Thank you Apna Karachi FM107!

June 14, 2007 at 1:01 am 7 comments

Apna KarachiI was lucky that I left for home (F.B. Area) a little late today –
8:25 pm. Was finishing off some meetings at The Second Floor and on the way out got into an intense discussion with Sabeen and Minal (a new friend I made at t2f who seems to be on a similar wavelength). Very invigorating conversation!

Anyway, as soon as I got into the car, I turned on FM107 for traffic updates. Have got used to doing that because it is so helpful to know which areas to avoid during the rush hour. This evening there was a report that due to power protests, tyre burning, car-pelting, etc. the route leading from Hasan Square to Gharibabad was jammed. That is my normal route home. So I changed strategy and did as the RJ suggested – took the Rashid Minhas Road. All through my drive, thousands of drivers and i were kept updated by Aquib Tauqeer regarding the different trouble spots and possible alternative routes.

Listeners phoned in (I did too) to advise other listeners which routes to take and which to avoid. The power of radio was never so pronounced in my mind as it was this evening (although of course it couldn’t compare with the ham radios used during the Tsunami and earthquakes).

Aquib also tried to appeal to the protestors (although i don’t think they had their radios or ipods with FM transmitters with them) by telling them that although they were justified in their frustrations, they should not take it out on fellow citizens who not only had to put up with the same power breakdowns but now also had to sit in traffic jams for 3 – 5 hours because of the riots. Not to mention the ambulances that were stuck and patients who could die if they didn’t get medical care quickly.

I continue to live in the hope that one day my fellow citizens will realize that burning public transport, hurting others by pelting their cars with stones and burning tyres and shops is not the way to be heard. One should protest – but do it without causing harm to people and property, do it without resorting to violence.

Anyway, the purpose of this post was to thank FM107. The young RJs on this station are to be commended for what they do. I am not too keen on their taste in music (but then that is a question of personal taste). However, some of the discussions that are held in the morning show Tazadum give one hope that young people are becoming more aware and more involved in their surroundings and are searching for ways to improve things in this country. Well done FM107! Keep it up Adeel, Sukaina, Danish, Aquib and the rest of the team. Strange that none of the other stations thought of interrupting programming to issue traffic updates today – I kept tuning in to check. After all there wasn’t really that much to do while sitting in the car – other than listening to the radio and talking on my cell phone.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vickram Crishna  |  June 14, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Until it is used, the value of a quasi-2-way communication such as the ubiquitous FM radio service supplemented by listener feedback simply isn’t well understood. These days, the introduction of the cellphone into the total communication media mix gives radio an immediacy that earlier could not be better than spoonfeeding – it is so much more alive and energetic today.

    Your story tells us how wonderful it is that the commercial energy of a big city supports a medium like this. In its own way, this could become a vital method for people to get involved with society even in non-urban areas, but the State, which incorrectly believes that radio spectrum is a precious and rare commodity, has hoarded it, leaving the vast majority of people bereft of its best features – community.

    Aside from community and communication, of course disaster management is such a helpful application. We are all exposed to emergencies in one way and another, that may happen at any time. It is cruel and terrible that every avenue to make this medium available to all are not explored and used. The result is the vuirtual abandonment of those unfortunate enough to have no choice but to live – survive – in rural areas.

  • 2. rimsha khan  |  April 4, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    give me 1 chace to present my own theme

  • 3. sobiashah  |  April 24, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    ur program is very nice

  • 4. Maryam  |  June 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    asalamoalikum 🙂
    I m maryam from karachi…
    I need to know the procedures, conditions etc etc to be an rj onthis statiOn..
    hope n e 1 willhelp 🙂

  • 5. majid khan  |  September 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    salaam… majid i miss u maryam jee

  • 6. Iftikhar  |  January 20, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Sir salam, program boht acha he aur plz isy bnd mt kijiea ga

  • 7. Gulraiz  |  April 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

    This is the only show of adeel & sukaina that I like on FM107, speically they entertain peoples from their lovely discussion…


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