Photo/IllutrationHaruki Murakami in the radio studio (Provided by Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co.)

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Internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami isn't quitting his day job, but his first foray as a disc jockey proved such a ratings hit, he's heading back to the radio studio.

His program “Murakami Radio” was aired over Tokyo FM's nationwide network of 38 broadcasting stations in August. It drew so many listeners that a second program seemed only fitting. It will be broadcast Oct. 21.

The theme for the second program will be “Murakami’s songs for long autumn nights.”

“Let’s enjoy spending long autumn nights while listening to music that I selected, which will be (the second program’s) theme,” said Murakami. “I will play records and CDs that I will bring from my home.”

He is also expected to solicit questions from listeners.

“I enjoyed (talking on the first program) so much," Murakami said. "And so it goes, ‘Now, let’s do a second program.’”

An official of Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co. said since Murakami's program could also be accessed through the service called Radiko which provides aired radio programs for a week after their broadcast via smartphones or personal computers, many people tuned in.

“Murakami Radio” had an average audience rating of 83.8 percent through the available week among listeners in Tokyo.

His first program’s theme was, “The music I listen to while running.”