Radio stations are one of the oldest mode of media and broadcasting (via radio waves) in the country. It has played a vital role in communication technology and thus, are widely relied on to transfer data and information across the nation.
AIR (All India Radio) broadcasts on the amplitude modulation, (AM) medium wave (MW) band and AM short wave (SW) band. The primitive radio even after technological breakthroughs medium of media & broadcasting, are still evergreen & relied upon.
Tuning to radio is a thing which everyone would love to tune while performing errands, driving to the workplace or any random chores to count on.
With a large number of radio stations which are mushrooming in the country, there are few that stands out from the crowd. In this article lets take a quick look at the list of Top 10 most tuned radio stations in India.
10. Gyan Vani
Gyan Vani radio stations run as a media cooperative with the day-to-day programmes which are contributed by various educational institutions, government and semi-government organisations, departments & different ministries, NGOs, UN agencies, NCERT, IGNOU, NIOS and other sectors.
It stands tenth in the list of Top 10 Most Tuned Radio Stations in India.
Brainchild of by Hindustan Media ltd., Radio Nasha which plays mostly Bollywood songs from the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s & contemporary retro music. It is headed by Harshad Jain, the CEO of Radio and Entertainment, HT Media.
The company acquired 10 new frequencies in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and several towns of Uttar Pradesh.
HT Media was the first company in India to operate two radio stations Radio Nasha & Fever 104 in the capital. Thus, capturing different sets of advertisers & audience.
HT Media already operates Fever FM in the five metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata at a frequency of 107.2 FM.
With its wide network & reachability Vividh Bharati owns 40 Centers and some Local Radio Stations, which cater almost 97% population of this country but is restricted to metros.
Vivid Bharati, the most reliable channel of every household in India, was launched in the year 1957, still is evergreen as before. Vividh Bharati has been providing popular and melodious entertainment to the listeners for provides entertainment for nearly 15-17 hours a day.
One of the oldest yet popular programmes of Vividh Bharati are Bhule Bisre Geet, Sangeet Sarita, Jaimala, Hawa Mahal, Inse Miliye, Chitralok, Chhaya Geet, Celluloid Ke Sitare, Biscope Ke Batein, Hello Farmaish, Sargam Ke Sitare, Sehatnama, Aaj Ke Phankaar, Sakhi Saheli etc.
All these programmes are produced & cultured centrally in Borivali, Mumbai at the Vividh Bharati’s Central office, which is later up-linked to the satellite for national broadcast.
7. My FM
My FM is a pioneering brand that offers unmatched coverage in India’s heartland, catering affluent class in radio listenership. Owned by DB Corp Ltd, this radio channel was launched in the year 2006.
The slogan of MY FM is ‘Jiyo Dil Se’, which its brand philosophy which strives to constantly evolve and innovate its offerings to its listeners mainly leading Local FM Network with fun loaded entertainment.
6. Radio One
Sixth in the list of Top 10 Most Tuned Radio Stations in India stands Radio One. Operated in urban cities, this differentiated radio channel is quite famous in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.
The MD & CEO of Radio One is Vineet Singh Hukmani. The radio channel offers refined entertainment that is basically more preferred among retro-listener.
This radio station is one of a kind streaming channel with its cosmopolitan genre & English broadcasted programmes. Radio One mainly targets the urban niche & potential advertisers.
5. Big FM
Launched in the year 2006, the radio channel is outgrowing at a rapid pace, with a network of 45 radio stations in just a time span of 18 months.
The slogan or jingle of this radio channel is ‘Suno Sunao, Life Banao!’.BIG FM entertains & influences their listeners with its distinctive content and innovative promotion.
Hailing its presence in over 45 cities, 1000 towns, and 50,000 villages, Big FM caters nearly 4.2 crore Indians nationwide.
Not only the radio channel was accoladed on the national level but it also won the title of “Most Awarded Indian radio station” at the New York Radio Festival 2013 too.
4. Radio City
A subsidiary of Jagran Prakashan Ltd., this radio channel was incepted in 2001, which is now serving 2.2 crore listeners across the country.
Radio City is a trailblazer in the industry whose entertainment is full of humour, fun and music. This FM channel is also the organiser of various events, competition n contest thus, having high audience engagement. The channel has been able to strike the right chord with the listeners.
Radio City was the first radio station to launch internet radio streaming in India. The channel has its network footprint in 39 cities. Several awards were conferred upon by the India Radio Forum (IRF) & E4M Golden Mikes to Radio City, which indeed elevated its prestige to the next level.
3. Red FM
Launched in 2002, the radio station has 100% exclusively Hindi programming. Red FM stands third in the list of Top 10 Most Tuned Radio Stations in India.
The slogan of the radio station is ‘Bajaate Raho’. The channel airs some widely recognised shows which include Morning No.1, Dilse, Mumbai Local, One Two ka Four, Mera Wala Gana, Superhits Music Show, RDX, Todu Nights and lots more.
A brand radio station of HT Media Ltd., Fever 104 FM is one of the leading FM channels in the country today. It has secured the second position in the list of Top 10 Most Tuned Radio Stations in India.
Fever FM is available in more than 6 cities. The channel provides vibrant, youthful programming, that plays more contemporary music and does relatively less of talking unlike its competitors.
Providing platforms to creative & interactive sessions, situational comedy shows which are its major attractions. This radio channel also portrays dramas, repackaged great epics, updates of Bollywood, sports, music contests and radio dramas.
Fever 104 FM always had first mover advantage in many instances, be it in the music or non-music genres.
1. Radio Mirchi
Owned by the Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL), a subsidiaries of The Times Group, had began its first operations in 1993 in Indore.
This reputed radio station gained a lot of attention with its catchy tagline is “Its Hot!”, is a nationwide network of private FM radio stations in India.
Radio Mirchi has a presence in more than 38 cities, out of which 6 metro cities and counting! RJ Prerna, RJ Sayema, RJ Richard & RJ Abhay are few of its very talented RJ’s. Some of its popular trending shows are Meethi Mirchi, Wakao, Club Mirchi, Purani Jeans, Sunday Time Out.