Mumbai airs government-controlled public radio called All India Radio (AIR), which broadcasts regular news updates, both national and international, and some of the most famous programs in Indian radio. Vividh Bharati Seva is an AIR program well-loved by Mumbaikars that plays music from Hindi films.
See http://www.allindiaradio.org for a list of frequencies and programs.
Over the last couple of years, local and national frequency radio stations have mushroomed. They feature interactive programs and play popular Indian numbers throughout the day. You’ll hear a lot of Hindi music, particularly songs from recent Bollywood movies, and a few hits in English.
A list of the most popular FM channels available and their frequencies:
- Radio City 91.1 FM: Mostly Hindi music but some international music as well.
- BIG 92.7 FM: A nationwide radio station, some English songs and broadcasts. Also airs in Singapore under the name “Big Bollywood.”
- Red FM (India) 93.5 FM: Infotainment and Bollywood hits, only in Hindi.
- Radio One 94.3 FM: Bollywood hits. Prides itself on playing 13 songs an hour without repetition within the day.
- Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM: Bollywood entertainment and contests. Mix of Hindi and English.
- Fever 104 FM: Station popular with youth playing mostly Hindi and some international hits.
- OYE! 104.8 FM: Talk and music, in Hindi and in English.
- Radio MUST 107.8 FM: Mumbai University’s fun-filled “edutainment” radio in Hindi, English, and Marathi
- Gyan Vani 105.6 FM: Educational station, mostly in Hindi with some English
Foreign Radio Stations
You can access some foreign radio stations online:
- ABC Radio (Australian): http://www.abc.net.au/
- BBC Radio (British): http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/