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|Frequency||98.3 (exceptions in some cities)|
|First air date||2001|
|Callsign meaning||mirchi listeners are always happy|
|Owner||Entertainment Network India Limited|
Radio Mirchi is a nationwide network of private FM radio stations in India. It is owned by the EntertainmentNetwork India Ltd (ENIL), which is one of the subsidiaries of The Times Group. mirchi is Hindi for Red Chilli. The tagline of Radio Mirchi is "Mirchi Sunnewaale Always Khush!"
India, also known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country as well as the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.
Bennett Coleman and Company Limited, commonly known as The Times Group, is India’s largest media conglomerate, according to Financial Times as of March 2015. The Audit Bureau of Circulations reported in May 2014 that the Times of India had the largest circulation of any English-language newspaper in the world, with 3,321,702 average qualifying sales. The company remains a family-owned business as the descendants of Sahu Jain own a majority stake in The Times Group. The Times Group has over 11,000 employees and revenue exceeding $1.5 billion.
Hindi, or Modern Standard Hindi is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the official languages of India, along with the English language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. However, it is not the national language of India because no language was given such a status in the Indian constitution.
Radio Mirchi maintains weekly music charts (or record charts) for India. The most followed charts are Mirchi Top 20 (Bollywood Songs) and Angrezi Top 20 (English Songs). Both of these charts are a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. These charts are published on a weekly basis in the Indian English-language daily newspaper, The Times of India, and on Radio Mirchi's official website.
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Mirchi has its stations in India and also in UAE. Some of these stations run 24x7.
As per the latest IRS data released in 2017, Radio Mirchi has emerged as the number one FM broadcaster in Delhi and Mumbai, as well as in the top 8 metros taken together.
The original avatar of Radio Mirchi was Times FM. Radio Mirchi began operations in 2001 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Until 1993, All India Radio or AIR, a government undertaking, was the only radio broadcaster in India. The government then took the initiative to privatize the radio broadcasting sector. It sold airtime blocks on its FM channels in Indore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Visakhapatnam and Goa to private operators, who developed their own program content. The Times Group operated its brand, Times FM, till June 1998. After that, the government decided not to renew contracts given to private operators.
Indore is the most populous and the largest city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. It is also considered as an education hub of the state and first city to have campuses of both the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Management. Located on the southern edge of Malwa Plateau, at an average altitude of 550 meters (1,800 ft) above sea level, it has the highest elevation among major cities of Central India. The city is 190 km (120 mi) west of the state capital of Bhopal. Indore had a census-estimated 2011 population of 1,994,397 and 2,170,295. The city is distributed over a land area of just 530 square kilometres (200 sq mi), making Indore the most densely populated major city in the central province. It comes under Tier 2 cities in India.
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In 2000, the government announced the auction of 108 FM frequencies across India. ENIL won the largest number of frequencies, and thus started its operations under the brand name Radio Mirchi.IT'S HOT
In January 2006, Radio Mirchi purchased 25 frequencies in the second wave of licences that were issued by the Government of India. This pushes the Radio Mirchi presence in 32 centres. In the first wave of launches, Indore was the first city in India having grade of first private radio channel.Times decided to start radio channel to address the mass audience as advertisers can be attracted by showing a low cost per thousand.
Radio Mirchi invested above Rs.339 crore during phase III auctions and purchased 17 new channels in new cities such as Chandigarh, Kochi, Kozhikode, Jammu, Srinagar, Guwahati and Shillong, as well as in existing cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kanpur, Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur and Surat. This pushes Radio Mirchi presence in 49 centres.
Radio Mirchi started operations across UAE, streaming across three frequencies : 97.3FM in Abu Dhabi, 88.8FM in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and 95.6FM in Al Ain & Bahrain 104.2. All the RJs have been recruited from various Radio Mirchi stations in India including Anup Chugh, with a total seven who will take to the air.
Currently, Radio Mirchi has a presence in 58 cities in India.
Unless specified otherwise, all stations broadcast on 98.3 MHz
It reaches out to almost 52% of FM radio listeners in Delhi, 44% in Mumbai,40% in Indore,35% in Jaipur,30% in Bhopal, 20% Chennai, 27% in Kolkata, 15% in Nagpur 60% in Mangaluru and 12% in Bengaluru. Radio Mirchi has started providing Visual Radio to its subscribers in Delhi from 25 July 2006 onwards and in Mumbai from September 2006. It also has started its Visual Radio service from Kolkata recently.
According to the Radio Audience Measurement Reports (RAM), Radio Mirchi has been dominating in Delhi & is the leader in Mumbai and Kolkata. However, in Kolkata they are not clear leaders in SEC ABC segments. The SEC ABC segments were earlier dominated by Big FM & now by Friends FM. However, in the SEC D & E segments Radio Mirchi has total domination
Radio Mirchi is operated by Abu Dhabi Media in partnership with ENIL.
Stations are operated under a brand licensing agreement between ENIL and Arohi Media, with the latter managing and operating the stations. Radio Mirchi went live in the USA on January 26, 2019.
The following stations to be launched soon:
In Mumbai and Kolkata; Radio Mirchi sends Radio Text containing information about The Name of Channel, Next Song and Currently Playing song.
The Mirchi Music Awards are annually given awards instituted by Radio Mirchi for excellence in Bollywood film music. It was first given in 2008.
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Red FM is an Indian FM owned by Sun TV Network headquartered at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Red FM radio brand, with stations broadcasts in the cities Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Saugor, Nashik, Srinagar, Jammu, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Hubli-Dharwad, Mysuru, Gulbarga, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kannur, Thrissur, Dehradun, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Warangal, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Lucknow, Aizawl. Allahabad, Varanasi, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Asansol, Siliguri, Gangtok, Guwahati, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Jammu, Dhule and Shillong. It was launched in 2002, playing a mix of Hindi and English songs. However, the programming is now 100% exclusively Hindi. The channel is owned by Ram Saini, ....with a 48.9% stake, as well as minority holdings of Hyderabad-based IT company ValueLabs, NDTV, Astro. It was acquired from India Today promoter Living Media in January 2006. Their punchline is 'Bajaate Raho'. The most widely broadcast shows include "Morning No.1", "DL935", "Mid Day Masala". Red FM 93.5 Bengaluru's Show "Morning No 1 with Disha" hosted by RJ Disha Oberoi, has won the "New York Film Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs Awards" in different categories consecutively for two years in a row.
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The FM broadcasting in India began in 1977, but boomed after 2001 when the privatisation of FM broadcasting began. As of December 2018, there are more than 369 operational private radio stations in more than 101 cities and towns across India. The Government of India-owned All India Radio has about 450 FM stations covering 39% of the area and 52% of the population of India.
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Ishq FM, branded as Ishq 104.8 FM, is a romantic music FM Radio Channel in India that broadcasts in the major cities: Delhi, Mumbai, & Kolkata. It was initially launched as Meow FM, which was a talk-based channel and served Delhi, Indore, Mumbai and Kolkata. It is an India Today Group venture and its format was directed at a female audience. The channel got noticed for its catchy advertisement on BEST buses. It had also introduced "Meri Meow", a social network for its fans. In September 2010 the channel had changed its name to OYE-FM and programming to a Filmi format. In December 2016 it rechristened to the current avatar of ISHQ 104.8 FM.
The following radio stations broadcast on FM frequency 95.0 MHz: