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|City of license||32 cities across India, 1 in UAE|
|First air date||1993 (as Radio Mirchi after Times FM)|
|Owner||Entertainment Network India Limited|
Radio Mirchi (Hindi:रेडियो मिर्ची) is a nationwide network of private FM radio stations in India. It is owned by the Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL), which is one of the subsidiaries of The Times Group. Mirchi is Hindi for Red Chilli. The tagline of Radio Mirchi is "It's hot!".
Radio Mirchi maintains weekly music charts (or record charts) for India. The most followed charts are Mirchi Top 20 (Bollywood Songs) and Angrezi Top 20 (English Songs). Both of these charts are a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. These charts are published on a weekly basis in the Indian English-language daily newspaper, The Times of India, and on Radio Mirchi's official website.
The original avatar of Radio Mirchi was Times FM. Radio Mirchi began operations in 1993 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Until 1993, All India Radio or AIR, a government undertaking, was the only radio broadcaster in India. The government then took the initiative to privatize the radio broadcasting sector. It sold airtime blocks on its FM channels in Indore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Vizag and Goa to private operators, who developed their own program content. The Times Group operated its brand, Times FM, till June 1998. After that, the government decided not to renew contracts given to private operators.
First round of licences
In 2000, the government announced the auction of 108 FM frequencies across India. ENIL won the largest number of frequencies, and thus started its operations under the brand name Radio Mirchi.
Second round of licences
In January 2006, Radio Mirchi purchased 25 frequencies in the second wave of licences that were issued by the Government of India. This pushes the Radio Mirchi presence in 32 centres. In the first wave of launches, Indore was the first city in India having grade of first private radio channel.Times decided to start radio channel to address the mass audience as advertisers can be attracted by showing a low cost per thousand.
Radio Mirchi started operations across UAE, streaming across three frequencies: 97.3FM in Abu Dhabi, 88.8FM in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and 95.6FM in Al Ain. All the RJs have been recruited from various Radio Mirchi stations in India, with a total seven who will take to the air. 
Areas of operation
Currently, Radio Mirchi has a presence in 33 cities.
Radio Mirchi operates in the following cities:
- Allahabad - On AIR since 14 July 2010
- Bangalore - 18th April 2006 Sakkath Hot Maga !
- Gwalior - "Gwalior Jhoome"
- Indore - The first city of broadcasting.
- Lucknow - On AIR since 14 August 2007
- Chennai - "Idhu semmma hot machchi!"
- Madurai - On AIR since September 2007, "Idhu semmma hot machchi !"
- Coimbatore - On AIR since November 2007, "Idhu semmma hot machchi!"
- Mangalore - On AIR since November 2007, "Sakkath hot magga!"
- Nasik - On AIR since 6 July 2007
- Nagpur - On AIR since 18 October 2007.
- Pune - "Tikhat Aahe!"
- Patna - On AIR since 2 April 2007
- Surat - On AIR since 20 August 2007
- Thiruvananthapuram- On AIR since 28 January 2008, "Sangathi HOT aanu!"
- Hyderabad "Idi chaala hot guru!"
- Vijayawada - On AIR since December 2007, "Idi chaala hot guru!"
- Vizag - On AIR since October 2007, "Idi chaala hot guru!"
It reaches out to almost 52% of FM radio listeners in Delhi, 44% in Mumbai,40% in Indore,35% in Jaipur,30% in Bhopal, 20% Chennai, 17% in Kolkata, 15% in Nagpur 60% in Mangalore and 12% in Bangalore. Radio Mirchi has started providing Visual Radio to its subscribers in Delhi from 25 July 2006 onwards and in Mumbai from September 2006. It also has started its Visual Radio service from Kolkata recently.
According to the Radio Audience Measurement Reports (RAM), Radio Mirchi has been dominating in Delhi & is the leader in Mumbai and Kolkata. However, in Kolkata they are not clear leaders in SEC ABC segments. The SEC ABC segments were earlier dominated by Big FM & now by Friends FM. However, in the SEC D & E segments Radio Mirchi has total domination.
Radio Mirchi Delhi airs programs named:
|Devraag||-||5 AM to 7 AM|
|Hi Delhi||RJ Rohit||7 AM to 11 AM|
|Hi Kanpur||RJ Charu||7 AM to 11 AM|
|Meethi Mirchi||RJ Jassi||11 AM to 2 PM|
|Meethi Mirchi||RJ Rohit||2 PM to 5 PM|
|Dilli Ka Don||RJ Naved||5 PM to 9 PM|
|Purani Jeans||RJ Sayema||9 PM to 12 AM|
|Week Wrap-up||RJ Kanika||5 PM to 9 PM (Only on Sundays)|
Radio Mirchi Kolkata airs programs named "Hi Kolkata", "Nobboi Not Out", "Harano Sur", "Kolkata Express", "coffee house Classics","Sunday Suspense". Some of their RJs are Mir, Deep, Neel, Riya And Sree. Saturday nights Radio Mirchi airs "Club Mirchi" by DJ Richard. On Sunday radio mirchi airs "Sunday Suspense" at 11 pm.
"Hi Kanpur" is a show played in Kanpur from 7 AM to 11 AM hosted by RJ Charu. RJ Charu, in her initial stages dominated 78% listenership of Kanpur as per the Car Track Survey. She was also the No.1 Jock in Kanpur as FGD (Focus Group Discussion) Results of Kanpur, 2011. In 2012, she made the record of having the maximum listenership ever in Kanpur.
Radio Mirchi Mangalore airs programs named "Munjaane Raaga by RJ Lavanya between 5am - 7am", "Hi! Mangalore by RJ Shwetha between 7am - 11am", "Rewind Raaga by RJ Nayana between 11am - 2pm", "Tamashe Factory by RJ Arpith between 5pm - 9pm" and "Mirchi Dilkhush between 9pm - 12am".
Radio Mirchi Ahmedabad airs programs named "Hello Amdavad" (RJ Dhvanit 7-11 am), "90's Not Out" (RJ Megha 11am-2pm), "Ishq Dopahari" (RJ Ekta 2-5 pm), "Kitli Kulture" (RJ Kunal 5-9 pm), "Purani Jeans" (RJ Anmol 9 pm-midnight). (Source)
Radio Mirchi Vadodara airs programs named "Hi Baroda" (RJ Kshitij 7-11 am), "90's Not Out" (RJ Aditi 11am-2pm), "Ishq Dopahari" (RJ Aditi 2-5 pm), "Kitli Kulture" (RJ Mohini 5-9 pm), "Purani Jeans" (RJ Sayema 9 pm-midnight).
Radio Mirchi Rajkot airs programs named "Hello Rajkot" (RJ Nishit 7-11 am), "90's Not Out" (RJ Ishita 11am-2pm), "Cassette Classic" (RJ Sheetal 2-5 pm), "Dhamal Choukdi" (RJ Sammiiir (the cyclone) 5-9 pm), "Purani Jeans" (RJ Sayema 9 pm-midnight).
In UAE, Radio Mirchi is broken into a five-part day, which will commence at 6 am with the breakfast show. This is followed by a midday show between 11 am and 2 pm, which will target the housewives. Between 2 pm and 5 pm will be the Bollywood-driven content, titled Totally Filmy. Post which, the drivetime show will be on till 9 pm and then they switch to retro classics up to midnight. The late hours play back-to-back music nonstop.
Mirchi Music Awards
The Mirchi Music Awards are annually given awards instituted by Radio Mirchi for excellence in Bollywood film music. It was first given in 2008.
- "Radio Mirchi launches in Thiruvananthapuram". IndianTelevision.com. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
- http://www.enil.co.in - Radio Mirchi Corporate Site
- http://www.liveradio.me/radio-mirchi-88-8-fm-dubai-online/ - Radio Mirchi Dubai Live
- http://gaana.com/radio - Radio Mirchi at Gaana.com