Dheena, popularly known to people by many names like ‘Blade’ Dheena, ‘Speed’ Dheena and ‘Big’ Dheena, is known for something else too – doing something innovative when it is least expected.
Just like he got into Radio Jockeying after Engineering, just as he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for continuous live broadcast for 168 hours.
Similarly, he started the first ever Radio Academy in India after achieving huge success in his career as Radio Jockey, and today the academy is running successful after having already produced three batches of talented students to the radio industry.
The Academy of Radio Studies (AORS), which started in 2011, celebrated its first convocation recently in Chennai. It was indeed more like a get-together of all Radio Jockeys from different stations.
RJ Dheena says – “This success is a contribution of many people. RJs and other technical staff from different FM stations all over India came forward to contribute their part in this. We arranged lot of guest lectures and workshops for the students by these RJs.” One of the most experienced celebrity RJs who was on the guest list was - Neeladri Bose, a veteran radio professional and a multi-faceted personality, who gave a precise message to the students to be passionate about their career.
Shiva, the RJ-turned-actor, who wins hearts with his witty humor, was the chief guest on the occasion.
He shared his experience from being an RJ to an actor. His simple advice to the younger generation was not to use the radio career as a shortcut to the film industry. “If you are good you will be sought, but many students these days enter radio industry to get fame and become an actor. That attitude will not help. Unless you are not passionate about the job you are doing, you won’t succeed,” said Shiva, who immediately entertained the audience with his famous poem from the movie 600028.
The academy which has successfully launched itself in Chennai is to set foot next in Bangalore.