Exuberance in the air
Radio jockeying is a relatively new profession in our country and among the familiar voices on the radio, Nawsheen is a popular name. The Daily Star recently caught up with the RJ:
How did you get started?
It was middle of last year, when I had just finished my honour's exam. I was somewhat bored and decided to drop my CV at Radio Today, as I was keen to work in the media. After being selected, I found my career in radio quite interesting and challenging.
My show's name is “Today's Adda and Saturday Special World Music” (an interactive show, on air everyday from 1 to 4 pm).
People have the notion that the target audience of the FM stations are youngsters. To what extent is this true?
I don't think that's true. I feel that FM stations provide entertainment to music lovers from all age groups. I have come across middle-aged people who regularly listen to my show and send me text messages.
What qualities should an RJ have?
Firstly, I would say you have to be friendly, and have a good sense of humour. In my view, an introvert cannot be a good RJ. Just be yourself. Don't try to take on a new persona on the microphone. You have to love this job.
On radio, your voice is your only mode of interaction with the listeners. Does this make it difficult for you?
Well, it is difficult, but it's also very interesting. It is easy to win over people when you have a visual presence, but an RJ has to keep the audience engaged only through his/her voice. It was tough in the beginning, but then everything fell into place for me when I realised that it's an achievement if I can attract the listeners merely with my voice.
How far do you see yourself from where you started?
Life has its uncertainties. However, I would say that to be a part of the first private FM station in Bangladesh, starting at a time when the “FM culture” was just catching on, makes me proud. Though it's still not considered a “hot” profession like in our neighbouring country, it is becoming popular among the young. About myself, I would like to get the love and affection of my listeners for as long as possible.
Radio stations have become very popular again. What is your take on this?
Yes, listening to the radio is considered “cool” again. And this has become possible because of the FM stations. In this context I would like to mention the name of Rafiqul Haque, managing director of Radio Today fm 89.6. He has promoted this trend widely.
What are the major differences between state-owned and private radio stations?
The only difference I see is that private radio stations have a richer and diverse collection of recent music and preppy style of presentation. But this doesn't mean that state owned station doesn't meet the standards, it certainly does.
What is your academic background?
I have finished my O and A levels and am currently doing my LLB under the University of London (external programme). I want to be a barrister eventually.
What are your hobbies?
I just love music. I also like writing lyrics and dancing is my passion; I did train in classical dance for a while. In my free time, I like to hang out with my family.