MUMBAI: Every night in 35 cities across India, listeners as young as 13 and as old as their grandparents turn away from their TV sets and huddle together to soak in an experience they have never experienced on radio – nostalgia unplugged, on a storytelling show, exclusively on 92.7 BIG FM.
Then listeners from across 19 countries tune in and hear the gripping stories on Facebook. The show, titled 'Yaadon ka Idiot Box with Neelesh Misra', is in a unique storytelling-and-song format that is changing the way people listen to radio in India. The show takes people down memory lane through the best inter-twining of story with music. It is garnering huge tune-ins. The show takes listeners through a one hour 'theatre of the mind' experience. Listeners tune in keenly even along the border in Pakistani towns, where they can catch the Indian frequencies.
Neelesh, an award-winning former journalist and lyric writer of several huge Bollywood hits, author of four books and a scriptwriter, has built an imaginary world which communicates. Neelesh's unique style of storytelling is eliciting a mind boggling response. In a short span of 3 weeks, it has crossed the 1 million page view landmark, with more than 1000 people joining the Facebook page every week.
The name 'Yaadon Ka Idiot Box' comes from the song of the same title from the upcoming album 'Rewind' of the band called 'Nine', the band that Neelesh heads.
Each of the stories have connected with listeners on an intimate, personal level – these stories seem to them like their own stories, of people from their own lives from their own nostalgia. Young men and women say they cry when the hear the show; parents are sitting with their daughters who give up primetime TV shows to hear the story; in campuses, young friends are finding it a new way of bonding.
The unique style of story delivery, packaged with the seamless music fit, has fans from across age groups getting drawn to the show and coming back each evening for their daily dose of nostalgia. The show currently has the following mix of audiences:
· 52 percent of listeners are from the age group of 18-24 years
· 33 percent of listeners are from the 25-34 age bracket
· The youngest listener of the show is 13 years and the oldest listener is 55 + years
To sum up, the show is about a magnificent story teller who weaves life's many stories into a show, in a way that inspires listeners to take chances, follow their dreams and live their own lives to the fullest.
Commenting on this initiative, Neelesh Misra said, "This is my first radio experience and I am amazed and humbled to see the tremendous response from people cutting across ages and demographies. In a country of great storytelling traditions, this is my humble effort to bring back verbal storytelling in the creative space – I am glad that it has connected with listeners from the very first day."