Santosh ‘Saggy’ Gnanakan has returned to Radio City as Creative Director for Bangalore. He returns after a year as Commercial Production Manager with the Maharaja Broadcasting Company, Sri Lanka. He succeeds Darius, who left the station recently.
During his stint at Maharaja, Gnanakan produced and hosted two TV shows – ‘Good Morning Sri Lanka’ and ‘Planet Pulse’ – besides hosting a weekday radio programme on Yes FM (one of Sri Lanka's leading English music stations) called the ‘Spin Cycle’.
His first stint at Radio City was as a jockey and senior producer. This was from 2002 to 2005. He hosted a variety of shows, right from the time Radio City played a lot of English music to the time it went all-Hindi. He was also responsible for much of the production and planning for the station.
”I’ve been following the growth of radio in India from Colombo. Friends still work in radio here in India and you guys keep us updated with your emails. I wanted to be a part of the explosion that was happening and in the process burn some of the competition! I've worked for one year in a fierce and well-established multi-station market in Sri Lanka and it’s time to put that experience to some good use. The only Sri Lankan experience that might not come in handy is water skiing!” said Gnanakan, over e-mail.
He starts work again at Radio City from July 3, which happens to be Radio City Bangalore’s fifth anniversary.
So will Saggy be back on air...? “Bangalore, stay tuned!” is his message.