In conjunction with her first anniversary at Suria FM, Adibah Noor shares what she has discovered about being a radio deejay.
1 I’VE learned to OBEY my alarm clock. Setting the clock to wake up is one thing, but obeying it in the morning is a totally different story. I have the tendency to give myself just a few more minutes of sleep and promise to wake up on time. But nooooo, whenever that happens, I will surely be late for work. Therefore, I have learned to obey the alarm clock ... no snooze ... just get up straight away.
2 For someone who hates routines (other than getting up and brushing my teeth, showering, eating, drinking and sleeping) I have come to terms with the fact that what used to be something I thought I’d love to do (radio interviews upon invitation), has become a daily routine. That takes a lot from my side as I loathe routines other than those which I have listed as exceptions above. Conducting a daily show has become a chore, routine. At first, I get burnt out and fed up by that fact, but I have learned to accept it.
3 For someone who prefers to work alone, I have learned to work in a team. I not only want the morning show to be the best, but I have also learned to love the station and want it to excel.
4 Humility. I used to loath my partner, and how he conducts the show. I used to think that I could do better than him and that things should change to being MY way. After six months, I am humbled by the fact that we are actually a compatible duo, one just can’t do without the other, that we complement each other with our idiosyncracies.
5 I realise how powerful radio is and how much some people actually depend, relate and connect to what you say on. Some are very much dependant on the companionship of a radio and I have to be on guard always with what I want listeners to learn, ponder and act out.
> Tune in to Suria FM’s Ceria Pagi with Adibah Noor and Halim Othman, every weekday from 6am to 10am.