Radio Suno Lanka marks anniversary
June 18 2021 07:16 PM
Ambassador of Sri Lanka, fourth from right, and, on his left, chairman of OliveSuno Network, along w
Ambassador of Sri Lanka, fourth from right, and, on his left, chairman of OliveSuno Network, along with the team in a group photo.

Since its invention and becoming a mass medium, radio has emerged the ultimate survivor, adapting itself to the tastes of the newer generations of listeners and absorbing newer technologies. Radio is basically very essential not only for entertainment but also for creating awareness in the public. Community radio is not a new concept in Qatar. The country with multicultural and multilingual society has diff erent radio stations and they continue to grow and become more popular. One such example is Radio Suno Lanka. The Sri Lankan radio channel under OliveSuno Radio network recently celebrated its first anniversary. Held at OliveSuno Radio Network station, the celebration was attended by Mafaz Mohideen, the Sri Lankan ambassador to Qatar. The presence of the ambassador speaks volumes on the station’s popularity among the community both as entertainment and information platform. Those present on the occasion were: Sheikh Faleh bin Ghanim A al-Thani, chairman, OliveSuno Radio Network; Ameer Ali, managing director; Krishna Kumar, managing director; and Santosh Palee, station head, Radio Suno & Radio Suno Lanka. The team of Suno Suno Lanka comprises RJ Ishani Sandanayke, head of programmes; RJ Rubeena Shabnam, RJ Yatheeshkaar Sivaneshan, RJ Priyadarshini Matara Arachchi, RJ Yashodaran Rajaram, and RJ Harsha. At the ceremony, the radio management gave away four return air tickets to lucky winners of on-air contests conducted in connection with the fi rst anniversary. The contests were held in collaboration with SriLankan Airlines. A Sri Lankan fusion dance act was also performed on the occasion by Dinu Dance Academy. Speaking on the occasion, the Sri Lankan ambassador said: “Suno Lanka is a vibrant, colourful and energetic station and during the past challenging year, you have done very well and I would like to wish the team to continue this journey and keep the community entertained with talented and awesome presenters and super management”. During the event, the ambassador also joined an on-air interview for the community. Ameer Ali said: “The radio network has programmes in many regional languages of India including’ Malayalam, Hindi, and Kannada, besides having programmes in Nepali and Sri Lankan languages. We will continue our journey by adding programmes in more regional languages of India.” “Currently Suno Lanka team conducts online radio shows in Sinhalse and Tamil languages all the seven days of the week and brings continuous digital contents with various entertainment and information that are important for the Sri Lankan community in Qatar,” said Ishani Sandanayke while talking to Gulf Times. Sharing what the radio station has so far been doing, she said: “Apart from daily shows throughout the day online and weekend shows, Suno Lanka has conducted several roadshows on digital platforms in an attractive and eff ective way. Further, Radio Suno Lanka Kids Circle was another initiative of the team to appreciate, encourage and showcase various talents of the young generation in the community. We have also conducted several musical sessions engaging talented Sri Lankans in Doha. “During the year, the team remained passionate about presenting cultural events in the community. Some events were the Sinhala & Tamil New Year, Thai Pongal, Deepawali, Vesak, Qatar National Day, Sri Lankan Independence Day.” Highlighting the news value of the radio, Ishani said: “Being an infotainment channel, Radio Suno Lanka timely updates different news on its online and digital platforms. Within a short period of time, the team has been able to carry out media coverages of various local cultural, sports, and community events. We have also conducted several contests for kids and adults. The popular digital shows are; DOH2CMB, Yoga for You and Me & Top20 Chart Show. “The Suno Lanka team released their own patriotic song ‘Nidahase Sawoma’ in February to celebrate the Sri Lankan Independence Day.” The radio station has also given extensive coverage to diff erent issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The team has been updating the Sri Lankan community in Doha about the Covid-19 situation, protocols, and safety measures issued by the Ministry of Health and Public Health,” she added.

Last updated: June 18 2021 07:17 PM

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