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Santosh Gnanakan quits Radio City; to join Maharaja Group as Head, Commercial Operations

09-June-2005
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Santosh Gnanakan quits Radio City; to join Maharaja Group as Head, Commercial Operations

Santosh Gnanakan, popularly known to Radio City listeners as “Saggy,” is on his way to Colombo. “After three long and ‘kick ass’ years,” he said, “it’s time to move on.” Gnanakan will be working with the Maharaja Group, which runs four radio stations — two English (Yes FM-CHR and Classic FM-retro), one Tamil and one Singhalese.

“I am joining as head of commercial production for all four stations and I will be doing a show on Yes FM, similar to what I did in Bangalore on Disco Nights, but with more international stuff thrown in. I have also been assigned the task of improving Bollywood content on their Tamil and Singhalese stations,” he said.

How Gnanakan started working with Radio City is rather interesting. “I used to play in a rock band called ‘Document: Done’ and our band was one of two bands that won a local band competition run by Radio City, Bangalore. We got to play with Euphoria and Pentagram. I think I impressed the Radio City management and I was offered a job,” he said.

During his stint with Radio City, he co-hosted a weekly rock show called Rebel Yell. He also did a wacky and irreverant agony-aunt type show called Gyaan Guru. Till this week, he hosted a weekly party show called Disco Nights. This is apart from the regular responsibilities he managed as the Senior Producer.

On the reason for quitting after an ‘exciting job,’ he said, “Radio City was a blast. But after a while, you really want to move on and learn some new tricks. Colombo is way ahead of India as far as FM radio goes and I am going to gain some valuable experience. I promise to bring it back to India!”

Gnanakan has also worked for a dotcom called Oyeindia, where he spent two years. In Oyeindia, a youth portal run by BPL, he was in charge of content for the various channels. Prior to this, he spent two years with Asian Age as a feature writer.

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