School of Thoughts

February 5, 2007

FM Radio Rush…

Filed under: Bangalore,Entertainment,General,Technology — Sanju Rajan @ 3:40 pm

When I first came to Bangalore in early 2003, I remember my friend clung happily to a radio.And I stood there wondering what’s happened to this guy- Is he going back in time when the whole world seems to have forgotten the radio and are glued to the idiot box – the Television? Gradually I realised that hearing the FM radio programmes/songs is a favourite pastime and an inevitable means of entertainment in the lives of an average Bangalorean.Especially when you are stuck in the traffic, the radio comes as a great blessing with the latest and the old numbers of Hindi and Kannada songs.The traffic updates broadcasted through the radio at times turned out to be useful to avoid those traffic stricken roads. You could hear the FM radio played from taxi cabs,BMTC buses,shops, houses and even from chauffeur driven cars with some corporate honchos glued with the EconomicTimes newspaper.

I too bought a small Philips pocket radio and at that time if I remember right,there were only 2 FM stations – the RadioCity FM91 and another station from All India Radio. Gradually it became my favourite pastime as well. In the mornings I remember getting up to the “Goooood Moooorning Bangalore” screams of RJ Vasanthi from RadioCity. Later when I got myself an Apple ipod, I was enthralled with it’s looks and usabality and slowly started ignoring the radio.But now as I got bored hearing the songs in the ipod, I turned back again to my random song generator box 🙂 and as a protest of negligence he refused to power on. 😦 Today I tuned in to the FM channels using my mobile phone and was surprised to hear so many new FM channels. When I write this, there are about 9 FM channels and more in the pipeline. Listing down the FM channels and their respective frequencies :-

1)Radio City – 91.1FM
2)Radio Indigo – 91.9FM
3)Big FM – 92.7FM
4)SFM(SunFM) – 93.5FM
5)Radio Mirchi – 98.3FM
6)FM Rainbow – 101.3FM
7)Vividh Bharathi – 102.9FM
8)Fever 104FM – 104FM
9)Gyanavani – 105.6FM

One advantage of FM radio is that you get to hear variety of programmes/interviews,traffic updates and so many songs,both new and old from different language and genres. I like the suspense or rather uncertainity involved in radio as you dont know which song will be played next. But the negative side is the whole lot of advertisement you need to hear to. But we cannot help it ,as FM radio is delivered free of cost to us.



  1. i couldn’t agree more, i like the thrill and suspense, the best is when your favorite songs played on the radio. Ahh, what a feelin’ 😉

    Comment by Guzlu — February 5, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

  2. Yes Guzlu, you are right.Thats a nice feeling 🙂

    Comment by Sanju Rajan — February 5, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

  3. That was my favorite passtime in the bus… the 2 hour journey up and down to ITPL. I think there were 2 from AIR, FM rainbow and one more along with radio city. After came back lst time.. i listened to Mirchy, One and Indigo. The FM stations are too much here. I some how got my FM transmitter tuned to 97.7 (free @ home) but near office something else is there ont that frequency. but my favorite is (onine malayalm FM) playing 24X7 in my comp @ office or home. Unfortunately can’t use it while travelling like that in B’lore 😦

    Comment by Linson — February 7, 2007 @ 3:34 am

  4. Check this out:

    Am not into FM too much, since the kind of music I listen to is seldom broad casted. 🙂

    Comment by jnarin — February 14, 2007 @ 5:31 am

  5. I also love to hear the FM radio.. currently I stay in Hyderabad… Whenever I go to Mysore I tune into these FM Stations… My favorite is 93.5 SFM…. Is there any online link for this so that I can hear this FM station from Hyderabad in my computer…

    If you find it plz post it…

    Comment by Ravi.L.N. — September 7, 2007 @ 6:38 am

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