FM radio which stands for Frequency Modulation Radio is an efficient way of transmission in the landscape of Pakistan. Like many other nations with the low literacy rate, the role of radio in Pakistan is quite significant. It serves as an effective medium for information regarding the ever-changing country’s political issues, education, entertainment, and more. FM100 was the very first radio channel established in Pakistan offering live entertainment shows round the clock and encouraging Pakistani music among the folks. FM100 was launched in 1994 and officially started broadcasting its regular transmission on March 23, 1995. FM radio carved its way through our homes, markets, cars, bazaars, and all the places where electronic media can’t reach us. According to numbers given by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory body (PEMRA) and thorough research provided by our diligent Tash’heer Team, the authority has granted licenses to 142 commercial FM radio stations, as well as 45 non-commercial licenses to educational and other organizations. There are now 187 licensed commercial and non-commercial radio stations operating in the wide landscape of Pakistan.

Moreover, 49 FM radio stations in the public sector are directed by Radio Pakistan. If we add three FM stations serving as Friendship Channels of China Radio International, the total number of FM channels broadcasting in Pakistan these days goes up to 239. That was the general introduction of the birth and growth of Radio in Pakistan. Now let’s explore the 9 best Radio Stations in Pakistan that we all grew up listening to.

Best Radio Stations in Pakistan
Best Radio Stations in Pakistan

If you are looking for the best FM channel to tune in to while on a long road trip or sitting in a gathering of friends, here is our list of the highly regarded FM stations in Pakistan.

Station NameFounded WhenOwned byHead Office
Suno FM 89.4Aug 2008UnknownIslamabad, Pakistan
City FM 89July 2004Dawn Media GroupKarachi, Pakistan
Hot FM 105 Karachi2002Syed Zulfiqar Ali ShahKarachi, Pakistan
Mera FM 107.4 25 December, 2012Project Implementation Managers Private LimitedKarachi, Pakistan
FM 100 IslamabadMarch 23, 1995Capital FM (Private) LimitedIslamabad, Pakistan
FM 101 IslamabadOctober 1998Pakistan Broadcasting CorporationIslamabad, Pakistan
Mast FM 1032004Muhammad Imran BajwaKarachi, Pakistan
FM 100 KarachiMarch 23, 1995FM 100 Pakistan, part of Capital FM (Private) LimitedKarachi, Pakistan
Power 99 FM2003The CommunicatorsIslamabad, Pakistan
Suno FM 89.4

Suno FM 89.4 is an online broadcasting station, headquartered in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is also regarded as Pakistan’s largest FM radio network with over 130 stations nationwide and 22 broadcasting houses in all the major cities. Suno FM started its first broadcast almost 16 years ago, in August 2008 and since then they have won the hearts of Pakistani belonging from all corners with their thoughtful and amusing programming that resonates with the taste and our cultural values. They broadcast a diverse range of programs targeting local audiences speaking various languages. They broadcast in 13 different regional languages including Urdu, English, Balochi, Sindhi, Brahvi, Pashto, Punjabi, Shina, Potohari, Broshuski, Balti, Saraiki, and Waziri.

Their mission is to reach millions of the general public belonging to all levels and in doing so their monthly listeners exceed 900,000. They offer a broad range of programs aimed at providing information, entertainment, educational awareness, health, sports, peace, and motivation for youth through a combination of hit music and a live internet stream. All this with a simple vision of creating a harmonized nation by unifying the culture and offering peace.

FoundedAugust 2008
Head OfficeIslamabad, Pakistan
FormatMusic, news, programs in various languages
Programs45
RJ’s70
Google Reviews4.5
Broadcasting Houses 22
Phone no.(051) 4610094
Additional Notes130+ stations nationwide and over 900,000 monthly listeners
AddressNear Askri Tower III, DHA V Sector F-1 F-1, Islamabad
City FM 89

City FM 89 is another leading Pakistani radio station. It is headquartered in Karachi and broadcasts from Lahore, Islamabad, and Faisalabad. It was founded in July 2004 and is a subsidiary of the Dawn Media Group. They revolutionized the radio with their thoughtful programming that specifically targets youth. Their goal was to establish a trend of radio listenership in Pakistan at a period when cassettes and CDs were the only sources of music amusement in homes, cars, and public places. They offer different musical programs seven days a week where people can put their requests via call or message. Moreover, they also broadcast a podcast named “Midday Madness” with Ghazal. This podcast involves a light-hearted conversation about the entertainment industry from all over the world with the host and playing everyone’s favorite ever-lasting playful music. Moreover, in 2020, City FM 89 was named the “Best Entertainment Radio Station” at the Pakistan Media Awards.

FoundedJuly 2004
Owned byDawn Media Group
Head OfficeKarachi, Pakistan
FormatMusic, podcasts
Frequency89 mHz
Address11 Dockyard Road, West Wharf Industrial Area, Karachi
Contact Info.0314 2898989
Additional Notes“Best Entertainment Radio Station” at Pakistan Media Awards 2020
Hot FM 105 Karachi

Hot FM 105 Karachi, also known as “The Hottest Station for the Coolest Nation,” is a leading radio station in Karachi, Pakistan. It began broadcasting in 2002 and is part of the Infotainment World network, which operates several FM stations across Pakistan. They took the very first step in exploring the power of sound waves by launching FM radio stations in Pakistan’s biggest cities. They have launched successfully FM stations within a 50 Kilometers radius in Karachi, Quetta, Mirpurkhas, Mitthi, Hyderabad, Dadu, Jacobabad, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Larkana, Badin, Shikarpur, Nausheroferoz, and even northern areas like Chitral. Listeners HOT FM-105’s content is entirely community-based infotainment, which covers information about the entertainment industry. Their listeners go above 50 million and their radio stations serve most of Sindh, Balochistan, and KPK.

Hot FM 105 Karachi also operates its own mobile app, allowing listeners to access the station live stream and interact with the on-air personalities. The station has won several awards over the years, including “Best Youth Radio Station” at the ARY Musik Awards. Moreover, if we look into their thoughtful programming which mainly focuses on younger audiences, they offer a variety of shows and programs all day long including News and entertainment updates, live DJs even contests, giveaways, and listener call-ins to increase engagement.

Founded2002
Owned bySyed Zulfiqar Ali Shah (Infotainment World (Pvt.) Limited)
Head OfficeKarachi, Pakistan
FormatMusic (contemporary hits, pop, rock, hip-hop)
AddressSuit # 1009, 10th Floor, Business Avenue, Main Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi – 75460. 
Contact Info.+92 21 111 786 105
Google Review4.9
Additional Notes“Best Youth Radio Station” at ARY Musik Awards, over 50 million listeners
Mera FM 107.4

Mera FM 107.4, formerly known as Samaa FM, is a popular radio station in the landscape of Pakistan. Their headquarters is in Karachi, Pakistan but they also broadcast from major cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sialkot, and Bahawalpur. Launched in December 2012, it’s owned by Project Implementation Managers Private Limited. Mera FM has gained name and fame in Pakistan, mostly among young adults and families. They are known for their vibrant music mix, engaging programs, and other interactive activities to keep their listeners engaged. Mera FM 107.4 is Pakistan’s top radio station in terms of social media following, high-quality broadcasts, and engaging content.

They clearly lead the broadcasting industry with 3.9 million Facebook fans, 170,000 Instagram followers, and 17,000 YouTube subscribers. Various awards and distinctions added to its standing position, including receiving the title of Pakistan’s No. 1 Radio Station in the RJ-based category by Radio Score. Famous host, RJ Sahir Lodhi, is cheered as “people’s choice” by GroupM Pakistan which further adds to the station’s success. Additionally, Mera FM 107.4 is the top advertised station in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, attracting a lot of attention from various brands (research by Media Miles). Mera FM offers a variety of programs throughout the day, including Music shows, morning shows, news updates, talk shows and more.

FoundedDecember 25, 2012
Owned byProject Implementation Managers Private Limited
Head OfficeKarachi, Pakistan
FormatMusic (Bollywood, Pakistani pop, international hits), news, talk shows
Target AudienceYoung adults, families
Frequency107.4
Address5th Floor, Techno City Office Tower, Altaf Hussain Road, Off I.I. Chundrigar Road.
Contact Info.+92 21 111 872 622
Google Review4.5
Additional Notes“Pakistan’s No. 1 Radio Station” in RJ-based category by Radio Score, top advertised station in major cities
FM 100 Islamabad

FM 100, founded on March 23, 1995, plays an important role in Pakistan’s radio scene. It was Pakistan’s first-ever private radio station, broadcasting from nine major cities including Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. It is operated and regulated by Capital FM (Private) Limited which is owned in part by the Shaheen Foundation (25%), and the Mustafa Memon Family (75%). Capital FM Pvt. Ltd is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and focuses on the establishment, operation, and management of FM radio stations around the country. The company is a member of the FM 100 Pakistan radio network. FM 100 Islamabad broadcasted around the clock to a large audience in urban areas, to promote Pakistani local singers and their music. Their famous slogan is “Assalam-o-Alaikum Pakistan,” which means “May Peace be on Pakistan,”.  Their target audience is mainly young adults with a taste for contemporary and latest Bollywood mix.

Moreover, they offer the latest film hits for housewives, mesmerizing ghazals, and folk songs for listeners of all age groups. They also entertain and engage their listeners with various podcasts involving jolly conversations about entertainment, the music industry, and more. Today, FM 100 Islamabad remains a popular choice for listeners, giving a mix of music, entertainment, and information. In addition to Islamabad, it transmits from Karachi, Lahore, Hyderabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Gujarat, Jhelum, and Multan. In 2018, third-party audience-sharing studies showed that the Islamabad station had a 4.5 percent audience share.

FoundedMarch 23, 1995
Owned byCapital FM (Private) Limited
Head OfficeIslamabad, Pakistan
FormatMusic (Bollywood, contemporary, Pakistani), news, podcasts
Address1st Floor, Umer Building 76-West, Blue Area
Contact Info.+92111111100 
Email info@fm100pakistan.com 
Additional NotesThe “Assalam-o-Alaikum Pakistan” slogan, broadcasts in 9 major cities
FM 101 Islamabad

FM 101 Islamabad is part of a broader private radio network named FM 101, offering their services to Pakistanis of all age groups. FM 101, launched in 1998 by Radio Pakistan, is a private radio network broadcasting 9 major Pakistani cities like Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. This free-to-air entertainment hub broadcasts a mix of music, news, and programs in Urdu and English across its 18 FM stations. Listeners can also tune in via satellite (Asiasat 3S) or online streaming. They have over 143K Facebook fan followers which shows how many people enjoy their programming. They broadcast programs in English as well as Urdu to target a greater sum of audience. FM 101 Islamabad’s main focus is to entertain and inform people about the current happenings in the landscape of Pakistan. From politics to the media industry, here you will find everything to make your long day gleeful.

Founded1998
Owned byPakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)
Head OfficeIslamabad, Pakistan
FormatMusic, news, programs (Urdu, English)
AddressSector G-5 Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan 44000.
Contact Info.DC 051-9206464
Frequency101.0 MHz
Additional Notes18 stations across 9 cities, free-to-air, satellite and online streaming
Mast FM 103

FM Mast 103, which began broadcasting in April 2004, is one of Pakistan’s largest and fastest-growing radio stations, offering a mix of information, music, entertainment, religious, food, and health programming, as well as an hourly news bulletin. It is owned by Muhammad Imran Bajwa who is also the CEO of this station. Their slogan is “Mann ka Radio” (Radio of the Heart) and it offers a perfect mix of entertainment and information about the Pakistani media industry as well as International. Their head office is in Karachi, Pakistan. However, Mast FM 103 also has stations in major cities like Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Islamabad, and Gujranwala. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dealing with audiences from all age groups.

Mast FM, often known as FM 103, is a Pakistani radio station broadcasting from Pakistan on the frequency 103 MHz. It’s a music broadcasting network in Pakistan. It also airs shows with its hosts discussing certain themes also known as podcasts. During the programs, the guest is encouraged to ask and answer questions. They also take in-show calls which further makes it an engaging platform.

FoundedApril 2004
Owned byMuhammad Imran Bajwa
Head OfficeKarachi, Pakistan
FormatMusic (Bollywood, Pakistani pop, international hits), religious shows, food & health programs, news, RJ discussions
Address307-308, Park Avenue Plaza, 3rd Floor, Shahra-e-Faisal, Karachi.
Contact Info.+92 21 34547939
Google Review4.7
Frequency103.0 FM
Additional Notes“Mann ka Radio” slogan, 24/7 broadcasts, stations in major cities
FM 100 Karachi

After being established in 1994, FM 100 Karachi took one year to go on air in 1995. It also broadcasts from other major cities like Islamabad and Lahore. It is the first private FM radio station to offer live entertainment programming 24/7. Regular programming includes Urdu pop music, Panjabi, and western music for young people. Also, they offer new Bollywood hits, ghazals, and folk songs for listeners of all ages. FM 100 Karachi is part of the FM 100 Pakistan network of radio stations, which transmit from several locations around the nation. However, each city station has a unique legal organization registered as the license holder. PEMRA identifies First Media Services Private Limited as the original license holder for FM 100 Karachi. However, there is no official record exists for the company. A Right to Information request was submitted with PEMRA, yet the authorities declined to give information about FMS Private Limited.

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Founded1994 (established), 1995 (on air)
Owned byFM 100 Pakistan, part of Capital FM (Private) Limited
Head OfficeKarachi, Pakistan
FormatMusic (Urdu pop, Punjabi, western)
AddressM/s FMS Pvt Limited, Plot 43, 5, E/3,Block 6 PECHS, Karachi. 
Contact Info.+92(0)21-34539055 
Frequency100.0 FM
Additional NotesFirst private FM radio station with 24/7 live entertainment, broadcasts in other major cities
Power 99 FM

Power 99 FM, also known as Power Radio FM 99, is a well-known radio station in Islamabad, Pakistan. Najeeb Ahmed established Power99, which is currently managed and owned by a firm called The Communicators. Established in 2003, they have been entertaining Pakistanis for more than two decades. Their famous slogan is “Your Voice Your Power”, which aims at giving people a voice to share their thoughts and feelings where thousands can listen to them. They are transmitting from Islamabad, Abbottabad, and Vehari. Power99 received a license from the Federal Government of Pakistan’s Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and began transmitting on March 23, 2003, barely three months after gaining their broadcasting permit. Its transmitter is working from the A-Block Blue Area in Islamabad. They have over 85K followers on Facebook highlighting their appeal among locals. Power99 has an aerial coverage radius of around 70 kilometers, allowing it to reach all large and small cities and towns in and surrounding Islamabad.

FoundedMarch 23, 2003
OwnerThe Communicators
Frequency99.00 MHz
HeadquartersIslamabad, Pakistan
Slogan“Your Voice Your Power”
Transmitter LocationA-Block Blue Area, Islamabad
Contact InformationFazalulhaq Road, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone(051) 2801199
EmailInfo@power99.live
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Radio stations play a vital role in communities all over the world, serving as influential mediums that contribute to the local culture of any country. Currently, almost one in every six Pakistanis (16.5%) listens to the radio at least weekly.  Young Pakistani people are the most likely to listen to the radio weekly or more, with 21.2% of those aged 15 to 24. These statistics show the appeal and importance of radio in the lives of people. These stations not only play their part to amuse and inform the locals but they also provide a voice to those who are unfamiliar with the world of social media. Especially, in the rural areas of Pakistan when internet access is still limited, radio is the only source of entertainment and closer connection to their country and the world beyond. Therefore, no matter how technology advances, the relationship people have with FM will remain intact.

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