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Digital radio and podcasts: Is FM radio dead?


(Pic from Gizmodo.com)

It seems that aside from television going all digital and being overtaken by online platforms, radio has also been slowly going down that highway. The popularity of podcasts has been rising, especially in the United States, and we know that what happens there will usually catch on in Malaysia as well (albeit a little late!).

Recently, an article on Gizmodo highlighted that a faraway fairy land called Norway will be the first country to turn off FM radio in 2017. Their Ministry of Culture announced this as they are fast preparing to transition towards digital radio.

In Southeast Asia, countries like Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and, of course, Malaysia have already been testing digital radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting – DAB). But there are no clear indications as to when FM would be totally turned off.

In the meantime, podcasts are MY favourite audio platform and I’ve been a big fan of a few which I think all of you need to listen to. I repeat… NEED TO LISTEN TO! They’re all non-fiction storytelling-centric…. my cup of tea!

1. This American Life – This American radio show has been around for years but is now available for the whole world to listen to now.

2. Radiolab – Freaking awesome audio design complementing great storytelling!

3. The Moth – Simple straight-up people just orally telling stories that have happened in their lives.

4. Risk! – It’s kind of like The Moth… but on really dangerous narcotics!!

5. Freakonomics – Not at all boring like their books!

6. WTF with Marc Maron – Failed comedian who started a podcast which is now one of the leading interview-based podcasts in America.

Oh… and I don’t download these podcasts. I use the Stitcher app on my smart phone.

And if you want to listen to the podcasts that my brother, Aizyl Azlee and I do, go lah (we host two… one on media and socio-politics called THE FAT BIDIN PODCAST and another on films called THE FAT BIDIN FILM CLUB)!!

I guest-hosted an episode of ‘A Bit of Culture’ on BFM


BFM A bit of culture

So… Kam Raslan of the BFM rado show ‘A Bit of Culture‘ contacted me and asked if I would like to guest-host an episode of the show along with him and She Fah Szetu. Might as well, right? You can click the image above to listen to the episode or… just click here.

Here’s the BFM summary of the episode:

“Rising Ethnic Tensions” is a phrase commonly used to describe sticky situations in places like Rwanda or Crimea, but also, if we believe the media hype, in Malaysia. Is this for real or are we OK?  Journalist and Bedroom-podcaster Zan Azlee joins the fray to discuss Apathy, Media and Work vs Freelance.

And if you want to listen to The Fat Bidin Podcast hosted by me and my brother Aizyl Azlee, go here.

See me in the flesh as I read from my book at Readings@Seksan this Saturday!


I’ll be reading from my book ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu – Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘ at October Readings@Seksan. Be there to see me in the flesh (and to buy signed copies of my book from my car boot!)!

Date: Saturday 29 October, 2011
Time: 3.30pm
Place: Seksan Gallery, 67, Jalan Tempinis Satu, Lucky Garden, Bangsar
Lineup :
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Zan Azlee
Rumaizah Abu bakar
Adib Zaini
Julian CH Lee
And with music from Reza Salleh
Admission free and everyone very welcome. Please pass on the invitation to anyone else you think might be interested.
(For enquiries contact Sharon 017-2644956, sharonbakar@yahoo.com)

Looks like my book is going to pay for my new yacht!


It's there... you just have to look really hard!!

Looks like ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu…‘ made it to the bestseller shelf at Kinokuniya KLCC! I’m going to be able to buy that yacht I’ve always dreamed of after all!

So I googled my name last night when no one was watching…


Okay! I google my name in the middle of the night when nobody is watching. So sue me! But look what I found… a couple of online reviews of my book and DVD ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu:Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘! Click on the images to read the reviews. Thanks Khairul and Susan for the kind words. Your money will be deposited in to your accounts soon! Muahahaha!

The Malaysian Reader.

Susan Loone.