She’s on a high. RJ Disha Oberoi of 93.5 Red FM just came back from New York Film Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs Awards, where she won an award for the best breakfast show. In what is touted as the Oscars of world radio, a grand jury of 17 members from across the globe declared the 26-year-old Bengaluru lass winner.
We speak to her on the star-studded award ceremony in New York City at the Manhattan Penthouse with a sit-down gala dinner on June 22 where 30 countries participated. Still reeling from the success, she quips, “I would like to believe the grand jury at the New York Festivals were mesmerised by me.” On a serious note, she adds, “I haven’t heard the other entries, so it would be difficult to put a finger to what gave us the edge over others. But, I believe we sent two very strong episodes on Indian global subjects that eventually resonated with audiences across boundaries.”
She’s not just a sweet voice you would like to lend an ear to, but she has proven her mettle by being well versed on intelligent subjects and is also doing her bit for social issues. She’s won head on in the information and news talk show category and has done India proud. Her entry comprised highly taboo, untouched subjects like the LGBT community and the Nirbhaya case. “Representing India and our radio fraternity at the most highly coveted International radio awards was a huge honour, responsibility and an experience, I will always cherish. I also got to meet the stalwarts from different countries. Each radio professional walked and spoke about their country with pride. It was an audio buffet of radio excellence from 32 countries. I almost went on a world tour all the way from Korea, Argentina, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Austria, Canada, America and Russia to name a few,” she says.
Disha feels that Indian radio is getting progressive and exciting. “The event was a formal sit-down dinner and champagne award ceremony at a Manhattan Penthouse, where I met people from radio in the fields of investigation, children, military, education, medical and the works,” adds the lady who became a radio host after working as an foreign airline flight attendant for three years.
Getting candid on some of the fun things she indulged in on her trip to the US last week, the jockey adds, “I had sky diving on the agenda, but ended up taking seven flights in nine days. So I could only make time to kayak one morning, swing at the driving range and beat my brother Dhruv at a gaming parlour. I’m an adventure sports junkie. I’m a licensed scuba diver and para-glider and hope to make more time in this year to feed my adrenaline appetite,” says the lady....