ERA deejays go on-air from hot air balloon


By ZIEMAN
  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Sep 2003

BY ZIEMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Popular ERA deejays Halim Othman and Jamal Jamaluddin braved the wet weather and literally went on air in an event called “Studio Terapung ERA” (ERA’s Floating Studio) at Dataran Merdeka here, yesterday. 

The two, almost soaked to the skin, broadcast their morning repartee live from the hot-air balloon, which was tethered 33m above the ground. But their brave stunt was interrupted twice because of the rain. 

Luckily for Halim and Jamal, both first-time balloonists, experienced pilot-cum-balloonist Azam Manaf of AKA Balloon was at hand to help them and manoeuvre the balloon in the air. 

INTREPID FEAT: Halim (left) and Jamal preparing for lift-off (inset pic) in the hot air balloon from which they held a three-hour live broadcast in Kuala Lumpur Saturday.

Halim, a former host of the popular TV game show Roda Impian, said he was initially nervous but regained confidence a few minutes later. 

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The feeling is so peaceful and it’s as if you are floating,” he said. 

Jamal said he was amazed with the beautiful simplicity of the balloon. 

“The rain was a problem though, as it decreased visibility. You need a nice wind current to have a good flight,” said Jamal. 

More than 100 people had gathered from as early as 7.30am to witness Halim and Jamal’s challenging feat. The three-hour live broadcast began at 8am and featured guest deejays like Seelan Paul and Linda Onn, who took turns to entertain the crowd. 

The hot-air balloon act also marked the first attempt to do so by any radio station in the country and made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for being the “First Radio Broadcast On A Hot Air Balloon.” 

According to the producer of “Studio Terapung ERA,” Seelan Paul, the same team is planning to pull a similar stunt next year. 

“This time, we’ll have Halim and Jamal go underwater to broadcast their show. But this needs proper planning and the two will have to go for a scuba diving course first.”  

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