Almost 3 years ago, in June 2012, when I started this blog, I started it with THIS post
Titled "My initiation into Music" , actually it also meant to be "My Love Affair with Radio"
Though there's a song "Video killed the radio star" but there's a romance about Radio. Even now, MTV/Netflix / Amazon / iTunes / Spotify/ Shazam / Saavn / Gaana / FM Radio
HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO KILL PBS RADIO.
Even now, it is PBS radio, which is the main source of choice of music as per genre, of 90% of music lovers worldwide. Don't believe me?
See this picture.
Hear THIS YouTube playlist "Old Radio Shows" (164 videos)
Do yo remember Vijay Daniels presenting Forces Request or Geetanjali Aiyar presenting Saturday Date on All India Radio, Delhi studios or any of your teenage All India Radio late not night radio presenters?
Well here is a chance, for you to be remembered by today's teenagers 30 years hence. Whenever we the 80s generation travel by Delhi Metro, and hear "अगला स्टेशन राजीव चौक है, प्लेटफार्म, दांई ओर" or "The next station is Rajiv Chowk, the platform is on the right side" you say aloud "Hey, that's Shammi Narang(Doordarshan Hindi newsreader/ Rini Simon Khanna (Doordarshan English newsreader) or On Kolkata Metro(Poroboti Station Moidan, platform dandike ) Kolkatans can tell me whose voice it is in comments below. 👇👇👇👇
The voices are so cool & comforting that
A) It forms among 10 Things you notice on The Delhi Metro as per Abhishek Bhardwaj on his Blog HERE
B) The search of Voices of Delhi Metro, returns this on Google Search.
D) Rini Simon Khanna has a "Fanboy Article" written" on Caravan Magazine HERE
AIR Kolkata B is looking for graded casual freelance radio announcers (Radio Jockeys/Rjs)
qualification Knowledge of written + spoken English & Western Music
a) Send a Money order of Rs 300 adressed to Station Director, AIR Kolkata to be sent to All India Radio, Kolkata, AIR, Akashvani Bhawan , Eden Gardens, Kolkata 700001 West Bengal.
b) Write an application on plain paper. addressed to Station Director. AIR Kolkata, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 700001 giving full CV(mentioning your voice related co-curricular activities, like debates, drama, theatre, emcee, declamation, Symposium, Seminar) attach the copy of the receipt of Money Order with the application
a) written test.
b) on qualifying written test voice test.
c) after b you will be graded
d) your remuneration will be as per grading in c.
e) you shall have to go through 5day " Vani training" .
f) you shall be continuously reviewed & conrltinue to be in. the panel till you're found unsuitable
g) Age maximum 50 Minimum 18.
h) retirement at 60
this is freelance panel. not a permanent job. Under no circumstances does this turn into a job(but if you keep the recording contracts safely, and submit them while applying for future employment opportunities as AIR Anouncers, to the vacancies, announced by AIR, Vividh Bharati, Prasar Bharati, Song & Drama Division, Films Division, Doordarshan, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Directorate of Advertising & Publicity(DAVP) advertised frequently in http://employmentnews.gov.in website by UPSC or SSC.
Payment is as per grade/programme & if you get 6 programmes a month you get more than 80% Kolkata gets paid
PS Between 1979-1995 I used to be paid a minimum Rs 100(1st programme 1978) to Rs3500(2 commentary jobs) Rs1500(coverage of Sports meet) When I was paid Rs1500 my gross pay was 11000. (had 2 shows that month.
You can mail your scanned applications to
The Rate Card is here.(Later not available not available now)
A) Kolkata AIR competition HERE
B) Job opportunities in AIR HERE
C) AIR Technical / Voice trainings HERE
D) How to be a great announcer. HERE
All the best.
Thank your stars I'm 55 & overage to apply. 😝😂😀😊