Contrary to big players, regional radio operators expect slow festive season

Despite advertising picking up after a slow Q1, regional FM players still feel that the lingering effect of GST, RERA, demonetisation will still make its impact felt during the upcoming festive quarter

e4m by Abhinn Shreshtha
Published: Sep 21, 2017 7:47 AM  | 3 min read


The radio sector, like most other advertising sectors, has suffered during the first half of the year due to the effects of various government policies. Though larger radio networks seem to have their business more or less back on track post July, the scenario is different with regional radio operators.


Some operators we spoke to said that national advertisers are still shying away from spending ad money in the regional space. The general feeling now is that ad revenues for the 2017 festive season will be subdued compared to last year.


“Q1 was really slow for us though the market is slowly improving. The national advertisers have still not become active even for the festive season, so it is mainly local and regional players who are spending. Government spending has also gone down though we expect the next quarter to be better,” said Dilip Duggar, VP at Radio Misty, which operates out of Siliguri and Gangtok.


Sharad Lunia, Founder of Releasemyad.com, an online platform for trading ad spots that specializes in regional and local advertising, was of the opinion that national advertisers prefer to use radio as a part of integrated campaigns especially at a local and regional level due to its forte as a recall medium and since it becomes more cost-effective than running print or TV ads every day. Speaking about his expectations for this year's festive period, Lunia agreed that enthusiasm among advertisers is lower than last year. “There was a lot of spending by the e-commerce category last year due to the huge funding wave, which is not the case this year,” said Lunia.


Tanaya Patnaik, Executive Director at Radio Chokolate 104 FM in Odisha, also told us that the response from advertisers has been muted. “Ad spends have not picked up as much as we expected. Usually by now, our inventories are overflowing but there has only been a modest growth,” she said. According to her, the implementation of GST was a major reason for the slowdown in ad spends.


Meanwhile, the situation is a little different in Goa. Given that the festive season is centred around the month of December, Satyanarayana Murthy, CEO at Radio Indigo, which operates in Goa and Bangalore, told us that interest from local retailers is still muted though larger advertisers have started spending once again. “We have seen a surge of 21 per cent in September over August. Volumes have also gone up, though not spectacularly,” he said, attributing this to corrections in business as brands which haven’t spent in H1 now want to get back in the public eye.


Radio was expected to be the fastest growing traditional advertising medium in 2016 according to the Pitch Madison Advertising Outlook (PMAO) report; growing at CAGR of 18 per cent. However, the triple whammy that was GST, RERA and demonetization resulted in tightening of purse-strings across the board. In this scenario, it will be interesting to see how the sector eventually performs by the end of the year.

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RAM Ratings Week 47 '22 - 50 '22: Fever FM ahead in Mumbai and Delhi

BIG FM led in Bangalore and Radio Mirchi in Kolkata between 20th Nov and 17th Dec'22

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 23, 2023 10:18 AM   |   1 min read

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According to RAM Ratings for Week 47'22 - 50'22 (between 20th Nov'22 and 17th Dec'22), Fever FM topped in Mumbai and Delhi charts. BIG FM and Radio Mirchi took lead in Bangalore and Kolkata.

In Mumbai with over 12.2 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM continued to stay on top with an 18.2% listenership share. Radio Mirchi was in the second spot with 16.3%. Red FM took the third spot at 15.6%. Listenership peaked between 10 am and 11 am.

In Delhi, in a universe of 16.5 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM peaked with a 21.8% share. Radio Mirchi FM stayed steady with a 14.6% share. Punjabi Fever ranked third with a 13.2% share. Most listeners tuned in between 9 am and 10 am.

Big FM took the lead in Bangalore with a 32.2% listenership share. The second spot was bagged by Radio City with 28.9% share. At the third spot was taken by Radio Mirchi 13.4% share. Most listeners tuned in between 7 am and 8 am.

Kolkata yet again saw Radio Mirchi topping the charts with a 28.2% share in a universe of 9.1 million listeners. Big FM came second with 23.9%. Fever FM had a 14.7%. In Kolkata, the listenership peaked between 9 am and 10 am.

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8 out 10 people are listening to radio in Tier II & III markets

The findings are as per Toluna’s study across 30 markets

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 20, 2023 12:24 PM   |   2 min read

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Tier II and III markets are showing some enlightening trends for the radio medium, according to Toluna’s recent study across 30 Tier II and III markets, with a sample base of over 1200 respondents. The detailed interviews were conducted among FM radio listeners belonging to 18 to 50 years, who are a part of the Toluna panel across genders, socioeconomic classes and employment status. The data collection was conducted between 19th December, 2022, and 2nd January, 2023. Toluna covered markets in North and West, including Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Indore, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Bhopal, Surat, Ludhiana, Udaipur, and Aurangabad, amongst others.

The study highlights that FM listenership is quite high in these markets, as 80% of the respondents claim they listen to Radio. The listenership is higher amongst working professionals, where 9 out of 10 consume it. Amongst students, a lesser number (66%) tune to the radio as compared to housewives and working professionals. Another big revelation from the study is 33% of radio listeners ranked FM Radio as the preferred medium for daily entertainment, followed by video/music streaming apps.

The highlights of the study are:

1. 74% of radio listeners tune in more than three days every week. Radio listening is a part of a daily routine for around 1 out of every 4 in the decision-maker group.
2. 7 out of 10 radio listeners tune in to Radio for between 30 minutes to 2 hours every day.
3. Another important highlight 6 out 10 people consume Radio at Home

Adding to the insights, Dixit Chanana, Country Director, Toluna India, says “Our study on radio listenership in tier II and III shows some interesting data points. 33% of radio listeners ranked FM Radio as the most preferred medium of daily entertainment. This is consistent with the study that we did in 2020. Apart from consumption on the go, more than 60% consume radio at home. The way people consume Radio in these markets is amazing, and I am sure the Radio fraternity will be very happy to see such kind of findings.”

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RAM Ratings Week 46'22 - 49'22: Fever FM tops again in Mumbai and Delhi

Between 13th Nov and 10th Dec last year, BIG FM led in Bangalore and Radio Mirchi in Kolkata

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 13, 2023 8:32 AM   |   1 min read

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According to RAM Ratings for Week 46'22 - 49'22 (between 13th Nov'22 and 10th Dec'22), Fever FM topped in Mumbai and Delhi charts. BIG FM and Radio Mirchi took lead in Bangalore and Kolkata.

In Mumbai with over 12.2 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM continued to stay on top with 18.1% listenership share. Radio Mirchi was in the second spot with 16.3%. Red FM took the third spot at 15.5%. Listenership peaked between 10 am and 11 am.

In Delhi, in a universe of 16.5 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM peaked with a 21.8% share. Radio Mirchi FM stayed steady with a 14.5% share. In the third position was Punjabi Fever with a 13.2% share. Most listeners tuned in between 9 am and 10 am.

In Bangalore, Big FM took the lead with a 31.9% listenership share. The second spot was bagged by Radio City with 28.9% share. At the third spot was Radio Mirchi went down a few notches with a 13.6% share. Most listeners tuned in between 7 am and 8 am.

Kolkata yet again saw Radio Mirchi topping the charts with a 28.1% share in a universe of 9.1 million listeners. Big FM came second with 24%. Fever FM had a 14.6%. In Kolkata, the listenership peaked between 9 am and 10 am

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RAM Ratings Week 45'22 - 48'22: Fever FM maintains dream run in Mumbai, Delhi

Between Nov 6 and Dec 3, BIG FM took and Radio Mirchi took lead in Bangalore and Kolkata respectively

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 4, 2023 8:37 AM   |   1 min read

RAM Ratings

According to RAM Ratings for Week 45'22 - 48'22 (between 6th Nov'22 and 3rd Dec'22), Fever FM topped in Mumbai and Delhi charts. BIG FM and Radio Mirchi took lead in Bangalore and Kolkata.

In Mumbai with over 12.2 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM continued to stay on top with 18.1% listenership share. Radio Mirchi was in the second spot with 16.2%. Red FM took the third spot at 15.5%. Listenership peaked between 10 am and 11 am.

In Delhi, in a universe of 16.5 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM peaked with a 21.8% share. Radio Mirchi FM stayed steady with a 14.5% share. In the third position was Punjabi Fever with a 13.%4 share. Most listeners tuned in between 9 am and 10 am.

In Bangalore, Big FM took the lead with a 32% listenership share. The second spot was bagged by Radio City with 28.3% share. At the third spot was Radio Mirchi with a 14.1% share. Most listeners tuned in between 7 am and 8 am.

Kolkata yet again saw Radio Mirchi topping the charts with a 27.9% share in a universe of 9.1 million listeners. Big FM came second with 24%. Fever FM had a 14.6%. In Kolkata, the listenership peaked between 9 am and 10 am

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RAM Ratings Week 44'22 - 47'22: Fever FM maintains top spot in Mumbai and Delhi

In Kolkata and Bangalore, Radio Mirchi and BIG FM topped the charts respectively

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 28, 2022 8:59 AM   |   1 min read

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According to RAM Ratings for Week 44'22 - 47'22 (between 30th Oct'22 and 26th Nov'22), Fever FM stayed on top in Mumbai and Delhi charts. BIG FM and Radio Mirchi led in Bangalore and Kolkata.

In Mumbai with over 12.2 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM continued to stay on top with 18% listenership share. Radio Mirchi was in the second spot with 16.3%. Red FM took the third spot with a slight dip at 15.2%. Listenership peaked between 10 am and 11 am.

In Delhi, in a universe of 16.5 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM peaked with a 21.7% share. Radio Mirchi FM stayed steady with a 14.5% share. In the third position was Punjabi Fever with a 13.5% share. Most listeners tuned in between 9 am and 10 am.

In Bangalore, Big FM took the lead with a 32.2% share. The second spot was bagged by Radio City with 28% share. At the third spot was Radio Mirchi with a 14.5% share. Most listeners tuned in between 7 am and 8 am.

Kolkata yet again saw Radio Mirchi topping the charts with a 27.9% share in a universe of 9.1 million listeners. Big FM came second with 24.1%. Fever FM had a 14.3%. In Kolkata, the listenership peaked between 9 am and 10 am

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Ranveer Singh to play 'sutradhar' to Radio One's travel show with ICICI Lombard

‘Get Some Sun’, now in its 7th edition, covers the 7 wonders of the world, the remarkable travel journeys of influencers while building awareness about international travel insurance

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 26, 2022 5:44 PM   |   2 min read

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As we are witnessing an exponential rise in international travel - a phenomenon termed ‘revenge travelling’, we are consequently seeing a higher demand for Travel Insurance. In line with this trend, ICICI Lombard has collaborated with Radio One’s travel show – ‘Get Some Sun’. The flagship show has roped in Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh, who will be lending his voice to speak about his travel bucket list across geographies globally and share his sun-chasing experiences.

This is the sixth year that Ranveer has been associated with this property. The show will be hosted by Radio One’s Host - Hrishi K. The company aims to increase awareness about its international travel products through the radio platform by reaching out to a very niche audience across major metro cities in India. A recent survey conducted by ICICI Lombard revealed that over 94% of globetrotters purchase travel insurance for their trips - giving rise to a new breed of 'safety-first' travellers.

Speaking about the new campaign, Sheena Kapoor, Head – Marketing, Corporate Communication and CSR, ICICI Lombard, said, “Today, more and more people are returning to international travel for both business and leisure alike. The spike in this travel trend has led to a higher number of cancellations and visa rejections. Hence, we want to amplify the importance of travel insurance as a basic item in people’s travel checklists. With Ranveer Singh as a sutradhar on ICICI Lombard sponsored ‘Get Some Sun’, we would like to urge the country’s voyagers to take preventive measures and cover, to protect their travel escapes so they can have a seamless and worry-free experience.”

ICICI Lombard has been associated with the radio show ‘Get Some Sun’ since its inception. The show enjoys a good positioning amongst the office-goers and executive populace, which comprises an important target group for ICICI Lombard. The brand is one of the leading insurers in travel insurance that provides a gamut of coverages and plans to suit every individual’s needs. ICICI Lombard’s travel insurance assures quality health care with a medical cover of up to 5 lakh USD. The various offerings of ICICI Lombard cover travellers from 3 months to 85 years without any medical check-up for policy issuance. The policy covers your safety and provides value-added services for your family back home.

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Ram Ratings Week 43'22 - 46'22: Fever FM tops Mumbai, Delhi charts

BIG FM and Radio Mirchi led in Bangalore and Kolkata

By exchange4media Staff | Dec 23, 2022 12:14 PM   |   1 min read

Ram Ratings

According to RAM Ratings for Week 43'22 - 46'22 (between 23rd Oct'22 and 19th Nov'22), Fever FM stayed on top in Mumbai and Delhi charts. BIG FM and Radio Mirchi led in Bangalore and Kolkata.

In Mumbai with over 12.2 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM continued to top the charts with an 18.3% share as Radio Mirchi trailed in the second spot with 16%. Red FM took the third spot with a slight dip at 15.2%. Listenership peaked between 10 am and 11 am.

In Delhi, in a universe of 16.5 million listeners above the age of 12, Fever FM bagged the top position with a 22% share. Radio Mirchi FM stayed steady with a 14.6% share. In the third position was Punjabi Fever with a 13.5% share. Most listeners tuned in between 9 am and 10 am.

In Bangalore, Big FM took the lead with a 32.2% share. The second spot was bagged by Radio City with 27.6% share. At the third spot was Radio Mirchi with a 15% share. Most listeners tuned in between 7 am and 8 am.

Kolkata yet again saw Radio Mirchi topping the charts with a 28% share in a universe of 9.1 million listeners. Big FM came second with 23.9%. Fever FM had a 14.2%. In Kolkata, the listenership peaked between 9 am and 10 am.

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