The New York Festival Award for three consecutive years, five RJ of the Year awards, a book for the first time in the history of radio on a radio show, 6.3 million followers on FB and 895K on Instagram! That’s RJ PRAVEEN for you, one of the most versatile RJs in the country today. The variety of shows and type of content RJ Praveen has handled is diverse, from the evening drive time show full of madness to a one-of-its-kind horror storytelling one, Ek Kahani Aisi Bhi to Red Murga and The Headphone Show! have been loved and appreciated by one and all.
Born in Kolkata and brought up in Patratu (Jharkhand) in a Marwri family, RJ Praveen did his schooling till class 7 in Patratu and moved to Kolkata in 1998 where he completed his graduation in marketing management (2003-06). With no formal training to be a jockey, RJ Praveen started as an intern in Red FM Kolkata in 2006 due to his mimicry talent and the rest has been a journey of 16 years which has continued since then.
Excerpts from a fun Q&A session with the witty RJ.
Biggest faux pas you have done till date.
Many! I don’t want my management to know as we are heading towards appraisals.
Do awards and recognition matter or is the love of the listeners more important?
Both! We do our shows for our listeners and if we get awarded for the same then I don’t think there is any harm in saying that I want both!
Praveen gets transported to Mars. What would he do for a living there?
Main wahan se dharti par logo ki mangal (Mars) ki dasha theek karunga aur uske paise bhi lunga!
A celebrity who annoys Praveen no ends.
Kindly reverse the question. 😉
Is Praveen ‘hot’ or ‘cool’?
Depends, what time of the year it is!
What is something that is really popular now but in five years everyone will look back at it and be embarrassed about it?
Social media content!
What’s invisible but you wish only you see it?
What would fairytales be like if they included modern technology?
Fairytales would get more interesting and become sci-fi!
Why are there only manholes?
So that men get to do cleaning !
Why is money green like grass?
Because it grows.
Your first impression of yourself.
Yeh sab kaise hua?
A rule you would want to break free from?
A ridiculous fact you know.
That I’m married and have kids as well.
A food you would want to be?
Paav Bhai-Ji (food for all single people)
Sum up the internet in one word.
Hanuman of today’s world!!
The most imaginative insult you can come up with.
Jo samjhe woh wise, jo nahin samjhe woh otherwise!
An inanimate object you wish you could eliminate from existence.
The creepiest thing you could say while passing a stranger on the street.
I know what you did and I know who you are.
If you were wrongfully detained in a mental asylum, how would you convince them that you’re actually sane and not just pretending to be sane?
Will make them watch my videos!
Hall of Fame
New York Festival Award – 2016, 2017, 2019
India Radio Forum – 2017, 2018, 2019
Golden Mike – 2017, 2018
Asia Customer Engagement Forum Awards – 2017, 2018, 2019
HRD AWARD – 2021
Outreach International Radio Fair – 2021