The entire city came to a grinding halt as the power failure continues to disrupt basic operations of various industries, plants, hospitals and establishments apart from households owing to the indefinite strike call given by Samaikyandhra Vidyut Employees JAC since Monday.
With the power shutdown continuing for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, most of the radio players – 92.7 Big FM, 93.5 Red FM, 91.1 Radio City, 98.3 Radio Mirchi and AIR FM Rainbow in the city plan to run the show using generators and sourcing alternatives.
However, the use of diesel for every hour is adding to their woes. According to associate programming director of Radio City 91.1 FM M. Prashanthi, the impact was so much that it forced them to plan out an economical alternative. “We had only two systems running for us since yesterday to keep our emergency units running (one for the studio and the other for the advertisement department). The other facilities like air-conditioning, fans, and water supply took a backseat,” she said.
On Monday, the power supply in most of the studios was interrupted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Again from 11:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. the next day. Apparently, the incoming calls have gone down for the live shows as mobiles could not be charged.
Though the radio players had to largely depend upon Common Transmission Infrastructure (CTI) to help transmit audio signal output and they say that the cost involved is high.
Unlike other radio players who depend on a common CTI backup in the city, Red FM is backed by Udaya FM, Chennai and is following the CD technique as an alternative measure.
“Our shows are being recorded an hour ahead and broadcast using CDs. It is a quick-fix solution to avoid any unforeseen interruptions due to continuous power shutdown,” Programme head of 93.5 Red FM B. Sreebindu explained.
“We need more than 80 KW to run the studio everyday. And the diesel requirement to run the generator is 13 to 15 litres per hour and goes up to 30-35 litres also depending on the generator’s capacity,” Technical head of Red FM Y. Raju added.
The broadcast has come to a halt for Big FM as it is not able to send the recordings to the headquarters in Hyderabad due to power crisis. Right now it is managing with songs and other programmes. With a heavy running cost involved and limited alternatives available, radio players find it tough to keep the airwaves humming.