Raaga (THR Raaga) is a Malaysian Tamil-language radio station operated by Astro Radio. In 2015, as according to Nielsen RAM Survey Wave #1, THR Raaga maintained its position as Malaysia's leading Tamil-language station with over two million listeners. It also emerged as South East Asia's No.1 Tamil radio station by beating Minnal FM and Singapore based Oli 96.8FM.
|Broadcast area||Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore|
|Format||Contemporary hit radio|
|Owner||Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd, under Astro Radio|
|Era, Gegar, GoXuan, Hitz, Lite, Melody, Mix, MY, Sinar and Zayan|
First air date
|1 January 2005|
|THR Raaga (2005-17)|
|99.3 MHz (Penang)|
The station is well known for its breakfast show, Kalakkal Kaalai, which began broadcasting on 1 August 2006. The Hindi Power is also carried on the station since early 2010, which was previously broadcast on Gegar.
THR Raaga became a 24-hour radio station on all FM frequencies for the first time in July 2018, removing the entire Gegar broadcasts during 02:00 to 06:00. Previously, Raaga's broadcasts during these hours was only available via online and Channel 859 Astro.
The radio station began broadcasting on 9 September 1994, after having started test transmission nine days before (31 August). It was known as TIME Highway Radio until 2005 and includes segments in Malay (Gegar), English and for a short period, in Mandarin (Mun Toh Tak), with Tamil-language segment (Raaga) being introduced later, as well as Hindi Power, a segment that focused mainly on Bollywood music. By March 2002, Tamil programs on THR accounted for 40 percent of THR's daily broadcasting time. AMP Radio Networks acquires the radio station in 2005 to relaunch a brand new radio channel to broadcast in Tamil.
From 2 January 2018, with the reformulation of radio stations owned by Astro, the "THR Raaga" name was simplified to Raaga, ending the usage of THR name. The change also happens to THR Gegar, which is now known as Gegar. As with other radio stations within Astro Radio group, the "FM" suffix is no longer used and a new logo was given to each of the radio stations.
|Frequencies||Broadcast area||Transmitter site|
|99.3 MHz||Kuala Lumpur & Pahang||Gunung Ulu Kali|
|102.4 MHz||Alor Setar, Kedah & Perlis||Gunung Jerai|
|99.3 MHz||Penang||Bukit Penara|
|97.9 MHz||Ipoh, Perak||Gunung Kledang|
|101.5 MHz||Seremban, Negeri Sembilan||Gunung Telapak Buruk|
|99.7 MHz||Malacca & North Johor||Gunung Ledang|
|103.7 MHz||Johor Bahru, Johor & Singapore||Gunung Pulai|
|101.9 MHz||Langkawi, Kedah||Gunung Raya|
|102.1 MHz||Taiping, Perak||Bukit Larut|
(Via satellite TV)
- Astro (television): Channel 859
Note: Raaga can be received in Pahang via existing frequencies below:
- 99.3 MHz in Bentong, Karak, Raub, Lurah Bilut, Lanchang, Temerloh, Mentakab, Benta, Padang Tengku, Kuala Lipis, Sungai Ruan, Chenor, Maran, Jengka, Pekan, Gambang and part of Kuantan. (from Gunung Ulu Kali)
- 101.5 MHz in Bandar Bera (from Gunung Telapak Burok)
- 99.7 MHz in Kemayan, Teriang, Jerantut, Raub, Mengkarak, Kota Shahbandar, Bandar Muadzam Shah, and Bandar Tun Abdul Razak (Keratong) (from Gunung Ledang)
- 97.9 MHz in Cameron Highlands (from Gunung Kledang)
Web Streaming RestrictionsEdit
Due to legal restrictions, the streaming of this station is only available in Malaysia and Brunei. Other Astro Radio stations are available internationally via their respective website.
- Kancil Festival 2007 - Silver Award
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- Musthafa, Saharuddin (3 March 2002). "Format baru THR.fm - Tidak berniat bersaing dengan radio ERA". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 12 July 2016.