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User: venniyoor Topic: FM Radio
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E-book published - Digital Radio DRM, stronger than ever, looks with confidence to 2021 12.12.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: In its 100th anniversary year the DRM Consortium salutes radio as the mass digital communication platform for our challenging times. To celebrate the unique and relevant place of radio in people’s lives and the progress made by Digital Radio Mondiale in this unprecedented year, we have created our first ever DRM e-book. Its aim is to give you a succinct overview of the best DRM events, activities and successes in 2020, while offering you a varied and wide digest of information, opinions and updates on DRM and digital radio. In 2020 the value of the only global, open, all band digital audio broadcasting system, DRM, was conveyed to more people, further afield, than ever before. Old and new stakeholders and enthusiasts were the audience in the 2020 virtual conference rooms where a “show and tell” approach demonstrated DRM’s services and advantages in both AM and FM bands. We introduced new technical development of the extra-efficient use of DRM FM and devoted a lot of attention to DRM’s ...
BLACKPINK's "Lovesick Girls" MV crosses 200 million views 26.10.2020 Radioandmusic.com

MUMBAI: BLACKPINK’s “Lovesick Girls” MV has reached 200 million views!
“Lovesick Girls” is the the title track off of BLACKPINK’s first full album “THE ALBUM.” The album and the music video for “Lovesick Girls” were released on October 2 at 1 p.m. KST. On October 25, the video hit 200 million views on YouTube!

Radio City announces bonus issue of Non-Convertible Non- Cumulative Redeemable preference share 23.10.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: Music Broadcast Limited (MBL), India’s 1st Private FM Radio Broadcaster, has reported its Financial Results for the Quarter and half-year ended September 30th, 2020. Key Highlights – Q2 FY21: Sequential Recovery Top line of Rs 30.1 Crores compared to Rs 14.4 Crores in Q1FY21 Continued cost control led to faster improvement in profitability EBITDA improved to Rs. (3.0) Crores compared to Rs. (15.2) Crores in Q1FY21Cash Profit Rs. 0.44 Crores as against Cash Loss of Rs 10.9 Crores in Q1 FY21 . Commenting on the results Ms. Apurva Purohit, Director said: “The gradual opening up of the economy has led to a partial recovery in business sentiments and the M&E sector has also followed a similar trajectory with improving performance in each month with an increase in ad volumes in the September quarter as compared to June quarter. With the festive season round the corner, we expect the pace of recovery to sustain in the coming quarter too. At MBL we have maintained our focus on new revenue initiatives, ...
First community radio station to be launched by Army in South Kashmir 10.9.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: Army is set to launch the first community radio station in unstable part of South Kashmir,in a bid to help and reach out to the youth. The first Community Radio Station (CRS) of the Army The Radio Raabta—dil se dil tak—has been set up at Anantnag high ground and is ready to be inaugurated today. An senior Army officer based in South Kashmir says the radio station was set up and “The aim is to get connected to the local youth directly,” Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama the four districts of south Kashmir have emerged as the epicentre of Kashmir’s new-age militancy, after Commander Burhan Wani was killed in July 2016 The active militants in these four districts are locals and there is no let down in the militants recruitment that’s what make them worry for security grid. The first community Radio station Radio Raabta would be stationed and air most part of the day.The prorgammes will be in Urdu and Kashmir languages ,in the process CRS will also play some genres song from Sufi songs,mix of ...
John Mayer trades guitar for fishing rod 10.9.2020 Radioandmusic.com

MUMBAI: American singer- songwriter shared on IGTV finding all-new inspiration and mentioned about trading his guitar for a fishing rod and a camera.

“How about we just go outside and see what happens?” Mayer asks the assembled camera and sound crew. Thus kicks off the off-beat but delightfully moving short film “John Mayer Goes Outside,” presented by Land Rover.

North East India’s first community radio station has become another casualty of Covid-19 18.8.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
After running for 333 hours in 37 days of lockdown, it has stopped transmission for now.
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Nokia 5310 (2020): Nostalgia is back for die-hard fans 9.8.2020 DNA
HMD Global-owned Nokia brand has brought back the nostalgia-filled feature phone 'Nokia 5310' in a new avatar for its Indian fans.
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Shibani Kashyap stages online houseparty on Show4me 21.7.2020 Radioandmusic.com

MUMBAI: Indian music star ​Shibani Kashyap is playing an online concert on Show4me Music Interaction Network ​on July 26, 2020​. Shibani brings a taste of her best Bollywood tracks to global audiences in an online concert with a variety of tickets for fans to choose the right ones for their preference. The live streamed event will start at 7:15 PM IST. Only 90 tickets are available.

Tickets start at $1. Link to show campaign:

"Radio is the new 'Comfort Companion" says, L.V. Krishnan, CEO, TAM Media Research 11.6.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: The radio industry has amplified its reach and potential to newer heights amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Through various initiatives and campaigns, the industry has time and again proved to be the most credible source of information and entertainment. In the last few weeks, the industry has seen a major shift in listenership wherein more people tuned in to FM radio stations. Throwing light on the same Mr. L. V. Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer, TAM Media Pvt Ltd spoke about the power of radio and how it will witness a boom in the coming days during his session on Big FM’s ‘The BIG Morning Show - Onward & Upward - The Lockdown Series,’. The world today is preparing for a ‘new normal’ due to the sudden chaos and uncertainty because of the global pandemic. The pre-lockdown era saw one be able to easily chart out behavioural patterns, be it listening, reading or digital content consumption, that is no longer the case today. With the lockdown leading to consumer behaviour and their patterns ...
Will consider proposal for news bulletins on Community Radio : Javadekar 24.5.2020 Manipur: E-Pao
Will consider proposal for news bulletins on Community Radio : Javadekar
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Music is a powerful way to spread the message: Shibani Kashyap 23.5.2020 Radioandmusic.com

MUMBAI: Indian singer Shibani Kashyap, who is prominently known for singing a signature tune of the AIR FM channel of All India Radio and Amul India. She also Judged a singing reality show named Bathroom Singer and is noted for her work in the Bollywood film industry.

Shibani recently released #CoronaKoHaiHarana a song which is the need of an hour, portraying a very simple and effective message. The song is composed as well as written by her.

Role of community radio highlighted 13.5.2020 The Assam Tribune
Role of community radio highlighted
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RED FM's new initiative 'mind detox'- to calm you down during lockdown 24.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: 93.5 RED FM has recently launched a new on-air and digital initiative to help people stay calm during the nationwide lockdown with spiritual guide and educationist, Sri M. The new segment ‘Mind Detox with Sri M will bring motivational speech and inspirational stories to encourage listeners to rejuvenate their minds and take good care of their mental health. On-air from 15th April and it will be run during weekdays to help people cope-up amidst challenging times. The segment is also available as a podcast on the RED FM app. As per a recent study by AZ Research PPL & AROI, FM Radio has witnessed a jump in its listenership during the covid times with a total average of 51 million people tuning in. Being an important and significant medium, RED FM through the programme will aim to calm and de-stress their listeners from the panic caused by COVID-19. Speaking about this new show, Ms. Nisha Narayanan, COO and Director, RED FM and Magic FM, said, “The nationwide lockdown has brought challenges for all ...
Punjab government reaches out to children through radio, TV 23.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: To reach out to students in rural areas of the state in the wake of the lockdown, the Punjab government has started reaching out to the students through television and radio channels from Tuesday. The move was taken up by the state education department to resolve the problems being faced by the students as a large number of them do not have access to smartphone or Internet. A significant number also face connectivity issues. The department has tied up with DTH channels such as Swayam Prabha Channel (20 on JIO TV app), DD free Dish network (117) and Dish TV (New Channel 939), which will telecast recorded lecturers of teachers for students of Class 7 and 8 for two hours daily from 9am to 11am and the same session will be telecasted from 4pm to 6pm on the same day. Punjab followed the school education department, Haryana, which had started the distance education programme through television, Edusat, last week. The initiative has been taken up by the department on the directions of Punjab education ...
UK's community radio stations could face closure due to COVID-19 23.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: According to the research, a third of the UK’s community radio stations could face closure due to the impact of coronavirus without urgent government support, according to the body that represents the broadcasters’ interests. The Community Media Association, which represents the 296 community associations licensed by broadcast regulator Ofcom, is scheduled to hold crisis talks with representatives of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Ofcom on Wednesday to seek support for the sector. The CMA considers its members to have a crucial role in broadcasting to diverse audiences in the UK, including news and health information during the coronavirus emergency, but feel left out of government support plans. Last week, the government announced a three-month advertising partnership with the embattled newspaper industry which has been valued at £35m to £45m. Talks last week with John Whittingdale, a minister in the culture department, have focused on using the Community Radio ...
Haryana Radio raises COVID-19 awareness 21.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: In this age of technology, it is the humble wireless that’s proving to be the vaccine against misinformation in Nuh, which has reported 57 cases of Covid-19 so far. Here, it is the community radio that is playing a part in keeping the residents informed. As early as February 6, the senior medical officer of Nuh had broadcast an awareness message on Covid-19 through Alfaz-e-Mewat (FM 107.8). This station, serving 225 villages, regularly relays information received from the district collector, chief medical officer and other government functionaries to listeners. “We are regularly updating our listeners about announcements by the district administration. We disseminate only official announcements and refrain from airing information from alternate sources,” shares Pooja Murada, founder, Alfaz-e-Mewat, and director, communications, at Sehgal Foundation, a charitable trust. “We review the situation daily and follow the advice of authorities. Our focus is on providing daily updates regarding the ...
BIG FM launches another brave initiative 'dilli ke dhaakad. kehte hain ...let's fight corona together' 21.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: ‘Motivation is found when purpose is discovered’. This saying fits aptly for BIG FM, one of the largest networks in the country, who are known for adding value through their various purpose-driven initiatives that make a telling difference in the lives of their listeners and other stakeholders. With the current covid-19 pandemic engulfing the nation, BIG FM has now come up with another brave initiative ‘Dilli Ke Dhaakad.... Kehte Hai – Let’s Fight Corona Together’. Leveraging the power of the most trustworthy medium, radio, the objective of the four-week long campaign is to eliminate fear and spread positivity amongst people of Delhi-NCR in order to fight and overcome the on-going pandemic. Although the situation in many countries is extremely critical, India is trying to manage it with the help of our fearless warriors who are on the field and with the support of the public who are adhering to the lockdown guidelines by being home 24X7 to stop community spread and break the chain. Led by all ...
Radio City's 'Concert From Home' Features 100 plus artists over 30 days across 39 cities! 21.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: The nation is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and is staying indoors to curb the spread of the virus. In the wake of this outbreak, Radio City, India’s leading radio network, has launched Radio City’s ‘Concert From Home’ to entertain its listeners across the nation. The novel initiative has been witnessing more than 100 plus artists, including famous singers and music composers, perform from their homes to engage Radio City’s audience spread across 39 stations in 12 states for 30 days. As a part of the campaign, Radio City listeners in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, and Jharkhand, have been tuning in to the concert from the comfort of their homes. Famous singers and performers like Armaan Malik, Shaan, Amit Trivedi, Mika Singh, Daler Mehndi, Raftaar, Shalmali Kholgade, Neha Bhasin, Siddharth Mahadevan, Aditi Singh Sharma, Vishal Mishra, Aastha Gill, Shahid Mallya, Asees Kaur, Akul, and Shashaa Tirupati have been entertaining the listeners from 10am to 11am, ...
Best music radio stations across globe 20.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: We live in a big happening world where there are different genre of music. Thousands of radio DJs are employed around the globe to play Anglophone pop and rock. If there’s such a thing as “world music” to them, it’s REM and Queen. But there are many more radio stations around the world that play music from their own cultures, past and present, mainstream and marginal. When it comes to virtual travel, music is arguably the easiest and most enjoyable way to transport your brain out of Covidland to places you’ve visited – or plan to – in person. The net is pretty chaotic, with dozens of aggregators and formats. But here are 10 soundscapes to explore. Turn up the volume to Mexican cantina level. Launched on 1 April by the people behind Oslo World – the Norwegian capital’s annual music bash (scheduled for 27 October - 1 November) – this simple map is a virtual guide to festivals around the planet, with a playlist of 20 songs for each provided by the local programmers. As the producers of the map note: ...
Community radio station hands out free radio sets 20.4.2020 Radioandmusic.com
MUMBAI: Basildon community radio station Gateway 97.8 has recently launched a special project to support vulnerable residents and hand out free radio sets. The initiative is in partnership with Basildon Round Table and includes distributing radios to residents who are over 70 and isolating. According to the report, the free radios will have the station, on 97.8FM, as a saved pre-set. Gateway 97.8 said, “it recognizes that radio is a vital source of news information and companionship in these times”. “Gateway is delighted to run this project for the people of the borough. It is a lovely idea to reach so many more people. I would like to thank Basildon Round Table for making this possible” Station Director, Danny Lawrence adds. Biz ...
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