Social media may have diverted people, particularly youngsters, from listening to radio but its audience surpasses any other mode of information. In J&K, radio has gained audience with the introduction of private stations where a lot of people have gained fame by working as Radio Jockeys. Kashmir Scan’s Arshid Dar spoke with Rahul Makin who has made a name for himself in the world of RJing.
AD: You belong to Jammu. You started your career from Big FM as Radio Jockey (RJ). What would be your message to those who are willing to choose this profession but lack proper guidance?
RM: First of all, I would like to thank you for conducting this interview. Secondly, there is no doubt that the people of J&K have a lot of raw talent in this field but proper guidance and polishing is their basic need. There are many professional FM stations in Jammu, Delhi and other places where they can go for internship. Instead of going through a course, I suggest them to work practically with some professional RJs to gain hand to hand experience.
AD: You talked about internship. Is there any particular formality that has to be fulfilled before interning as RJ?
RM: No, it is a profession. You only need willingness. A graduate degree is must because only after the age of 21 years does a person become mature enough to choose his/her profession. Today we see everyone is in run of fame. Though it is not a bad thing but it comes only through hard work. Interested people can contact me. I am always available for help with respect to internship.
AD: You started your career from Jammu. Now you are working with Fever 104, a Delhi-based radio station. How will you rate both the working places?
RM: To be frankly I had no intention to leave my state, but destiny had something more in store for me. When I was offered a job in Delhi, I feared what will happen to my fans in twin cities of Srinagar and Jammu. What I had gained in J&K, I missed it badly. I had to start from zero. It were prayers of my fans. I also shined here too.
AD: What are the main ethics of Radio Jockeying?
RM: When I started here, I went through a three-month course from Ahmadabad. You must be a regular newspaper reader, though being an RJ you are not allowed to share news while delivering professional duties. Religion, politics, and sex are the subjects which are totally not allowed in jockeying. Bollywood and cricket are among such subject which maximum audience like to hear about.
AD: How much do you miss your fans in Kashmir?
RM: I have no word to tell you how much I miss them. I am trying my best to reach to the Kashmir audience. I used to upload some of my shows on Youtube. People can follow me there by my name.
AD: How would like you to comment on your ‘golden’ voice?
RM: (Laughs) It is about inheritance. In this case, the credit goes to my father.
AD: What is your message to those Kashmiris who are looking to join you in this profession?
RM: I would like to suggest them not to be the prisoners of geographical boundaries and they should try to differentiate between professionalism and self-styling. Grow more and explore more places. I am here to assist you at any point.
AD: Please recite one couplet for our readers?
RM: Lana hai ahsaas ko khayal kay kagaz par, darta hun tere tasveer na banjaye, Ye mamla dil ka hai hal kar de ise moula, kahi ye dard-e-mohabbat be Kashmir na ban jaye.