Big FM to play a new tune

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | September 18, 2009
The radio station will now play only soothing numbers as part of its new music strategy

Big 92.7 FM is all set to launch a new music positioning - Chillax Hits - beginning with the Mumbai and Delhi stations. Under this format, the radio station will play music that will de-stress and relax listeners.

It also has a new brand ambassador in singer Sonu Nigam. Tarun Katial, chief operating officer, Big 92.7 FM, says, "Chillax Hits promises the listener an aural treat. Our new music positioning is 'easy' to listen to, giving listeners a truly de-stressing experience, qualities which are best epitomised by Sonu Nigam."

& #BANNER1 & #The new positioning has been worked out as a result of a research carried out in several markets. In Mumbai and Delhi, Big FM learnt that the preferred choice was soothing and relaxing music throughout the day - contrary to the popular belief that listeners prefer soft music at the end of the day and lively music during the day.

Nirupam Sonu, vice-president, programming, Big FM, says, "We did follow the music as per mood strategy for a long time. As a next step, we will provide a specific genre of music which is 'Easy CHR'." The music mix will be decided based on weekly testing of songs that fit the 'Chillax' space and the songs that score high on popularity and likability features on the stations' play list.

A 360 degree marketing campaign will be rolled out in the next two weeks. The first phase includes ads on radio, print, OOH, cinema and digital. Subsequently, a television commercial will be launched. Sonu Nigam will be part of the campaign, which will be based on the premise of 'music to de-stress people'.

A similar music re-positioning exercise will be carried out in other markets based on the ongoing research.