BY UMAR NISAR
World Radio Day is an international day celebrated on 13 February each year. The Day was decided by UNESCO on 3 November 2011 during its 36th conference
A Young kashmiri Radio Broadcaster, RJ Umar Nisar, who’s Bollywood acclaimed TEDx Speaker and also known as Radio boy of India. Sharing his story of half decade in Radio Industry on this World Radio Day-2021.
“In 2014, when cloudburst and floods devastated the Valley, I started contributing with a community radio show “Pesh Kadam” that was managed by Department of Journalism, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora. I was 14 years old when I fell in love with Radio and getting into it was more like impossible. I went through a lot of predicaments in my journey, but those hurdles didn’t stop my Passion for Radio, I worked hard day and out, finally my hard work paid off and I initiated Kashmir’s first Online Radio Station “Pannun FM International”, became the youngest director and Radio jockey in state. It was not just a proud moment for me but for the whole state especially for the people of my hometown tral. Slowly people started recognising me and my work.
Why I fell in love with Radio? Ummmm!!!
I had the heart and determination to be on-air and the best platform for my creativity & passion was just ‘Radio’. Radio is a platform that has advantages over other media as it is a cheap source of information and can be used to Send messages to illiterates, neo-literates and highly educated receivers simultaneously. It does not require captivity. Listeners can receive messages even when they are working. Farmer may listen to farm programmes while working in fields, a busy executive may listen to it even while driving or a housewife may listen to her favorite programme even while working in the kitchen.
Radio’s future is a mystery. It is not easy to predict the future of radio. The future of radio would depend on changing regulatory scenarios, technological developments and change of listener’s appeal. Radio’s current localization and specialized programming will continue. Technologically, radio transmission will improve greatly. FM will continue to grow faster and bigger.
Meanwhile, I was following technology and was a techie, got to know about future Broadcasting “PODCAST”.
“Podcast” is a portmanteau word, formed by combining “iPod” and “broadcast”. The term “podcasting” as a name for the nascent technology was first suggested by The Guardian columnist and BBC journalist Ben Hammersley, who invented it in early February 2004 while “padding out” an article for The Guardian newspaper. The term was first used in the audio blogging community in September 2004, when Danny Gregoire introduced it in a message to the ipodder-dev mailing list, from where it was adopted by Adam Curry . Despite the etymology, the content can be accessed using any computer or similar device that can play media files. Use of the term “podcast” predated Apple’s addition of formal support for podcasting to the iPod, or its iTunes software.
I researched more about podcast and started to work over it, finally, I was successful to turn radio into a digital Podcast.
My Podcast got international acclamation, and it was due to my success in the journey of radio, I got a chance to stand on the stage where king khan of Bollywood too stood. King khan was the first Bollywood actor to speak at ted talks and I was the first Kashmiri teenager to speak at ted talks. This was not less than a dream for me!
Currently I’m working with a Kashmir based radio station “90.8 Radio Raabta” and managing my Podcast at the same, aiming to revolutionise the platform of radio in valley.
The Author can be contacted at @ Rj_Umar_Nisar on Instagram.