Just a quickie (yes I know I'm supposed to be writing about something serious now, I'm getting around to it, OK?!), but I want to add something to my comment over the last couple of days about the new (not bad) radio station. The build up is here, here and here. Anyway, I listened to day two, and...
- Still found the morning show on Merge FM a bit dull and ponderous. Is this as good as it gets? I do like the music though.
- And I still like Rumaitha, she's got presence and potential; keep going!
- And the afternoon lady's nice, with another refreshingly eclectic selection of music (just one thing - of course you have your 'A' playlist, but mix up the order between shows!)
- I just found out who "Sami" is; the guy scheduled for an Omani talent (can't remember what it was called?) show on Friday. I know him I think. I'm looking forward to see how he shapes up as a DJ - he's certainly a confident type.
Here's a thing though: I didn't listen to the Arabic language sister station before, although it's been around for ages. This morning while bored with the Merge breakfast show, I tuned in to الوصال ("Al Wisaal"), and liked it. The music is fun, and the presenter's totally smooth, charming and charismatic. Where did they get her from?! Any chance Madiha can do a show in English on Merge too? If Merge FM is supposed to be "the English language station for the Arab youth", perhaps the Arab youth is better off tuning into 96.5 until lunchtime! Al Wisaal is cool.* But 104.8 doesn't seem to have much interest in talking to Arab youth. Until the Arab youth start presenting. Might I suggest a co-presenter for the morning show? Might liven it up a bit too...
*One negative point on Al Wisaal, and it's not unique by any means in the Omani media. Sponsors and advertisers are the lifeblood of a commercial station, and Bank Muscat are clearly client number one at Wisaal 96.5. But making the presenter read all that crap about staff development verbatim was a bit embarrassing, as well as crushingly boring for us. Free PR tip: If you want to waffle on about how many people you've trained, at least send a guest in to the show to talk about it live for a couple of minutes. Making the presenter read a press release is a bit humiliating. Especially as she was so good.