List of Tamil-language radio stations

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Radio stations that broadcast in the Tamil language are found primarily in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Canada as well as other parts of the world containing a significant Tamil diaspora population.

Africa[edit]

  • SA தமிழ் Radio (உங்கள் தமிழ் வானொலி - South Africa's Tamil radio station)
  • Lotus FM (Lotus FM - South Africa's Indian radio station - Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Gujarati)

London[edit]

  • BBC Tamil World Service (தமிழோசை - பிபிசி உலக சேவை) (established 3 May 1941 and stopped service on 30 Apr 2017 [1])

Shortwave frequencies[edit]

  • 19 Meter 15690 kHz
  • 22 Meter 13830 kHz
  • 31 Meter 9500 kHz


  • IBC Tamil Radio

Canada[edit]

(Available on 32Bit, 64Bit, 96Bit, 128Bit and 320Bit HD Broadcasting)
  • Chennai Radio (சென்னை ரேடியோ) Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • CJSA - CMR 101.3 MHz Tamil FM HD2 (கனேடிய பல்கலாச்சார தமிழ் பண்பலை) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • CJVF - Vanakkam FM 105.9 MHz (வணக்கம் பண்பலை) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • CKYR - RED FM 106.7 MHz - Vanakkam Calgary (வணக்கம் கால்கரி) Calgary, Canada
Calgary Tamil Radio Program - Every Sunday 8.00PM to 9.00PM (MST)
  • CTBC - Canadian Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (கனேடிய தமிழ் ஒலிபரப்பு கூட்டுத்தாபனம்)
(News timings: 7 am, 10 am, 6 pm, 8 pm EST) (Estd: 9th Dec 1995)
  • CTR - Canadian Thamil Radio (கனேடிய தமிழ் வானொலி)
  • ITR - International Tamil Radio 89.3 MHZ FM (சர்வதேச தமிழ் பண்பலை) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • KALASAM FM (கலசம் வானொலி)
  • TTR - Tamilthai Radio (தமிழ் தாய் வானொலி) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Tamil Star Radio (தமிழ் ஸ்டார் வானொலி)
  • Thaalam FM (தாளம் தமிழ் வானொலி)
  • Velicham FM (வெளிச்சம் வானொலி) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

China[edit]

  • Cheena (China) Tamil Radio சீன வானொலி Broadcasting since 1 August 1963. Daily four hours of shortwave broadcast and four hours of FM broadcast for Sri Lanka. சீன வானொலி.

Shortwave broadcast[edit]

  • 31.35 Meter—9570 kHz
  • 31.04 Meter—9665 kHz
  • 22.06 Meter—13600 kHz
  • 21.84 Meter—13735 kHz
  • Sri Lanka 97.9 MHz FM

Australia[edit]

  • ATBC - Australian Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (ஆஸ்திரேலிய தமிழ் ஒலிபரப்பு கூட்டுத்தாபனம்)
  • Puradsifm - 24 hours Onliine Crystal Clear Tamil Radio - http://puradsifm.com
  • SBS Radio Australia (அஸ்திரேலிய அரசாங்க வானொலி நிலையம்)

Malaysia[edit]

Singapore[edit]

India[edit]

TamilNadu[edit]

"All India Radio" services in Tamil Nadu[edit]

FM - Frequency Modulation services:

Sl.No Station Frequency (MHz)
1 Chennai 100.5 MHz (AIR Vividha Bharathi)
2 Chennai 101.4 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow)
3 Chennai 102.3 MHz (AIR FM Gold)
4 Coimbatore 103.0 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow)
5 Dharmapuri 102.5 MHz
6 Karaikal 100.3 MHz
7 Kodaikanal (since 1 July 2000) 100.5 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow)
8 Madurai 103.3 MHz
9 Nagercoil 101.0 MHz
10 Ooty 101.8 MHz
11 Rameswaram 100.1 MHz
12 Thanjavur 101.2 MHz (Kodai FM Relay)
13 Tiruchirapalli 102.1 MHz (AIR FM Rainbow)
14 Tirunelveli 102.6 MHz & 100.1 MHz
15 Tirupattur 100.1 MHz
16 Tuticorin (Thoothukudi) 100.1 MHz
17 Vellore 100.1 MHz
18 Yercaud (Salem) 103.7 MHz (Kodai FM Relay)
  • All India Radio, Tiruchirapalli, has taken steps to start relay stations in Pudukottai and Karur districts for expanding the reach of its FM Rainbow channel. At present, the reach of the 10 KW transmitter for the Rainbow FM channel is 60 km and parts of Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts, Karur and Namakkal districts are covered.

Medium Wave service: (table sorted in the order of oldest radio station first)

Sl.No. Station Frequency(KHz.) Meters Broadcasting since Transmitted Power
1 Chennai 'A' 720 kHz 416.7 16 June 1938 200 KW
2 Chennai 'C' (Vividh Bharti) 783 kHz 383.1 20 KW
3 Tiruchirapalli 'A' 936 kHz 320.5 16 May 1939 100 KW
4 Coimbatore 999 kHz 300.3 15 August 2000 20 KW
5 Chennai 'B' 1017 kHz 295.9 14 October 1994 20 KW
6 Thoothukudi (External Services Division) 1053 kHz 284.9 31 May 1994 200 KW
7 Tirunelveli 1197 kHz 250.6 1 December 1963 20 KW
8 Puducherry 1215 kHz 246.9 23 September 1967 20 KW
9 Madurai 1269 kHz 236.4 6 June 1987 20 KW
10 Ooty 1602 kHz 187.2 7 May 1994 1 KW

Shortwave service:

Sl.No. Station Frequency(KHz.) Metres Timings
1 Chennai 4920 60.98 05.45 a.m. to 08.15 a.m.
7270, 7380 40.65 08.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. & 11.40 a.m. to 03.00 p.m.
4920 60.98 05.30 p.m. to 11.10 p.m.

Digital Radio Mondiale - DRM service[edit]

Currently DRM digital radio channels are in the testing stage.[2]

Private broadcasters[edit]

  • Radio City (91.1 FM) (Chennai, Coimbatore,Madurai) Owned By Music Broadcast Private Limited India.
  • Fever 104(91.9 FM) (Chennai) Owned By HT Media Ltd.
  • Big FM (92.7 FM) (Chennai, Puducherry) Owned By Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd India.
  • Suryan FM (93.5)(Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Pondichery), Salem 93.9, Erode 91.9 & vellore 93.9
  • Radio One (94.3 FM) (Hindi) (Chennai) Owned By Next MediaWorks India. and BBC Worldwide
  • Radio Mirchi (98.3 FM) (Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy) Owned By Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL) upcoming-Tirunelveli & Pondicherry
  • Chennai Live (104.1 FM, 104.8 FM) (Chennai)
  • Hello FM (106.4 FM) (Chennai, Madurai,Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli,Thoothukudi & Puducherry) Salem 91.5, Vellore 91.5 and Erode 92.7 Owned By Malar publications India

Puducherry (Union Territory of India)[edit]

All India Radio services in Puducherry[edit]

FM - Frequency Modulation services:

Sl.No Station Frequency (MHz)
1 Karaikal FM Rainbow 100.3 MHz
2 Puducherry FM Rainbow 102.8 MHz

Medium Wave service:

Sl.No. Station Frequency (MHz.) Meters
1 Puducherry (Since 23 Sep 1967) 1215 246.9

Private / others:

Sl.No. Station Name Frequency
1 BIG FM 92.7 MHz
2 SURYAN FM 93.5 MHz
3 HELLO FM 106.4 MHz

Sri Lanka[edit]

Radio Station Frequency[3] Primary Language Status
CRI SRI LANKA 97.90 MHz Sinhala, Tamil, English and Chinese Active
FM Frey Colombo 104.4 MHz Tamil Testing
Shakthi FM 103.9 MHz, 104.1 MHz Tamil Active
SLBC - Tamil National Service 102.1 MHz, 102.3 MHz Tamil Active
SLBC - Tamil Commercial Service (Thendral) 104.7 MHz, 104.9 MHz Tamil Active
SLBC - Vidula Children's Service 107.3 MHz, 107.5 MHz Sinhala, Tamil and English Active
SLBC - Kothmale FM 97.6 MHz, Sinhala, Tamil Active
Sooriyan FM 103.4 MHz, 103.6 MHz Tamil Active
Vasantham FM 102.6 MHz, 102.8 MHz Tamil Active
Varnam FM 90.4 MHz, 90.6 MHz Tamil Active
Tamil FM Nadumuluvathum 107.8 FM Tamil Active
Theydal FM Islandwide 100.5 FM Tamil Active

| Capital FM | Sri Lanka 94.00 & 103.1 FM | Tamil | Active

United Arab Emirates[edit]

  • Tamil 89.4 FM Radio (தமிழ் வானொலி) - from Tamil Radio Network, UAE
  • Radio Gilli 106.5 FM Radio (தமிழ் வானொலி), UAE

France[edit]

  • Tamil Olli Radio] (தமிழ்ஒலி வானொலி) - from Tamil Television Network, France
  • THHR FM] (TAMIL-HIP-HOP-RADIO) One Of The First TamilHipHop Radio Station In The World's...!!! - from Like-Xa Média Network, France
  • www.thinasary.com
  • Tamil Strm and you are going to be with the trend of music both locally and internationally.Tamil Strm
  • Tamil Strm Devo Tamil Strm Devo Radio is an Spiritual Online Radio that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Tamil Strm and Tamil Strm Devo are online radio stations from France which is also available through Lyca TV IPTV box.

Mauritius[edit]

  • ONEX FM Radio

Switzerland[edit]

  • Sivan Kovil's - Bakthi Malargal Devotional FM Radio (சிவன் கோவிலின்-பக்தி மலர்கள் வானொலி)

Vatican City[edit]

  • Radio Vaticana வத்திக்கான் வானொலி - broadcasting since 1965

Pakistan[edit]

  • Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation

United States[edit]

  • US Tamil Fm
  • 8k radio

Global[edit]

  • Ezhisai FM, Ezhisai FM From Tamil Nadu (Chennai).
  • THENRAL WORLD RADIO(TWR), THENRAL WORLD RADIO(TWR) from Germany.
  • ETR FM (live from Germany), European Tamils union E.V
  • Alai FM (live from Chennai), Alai Network
  • DAN Tamil Alai (Dish Asia Network) - from Sri Lanka
  • TamilKushi.com -
  • TBC London (Tamil Broadcasting Corporation) - operated by Karuna paramilitary group from London
  • Tamil International Radio - pro-Sri Lankan government, operated by EPDP paramilitary group from Sri Lanka
  • Tamils Flash FM - the first Tamil Youth online radio
  • Theophony Tamil Isai, Listen to Theophony Tamil Isai online, live streaming From Karnataka (Bangalore).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/after-a-run-of-76-years-bbc-tamil-radio-to-go-off-air/article18344843.ece
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Alan G. Davies. "Radio Stations in Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2010-01-01.