TheCalmDev (Dev J Haldar)

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I Am In It By Choice

I am in it by choice.

I do agree with many who have slammed my staple profession of a radio broadcaster. I whole-heartedly admit with those who have postulated that radio jockeys are people afflicted with verbal diarrhoea. They have also said that radio is an easy job; talk and get paid.

I honestly do understand why people on the other side of a radio set think of us, radio presenters, the way they do. Radio jockeys are known to be a strange breed. Self-consumed, megalomaniac and egoistic. They love the sound of their own voices. They love talking about themselves. They love imposing their opinions; often when not required. Most do not know or care about world politics, global economics and local affairs. One cannot master a subject by just reading headlines from a newspaper.

Fame is a by-product of this job so wonder why so many in radio are such air-heads? There is excessive banter on the airwaves; inane, most times. It is criminal to have a 15 minute radio link on a music station – but it has happened. Veterans of cinema have been incorrectly introduced by radio jockeys. And in the end, this profession is known for just playing songs. Misunderstood and misconstrued, this profession has been slammed as being less-cerebral than acting! 

The public has formed an opinion about it. And all the flak received has become the rule and not an exception. However, I do take offense.

Just like there are actors in a crowd of stars, there still are radio broadcasters in a cacophony of radio jockeys.

And so, I am in it by choice.

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14 comments on “I Am In It By Choice

  1. Hari Achariya
    November 14, 2011

    I whole-heartedly endorse ur views on many of the RJ’s on air….BUT at the same time, there are some golden exceptions to the rule….and fortunately u fall among that rare breed of the “truly entertaining RJ’s.
    Your summing up line says it all….in every profession, u can find & make this differentiation, be it in acting or RJ profession or for that matter any other profession.
    The one who excels in his art or profession is remembered & finds adulation….Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander….:)

  2. sid
    November 14, 2011

    oho maar hi daloge ustaad ji

  3. malik faisal
    November 14, 2011

    GOD bless u sir

  4. Gopi
    November 14, 2011

    Totally agree…
    And I will add “last man standing” …

  5. tubs
    November 16, 2011

    your the best RJ I know and a good blogger! This opinion is totally unbias.

  6. mobin agha
    November 26, 2011

    call it natural or in the blood of human being to think that the job the other person is doing is very easy and unfortunately Rj’s job is taken too lightly. its a gift of god u’ll have to speak, are so clear about your views, handle the caller on air so well, and make the listeners smile. . . .n so on. . . . all i can say is kudos Dev we all love you and hope to listen ya for many more years to come!!!

    • Dev J Haldar aka Calmdev
      November 26, 2011

      Thank you so much Mobin. However this piece wasn’t about the sort of radio I do; instead it is about being quality consciousness and doing something with a deeper (or better) understanding.
      Once again, thank you for your support!

  7. savi
    December 23, 2011

    U r qn intelligent fool …how can talk or diacribe durga puja like this …godess durga is supreme power ….how can u talk like that …u cant make joe of the emotion and faith of devotees of maa durga….i pity pity on u.may maa durga give u some sadbudhi….

    • Dev J Haldar aka Calmdev
      December 28, 2011

      Thank you for the epithet that you have bestowed on me. Clearly, you didnt get what I was expressing. Not my fault there.
      And next time, leave your comment on the corresponding post. I would not mind sharing some ‘sad-buddhi’ here!
      🙂 Cheers

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