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UBD FM - The Station For The Next Generation

When and why was UBD FM launched? 

UBD FM (UBD ~ Universiti Brunei Darussalam) was launched in the early months of 2009. It was proposed by a member of the 2008 / 2009 Student Representative Council, Haji Mohd Khalil bin Hj Mohd Kashfi. The idea then substantiated the same year as supported by the Head of the Educational Technology Centre, Dr Hanapi Mohammad. It was established to provide a platform for an entertainment-filled and intellectual medium aligned with the GeNext objectives of University Brunei Darussalam. It is also an effective means of spreading timely information and updates around the campus and it provides a whole lot of information that UBD students and their community are interested in. Furthermore, UBD FM provides a stepping-stone for interested students wishing to pursue their career in Media and Technology.

Describe UBD FM in a few words.

"The Station For The Next Generation"

When do you broadcast, and how can we tune in?

UBD FM is an internet-based radio station. You can hear us by streaming via www.ubdfm.blogspot.com. We broadcast in both Malay and English every day of the academic semester from 10.00 am until 11.00 pm; songs do play 24/7 around the clock.

Who are your main listeners?

University Brunei Darussalam students, youth, friends and Bruneian students studying abroad, and other listeners streaming from different parts of the world.

What has the response from your listeners been like?

Response has been awesome! Other than local listeners, we also have people streaming all the way from Japan, Germany, UK and many other parts of the world. Most of our listeners are young, or shall we say, young at heart and they are not passive listeners. Our awesome listeners always recommend and suggest good / new songs to be played on air, and keep us updated on the current and future happenings not only on campus but also around the country and the world. They also raise a lot of questions and share their thoughts on the current issues important to the local community and youth.

Tell us about some of your collaborations and interviews to date.

UBD FM recently worked with Athirah Management Services, interviewing world-renowned nashid singer Maher Zain. UBD FM has also collaborated with Ryan Fayyad Event Management, bringing into the studio popular Malaysian bands Hujan and Bunkface. We have also collaborated with Groove Architects, to bring a weekend of upbeat songs and live deejay mixes. UBD FM has also worked with BAG Networks to broadcast a program entitled ‘Thinkin Thoughts’ discussing the current and important issues arising in Brunei Darussalam.

   

Also, Bruneian YouTube sensation Zek Kachingz was invited for an exclusive interview regarding the pleasure and perils of the social media.

How can interested students get involved with UBD FM? 

Since the radio station is university-based, batches of registered students come and go with graduations and freshmen enrolments. UBD FM organises auditions at the start of every academic semester. Actually, there will be one coming up on 19th January 2011 at the Educational Technology Centre of the University. Applicants for disc jockey and crew slots can walk-in for the audition, though it's advisable to email their details to ubdfm@live.com

Do your DJs and crew get paid?

For now, the UBD FM DJs and crew are all volunteers. UBD FM runs on a zero-sum budget and the team is looking for ways to obtain resources and income from sponsors and financing bodies. This is in hopes of getting monetary returns while working in UBD FM Radio Station. 

What are the best things about being involved with UBD FM?

As our disc jockeys and crew come from different faculties, UBD FM provides extra exposure for us, aligned with the GeNext objectives. There are many different and exciting aspects to becoming part of UBD FM. We get the chance to experience the technical and logistic workings behind running a radio station, as well as personal development which can be translated to our workplace in the future. We enjoy the perks of meeting and interacting with renowned personalities in the country, bands and recording artists. We also get to mingle with corporate marketing and event management teams - things we could not have learnt from textbooks. And lastly, the crew and disc jockeys of UBD FM get the privilege of having a pretty lounge – a place like home in the heart of the UBD campus.

The experience for the volunteers is very enriching and in return, a strong recommendation from the Educational Technology Centre can be obtained once we have graduated.  

What has changed for UBD FM since going live?

So far, thankfully, we have been growing at a fast and steady pace. A lot of companies are interested in advertising live on UBD FM because we reach almost 5000 registered students. Also, UBD FM has maintained and has been gaining a strong following on Facebook (UBD FM Radio Station) and on Twitter (@UBDFM). 

What can we expect from UBD FM in the next three years?

The UBD FM studio and lounge (under the Educational Technology Centre of Universiti Brunei Darussalam) will be moving to a new building, equipped with start-of-the-art facilities. The university also has plans of providing a transmitter to enable national broadcasting.

Any shout-outs?

Yeah! Shout-out to our all DJs and crew: Al, Afiq, Ami, Angel, Asri, Bex, Dean, Dyah, Elle, Fayen, Jazz, Khalz, Kye, Madison, Mimie, Nad, Nanad, Naqee, Penny, Rara, Saff, Syaz, Sylvan, Wawa, Zahar, Zyra, and Zul!


Editor's Note: If you are part of a business and would like to support or engage with UBD FM, pay them a visit at their studio and lounge located at the Educational Technology Centre of Universiti Brunei Darussalam. You can also email through enquiries (ubdfm@live.com). UBD FM, keep up the great work. Keep striving for excellence and keep pushing those creative boundaries. I cannot wait to do a collaboration with you guys! 8) A special mention as well to @MadiShen for helping set up this feature. And oh, before you go, also check out Chester's recollection of his time at the university.

UBD FM ~ The Station For The Next Generation.

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