Social Responsibility over the Airwaves..

Ever since Karachi has become the political battle-ground, all local media- be it blogs, newspapers, magazines or radio- are registering their protest against the hijacking of their city in their own ways.

Radio, for one, is a strictly regulated medium and according to one source, radio stations have to get their archives inspected weekly. There have also been instances where radio stations in Karachi have been raided on grounds of alleged violations of the PEMRA rules.

FM 103, nonetheless, continues to be outspoken. Programs like Jamhooriat (democracy) and Shehriat (citizenship) are a hit with the masses. Anis Mansoori, in Jamhooriat, touches upon various issues plaguing our city to get the attention of anyone who cares to listen. With Nayyara Noor’s Aik Aur Jahaan Mumkin Hai (Another World is Possible) as the background score, the broadcast at 3 in the afternoon makes for an enlightening hour.

FM 107 has very efficiently assumed the responsibility of reporting on the traffic situation around the city to assist commuters throughout the day. It is highly advisable that one tunes in to the frequency before they set out for somewhere so that trouble areas can be avoided. The reporting was specially helpful during the massive traffic jam in June, as well the three days of trouble after the Shahrah e Faisal carnage last month.

While these two take the lead when it comes to responsible broadcasting, other stations also did a commendable job of indulging in some meaningful conversation interspersed with some distracting music in the aftermath of the Karachi carnage on October 18th.

Frequency Modulation, or FM, as it is more properly known has a band from 87.5 to 108.0 MHz, and is best suited and licensed to broadcast music. it is due to this limitation that the current radio listening is so different from the age of the radio plays and Radio Pakistan era. Despite these constraints coupled with PEMRA regulations, the radio channels are providing more than just entertainment in Karachi. Lets hope that the radio audience is treated to more diversified discussions as the radio industry continues to grow.

Related: The results are in: What is your favourite radio station
radio boom/bang?

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2 Comments so far

  1. .!. (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    n-ICE
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    melted


  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

    So what’s your point? I agree with what PEMRA did and take further stern action because PEMRA guys also keep something with them which you guys keep appending in your rants


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    Thanks and BTW, it’s not *offtopic*



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