Remember the time when you listen to your favourite music on your stereo radio? And how you used to create a mixtape of your favourite artist and sing along with your most favourite? If you are in the same timeline as I am, it was one of the great times of your life right?
This is just a little story of me and my radio, back in 1999 to 2003. While composing this entry, I searched back the model of my now defunct radio, and finally I found it. AIWA CS W320, a stereo 2 deck cassette player with FM radio.
My late dad got this from a lucky draw at his workplace and sent it over to us, since I wanted it so much, dad gave it to me. Thus began my discovery of variety of music and also how to record them in a cassette.
I mostly listened to Radio Muzik (now Muzik FM) for their daily Pilihan Bersama, Radio 4 (now Traxx FM) for their great english music, all of this, before I found the most awesome radio station in Malaysia, WOW FM.
WOW FM gave me the variety of great songs every day, pretty fit for their motto “One great song after another”, their DJs are excellent in entertaining the listeners, from The Breakfast Show, Tim Time, the rock DJ, Kevin B with On The Edge show (playing only rock music!!)and the funny salivating George with his wacky interviews and cool music selection.
There are classic, alternative and rock music playing every day, there were no pop or dance music (until somewhere in 2001, where they change format, kinda sad). Apart from the classic artists, Wheatus, Blink 182, Eminem, Nine Days, Haven, Linkin Park, Gorillaz and many more bands were well known to me because of this radio. My day is not complete if I’m not listening to WOW FM, heck, my day will not complete if I’m not listening to George’s show!
Not long after that, the radio suddenly went out from the airwaves, and until this day, I never know why. After the end of WOW FM, I started listening to other radio stations like HITZ FM, Lite & Easy (now Lite FM). But it doesn’t really feel the same as WOW FM did.
The busy adult life and no replacement for the radio I had gradually distant me from this enjoyable pastime of mine. I hope one day I can find a suitable replacementa and enjoy listening to radio stations like I did before.
So what do I do while listening to the radio? I recorded them into the cassettes! It took me a while to learn how to do “dubbing” on the cassette, without the internet and Google; I managed to master it perfectly. The result, was this..
A whole lot of cassettes with much music, and some radio DJ shows recorded inside. Hopefully I can get to play this thing without making the tape clumped up in the end (happens with old cassettes) or listening to low and deteriorating quality of sound from the cassette (also happens with old cassettes). Nonetheless, I still keep these things, why? Because the sentimental value it had for me. I would like to have a special rack or box for this, for now, I just keep it in my storage box, kept safe from roaches and dust.
Nowadays there is no more cassettes and radio stations has evolved aligned with today’s advancement in technology and how new and information transfer. Those cassettes and the bulky Walkman/Discman you always bring along, they are all replaced with MP3 players, iPod, radio stations with more advertisements and Nicki Minaj. Life goes on as we are in the fast paced lifestyle, as people demands for better technology became more and more aggressive.
One great song after another ~ WOW FM