KOTA KINABALU: A totally Sabah beat will be hitting the air with KupiKupifm being the newest radio station to be launched this Jan 19.
All time popular Kadazandusun song Jambatan Tamparuli to newer ones like Dari Kita Saja Baitu and Hakka song I love Sino Kadazan will be among those to be played alongside the other range of Sabahan tunes.
KupiKupifm programme manager Lester Calvin Miol said they want to focus on bringing all types of Sabah songs regardless of languages to listeners.
“We understand that there are many radio stations out there and even one that already has a similar concept as ours but we are confident of attracting these listeners to our station,” he said when announcing their five new announcers on Monday.
He said KupiKupifm, that can be tuned in at 96.3fm, would be the only radio station that plays more than 80% Sabah songs.
“All our announcers – Janrywine Lusin, Queenera Kitingan, Velvet Aduk, Gregory Giting and Nizhamul Hayat – who will be on air from 6am to 8pm are also Sabahans,” Lester said.
The announcers, Janrywine, Queenera (or known as Nera AF9) and Velvet (AF4) are famous local artistes while Gregory and Nizhamul are experienced deejays.
Lester said the radio station started their test transmissions since Oct 1 last year, and have garnered quite a number of listeners.
“Our fan base is increasing and we are sure when we go on air officially on Jan 19, the number of listeners will increase,” he said, adding that they will have a KupiKupifm grand launch on Jan 28.
Among the events lined up include a KupiKupifm concert sometime in February.
The radio announcers will also be actively involved in community projects and programmes under the station to be closer to their listeners.
KupiKupifm also encourages all Sabahans with a passion to make music to send their songs to the station.
“We will try to air all songs provided they are made and mixed properly,” Lester said.
The management plans to expand its frequency to other parts of Sabah in future.
For now, KupiKupifm can be listened by those in the east coast from Kuala Penyu to Kota Belud.