RJ Priyanka stands tall and full of pride. She has the distinction of being the first transgender RJ of the country (on air since May 2010) and through her work and activism, represents the Sexual Minorities Community with extraordinary sensitivity and openness. She launched and hosts the show called ‘Yari Varu’ which focuses on issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community, including sexual harassment, problems relating to employment, lack of housing facilities, and more. She also co-hosts Trash Talk, Swachagraha and Animal Instincts. She is actively involved in the day-to-day management of the radio station.
Fondly called the ‘Drama Queen of Radio Active’, RJ Priyanka has been a finalist for two years at the prestigious Namma Bengaluru Awards (2013- 2014 and 2014-2015). She won the ‘Suvarana State Award’ and ‘Yuva Sadheke Award” in the year 2015 for her consistent contribution in empowering members of the sexual minorities community. She has been featured in multiple publications and interviewed by many TV and radio stations. She has also acted in a short film titled ‘Jayanagara 4th Block’, in a television serial called ‘Suryakaanti’ that was broadcast on Zee Kannada, and in a play titled ‘Mohinibasmasura’. She has also participated in reality programs ‘Pekkin Express’, ‘Divided’, ‘Matandre Mathu’, to name just a few!
RJ Auto Shiv Kumar
Shiv Kumar is an auto-driver by profession and a poet at heart. Following an invitation to be interviewed at the station, he took up the opportunity of becoming the voice of the auto driver community! In 2010, his first weekly live show called Mukha Mukhi debuted and created a common platform for discussions between the auto-driver community and the general public. The show has addressed a range of issues from faulty meters, road aggression, and customer treatment to health and nutrition, occupational hazards, family issues, dealings with the RTO and the traffic police. The show ran successfully till June 2015. He then launched a new show titled ‘Mathandrae Mathu Manadalada Mathu to capture stories of auto drivers, interesting encounters with passengers and a sneak peek into the personal lives of the rickshaw drivers. This show is recorded at various auto stands in the city. In the year 2017, the show decided to reinvent itself and profile the favorite eating haunts of the city that are frequented by the auto drivers titled Lunch Box Tales. In 2018, he produced an 11 episode series titled Different Strokes, that focuses on Two stroke Autos and Air Pollution. In the past, he has also produced another show titled ‘Gurukula Budhukina Hadi’.
RJ Auto Shiv Kumar’s story has been extensively covered by various publications and TV channels. In the past he has won the Honesty Award from the Bangalore Traffic Police Commissioner. He was also a finalist at the Namma Bengaluru Awards 2012. He has the unique distinction of being the world’s first Autodriver RJ.