Open Mic Spotlight: Kaushik Dutta

NYF’s Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with prominent Grand Jury members from around the globe, each Spotlight interview shares the insights of content creators from the wonderful world of radio.

New York Festivals International Radio Awards jury of award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are actively involved in creating the innovative content on radio today.

Kaushik Dutta

2018 Grand Jury member, Kaushik Dutta is a consultant for Radio City 91.1 FM India. He  brings over 10 years of radio industry experience to the jury panel. Kaushik began his radio career as a radio jockey for Radio Mirchi in 2008. He free-lanced as a content creator, sound designer, as well as promo creation and more for over a year before moving on to Radio City as a consultant. He has contributed his expertise for the past 8 years in both show production and station sound for India’s leading radio network.

New York Festivals: What was the turning point in your career?

Kaushik Dutta:  I used to work for a British call center at Gurgaon (a satellite town near the capital, New Delhi). While traveling back from office, in the cab I saw a newspaper ad for a vacancy of a Radio Jockey at a local radio station. After quite some time, they called me for an internship and after that there was no looking back. That newspaper ad was the turning point of my career.

New York Festivals:What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Kaushik Dutta: An Indian Radio Veteran once said to me, “Kaushik you cannot fake it on Radio, you will sound exactly what you are, on air. Your station is, WHAT YOU ARE. So don’t complicate it with figures (are you the no.1 or not). For doing honest radio, you have to be honest with your thoughts.

New York Festivals: Where do you see the industry moving in the next 5 years?

Kaushik Dutta: A lot of times radio professionals feel insecure about the future of radio. But in the process of feeling insecure they forget a basic thing. That radio transmits through air. So till the time this planet is supported by the atmosphere, Radio is going to stay. And in the next five years, we will see a lot of competition from the digital space, but then the same thing happened when Apple launched the iPod but today those devices are not even in the remotest corners of your store room.

New York Festivals:What is the responsibility of journalists in today’s world?

Kaushik Dutta: I have a single sentence answer to this question, “a journalist just needs to REPORT, a journalist is not a storyteller”.

If you like to narrate stories, please write a book, don’t be a journalist.



New York Festivals: What do you think are the hallmarks of award-winning work?

Kaushik Dutta: Honesty! And that is it. You cannot fake it on radio. Do the work that you are doing with conviction and honesty and awards will follow.

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