Radio Jockeys Dipti Deore and
Rakesh Pagar in the studio on the first day of the community
With the launch of
the community radio on July 20 after multiplexes and shopping
malls, ‘soon to be a district’ Malegaon seems to be catching up
with other metros.
Malegaon crossed yet
another landmark July 20 at dot 07 in the morning when Dipti Deore
greeted in the microphone with a sweet Radio Mast 90.4 Mhz war
aaple swagat aahe and ran the touching signature tune even as
thousands in the 30 km circle in Malegaon were hooked to their
transistor sets to experience the launch of the town’s first
community radio. With this, brainchild of Sampada Hirey, Radio
Mast 90.4 FM, which is patronised by her father former minister
Prashant Hirey, began its regular broadcast.
“Preparations were on since last more than a year for the launch
of this first of its kind community radio in Malegaon. The radio
is online today. Looking at the motives with which MG Vidya Mandir
intends to carry it on, I am sure the radio will play a pivotal
role in cultural as well as overall development of Malegaon - the
most happening town in Nashik district. It will also provide the
local artists an ideal platform to perform”, a beaming Prashant
Hirey said in his opening message.
Unveiling further details of the Radio Mast 90.4 FM, Station
Director Madhu Lingayat said, “We have scheduled various programs
focussing not only the local cultural talent but also targeting
the requirements in the agricultural, educational, health and
industrial fields so as to assist those concerned with the latest
What make Radio Mast 90.4 FM unique are its multi lingual programs
scheduled to satisfy the local audience divided virtually on
communal and linguistic lines.
“Radio Mast 90.4 FM is perhaps the only community radio in the
country which is broadcasting a wide range of programs in Marathi
and Urdu languages simultaneously”, Prince Rehman, the incharge of
the Urdu service, said to ummid.com.
On the expected lines, the radio launch is receiving overwhelming
response mainly from the youngsters.
“Nowadays every electronic gadget is coming built-in with FM
radios. But unlike other metros we couldn’t use them here. With
the launch of the Radio Mast, we can now hope for having some
leisure time”, said Preeti Sawant, a college student.
Equally excited are the local artists.
“Malegaon is known for its talent mainly in the field of art,
culture, poetry and even film making. Radio Mast will provide the
seasoned artists as well as newcomers with a platform to perform
and improve”, said renowned drama artist and playwright Siraj
Pointing at the list of the scheduled programs, industrialist
Alman Abdullah said, “The organisers have maintained a good
combination of information and entertainment in their program
chart. Besides Geet-Sangeet, new and old songs, Bazme Mushaira,
sun ri sakhi, the programs like Chamakte Sitare, Global Shivar,
Salah Qanoon ki, Tandrusti Hazar Nemat hai and others are really