Monday, December 2, 2013

The trials and tribulations of a Broadcaster in an ever evolving medium.

This is the story about the pains of being a broadcaster aka Radio DJ. I've been in this line of work for over a decade now, a considerable amount of time for sure, but compared to the legends in my field  i'm still a punk kid, a fact that is brought up frequently by some of the meaner "listeners".

The listeners themselves are a Unique bunch that we DJ's have to deal with on a regular basis. Some  are nice, some are weird and some are just down right nasty for no apparent reason. But hey this come with the territory, but I must admit it does get very frustrating sometimes.

DJ's and radio stations are bound by certain rules that we cannot deviate from when we go on air. They include:

Song Rotation  - Song Rotation basically means the songs that get's aired based on their freshness so to speak. And they are broken into 3 main categories. (May vary depending on radio format)

High Rotation - Current Chart topping songs or songs that are considered "new" and are normally super fresh to 1.5 years old. Typically aired 20 or more spins each week, perhaps reaching to 50 and beyond. 

Medium rotation - Medium rotation songs are songs that are roughly 5 -10 yrs old . Typically aired 10-25 times per week.

Low Rotation - Basically really old songs that fall into the retro and oldies category. Typically aired 5–15 times per week

Festive season songs - Usually played with increased fequency 10-15 days before the celebration itself.

And depending on Radio format we cannot deviate from these rules.

Now the the station that I work in, basically works with the format know as Middle of the Road (MOR).  This means that we try to keep everyone happy by playing all kinds of music. What this means is we are riding on the comfortable yet also perilous line that is smack dab in the middle of the other extremes. On one end you have the Hits top 40 type radios that play hard pumping hits all day all night and on the other end of the spectrum we have the easy listening/oldies format.

Alas trying to keep everyone happy can be quite problematic, especially when they normally start off being really mean to you first and not wanting to listen or understand your job, just because they are "older and more worldly, hence wiser mentality" so to speak. Choosing songs and maintaining a balance is also quite a challenge, and some of the memorable comments that I have received while doing my shows among others include:

When I play New songs, some listeners say - "Why are you playing this kind of music? Do you worship Satan? are you taking Drugs? Young and stupid people like you should not be at the conty. Giving people heart attack playing these kinds of songs". (The songs being played at the time was a very nice acoustic number from Radiohead)

When I play Old songs,some listeners say - " Yo dude, whats with all the oldies bro, did someone die??" or "Dude when did you guys become Apek(old man) Fm?" 

Those are some that I can remember off the top of my head. Though the younger crowd here are a bit more forgiving. This is because when we are not playing their favorite songs, they simply take out their MP3 players and just party on with the songs in their portable devices.

There are groups that are more resistant to new content, be it songs or shows. But alas new content is needed due to this one word, "COMPETITION". If we don't continue to aggressively increase new content we will get left behind in the dust. And quite possibly die a painful death.

Another thing is royalty payments. It would be counter productive for the station to continuously pay royalties to singers whose song we rarely play even though we have it ready to go in our databases, especially new songs. As most of the royalty payments for songs in the oldies section is probably over. I'm sure that most of you would appreciate this from a financial point of view, even if you don't appreciate the music.

Like I said before, we are using the MOR format so we try to keep everyone happy. We have shows dedicated to oldies, rock, dance music, Jazz,Country etc. And the Dj's responsible for creating all these programs all work hard to make content that makes everyone happy. Currently we have 4 dj's that specialize in oldies, 2 that specializes in Country, 2 that specializes in new chart songs and 3 that specialize in Retro and contemporary hits.

So contrary to popular belief we are not abandoning the oldies, but we have to make room for newer content so as to keep up and some day surpass our competitors.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

2013 is a fucked up year

Ever since 2013 started things have not been rosy for me. I mean there were some bad patches in 2012 but 2013 just takes that and makes crap happen on a daily basis, from stupid idiotic work issues to stupid idiotic personal issues it just never ends. I am seriously cracking and bursting at the seams here and I seriously see no way out. No matter what decision I make I stand to lose a lot, there is no support structure to back me up and my imzadi is doing things that makes my life even more complicated!

So seriously I am at my wits end, and I am seriously contemplating on seeing a shrink. I just can't fucking take this anymore. Just make it stop already......

Monday, July 8, 2013


The picture above shows a sight that is quite common at a recycling depo at BDC Kuching. These people wait around all day to wait for "rich people" to get rid of their junk and salvage them. This has become like a job for them, some of them actually swarm the trucks and what not even before the soon to be former owner throws them away. It is a sad state and I for one am appalled by the situation and I can't help but think that they are merely taking the easy way out by doing this. I know there is a saying that goes "one man's junk is another man's treasure" but this is taking it a bit too far.

I am no economist, but if this is any indication of our economic situation, things can only get worse.  They don't work and hover around the recycling depo like vultures, waiting for things to be dropped off. It is unknown to me of this is a common sight at other depo's but I certainly hope not. And I really do hope that things change for the better and things like these will stop.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The end

Will stop updating this blog with toy reviews as I am selling them all off. It was fun while it lasted. Peace out.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A tale of a little girl's innocence

A little white girl walked up to me as I was sitting at a coffee place trying to enjoy my drink.

Girl : Hey mister, are you alright? You look like you're in pain here (as she placed her palm on my chest)

Me : That obvious?

Girl : Ya, you have the same face my sister has when she's hurting there.

Me : oh really?

Girl : Yup. Every time when I get a tummy ache my mommy always rubs some vicks on it to make the pain go away. I don't know why my sister never does it. But you can try , it might work for you. Ok bye mister...

Me : (admires her innocence)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hiatus on postings about toys..

As you may have noticed, postings about toys and other collectible has been sparse. This due to a great number of factors. When will it start again I seriously don't know if ever. 

Doubt if anyone actually reads this blog so my motivation is kinda gone as well. Hence there will be a hiatus on such postings. But postings on other topics might increase.....


Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Music you listen to makes you a drug user?

Today was a very interesting day, it was suppose to be a good day, until I received a call. And the one on the other side was not too happy since according to his logic anyone that listens to ROCK or HOUSE music are without a shadow of a doubt STUPID and VETERAN DRUG USERS. Let’s put aside the fact that as a station, we need to compete with other stations out there to gain listenership and also increase our profile. And we cannot do this if we don’t inject new sounds into the station. But I digress, let’s get back to the Music and Substance abuse story.

Now to say that everyone that listens to Rock or house Music are drug users is uncalled for and it is a very biased sweeping statement, as the usage of drugs is personal choice and it may be “far fetched” to some, but it is possible to actually enjoy music without getting juiced up on substances. But wait, this is not just the issue of Rock or House music, but also an issue of musical taste that differs wildly due to the generation gap.

Let’s take a look at some megastars from a bygone era that had a history of Drug abuse and some actually died from it. Also let it be known that at their prime, the music that some of these singers brought was considered to be taboo and the cause of social ills.

1. Elvis Presley - the King Himself was a druggie
2. The Beatles were ardent drug users
3. Ricky Nelson - traces of cocaine, marijuana, and the painkiller Darvon were found in Nelson's blood in tests conducted after his death
4. James Brown took all manner of drugs throughout his career.
5. Jimi Hendrix - Widely associated with the use of psychedelic drugs, particularly lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
6. The Rolling Stones – Also heavy drug users
7. Hank Williams - succumbed to a decades-long addiction, quietly dying of a drug and alcohol overdose in the back seat of his Cadillac

Now these are just to name a few. Now if I follow the logic of the angry person mentioned above, every single person now that were young in the 50’s,60’s or 70’s and listened to the singers listed above and others from their era would have at least participated in substance abuse at least once and god forbid they might have continued to this day. And of course the logical conclusion to that would be, we would be living in a dystopian society that has failed to progress due to being juiced up on drugs. But did that happen? Are we living in ruins of a once great civilization that fell due to the populace being occupied with substance abuse because they listen to a particular type of music? I believe if you look around you, you will find the answer.

So is it fair to be called a druggie just because of my musical preference? The answer is most definitely NO.

And just to be clear, the music these days is all about positive vibes and positive attitude enforcement, and the usage of drugs is very much a personal choice not a requirement. If someone wants to get drugged up that is their personal choice and they chose to destroy their own lives by doing so. Because in the end the music transcends everything else and just because you don’t understand it doesn’t necessarily make it bad.