Radio was all abuzz at the Suvidha Gaurav Awards. The 16-year-old Suvidha Foundation Trust added radio to its domain only in 2003. And, winning the honour, only in its second year, was Anurag Pandey of WIN 94.6 for ‘Excellence in Radio Jockeying in Mumbai’. Malishka, also from WIN 94.6, had bagged the first award, last time.
The glittering awards ceremony, held at Khar Gymkhana on March 21, honoured Vashu Bhagnani as the ‘Showman Producer of 2003’ while 'Star-Material' discovery of 2003 went to Diana Hayden.
Suvidha Foundation – a socio-cultural and educational trust, famed for its charitable surgeries and other medical help, enjoyed an audience of over 18,000 people for its annual two-day celebrations of Cheti Chaand and Gudi Padwa, which culminates in the Suvidha Gaurav Awards.
“It has always been our policy to award excellence in all spheres, especially in media. With the popularity of FM radio on a sharp upswing, we decided to introduce an award for this medium last year. Anurag Pandey of WIN 94.6 was a worthy winner, for his ability to play a wide range of characters, as well as his ever-increasing fan-base. The selection of music played by WIN 94.6 also played a part in deciding the award,” says Shankar Lalwani, Chairman – Suvidha Foundation, while referring to Pandey’s award.
A thrilled Sarina D’mello, Programming Manager, WIN 94.6 says: “WIN 94.6 won four RAPAs last year, which was twice more than any other station. With yet another Suvidha Gaurav Award, our programming superiority is now being acknowledged. We’re delighted with the award, and will make sure we celebrate appropriately. Needless to say, Anurag will foot the bill.”