One Malaysian morning

All together now: (Clockwise from left) JJ, Chan, Adibah Noor, Chong, Yap, Baki, Anson and Sam aka Dai Bou from 988, during the joint Malaysia Day broadcast at Star Radio Group's studio.

Listeners tuning in to Star Radio Group stations were pleasantly surprised to hear the breakfast crew from all four stations jointly hosting a special morning segment in conjunction with Malaysia Day.

Even before yesterday’s two-hour joint broadcast which started at 10am, the announcers were already visiting their sister stations’ studios as guest announcers.

“We are not really fluent in all the languages used, but we’ll get there,” said Capital FM’s Janice Yap, after guest-announcing on 988 FM.

Meanwhile, Suria FM’s Baki Zainal demonstrated his Mandarin and Cantonese skills when taking listeners’ calls during the joint broadcast.

“It is a little challenging to take a listener’s call in say, Mandarin, then run it through your mind simultaneously in English or Bahasa Malaysia,” said Baki.

“We help each other fill any gaps,” said his Suria co-announcer Adibah Noor.

One listener even phoned from New Jersey in the US, much to the amazement of everyone present.

Some topics discussed during the joint broadcast were how some common sights and traditions were slowly disappearing, said 988 FM’s morning crew member Chan Fong.

“We used to see an Indian man with a bamboo pole on his shoulder balancing two wooden containers and walking around the housing area selling hot food items,” said Chan.

Similarly, Capital FM announcer Pamela Chong remarked how common Malaysian childhood games such as batu seremban and hopscotch, were now being replaced by computer games.

Red FM announcers JJ Fernandez and Jeremy Teo admitted they lacked proficiency in Mandarin and Cantonese.

“My Bahasa Malaysia is in fact better than my Mandarin, which is why I work for Red FM and not 988,” Teo joked.

The inaugural joint broadcast, JJ noted, had been well-received by listeners.

Later, Teo, Cheryl and Yin Yin from 988 FM, Seri Nazirah from Suria FM and Aanont Wathanasin, better known as Non, from Capital FM, took over the joint broadcast from 11am till noon.

Listeners can also tune in today at 10am and noon to listen to the “Moderate Malaysians” forum on Capital FM and Red FM, respectively.

The discussion, chaired by Star Radio Group’s chief operating officer Kudsia Kahar, will also feature columnists such as Niki Cheong, Azmi Sharom and Sharyn Shufiyan.

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