Radio One partners Symbiosis to launch Radio management course

Mumbai: Radio One 94.3 FM, the joint venture between Mid-day Multimedia & BBC Worldwide, has entered into an MOU with the prestigious Symbiosis International University to offer an “Advance Certificate Course in Radio Management” at the SIMC campus in Pune beginning October 5th 2009. This will be launched on 20th September at the NATIONAL RADIO MEET conducted by Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications, Pune.

The course will cover all the aspects of radio right from the Regulatory Framework, to Programming / Production / On Air, Sales and Marketing and explore future radio trends. The course duration will be 6 months. The course will be conducted twice a year and will have 100 hours of classroom teaching followed by extensive practical training for the students at any of Radio One’s 7 cities namely Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Kolkata. The toppers of the course are likely to get an opportunity to visit radio stations in London OR get a refund of their fees apart from exploring opportunities to work with Radio One. This initiative is likely to extend to the Bangalore campus of SIU also in the near future.

Apart from the certificate course Symbiosis students will run their own show on Radio One in Pune between 4-5pm everyday called ‘SYMBI FM’ which will cover topics of youth interest interspersed with the music that the youth enjoys. This would allow the students to get a ‘real feel’ of the business of radio from not just a programming perspective but also advertising sales for the hour will be handled by the Symbiosis students under the guidance of Radio One’s sales team.

“Radio One has always been a metro innovator and we had a vision to create a complete radio education initiative with true business integration. This initiative with Symbiosis is the most exciting one to emerge. We share this common vision with Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar and Prof Ujjwal Chowdhury to allow students to go beyond just learning about radio to ‘feeling radio’ from a practical perspective,” said Vineet Singh Hukmani, Managing Director, Radio One.

“This is a true industry academia partnership which is so relevant to the needs of change in the higher education sector and we at Symbiosis are glad to lead the change with this initiative with Radio one, said Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar , Principal Director, Symbiosis.

Prof Ujjwal, Director SIMC said, “This joint endeavor between the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication and Radio One which is a BBC joint venture, is a pioneering one in India and will train students to fulfill their professional radio potential in both a creative and business savvy manner.”

The education initiative at Radio One is being driven by Sabina Sanghvi who is the head of the radio, print and online business in Pune. “Sabina has created an exciting space for Radio One in the city of Pune in the shortest span of time. She and her team have delivered a business model that is ripe with opportunities and the new education initiative starting first with Pune is another feather in her cap”, added Vineet.

94.3 Radio One is the radio station of choice for urban India, not only addressing issues but also responding to its listener’s passion, by making their dreams come true. 94.3 Radio One has 7 stations operating in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Kolkotta.

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