For the past few days, some new radio channel has been testing out the airwaves in Chennai. They broadcast for a few hours, in the late afternoon and early evening; you can tune in to 106.4 FM. As of now, there are only songs, no announcements, let alone advertisements. So, I have no idea about the channel’s name.
The Hindu reports that another radio channel is launching in Chennai next week. The name is BIG, and it comes from the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group. BIG will be beamed on 92.7 MHz. This pushes up the number of commercial FM channels in the city to seven.
- Suriyan FM (Sun Network) – 93.5
- Radio Mirchi (Times Network) – 98.3
- FM Gold (Chennai Radio) – 105.0
- Radio City (STAR India) – 105.8
- FM Rainbow (Chennai Radio) – 107.1
- Unknown – 106.4
- BIG – 92.7
There are two other FM radio stations, run by Anna University (Anna FM – 90.4) and MOP Vaishnav College (MOP FM – 91.2); these come under the Community Radio category.
I feel it would be better if the new channels provide some variety, instead of crowding out the airwaves with more of the same type as is being served by the existing providers.
BIG FM is launching on Monday the 25th (today) in Hyderabad. The Chennai station is up, but it is not playing any songs as yet. Actress Asin is the brand ambassador for the channel in the South. In the near future, 20 cities from the North, 7 from the East and 9 each from the South and the West can tune in to 92.7.
106.4 FM has no name still. I’m temporarily naming it as Boys FM, because whenever I tune in, the station is playing the soundtrack from the movie Boys.
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