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RJ training comes calling to capital

Ranchi, Feb. 22: They came in from different parts of the state with only one thing in common: their dreams.

Shashi Kumari, a student from Ranchi, said she wanted to mesmerise the world with her voice, while Piya Kumari, also from Ranchi, admitted that she wanted to cash in on the FM boom.

Ravi Ranjan, who came from Daltonganj in Palamau district, displayed a powerful voice and a good sense of humour while Prem Kishore Dwivedi, who has a degree in journalism and some experience in anchoring TV shows, said: “I want to polish my skills.”

With four FM channels already on air in Ranchi, and a fifth in the pipeline, 16 young boys and girls, many from as far away as Giridih and Daltonganj, arrived at Kanke today morning for the first-ever radio jockey training programme being conducted by Birsa Agriculture University (BAU).

BAU is also slated to go on air with its own channel Birsa Hariyali on 107.8 FM from March 3.

The programme is being conducted by experts from the World Development Foundation, New Delhi. The foundation is also assisting BAU to set up its own radio channel.

Pushpa Porwal of the World Development Foundation, a faculty member of the radio jockey training programme, told The Telegraph that the students are being taught everything from the art of delivery to handling the many sophisticated equipment in the radio studio.

“Inside a studio, an RJ is the only person. The RJ is required to be fully acquainted with the various sound systems even as he talks live on air,” Porwal added.

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