Radio programme SARGAM has been on air since 27 March 2000. It had its debut on channel 770 AM where it was broadcast until August, 2002. Keeping in mind the demands of the audience, the programme moved over to a better station CJMR 1320 AM, based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and is now hosted by Dr. Balwinder Singh & Sandeep Kaur.
The programme is produced and directed by Dr. Balwinder Singh. He has a Ph.D. degree in Mass Communication, which he earned from the prestigious Center for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester, UK. Besides his interest in research, he has been teaching Journalism and Broadcasting to the university students from 1982 till 1997 (He was Associate Professor of Journalism at the PAU Ludhiana). Covering various topics of Journalism & Communication, he attended five international conferences, namely, in Sydney (Australia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dublin (Ireland), Coventry and London (England). Dr. Balwinder was selected as an associate of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India. He was also the founder editor of weekly newspaper the Toronto Tribune since September 1999.
Sandeep Kaur holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts. While she has done numerous sketches, paintings and murals, she has been publishing her poetry in many newspapers, including the Toronto Tribune. Her weekly column of poetry, along with a complementary sketch drawn by her, won her great appreciation from readers. Sandeep has also been associated with a TV network Global Punjab, where she worked as a news anchor.
The programme SARGAM is a combination of music, news, views and literary issues. News bulletin, specifically covering local events, is broadcast at 6 pm. It is professionally prepared and presented by Sandeep Kaur.
On certain days, discussions are held on topical issues related to the community at large. Each day is dedicated to a special segment around which the whole programme is weaved, including the one exclusively meant for the ladies. No wonder, the programme is widely listened to and appreciated by thousands of listeners having their roots in the Indian sub-continent. The timing of the programme – 5 to 6:30 pm — is a big advantage, both to the hosts and the business community when most of the listeners are driving on roads and highways, though a substantial segment of the audience also prefers to tune in the programme whilst doing their home chores.
SARGAM is a radio programme aired on CJMR 1320 AM, Monday to Friday between 5 & 6.30 pm. www.cjmr1320.ca