Samaniya Bhat, a 20-year-old college pass out is the first female radio jockey (RJ) from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The RJ has recently completed her bachelor of Mass communication from Government Degree College Baramulla.
Coming from the old town of district Baramulla, becoming a radio jockey was dream for her.
She acknowledges becoming RJ was not an easy job.
“It took my time, hard work, and passion,” she said.
The 20 year old RJ is presently working at Radio Chinar 90.4 FM Baramulla and has become the inspiration for many young girls of the town.
Giving details of how she landed up the job, Samaniya says, the station had invited applications for RJ position early this year and she also applied for the same post for which around 350 male and female candidates from different districts of Kashmir had also applied.
“It was not easy. There was a tough competition from my co-applicants. Besides, I had to clear many rounds of interviews and auditions to get my dream job,” she recalls.
However, her hard work paid off and she was one among the four selected candidates for the radio.
Bhat gives credit to her success in cracking the interviews to her earlier experience of working for All India Radio (AIR).
“I worked in All India Radio for around six months. This experience gave me an edge in cracking the interviews.”
Although she said it was not enough as the competition was tough, yet, her experience helped her to make it in the top list.
Strangely, the girl was initially interested in print media for which she also did some reporting. However, it was after many advised her that she is best suited for radio journalism, she decided to switch.
"While I was pursuing my bachelor degree in journalism, I used to report for print media. However, my friends and my teachers used to continuously tell me that I was perfect for radio journalism. Although, I didn’t pay much attention to their words then, but soon I realized they were right and decided to switch," she said.
Radio jockeying is a new experience for Samaniya, and she wants to continue to do her best in her work.
"I'm still committed to communicating with people through my show between 3 pm and 6 pm," he added.
Samaniya, the youngest girl RJ from northern Kashmir has received an overwhelming love and feedback from her audience, which encourages her to do better.
According to her, the audience response acts as a catalyst which motivates her to do better.
“Every day in the studio is a new start for me. I have to be creative, and presentable to keep my audience hooked and entertained," she said.
On her show, Halla Bol with RJ Samaniya, Bhat talks about spreading happiness and discusses positive and interesting messages.
She also regularly interviews young people and successful guests. She started hosting Halla Bol with RJ Samaniya on the noontime slot, but on the public demand the show timing was shifted to 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. slot.
With her soulful voice, positive vibes and the magic she creates on-air, Bhat inspires many young girls in the valley.
“I want to credit all this to my father, who never created a hurdle in my way. He always supported me despite society telling him that she is a girl and these things don’t suit her.”
“My father kept supporting me. He is my ardent fan who always listens to my shows. If he thinks there is a scope of improvement he shares it with me. He proudly tells his friends and customers to listen to my show on the radio. I wish every girl gets a father like me so that she can choose her career of her own.”