radio boom/bang?

1) City Fm 89- Best suited for those who enjoy western music. It just pours. Even the presenters’ accents are heavily influenced. It’s doing great for a niche market.
2) Radio One 91 Fm- It incorporates time checks as well as funky music. Its diverse programming makes it listener-freindly for anyone who refuses to be labelled. It’s basically easy listening.
3) Radioactive 96 Fm- It is meant to empower the youth through the contemporary music that they play, or young presenters with nasal, heavily accented twangs. At night, their back to back mix is pretty good.
4) Fm 100- The station that was the forerunner of contemporary radio in Karachi. It has some commercial appeal.
5) Fm 101- For some reason there’s a great deal of static. This channel can not be heard clearly, most of the times.
6) Mast 103- It has alot of listenership. Masses love it.
7) Sachal 105- It is relativley new and is trying to establish a solid base.
8) 106.2 Fm- This station plays so many Hindi tunes that it get irritating after a while.
9) Apna Karachi 107- This is one of the few stations that has its listeners flocking around their radio sets.

Out of all these stations mentioned, you’re not too cool if you listen to those frequencies other than the first three. This may seem trivial but radio is creating a rift between its audience, isn’t it? Or is it just celebrating the differences and perhaps cashing in on it?
Radio is a powerful medium. There was a time when people could relate to the radio-plays. They provided solid entertainment. Why is it that radio of today does not strike that similar chord?

20 Comments so far

  1. Monkey (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

    “Why is it that radio of today does not strike that similar chord?”

    I don’t agree. That’s what I am mostly hearing while driving.

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

    “Why is it that radio of today does not strike that similar chord?” – ’cause all these so-called radio stations SUCK big time.

  3. Radio_addict (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    Radio is one medium which entertains everyone everywhere rich or poor alike.I can recall from my student days listening to “chhaya geet” of All India Radio late in the nights as i prepared for my exams.Sometimes during these rainy cold december nights when loadshedding took place it was my old faithful music box which kept whispering “don’t worry relax and listen to this song for a while…..”,”…..don’t worry everything will be fine…..” and i continued my studies in the emergency light.
    No local FM channels were operational then and playing with the tuning dial was a favourite pastime.Other favourites were VOA,BBC and Radio Moscow.The portability and easy access to frequencies anywhere in the world will always make the radio, medium of choice.I also listen to song selections of some of our contemporary RJs and must say they have excellent taste in music.Keep on rolling guys.You’re doing a great job.You make my days and nights and million others.

  4. Lies (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

    Its simple. The world we live in today demands instant gratification. Everyone wants what they want and they want it now.

    Radio can not compete there, so its just a relegated to long drives, mostly.

    I personally love to hear the absolutely weird/mumbling/desperate/”I’m On Radio, I Rule” types who call into these shows.. :P

  5. zoya (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    well done
    good work by all radios and it gives u according to ur mood whatever your mood is switch accordingly
    well those says who listen on 89,91 ,96 are coolso who are they to discriminate among all
    well i would say that it is keeping me in touch with my city
    so thanks to all fm channel

  6. fazeel (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Wow so many radio stations in Karachi now.Actually when I left Karachi there were only two FM radio stations.FM 100 and FM 101. So its nice to hear we have so many radio stations in Karachi.When FM 100 came to Karachi in 1995 every one in my family was addicted to that radio station.So its good to see hear about so many radio stations:)

  7. serendipity (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 12:03 am

    radia is a good source of audio caffine while going to office at chundrigar.I keep switching from 89 to 96 to 100 to 103 etc. I know all the weird advertising jingles by heart. only one thing makes me freak out and that is the weird english accents of DJs…..

  8. Sufi (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 1:37 am

    I don’t like any particular channel, but I think its mostly 89/96/103.
    My favorite radio is NPR (National Public Radio), you can get their podcasts for free. I just download the podcasts and listen to them.
    Besides I love BBC Asia’s program (aired from the UK), they have some really interesting programs in Punjabi, about Islam and Asians in the UK etc.. Still trying to figure out a way to save them and transfer them to my Ipod.
    Some accents on radio stations are original, while others are so so fake.

    Best radio show on the local channels is Zahvia on CityFM 89, too bad that they dont update the city casts .. what a waste. I have been waiting for months now to be able to listen to Zahvia. For those who have access to CityFM89, it is aired Sunday evening.

  9. Jamash (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    I usually listen to 91 but I sometimes switch to 103 for news at the hour, It’s just a matter of choice for me and not a society symbol but yes some people in a quest to be a part of the elite society do listen to westernized music even though they don’t really understand a word of it, I feel sorry for such people…

    Radio is a very strong advertising medium I hope our advertisers realize that.. I really hate the stupid VoiceOvers of the TVC they Air on radio these days even though they hardly make any sense…

    @ Sufi: I have heard a lot about Zahvia, will sure check it out this Sunday :) ..

  10. MB (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    @Henna P
    Out of all these stations mentioned, you’re not too cool if you listen to those frequencies other than the first three.
    First of all I strongly contest the post your view. It especially is wrong about 105 (2nd position in KMB poll) & 103 & 106.2. What made you come to this conclusion that “Out of all these stations mentioned, you’re not too cool if you listen to those frequencies other than the first three
    Can you please define “cool” here?

    I am one of the early Radio addicts, since 1993-94 when FM-100 came & has got his Radio always on when at home & I keep on switching different channels with FM89 being my fav. coz it has got the best overall package.
    I still remember how crazy I was for Khalilullah Farooqi Ejaz Qureshi/waris, Sarwat Rehman & off course Junaid Mumtaz, the best.

    Why it is that radio of today does not strike that similar chord?
    Even from that KMB Poll one clearly sees there isn’t that much difference between 1 2 & 3. The interesting part is that 2nd position is for “I channel surf. no particular favourite ” which clearly defies what you said. People are tuning into all & different channels at times for their different moods.

    Did you listen to every channel? I am one of those who used to listen 106.2 over internet from my university Lab in free times or while browsing, few years back. At that time it was Indian stuff.

    RM Radio’s in Pakistan have gained so much fame & power that even gov. has to have a check on what they are saying. And it was not just because of the normal & formal policy but because few channels specially my fav. FM89 has time & again raised important questions specially issues related to women e.g. Aysha Alam’s show on Hudood ordinance. And then there is Mani & Azfar questioning things in their own not-so-acceptable-way to many. I have got audio clips which will tell you how strongly listeners are following radio. People stay awakens late night for their fav. shows dialing numbers like stupid if you think so. Please let me know the resources/personal experiences which led you to these conclusions.

  11. MB (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 3:47 am

    FM** radio in pak….

  12. wasiq (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 6:03 am

    a republican to head ARyOneWorld News channel this is strange….?

    thanda garam saath saath…channel beith nahein jai ga..?

  13. henna (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 7:07 am

    Sufi Zahvia no longer exists because Omar Kasmani, the presenter he has gone abroad to do his masters. But it was one of the few good shows:)

  14. Sufi (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 7:57 am


  15. nocturnal (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 8:34 am

    Out of all these stations mentioned, you’re not too cool if you listen to those frequencies other than the first three.

    What a nonsensical conclusion.

    Listening to western/funky music doesnt make you COOL.

    oh!Do tune into RADIO 69 to get TURNED ON, it makes you HOT.

  16. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    I am a very old time radio fan. I always used to go to roof of my house to catch lata/rafi where there was load shedding and some times I was successful then. I could hear Indian Stations in Karachi but it was very rare. I listedned to FM 100 from its early days but then they used to have so many phone calls. I switched to FM 101. I hate phone calls/DJs/ads in these stations. This morning at 625 am , local radio station in San Francisco was discussing with its ladies phone callers that what would they take to not have sex for 15 months and gals went from full wardrobe to mercedes. One gal said that if some one could pay her student loan and give her some toy to play then she could live w/o sex for 6 months and that made me laugh (I thought of Pakistanis at same instant). By the way the local stations always come up with such stupid topics here that you say four words. I am now hook to XM, it is awesome; no ads, no djs, no singnals lost and even I could listen to it non stop during my flight from SF to Chicago. XM is not free but 10-12 bucks per month for such service is nothing.

  17. Sajid (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    nocturnal: 100% agreed ;)

    The so called labelling society!

  18. mansoor (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    nicely done henna!!

    personally, i prefer listening in to FM91 rather than 96 (too bachkana) and 89 (too gora?).

    apart from that, 106.2 offers a good mix to take you out of the ‘angrezi world’ :D

  19. MB (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    106.2 was the first station that caught my attention over internet thanks to a friend who got me addicted to it then. Haven’t been able to listen much these days. So not sure if the quality is still same as it used to be.

  20. Asma (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    I think FM-107 has got some fantastic RJs and their programming is reasonable quality…

    there is adeel and sukaina in the mornings with their ‘taza dum’ show.

    and then there is atif hyder in their evening drive time slot shouting out on issues surrounding karachi

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