RED FM Presents “Vanakkam Calgary”, Every Sunday 8-9PM
We had an opportunity to sit down with RED FM Tamil talk show host Raki, to ask him about his show and himself. The following is our conversation:
Tell us about Vanakkam Calgary, what is the show about?
In English, “Vanakkam Calgary” means “Hello Calgary” or “Welcome Calgary” and that idea represents the basic concept of the show. The show promotes Tamil culture and talent, and brings those two things under one umbrella. We discuss everything which helps to keep the Tamil fraternity intact in Calgary. We invite everyone from celebrities, to people who have reached high lengths of success in their lives, to come and share their experiences, values, memories, health, and lifestyle. We always promote Canada, and Canadian society, while keeping our ethnic roots intact.
Tell us about yourself. What is your media background?
I’m an Engineer by profession, and am employed with one of the top three oil and gas producers in the world. I started out as a professional video jockey during my campus life at SVCE, in Chennai and I completed my M.S honors degree in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Waterloo. My first broadcasting job was with “Sun TV” in the late 90’s AA “Mudhal Ak Varai” show in “Sun Music”. I also MC numerous private shows and receptions in Calgary.
Tell us about a memorable show that you’ve hosted:
Every segment of “Vanakkam Calgary” is special, memorable and close to my heart. The Most memorable show would definitely be the phone interview with the great legend “Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam” sir. Another memorable one is my first on-air RJ experience on “Vanakkam Calgary” with my parents, who travelled all the way from India for the Inaugural event, surrounded by well-wishers, and people who are near and dear to me.
Do you have anything to say in closing?
The love and support “Vanakkam Calgary” receives from Tamil fraternity around the world is truly special, and astounding. The shift in emotions and the power of RJ’ing, all bathed in stirring music, makes me feel like an essential part of the mosaic in today’s FM world.