Red FM, BIG FM & Radio Mirchi earn top laurels at IRF

16 May,2016


By Anuka Roy


‘Happiness is like a radio station, broadcasting all the time. You just have to learn how to tune in and receive it properly. Stay tuned and be happy always!’ Nobody knows who said that but it sure is a true saying. It was indeed a happy environment when people from the radio and media industry gathered together to celebrate the best of the best in radio. This year the Excellence in Radio Awards (ERA) were hosted on Friday the May 13 (this was another highlight for everyone) at The Westin Mumbai.


This year, a total of 43 awards were given out across various categories. To celebrate the spirit of radio and the winners everyone in the audience was given a whistle to cheer for the winners. And did they cheer? The only thing that can be said is, hardly anything else was audible every time an award was announced. Some of the award-winning stations this year included Radio Mirchi, Red FM, Suryan FM, Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd, Radio City, Radio Mango, Club FM and MY FM.


Without any doubt this year’s ERA was painted red with Red FM winning 13 awards including the ones won by sibling Suryan FM across different categories and regions including the ‘Best Radio Sparkler (Hindi)’ for the character Bauua, who plays pranks on people over the phone and the ‘Best Community Service Award’ for ‘Himmat ki Kimat Delhi’, an initiative by Red FM Delhi in recognising the true heroes of Delhi.Suryan FM won two awards ‘Best Breakfast Programme/Show (Tamil)’ and ‘RJ of the Year (Tamil)’ which went to RJ Blade Shankar. Reliance Broadcast Network Limited or Big FM also won 8 awards, including the award for the ‘Best Radio Programme  (Hindi – For Non-Metro Station)’ and ‘RJ of the Year (Hindi – For Non-Metro Station)’ which went to AnnuKapoor for his show ‘Suhaana Safar With AnnuKapoor’.‘RJ of the Year (Hindi)’ went to RJ NeeleshMisra of Big FM.TLG India (Zenith Optimedia India) won two awards for’ Most Effective Use of Radio in an Activation Campaign’ and ‘Most Outstanding Use of Radio in an Ad Campaign’. However, the most anticipated award of the evening, ‘Best FM Station’, was taken home by Radio Mirchi Delhi.


Speaking to MxMIndia, Vishaal Sethia, Senior Vice President, Programming at Radio Mirchi said: “It always is a fabulous feeling. It is a station which has a lot of initiatives regularly. It is a very creative team; this also re-establishes the fact that we are leaders in Delhi. It is a great feeling to be rewarded for all of that”.


Nisha Narayanan, COO of Red FM spoke about the road ahead for the station. She said: “What I am really happy about is the fact that, we are winning a lot of regional awards. I have always been saying that awards need to move out of Delhi and Mumbai, needs to be encouraged in other cities as well. The road ahead, as I keep telling the team, we need to continue to innovate, be fresh in our thoughts, think out of the box and keep entertaining. ” Speaking on behalf of Team Red FM on bagging a dozen awards, Rajat Uppal, National Marketing Head said: “It is nice. We always have been winning so many awards and this year is no exception. We won 13 medals today; it feels great.”


With much debate on about the future of radio in our country, the awards surely are a source of encouragement and a hope for brighter days ahead for the radio industry.



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