“Radio is the theatre of the mind” -Steve Allen

On television, people can see it and on radio you’ve got to create it.It gives birth to a million images in million brains. Some people start their day by turning on their favorite radio channels while doing the household chores or on their way to work or even gossiping on a tea stall. It is so fascinating that just by listening to somebody you create a special connection that unknowingly becomes a part of their life.
There are many female voices that have managed to connect to the people of Kashmir and have become the talk of the town. Let’s see who all are there in the list that has created a home in the heart of the people.

Rafia Rahim


She is a 24-year old, who is the first woman radio jockey in Kashmir. She lives in Charari Sharief town in Budgam district. She has hosted many local programs and is now a quite popular name in households of Kashmir. Rafia is a 2016 pass out from the Media Education and Research Centre in the University of Kashmir. Before that she was enrolled in journalism. She had hosted a show called Good Morning Jammu and Kashmir on Doordarshan which used to air debates on social issues. Later, through some audition she got selected as an RJ.
“In February 2018, I got selected for Radio Jockeying. I received proper training in Chandigarh from the radio station. With my program, I try to entertain people and take away all their tensions, sadness and tiredness,” she said.

Mehak Zubair


She is a resident of Srinagar. Now, she works for Radio Mirchi. Before joining it, she did her post graduation in journalism. She has also worked as an anchor for Home Shop 18, Doordarshan and then as a reporter in CNN-IBN.
“I have interviewed people who have fought tough situations like depression and made a name for themselves in different fields. Theirs are inspirational stories which motivate others to have a positive approach towards life,” says Mehak.

Her show starts with ray of sunshine that is bouncing back on Dal Lake. One of the segment of her is show is Khush Khabar in which she has to give some good news to the listeners. She regularly interacts with her listeners to hear their problems and engages experts to provide solutions for them.

Wafa Vakil

She is born and brought up in Zaina Kadal. She is popularly known as RJ Haya. She completed her BBA and then joined 92.7 Big FM. She was always interested in music and was very active in cultural programs in her school days. She used to listen a lot of Radio and she thinks her destiny bought her here. Then, she took a big break of about four years and now she is back with a bang!
She hosts a popular morning show where she talks about the problems which people are facing and about the achievements of women.
“We used to raise the question, and I can say that by the grace of God, most of the problems people have raised on my show have been solved,” said the RJ.

These female RJs are a beacon of light and hope for all Kashmiris. Their voices and determination will inspire the Kashmiri youth to pursue their dreams, for generations to come!