With the upsurge of private radio, airwaves in Bangalore will soon resonate with the familiar attitude and energy of RJ Jonzie
"I'm an out and out Bangalorean! The city has given me so much that I can never look at a permanent departure from here. In the years to come, Bangalore will definitely see a surge in private radio, and the day an exclusive English station hits the airwaves, Jonzie will be back. And that shouldn't take more than a couple of years," said RJ Jonzie, speaking to MetroPlus, just before he left for Dubai.
The crazy guy of afternoon radio called it quits with the country's first private FM station in Bangalore and shifted base to the gulf, where he joined Hum FM as the RJ and On-air Property Manager. Exactly a year later, in town on a year-end holiday, Jonzie is all excited and promises to be back on the Bangalore airwaves. "The new licensing act for private FM stations will see as many as seven new stations mushrooming in the city in the months to come. This is what I've been waiting for. It won't be long before you hear me on air again," promises Jonzie.When asked on his nature of work with Hum FM and how he has changed in the last one year, Jonzie has this to say: "My responsibilities have increased. I am an RJ, a DJ and I also create and plan the content that goes on air, besides just the music. But I am primarily an RJ, and when I come back to Bangalore, I am looking to be on air and have people listening to me. It gives me a different high, and I'm thrilled about coming back to where I belong." If you need a reminder, here's what Jonzie did before he left the city. He hosted Request Show between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Radio City since its inception and joined hands later with Santhosh `Saggy' Gnanakan for a post-midnight show called Rebel Yell, the only radio show in the country dedicated to new-age rock and new metal. While Request Show made him a favourite with the college-going crowd, Rebel Yell brought out the claws and presented him in a daring, in-your-face avatar.
Just the same
What should we expect when he returns to Bangalore? A more serious Jonzie or the one we are already familiar with. "I am going to be just the same. I never put on as someone else in front of the microphone. Though my stint in Dubai has given me a lot of professional experience, I'm going to sound just the same on air," he says. "I am not restricting myself to an all-English station just yet. The airwaves are going to sound entirely different when multiple stations kick in. I'm looking forward to do my thing on drive-time radio," he adds.A year ago, when he was on air, we used to be dumbstruck by his irreverent remarks about all things under the sun. Some of us made a noise, while the rest of us laughed out hearts out. But all of us heard him talk and liked his unique style. And when he left, we did miss him. But there's hope. He will be back in a few weeks, with his usual stuff. Regular listeners of his shows can imagine what it means when Jonzie begins talking on air after a break. Mayhem is, perhaps, too mild a word! A. VISHNU