.• 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. • Allowing private FM players to start news and current affairs programs. 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. • • • 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. we are very bullish. and that is the challenge. and gung-ho about this whole enterprise. And then it is easier for the advertisers also to decide on which channel to advertise. At the same time. Brand building is thus much more difficult.
AIR is the biggest player in India because of its reach. government channel etc… • Because of the new government policies there will be more number of stations and then competition will also increase. through a wide network of broadcasting centers and transmitters. which is set to increase at 15 percent per annum. revenues would need to grow at over 40 percent annually to break even in the next three years. It is dominated by the state owned All India Radio (AIR). Given that commercialization of radio is still in a nascent stage in India. as they could not afford to pay the annual license fees. INDIAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FOCUS 2010 On Radio Radio is a mass medium and therefore ideally suited for India .they can listen to music and get information on the move. all of whom have been granted licenses over the past 3-4 years. the sector has been reeling under heavy losses. which covers 91 percent7 of India's area and reaches 99 percent of the population. particularly those below the age of 25. . this growth rate is far from flattering.leveraging its twin advantages of wide coverage and cost effectiveness.• The biggest threat to private radio industry players is ALL INDIA RADIO. Apart from AIR. four players cumulatively generate annual revenues around INR 250-300 million. This is one of the biggest threats it faces. With no particular differentiation in the music. set at levels significantly above their earning capacity. there are 21 privately-owned FM stations in 12 major cities. A few FM stations have been forced to shut down. As a result of unsustainably high license fees. So. Younger audiences. This implies a marginal rise in radio's share in the advertising pie to around 1. against total operating costs of around INR 550-600 million. also have access to new technology like mobile phones. the sector generates annual revenues of INR 2. there is a fear of losing its brand loyalty. They have taken very quickly to interacting with their favorite radio stations and RJs via email and SMS for song requests and competitions.2 billion and is growing at around 20 percent annually. If one considers the private sector FM market in Mumbai. low charges.9 percent. Given that a significant portion of the operating costs is the license fee. Today's busy teenagers love radio because it complements a faster-paced lifestyle . Advertising is the sole source of revenue for radio in India. Currently.
While consumption in India is still largely at home. It has less than 2 percent share of the total advertising pie in India. radio remains a laggard. reaching over 99 percent of its one billion inhabitants . We estimate that if its real potential is unlocked in India. in terms of its advertising spend. 70 percent of radio listeners in these cities listen to FM radio all seven days of the week.Graph 2: Graph showing FM listeners across age groups (Source: www. In spite of such attractive statistics. in Mumbai and Delhi. in Spain 9 percent and closer to home. compared to a global average of 8 percent. However. radio has a 21 percent share of the advertising spend. According to market research. Further. the radio sector cannot and should not be satisfied with a growth rate in the low 20s. in Sri Lanka. it is the younger generation that is the key target audience vis-à-vis radio. 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. In the US. In India too.com) The Indian potential India has an estimated 180 million radio sets. this sector has not been able to monetize its hold on the listener’s eardrums.a clear indication of the vast commercial potential in India for this medium. FM penetration is the highest in the SEC A segment and least in SEC D.televisionpoint. The easy availability of FM radio sets at affordable price points (ranging from INR 40INR 150) is fuelling its mass penetration. radio has a 13 percent share. Bridging the gap . Plainly. 'the radio on the move' trend is catching on in urban and semi-urban areas.
The industry. In its current form and structure. 70 percent of all radio revenues come from local retailers. It is hoped that clarity on revenue-sharing emerges. the radio industry will not be able to attract the necessary funding. 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. has proposed a transition from the existing license fee regime to a revenue sharing one. but currently in India accounts for a small portion of the radio revenue pie.the local retailer. the total additional investment required will be INR 11 billion. TRAI. radio is a unique medium and the focus on large advertisers seems to be at the cost of its largest potential benefactor . In other words.Due to the public-broadcaster nature of AIR and its socio-economic rather than a commercial focus. needs to develop strategies to expand across the country and enhance business performance. . However. In contrast. in USA. retail comprises only 8 percent of radio advertising. they have focused on mass entertainment to gather listeners. soon. Local mantra The sales and marketing efforts of the major FM radio stations have focused on the large advertising clients. For example. the designated regulatory body for radio. Hence. To exploit the true potential of this sector. The retail segment globally constitutes a large part of radio's clients and sales. its ad revenues are expected to grow at a moderate pace. FM radio needs to grow from the current 21 stations in 12 cities to at least 300 stations in 100 cities. in India. it is expected that the private FM channels will drive the future growth of the sector. At an investment of INR 40 million per radio station frequency. and only 30 percent comes from either national or international advertisers or from the network of advertisers. on its part. to help the radio industry curb it losses. 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. Since the private FM channels need to survive in a commercial and competitive environment.
the cost effectiveness of radio advertising will be even more acute.com) Radio.televisionpoint. the achievement of 60 percent of the result at 15 percent of the cost makes radio significantly more cost effective than television. can be a major beneficiary of radio advertising. 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. The retailer. While the price relativity for other audiences will vary.Graph 3: Pie diagram showing the profile of advertisers (Source: www. due to its ability to transmit a particular message over a small geographical area. by its very nature. In India. with city/ locality specific target groups. which can be a great proposition for local retailers. Radio stations offer high frequency ‘opportunity to hear’ for the advertiser. there is a need to unlock the advertising potential in the retail segment. However. is a localized medium. 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. . Clearly. where the cost of television advertising is more than seven times that of radio advertising. advertising on radio costs just 15 percent that of television. The price differential between radio and television will vary depending on the area and the audience.
While some radio stations are waking up to this reality. This should not be the case in a localized. this potential is largely untapped. if the topics discussed are not affected by the 'regency' factor. Such content. Interactivity is a major content driver within the radio programming strategy. mass-medium like radio. However. such content can be exported for broadcast in other countries where the demand for Indian content is considerable. when re-broadcast. Creation of value packs Most of the programming currently being aired. whether music or not. saves the cost of producing new content and generates newer revenues by offering brand association with such a property at reasonably low rates.televisionpoint. has little or no library value. Creating specific IP whether in the form of RJs. there is enough potential to create a library of recordings that can be used beyond a single show.Graph 4: Graph showing the revenue composition of radio Source: www. cross media promotions could be an added incentive for the potential advertiser.com Presently. It is important for the radio stations to highlight the effectiveness of using radio for local level promotions and region-specific ad campaigns. with around 11 percent of advertisers contributing 60 percent of their revenues. vertically integrated media corporations. since many FM players are associated with larger. the advertiser base of FM radio is highly skewed. Moreover. Ideally. the advertiser base should be broad-based with a large number of local advertisers promoting their products. . Creation of a good software library can become a source of competitive advantage for a radio player. programmed formats or around content areas could have the dual advantage of being re-usable in the future and being syndicated across other channels. Besides. Very little programming is developed to create any strategic intellectual property.
However.a valuable database that is currently under leveraged. Radio stations have not been able to generate any significant channel loyalty. especially FM radio.Niche programming Internationally. Manpower The most conspicuous item on the expense list is 'salaries'. most radio stations in India started off with a defined niche as well. Radio stations have traditionally grown by attracting specialized audiences. Being localized. socio-economic or ethnic or combination of factors. Hence. This is driven by the fact that radio stations hire people from high wage industries like television. 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. 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. The salary structure in radio is comparable to that of other larger media units. the resultant effect is constant channel swapping by listeners. Channels that address specialist listener groups need to emerge.Hindi film music. Initially. Between them. The innumerable contests and interactive sessions on air bring in close to 30. with listeners simply switching from song to song. radio stations find it difficult to market their USP. the pressure to sell airtime forced them to resort to the lowest common denominator . these radio stations need not look beyond their walls to get valuable listener data. In fact. Hindi and mixed content. Validation of niche audiences would enable differentiated client targeting with unique value propositions. However. a closer look reveals that even programmed loyalty does not exist. Very few have held on to the English format or even non-film content. Since there is very little to differentiate between the various channels. they provided the listener with a choice of English. These stations address specific audiences based on geographic. FMCG marketing or advertising. there is an urgent need to evolve programming towards differentiated content. This has led . It may also require a shift from mass marketing of the radio channels to marketing programs targeted at specific market segments. With limited sponsored market research done in this area. content specialization has been a distinct trend in the evolution of radio.000 callers every day for a single channel in a city like Mumbai . Radio stations will need to start finding their own niche. Channels that started out with English programming as a key differentiator have drastically reduced the total airtime dedicated to it. these channels also meet the demands of local advertisers.
radio stations with limited budgets need to make a choice between channel branding and program branding. irrespective of their preference or affinity to the station. What the listener associates with is the quality of content. With privatization gathering momentum. branding exercises will become more meaningful. brands like Binaca / Cibaca and Bournvita were built on radio. Programs that are aligned to channel positioning can ride on the channel branding. with its diverse regional influences. These programs rode on extremely successful content formats. 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. as has been the case with satellite television. while other programs should develop their individual brands. is in a prime position to take advantage of the growth potential of this segment. Channel brands and programs will be associated with niche content and specific listener profiles that can be sold to potential advertisers. Branding Branding plays an important role in establishing a strong channel and program association amongst listeners. For example. particularly in a market where lack of niche programming has resulted in constant surfing for songs of choice. Conclusion India's radio industry has a strong growth potential if mechanisms and policies are put in place to provide it with appropriate support. But as the market matures and niche channels develop with defined target groups and unique value propositions. . the increased number of private radio channels across the country is likely to transform commercial radio from an urban phenomenon to a national one. Some private FM stations have incurred large costs on building merely 'Top of Mind Recall' for all listeners. India. While it is necessary to incur reasonable manpower costs in order to stay competitive and attract the best talent. There is no doubt about the effectiveness of radio when it comes to building brands for its clients. Branding is expensive and therefore. The key word is 'association'. but that does not necessarily translate into higher listenership. Brands that have spent more on marketing have a higher recall. innovative cost management solutions such as the right mix between live and recorded music could reduce production and salary costs. without diluting the channel positioning.
e. and outdoor. These different segments within the industry are at varying stages of growth and corporatization . the nominal GDP growth rate. with a nominal GDP CAGR8 of 9.in) During fiscal 2005. is 0. the gross advertising spend in India is estimated at Rs 111 billion. and is expected to grow at 14.sebi. radio. 30. 127 billion by fiscal 2006 Segmentation in advertising The five key industry segments comprise print. cinema.94% over the last 10 years (1995-2005). television.gov. There is a correlation between the economic growth rates of a country i. The nominal GDP for fiscal 2005 was Rs. which lags behind other developed and developing countries Graph 5: Graph showing the ad spend across countries (Source: www.2% to reach Rs.9%. and growth rates of the advertising industry The Indian advertising spends.Advertising in India: India has been among the fastest growing economies in the world. as a percentage of GDP.636 billion. According to CSO estimates nominal GDP growth for fiscal 2006 is estimated at 10.34%.
9% 2.in) The Indian television industry has grown rapidly.4% 7. This can be attributed to misdirected policies by government.4% 0. 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.7% Radio 2.9% 43.7% 0. which saw the beginning of satellite broadcasting in India.6% 41.6% 46. especially since 1991.5% 2.2 Billion out of US$60 Billion spent .0% 0. Thus. Going by the International benchmark. radio manages to garner around 4-5% of the mass media spend.Media Spends as % of Total Ad Spend Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Print 49.sebi.4% 0.4% 0. which started off as a single government controlled television channel.0% 48.4% 47. 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. Reforms and proliferation of private players were the key reasons for this rapid growth of the share of television in the advertising industry.3% Table 1: Table showing media spends in the total ad spend (Source: www. In some countries like Sri Lanka.7% 2.9% Cinema Outdoor Internet 0. now has over 300 channels covering the Indian footprint.0% 43.6% 8. the television broadcasting business. In most markets.0% 6.3% TV 39. radio accounts for 20% of ad spend.2% 46. which did not give enough prominence to radio as a rich medium for entertainment and also for community development. There are more than 6000 radio stations in US and even a developing country like Nigeria has 18 FM stations.7% 0. resulting in growing ad spends on this medium. even 150 stations across India is a sustainable proposition.5% 7.5% 6.3% 40. radio has suffered from shunted growth. American radio commanded US$3. This growth was also aided by the economic liberalization program of the Government.5% 0.4% 0.3% 0. It is estimated that in 2001.gov.9% 2.
emergence of stations that address only specialist audience groups . Madison Media expects that the evolutionary pressures will prevail in India and radio stations will increasingly find their own niche. For instance. 500 crore on radio. consolidation is inevitable and stations groups are formed that controls most of the revenues.8.Typically. We expect similar consolidation exercise in India. if one goes by Mumbai experience. as they will have access to well defined captive audience. advertisers will spend around Rs. While growth of the radio broadcast industry looks exciting. currently radio is able to garner less than 1% of the total ad pie of Rs. we expect that by year 2004. there are numerous issues facing the radio broadcasters. Specialization . 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.on mass media. International experiences show two distinct trends in evolution of radio business Consolidation . Today.like a special radio station dedicated to south Indians residing in Mumbai or a station that caters exclusively to college going population. the industry feels that these are mere start-up issues. media planners are quite at loss as there is inadequate information on this medium. in UK four media groups control nearly 60% of ad revenue. For instance. In India.Internationally. Madison media estimates that by 2004. 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. Such specialist channels will be ideal medium for advertisers. As of today. This will constitute around 4 % of the enlarged ad pie. there is a surge of activity when the media is liberalized but over a horizon of five to six years. However. radio should feature in the media planner's radar as a serious medium. station owners and advertising agencies on ad hoc basis are conducting research. 600 crore. Radio stations that are part of established media houses would do well. . Radio Audience Measurement The question haunting most advertisers and media planners is regarding the audience measurement that will be adopted for Radio. 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. We expect the trend to continue for some more time till significant advertising monies are committed on radio.
remixes (37%) and English pop (33%). Till recently. It measures National radio audiences and the audience size of radio commercials aired on 31 radio networks operated by large radio networks. Indicative surveys are being conducted and published periodically by research agencies. followed by Hindi pop (40%). However. Key Findings from Madison Media Research • • • • • • Radio has a reach of 56% and there is a distinct skew towards males.Even internationally. the next round of RADAR plans to shift reliance from telephone survey to diary-based panel for data collection. However. We expect that over a period of time. radio audience research has not matured to the extent of television audience measurement. these are many years away from being put to commercial use. at public places (9%) and at the office (7%). Best Practices that have evolved in using the medium: . 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. Sunday listenership is dramatically low with only 10% of the people tuning in to FM vs. There has been some academic discussion on use of "meters" in radio sets to determine listenership. In the mean time. Madison Media routinely undertakes studies on radio usage. 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. RADAR report was based on a 12.000-person telephone survey. we suggest that advertisers should not ignore the media owing to non-availability of any established audience measurement data. The popular rating system for radio that is used in US is the Arbitron's RADAR (Radio's All Dimension Audience Research) audience report. People listen to FM at home (70%). Advertising agencies also conduct periodic dipstick surveys. weekdays where the number of tune-ins is as high as 94%. while driving (32%). 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. audience measurement technique for radio will improve and a currency will be established for buying commercial time and selection of alternatives.
making radio a very effective medium. This exhaustive study was conducted in early 1980s and subsequent research added to the body of available knowledge. it is undeniable that for brands that target at affluent section of the society need to be actively associated with radio. It will be incorrect to directly transplant those learning are in Indian context. 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. Exploit Drive Time Audiences . Most of these studies have been conducted in developed markets like UK and USA. which tested 1200 commercials with 200 respondents per commercial. There are mixed reports with regard to station switching behavior among in car listeners. In other markets. they are invaluable in providing directions and we at Madison Media have distilled these findings. However. Studies have demonstrated that in-car listeners are light consumers of other media like television. However.the traditional bastion of radio has been the "In car" listening.While the audience measurement is still in infancy. Create Unique Properties . To create such high decibel properties. It is not important whether in-car listeners will form the bulk of listenership base. other studies indicate there is extremely low loyalty among in car listeners. adapted to Indian context and arrived at set of best practices for radio advertising. It is more important to understand that radio will be the best medium to target upwardly mobile high spending executives and businessmen. The most impressive in this genre of research has been the Radio Recall Research (RRR). "Binaca Geet Mala" on radio was as one of the best media properties. contrary to popular myth. users of radio as an advertising medium can benefit from extensive work carried out in area of media effectiveness.studies clearly demonstrate that properties created on radio are cost effective and have advantage of high recall. we do not expect car owners to be the largest audience for radio. given the low penetration of ownership of personal cars in India. Closer home. In any case. International experience suggests that music oriented properties targeted at youth last long and provide immense benefit to advertisers. . A study by Voice of British Advertisers shows that radio is the most effective medium to target businessmen. advertisers should be willing to enter early and commit long term investment. many successful service brands especially those in office supplies and financial services have benefited tremendously by judicious use of radio. A research by Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB). UK indicates. that nearly 85% of in-car audiences do not shift stations frequently. However.
The ads that were repeated too often were disliked. on an average. 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. Recent studies have shown that Sonic branding. 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. Another series of studies called "distraction study" tried to simulate the fact that radio listening is always secondary activity. which state that simultaneous airing of more than 5 executions leads to decay in effectiveness. it proved to be an effective medium. As in any other media. ads that were liked had higher impact. It is through imagery transfer that radio creates a synergy with television. In general. This study involved nearly 5500 interviews in continuous research to track awareness and attitudes to 17 brands. This is called Imagery Transfer. if 10% of a given television budget is re-deployed onto radio. Effective Radio Copy Management . another monumental study is the Millward Brown study on radio multiplier effect.uk) .studies have clearly established that length of the commercial had a positive impact on the advertisement. as one need not air the complete commercial to register recall. These tests also indicated that listeners were able to create and keep images fresh and top-of-mind even when engaged in other task. used in conjunction with a television campaign. Moreover. there is evidence. and in general.Exploit Imagery Transfer . Radio Multiplier Effect . radio can be advantageously used in creating sonic elements of a brand.co. Millward Brown conducted the study across October 1999 to April to find out how effective radio advertising can be relative to television. The media tested were Commercial Radio and television in the Central Region of UK. spots of 45 seconds or more were effective. 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. The broad findings of the study proved that radio was.apart from RRR. Creation of sonic branding reduces long term cost of advertising. Though airing multiple variants is recommended.A study by Statistical research Inc. where aural brand elements are used is very effective in sustaining brand's recall (tring tring of Britannia). As can be fathomed. fatigue factor is high with radio commercials. Copy variation can offset this fatigue and it is suggested to have three variants of the same theme.
This is hurting the growth of the FM radio industry as people who prefer niche music genres are not tuning into FM radio. people frequently switch between stations leading to listenership fragmentation. Conversely. Besides this. However. 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. broadcasters need to develop the market by being more responsive to the advertiser's needs.K and other markets. this cannot be taken as a thumb rule as there will be wide variance between rates in U.The study highlighted that radio effectiveness result was achieved at one-seventh of the cost. the study makes a strong case for advertisers to divert a small portion of their TV budget to radio. Competition from satellite radio . This will provide an opportunity for the market to arrive at the final verdict on the effectiveness of the medium. FM RADIO INDUSTRY: RISK FACTORS Economic downturn10 The FM radio industry derives almost all its revenues from advertisement. Thus the FM radio operators are not willing to take a risk by not catering to the mass segment. Thus. Little differentiation between different FM radio stations The content played on different FM radio stations is very similar in nature. thus making them totally dependent on advertisement revenues. Advertising is a discretionary expenditure and is the first one to be pruned in case of an economic slowdown. 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 would adversely affect the radio industry. This is happening because one player is allowed to own only one station in every city. Of course. The radio stations are free to air and do not garner any subscription revenues. the major marketers advertising on radio may cut their ad budgets in case of an economic downturn.
the satellite radio broadcaster WorldSpace operating in India has not been able to meet with much success. There is efficient utilization of spectrum in case of digital broadcasting. a few countries are looking at a total switch off of analog broadcasting (FM/AM) by 2020 or so. FM radio is limited to a small range around the transmission site while the satellite signals cover the entire country. But with analog TV likely to be switched off in India in the next 5-7 years. enabling the broadcast of multiple radio stations. the current satellite broadcaster in India is offering multiple channels.Many of the restrictions that apply to FM radio broadcasters do not apply to satellite radio broadcasters. In Western Europe. multiple channel ownership by a FM broadcaster in the same city is not permitted. High music royalties FM radio broadcasters have to pay high royalties to the music companies for the music content procured from them. Intense competition . ending the period with 164.713 net subscribers during 3QFY07. digital receivers are more expensive than analog receivers. 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. satellite radio has high subscription charges whereas FM radio is free to air. WorldSpace lost 8. However. However. The quality of digital broadcast is better than analog transmission. In fact. This favorable treatment meted out to satellite broadcasters may adversely affect the growth of the FM radio industry. however. 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. Norway is the only country that has formally announced a cutoff date.902 subscribers. in India. At present. FM broadcasters cannot broadcast news and current affairs 24 hrs a day whereas satellite broadcasters can do so through a dedicated station. 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. Besides this.
This is further expected to increase to 5. More than 90 channels across various languages and genres are being launched this year. Radio industry should be a major beneficiary of the high growth in these sectors. there are many risks that could derail the growth of the FM radio industry. Organized retail industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 40% in the next five years. listeners and need to procure similar content. The share of radio in the total advertising industry increased from 2. real estate firms and retailers. the advertising spend is expected to increase to Rs 367 bn by 2010 from Rs 227 bn in 2007. little differentiation between the FM radio stations and intense competition. The real estate industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 25% in the next five years.1% during the same year. The advertisement industry is a proxy to India’s high economic growth. Demographics . All these industries are expected to witness robust growth in the years to come. Robust growth of the Indian economy The Indian economy has grown at a robust rate of 9% and 9. The number of FM radio stations has increased dramatically leading to a proportionate increase in the demand for trained personnel. Due to this attrition and poaching have become wide spread. As per a study conducted by ZenithOptimedia. We feel that the major risks are a potential slowdown in the economy. 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.There is intense competition between the FM radio operators operating in the same city.5% by 2011 as per the FICCI-PwC report on the Indian entertainment and media industry.2% in FY06 and FY07 respectively. All of them are clamoring for the same advertisers. Beneficiary of the buoyant growth of major advertisers The major advertisers on radio are the entertainment channels.4% to 3. It grows at a faster rate in such buoyant times. Thus. the media planning and buying arm of advertising group Publicis. Radio industry: Growth drivers Fastest growing segment of the media and entertainment industry The radio industry recorded a growth of nearly 58% in 2006.
Availability of listenership reports is bound to support and attract larger spends from marketers. TAM. Phase III policy . The content on radio primarily comprises of film music. 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%. Marketers generally wait for adequate research data to emerge before committing large spends to any medium. while local advertising contributes 70% of radio revenues in the United States of America. The quality of music produced is improving which augurs well for the growth of the radio industry. a localized medium like radio can be effectively used for local-level promotions apart from being bundled as part of cross-media promotion strategies. 55% of the India population is below 25 years leading to an increase in the audience of the radio industry. in India. has recently ventured into radio audience measurement through a study called RAM (Radio Audience Measurement). The Indian film industry is getting more organized and receiving more institutional funding. Availability of listenership data Leading TV viewership research company. The reserve OTEF was 25% of the highest valid bid for that city. The study is currently restricted to the cities of Delhi. Research may cover larger number of cities in the years to come. the local retail segment constitutes a large part of radio's advertising income. the share of local advertising is only about 8% of radio revenues. In the phase II policy. Thus there is huge potential for the radio industry to benefit from an expected increase in the share of local advertisements. 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.The target listeners for the radio industry are the youth. As per the CII-KPMG report. Local advertising Globally. Ideally. Mumbai and Bangalore.
Instead of working against television which was virtually impossible radio companies began working with them. . This could result in radio getting a larger share of the advertising spends. which is remarkably comparing with the competition. Though the radio industry has many growth drivers. Unlike many other mass mediums radio is much more personal and friendly which attracts large audiences. and sports. In the next article. all day. 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. entertainment. a famous broadcast journalist. talk. It's radio that's there when disaster strikes. Radio is that medium of the single sense and frees the imagination. and 80 percent of the younger audiences daily. because they are either bored or lonely. In the early to mid 90s Fox was having trouble obtaining the younger audience that they wanted so they looked to the radio. it's still radio that's there virtually every place." Nearly 98 percent of people listen to the radio primarily for news. Radio reaches 77 percent of consumers. Radio is broadcasted everywhere twenty-four hours a day and always has the breaking news. the Government will open up as many as 700 channels in the Phase III as per some media reports.It is expected that after the completion of Phase II Policy. there are various risk factors also that could derail the growth of the radio industry. Walter Cronkite11. During this time the younger audience was one of the radio's highest audience percentages. Radio advertising became increasingly difficult with the dawn of the television era which prompted the need for new ideas to reach the audience. Radio audiences have concluded that they listen to the radio. "Radio has its own special strengths and contributions. Although radio did take a severe hit when the television was introduced into average households they still managed to make a comeback. started his career in radio and concluded. This phase will witness licenses being awarded in smaller towns. all night. Radio is now the third largest mass advertising media trailing newspapers and of course television. While TV pulls the big audience. we shall outline the risks to the growth of the radio industry. Although television has shifted much of the audience away from radio it is undisputable that radio is always there. much like television.
radio is the ideal means of reaching people driving to and from work. current news events. Rates can generally be negotiated. extensive repetition is possible. And because airtime costs are low. • • • Permits you to create a personality for your business using only sounds and voices. and even weather. reached out to its target audience of women making dinner choices by using radio during 4 to 5 pm time slot. Can be enjoyed at home. Of all media. Free creative help is usually available. • Permits you to target your advertising dollars to the market most likely to respond to your offer.Advantage of radio: The most important advantage radio offers is its ability to reach specific audiences through specialized programming. radio has the shortest closing period. . a local hardware store can quickly implement a snow shovel promotion the morning after a snowstorm. Copy can be submitted up to airtime. For example. these radio time slots provides the best audience for many advertisers. at work. radio can be adapted for different parts of the country and can reach people at different times of the day. In addition. Radio's low cost and high reach of selected target groups make it an excellent supporting medium. and so on. Most people listen to the radio at one time or another during the day. Radio offers advertisers flexibility. Radio's flexibility is also evident in its willingness to participate in promotional tie-ins such as store openings races. and while driving. for instance. In fact. For example. Pizza hut12. In addition. Advantages: • A universal medium. the costs of producing a radio commercial can be low. Known as drive time. particularly if local station announcers read the message. Radio may be the least expensive of all media. This flexibility allows advertisers to adjust to local market conditions. the most appropriate role for most radio advertising in a supportive one.
Ads are an interruption to the entertainment. to totally saturate your market you have to advertise simultaneously on many stations. Disadvantages: • Because radio listeners are spread over many stations. radio is having a lot of disadvantages for any educational communication. In the case of radio. 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. • Advertising costs are based on ratings which are approximations based on diaries kept in a relatively small fraction of a region's homes. Moreover.• Least inflated medium. • • Listeners cannot refer back to your ads to go over important points. could take a little bit The line could get fuzzy. • • Not as fast as using a phone. Strategic Roles of Radio . radio ads must be repeated to break through the listener's "tune out" factor. radio rates have gone up less than other media. Therefore. • Radio is a background medium. for making it more persuasive and effective visual aids are very important. During the past ten years. There are a lot of people who want visual aids like whiteboards. which means your ad has to work hard to be listened to and understood. or not clear Basically in any educational communication. Most listeners are doing something else while listening. Because of this. Lack of visual aids is the major disadvantage of radio in educational communication. multimedia presentations or hard copies to better understand the discussion. 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. if an educational program is broadcast then the people who do not have good listening skills cannot understand it.
radio can work in a complementary way to other media. To press. Brands like the Carphone Warehouse13 have used this unique characteristic of radio to develop an unassailable lead within their category. because of their inexperience. a bank account. Support to other media Young people are of course consumers of several media. With TV it is traditionally used to add to the length of a campaign or to fill weeks where there is no TV activity . often need the benefits of products or services explained to them before they can make a decision to purchase . Because of its inherent characteristics.this is often the most challenging task in sectors where there are several topparity brands. 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.it can also be used to explain products or services in more depth. radio above all adds intrusiveness. low capital cost and local flexibility.for example. most conspicuously in the form of a Sonic Brand Trigger. . radio is increasingly being used for strategic roles. 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). 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. These days however. Radio is particularly useful for this as it uses the human voice in real-time. its key strengths were seen as primarily tactical . or to include additional information. Radio also works exceptionally well with TV if there is creative synergy. Young people. 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 . and/or high levels of competitive activity.for services or corporate advertising this can be very valuable in adding personality and tone of voice. like TV. while the traditional strengths still apply.As Commercial Radio developed in the early days.fast turnaround. and campaigns which use only one medium can miss out on the "media multiplier effect". or a promotional offer. Radio can also. because levels of ad avoidance with print are so high.
cars and insurance companies .newspapers for example. However. tone of voice etc. they feel as though the people on the radio treat them like adults . There was evidence of three sorts of advertising memories: Relevant: Ads which mentioned areas or names of specific interest. films. e.g. It would follow that. probably quite correctly. they have to sit through the full length of any ads which are for irrelevant products. Tone of voice is a key issue with advertising strategies in this territory. involvement.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.through linking to the relevant topic. outlets selling favored brands.they feel. concerts Vague/ not relevant: Memories of ads for local garages. Inevitably this means that some media are seen as outside that independent world . surprise. and to set up their own world independently. . that most advertising is aimed at adults. as a personal "me-medium". Radio.Speaking from inside youth culture As the qualitative research illustrates. but the advertising is not . because radio is a real-time intrusive medium. Tone of voice is a key area with radio: young people can tell when they are being addressed as equals. and when they are not. since they expect most ads to be irrelevant to them. and are strongly influenced by relevance of the brand or product advertised.leaving their parents out of the equation. care must be taken in the creative work to overcome this expectation . young people begin to move away from their parents' world of choices and preferences. allows the advertiser to speak from inside the so-called "youth fortress" As the respondents said in the research. Radio Advertising The evidence from the qualitative research is that young people feel their local FM station is aimed at people like them.
Their punchline is 'Baja ate Raho' (Keep Playing). Starting August 14. Kochi. S FM took over Red FM in August. Aurangabad. Jabalpur. Astro. Kannur. NDTV. Soul of Bangalore is the country's first and only international hit station. Mangalore. Nagpur.9FM15 . RADIO STATIONS ACROSS BANGALORE: Red FM: Red FM is an Indian FM14 radio brand. Bangalore. Trivandrum. Vadodara. Gulbarga. Kanpur. It was acquired from India Today promoter Living Media in January 2006. "One Two ka Four". "Indore Beats" and "Nomoshkar Kolkata". Trissur. "Mera Wala Gana". Varanasi. Lucknow. as well as minority holdings of Hyderabad-based IT company Value Labs.5 megahertz in the cities of Mumbai. Jamshedpur. Nashik. Gangtok. However. "RDX". Shillong and Aizwal. This is a Jupiter Capital venture. Warangal. Kolkata and Pune in addition to Bhopal. The most widely broadcast shows include "Morning No. Vizag.9% stake. with a 48. Allahabad.5 Virag Mishra joined the team as a National Creative Head. Virag the recipient of the esteemed Stardust Award for standout performance as a lyricist is from advertising background. Bhubaneswar.The color of music. Hyderabad. 2009 and re-branded all its stations to Red FM except for the ones in Tamil Nadu. 2009. with stations broadcasting at 93. Guwahati. Mysore. "Mumbai Local". playing a mix of Hindi and English songs. even for seemingly irrelevant brands. Siliguri. Gwalior. "Dilse". The channel is owned by Kalanidhi Maran. Radio Indigo is the only radio station in the country that plays contemporary international . It was launched in 2002. Delhi. Radio Indigo: Radio Indigo 91. Indore. Jaipur. Kozhikode. the programming is now 100% exclusively Hindi. Vijayawada.Young people pick up very strongly on musical Sonic Brand Triggers. Rajkot. S FM or Suryan FM was re-branded into RED FM across 38 cities in INDIA. Tirupathi. In one of the recent developments at Super Hits Red FM 93.1". Ahmedabad. Asansol. Rajahmundry. "Superhits Music Show".
1 megahertz in Hindi cum. it operates on 107. the name was changed to FM Rainbow in 2002. In Delhi. it operates on 102. In Bhopal. AIR FM Rainbow: AIR FM Rainbow. it does not stick to music of just one language. The station is talking to all those who reflect the Youth and love music.3.music.6 megahertz and AIR FM Rainbow Delhi is the only FM Channel to be aired in as many as ten cities. Radio Indigo 91-9 has evolved to brilliance through bigger promotions & prizes. The listeners are exposed to a prescribed dose of music or whatever gets their groove. Radio Indigo 91. The signals of this station are very strong and it catches till the far villages. Having headquarters in Bengaluru. classic rock. Sriram. Christabel. In MP. hip-hop. it operates on 101. it is also known as "Rainbow FM". Ryan Seacrest. It plays . Playing all the hits all the time. heard all across India.9 has now emerged as the hottest radio station connecting to the most happening International music from around the world. The channel plays various genres of music unlike private channels. Suraj and Shweta taking their shows to the extreme and rocking the studios literally. But like all good things in this world.7 MHz slot. In Lucknow. The station plays a vibrant array of genres like pop.9 megahertz and in Vijayawada it operates on 102. It was earlier called FM Metro. world music and much more. English language covering more than 12 districts of Madhya Pradesh and 21 Suburbs in Bhopal City. Michelle and Allen Kepler.1 megahertz. In vizag. but the new cowboys on the bandwagon are Kenny Jones. The station has today become a house-hold name and those who have grown to love the station are sneaking it in their homes. In Hyderabad. regional language and also in Hindi. In Mumbai.2 megahertz. And they are so exclusive that they are broadcasting only to Bengaluru and Goa. Radio Indigo caters to Bangalore and Goa's long-standing tradition and a vibrant community of music aficionados. Of course the audience hears favorites like Rohit Barker. jazz. It’s International with an Indian soul. This government owned enterprise. features Hindi and regional language songs and occasional English songs along with hourly news bulletins in English. it operates on 102. it uses the 100. Saggy. Melodee Austin. it operates on 102 megahertz. cars and office. It operates in Bangalore as well with a frequency of 101. run by All India Radio16 is a national radio station.
Radio pet house. with its signature property of 40 minutes non-stop music.2 FM station in Delhi on the popularity charts. . while in Lucknow. Fever 104 FM is a contemporary hits music station that plays a mix of regional. Wicked Hour. Aditi and Sohail. In vizag. Sunny. Mumbai (since January ’07). Bangalore and Kolkata. In a short span of three years. 1 position in Mumbai and Bangalore leaving behind all the other FM channels in these cities. the channel's rise has been meteoric. was formed in technical collaboration with the Virgin group. Mumbai. Some of the radios Jockeys of AIR FM Rainbow are Altaf. Bangalore (since March ‘07) and Kolkata (January ‘08). It is available in Delhi (since October’ 06).ghazals. Live wire Plus. a rare occurrence in Indian radio channels. Fever 104 FM with its tagline ‘It's all about the music!’ entered the FM radio market in key Indian cities.7 MHz slot. In Mumbai. all day. Take off. It has many western music programs like Time Out. Matchless music hours. The company entered the private FM radio market in the four main cities of Delhi. In terms of TSL. Just for you. hippest and most happening Radio Station that plays more music than any other was launched. Rainbow is one of very few Indian radio channels which air Western Music and the western music slots are really popular with listeners. Almost all the radio jockeys on private FM channels once started with FM Rainbow. not only this it also has classical music shows. Wasim.1 megahertz in Tamil language covering more than 12 districts of Tamil Nadu. FEVER 104 FM17.1 megahertz. owned by HT Media Limited. India's youngest. Raunak. Mumbai. Fever 104 FM. It plays the latest hits. Fever 104 FM has surged ahead with a total time spent listening of 386 minutes. AIR FM Rainbow is heard on 102 megahertz. It is No. it uses the 100. In Delhi. FEVER 104 FM: In 2006. it operates on 107. You asked for it. In Tamil Nadu. AIR FM Rainbow operates on 102. national and international hits. It has gained the No. Footloose. soundtracks as well as English songs. this radio channel is also known as "Rainbow FM".6 megahertz and AIR FM Rainbow Delhi is the only FM Channel to be aired in around ten cities. National Radio Station in Trichy. Bangalore and Kolkata with the brand Fever 104 FM. 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. AIR FM Rainbow operates on 102. all the time across the cities of Delhi.
The initiative got a good response. Indore. Kolkata. The original avatar of Radio Mirchi was Times FM. which is one of the subsidiaries of The Times Group. a government undertaking. The Times Group operated its brand.3 MHz in all cities except in Ahmadabad where it broadcasts on 95. The government then took the initiative to privatize the radio broadcasting sector. Radio One and the Bangalore Traffic Police. The station broadcasts at 94.0 MHz’s. Vizag and Goa to private operators. Delhi. The Times Group operated its brand. Kolkata. Limited (BCCL) which is one of the largest media and entertainment companies in India. Pune and Ahmadabad. The government then took the initiative to privatize the radio broadcasting sector. Chennai. launched a carpooling drive which is has involved celebrities like Robin Uthappa. . Times FM.5 MHz in Mumbai till 2006. Radio Mirchi began operations in 1993 in Indore. who developed their own program content. let’s know a little about Radio Mirchi. Until 1993. was the only radio broadcaster in India. Bangalore. It sold airtime blocks on its FM channels in Indore. 2006 in Mumbai before going national in 6 more cities. and by the end of May 2009. Soon the service of Radio One will also be started in Bhopal. till June 1998. Mumbai. In the city of Bangalore. It is a joint venture between Mid-day Multimedia and BBC Worldwide and operates in 7 metros namely Mumbai. All India Radio or AIR. Radio Mirchi: Radio Mirchi19 is a nationwide network of private FM radio stations in India.000 people are said to have carpooled in the city. a government undertaking. Times FM was probably the most famous radio in India which began its operation in 1993. It was known as Go 92. 10. Before we begin. AIR. Until 1993. It sold airtime blocks on its FM channels to private operators. who developed their own program content. and Rahul Dravid encouraging the public to carpool. was the only radio broadcaster in India. It was launched on June 8. Hyderabad. After that. Coleman & Co.Radio One: Radio One18 is a radio station in India. Jabalpur and Jaipur.5 FM and was broadcast on 92. It is owned by the Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL). operating in various media segments such as print media and television broadcasting. Delhi. it is promoted by Bennett. 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. till June 1998. Kavita Krishnamurthy. It's the largest private FM Radio operator in the country in terms of number of operational stations and revenue. In December 2008. Sonu Niigaam. This unique honor was bestowed on Mirchi by the Pitch-IMRB group's survey of the top service brands of the country. Playing contemporary hits songs Radio Mirchi has always been the No 1 choice of listeners. The success of the website reflects the overall popularity of Mirchi.e.Times FM. However in Kolkata they are not clear leaders in SEC ABC segments. As per Brand Reporter October 2009 issue Mirchi was recognized as one of the game changers of the decade in the radio industry. . The awards have been instituted to encourage continued creative focus on radio advertising. During the year. Anu Malik. As per the Radio Audience Measurement Reports (RAM). The survey had 1.5 million participants. Louiz Banks. IRS 2009 reiterates the same as Mirchi has more than 41 million listeners across 32 stations. 1 media brand. Shankar Mahadevan. Its market share in revenue terms remains in excess of 40% of the private FM industry. It has been recognition of the brand popularity and the creative talent behind the brand. Its lead over its nearest competitor is more than double. Mirchi’s website was voted the most popular TV and Radio site in India. The SEC ABC segments were earlier dominated by Big FM & now by Friends FM. After that.: The Mirchi Kaan Awards acknowledges and honors the contribution of individuals and organizations that have led the way in developing clutter busting radio advertising. Radio Mirchi is the number 1 radio brand in the private FM space.the other members comprised the best in the industry: Prasoon Joshi. Sadhana Sargam. However in the SEC D & E segments Radio Mirchi has total domination. The survey was conducted by Metrix Labs and AC Nielsen. the brand. Javed Akhtar. Radio Mirchi has been dominating in Delhi & is the leader in Mumbai and Kolkata. The jury led by Chairman. Lalit Pandit. the government decided not to renew contracts given to private operators. Over the years Mirchi have established two important landmarks i. would make any recipient proud . While the parentage of the idea was that of Mirchi. the design was created and crafted by the music fraternity itself. Mirchi was voted the No. it won a plethora of awards. ahead of iconic brands like The Times of India and Star Plus.
Radio City: Radio City20 is a FM radio station in India.7 is a nationwide private FM radio station in India owned by Indian businessman Anil Ambani21. “audio books”. The station has been criticized for multiple format changes and presenter lineup. Suresh Wadkar. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. It plays Hindi songs. This is the only private FM radio station which is being broadcast from Srinagar and Jammu in Jammu & Kashmir state. Lucknow and New Delhi. The Radio station currently plays a mix of Hindi and Kannada music. It broadcasts at 92.PlanetRadiocity. Indipop and Sufi among others. The Chief Executive Officer is Ms Apurva Purohit. Bangalore (started first in 2001). Radio City Bangalore is India's first private FM radio station and was started on July 3. Recently as of July. 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. . Radio City recently forayed into New Media in May 2008 with the launch of a new mega music portal .1 (earlier 91. This initiative has already reached hundreds of schools across the country. in Chennai on July 7th 2006 and in Vishakapatnam October 2007. songs. Jonzie Kurian and Suresh Venkat. It launched with presenters such as Rohit Barker. 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’. It was launched in Hyderabad in March. 2006. 700 to 800 million in the current fiscal year to set up 16 FM (Frequency Modulation) stations across India. 2006 it has announced plans to invest Rs.7FM). Currently. English and regional songs. Darius Sunawala.com that offers music related news. the station had been steadily losing popularity with the launch of newer stations in Bangalore. and other music-related features. It broadcasts on 91. videos.7 MHz (92. Bollywood. The jury set tough standards. 2001. Radio City has launched Fun Ka Antenna Online Radio Station which plays hits across genres including International. it covers 45 cities. BIG FM 92. Over the years.0 in most cities) megahertz from Mumbai (where it was started in 2004). Ramesh Sippy and Kunal Kohli.7: BIG FM 92.e.Kailash Kher.
000. . Radio Active will seek to reach out to Bangalore’s masses on issues concerning health. environment.000 dedicated to transmission equipment. 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. educate.It has made an announcement to invest Rs. JGI has taken the initiative to launch a community radio station serving the cause of progress and development of the community at large. which would make the proposed network the largest ever. women.3FM’.000. In keeping with its tradition of promoting the welfare and betterment of society. development. JGI draws on the essence of tradition and sophistication of modernization to educate the professionals of tomorrow. Inspired by its dynamic founder and Chairman Mr. From July 1. Life Banao". from primary to higher education. in turn seeking to inform. social issues etc. Its mission is to provide excellence in academic education and focuses on the holistic development of the individual. infrastructure and licensing. the JGI family is principled. 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. Its main tagline is "Suno Sunao. scientific awareness. 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. national and local issues. under the name of 'BIG Bollywood 96. the first city outside India. BIG FM included Singapore. and charitable schooling to professional courses. proactive and visionary. 4. Its vision is to contribute leaders to a vibrant and responsive India. 2008. while entertaining the public.3. R Chenraj Jain. It broadcasts its programs daily from 5 to 8pm on XFM 96. The community radio station. to sensitize society to global.
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