987FM

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987FM
987FM Singapore radio logo.jpg
Broadcast area Singapore
Slogan
  • All Hits All Day (1 January 1989 - 26 June 2005)
  • Only the Hits (27 June 2005 - 25 March 2012)
  • Singapore's Number 1 Hit Music Station (26 March 2012 - 25 June 2013, 18 June 2014 - present)
  • Singapore's Hit Music Station (26 June 2013 - 17 June 2014)
Frequency 98.7 MHz
First air date 1 January 1989; 25 years ago (1989-01-01)
Format Contemporary hits
Top 40
Owner MediaCorp
Webcast Web Stream
Website xinmsn.com/987fm

987FM (previously known as Perfect 10 98.7 FM before July 2005) is an English radio station of MediaCorp in Singapore. It is a 24-hour radio station that plays English hits from Singapore, the UK, USA, K-Pop hits from Korea, and around the world.

987FM's studio moved out of Caldecott Broadcast Centre on 19 July 2010 and broadcast at *SCAPE along Orchard Road at 2 Orchard Link for 3 years. 987FM moved back to Caldecott Broadcast Centre on 20 May 2013 after its tenancy with *SCAPE expired.

According to the 2014 Nielsen Diary Radio Survey, 987FM is Singapore's Number 1 Hit Music Station jumping 2 points ahead of its competition.

Directorial and Management[edit]

  • Managing Director, MediaCorp Radio: Florence Lian [1]
  • Vice President, English Programming (Music): Georgina Chang[2]
  • Assistant Programme Director: Vanessa Fernandez (Ms Vandetta)
  • Music Director: Colin Minjoot, Jeremy Ratnam
  • Executive Creative Producer: Kelvin Loke

Full-time DJs[edit]

  • Sonia Chew
  • Joakim Gomez
  • Kimberly Wang (Kim)
  • Justin Ang
  • Vernon Anthonisz (Vernon A)
  • Gerald Koh (Boy Thunder) [3]

Part-time[edit]

  • Tabitha Nauser
  • Darren Wee
  • Naomi Yeo

Former DJs[edit]

  • Maddy Barber - left and joined Kiss 92FM in the mornings.
  • Glenn Ong - left in 2001 and joined Class 95FM in the mornings.
  • Mark Van Cuylenberg - left in 1996 and joined Class 95FM in the mornings. Now currently at Gold 90.5FM in the mornings.
  • Jean Danker- left in 1998 and joined Class 95FM in the evenings.
  • Jamie Yeo - joined Power98FM.
  • Otelli Edwards - moved to Channel NewsAsia as news presenter
  • Tim Oh - most recently a Gold 90.5FM DJ
  • Carrie Chong - left in May 2007
  • Don Richmond (Don) - left in November 2008
  • Andrew Crothers (Drew) - left in November 2008; founder of RADIOactive, a streaming service provider for radio stations (see also Sonar Radio)
  • Chew Soo Wei (Soo) - left in July 2009
  • Daniel Ong ("Dan the Man") - left in January 2010 and joined Radio 91.3 from September 2010 to February 2011.[4]
  • Vanessa Fernandez (previously known as Ms Vandetta) - She has moved to Lush995
  • Emily Teng - left and joined Power98FM in October 2010
  • Leong Teng Young (Mr Young) - left in February 2011 and joined Lush 99.5FM in the evenings. Now currently at Power98FM.
  • Genevieve Lim (Gen) - left in May 2011
  • Shan Wee - left on 18 February 2012. He is now at HOT FM91.3
  • Sarah Tan - left on 23 March 2012 and joined Lush 99.5FM in the evenings as a replacement for Mr Young.
  • Shayma Alkaff - left in November 2012
  • Jacqui Thibodeaux - left in early January 2013. Joined Power98FM in the evenings, with effect from 10 June 2013.
  • Constance Lau - left in late February 2013 and joined Lush 99.5FM. Left Lush 99.5FM in March 2013.
  • Desiree Lai - Left on 28 February 2013 and joined Kiss 92FM.
  • Jade Seah - left in early March 2013, currently working under 987TV.
  • Rosalyn Lee (Rozz) - left on 3 January 2014 and joined Lush 99.5FM.
  • Bobby Tonelli - left on 3 January 2014 and joined Class 95FM.
  • Jeremy Ratnam - left on 3 January 2014 and joined Class 95FM.
  • Divian Nair - left on 28 February 2014.
  • Darryl Koshy (Dee Kosh) - left on 30 May 2014.

Awards[edit]

Singapore Radio Awards 2006[edit]

  • Carlsberg's Friendlist Radio Personality: Carrie Chong
  • Most Favourite Radio Personality of 987FM: Daniel Ong

Singapore Radio Awards 2007[edit]

  • Most Creative Radio Trailer (English): "Remember the Name" by Desiree Lai
  • Carlsberg's Friendlist Radio Personality Award for 987FM: Daniel Ong
  • Most Popular Radio Personality for 987FM: Daniel Ong

Singapore Radio Awards 2010[edit]

  • Best Radio Show (English): Muttons to Midnight
  • Most Creative Radio Trailer (English): "UK Top 20" by Shan Wee
  • Best Radio Personality Blog: Rosalyn Lee Chicken Scratchings on the Wall
  • Most Popular Radio Personality for 987FM: Daniel Ong

Singapore Radio Awards 2011[edit]

  • Best Radio Show: Muttons on the Move
  • Most Stylist Radio Personality: Rosalyn Lee
  • Most Popular Radio Personality for 987FM: Vernon A.

MediaCorp Radio Awards 2013[edit]

  • Best Radio Show: Muttons on the Move
  • Most Stylist Radio Personality: Bobby Tonelli
  • Most Popular Radio Personality for 987FM: Justin Ang

Criticism[edit]

  • May 2007: The Muttons were suspended for a while due to their participation in No Bra Day, an activity that was sponsored by FHM Singapore and featured young models competing to see who could remove their bras in the fastest time possible. A video taken in the studio was posted on YouTube and the resulting uproar from viewers forced the station to pay S$9,800 to the Media Development Authority of Singapore for 'inappropriate and offensive content'. Muttons in the Morning was then replaced with The Dan and Young Show. They soon came back to 987FM in July 2007 for the late night slot show, now called 'Muttons To Midnight'.[5]
  • July 2009: There was a lot of controversy when ex-DJ of 987FM, Soo, was "asked to leave" by the then programming director, Daniel Ong, over alleged claims of failing to put on an American accent and issues with proficiency of the English language. Listeners expressed disdain that it was unfair for DJs with local accents to be discriminated while DJs who speak with an American accent receive preferential treatment.[6][7]
  • March 2010: It was announced that Ris Low would be joining the 987 crew and hosting the evening drive-time show. There was a huge outrage among listeners over her unprofessional attitude, including turning up more than 2 hours late for her first radio show and usage of bad English. It was eventually revealed on 1 April 2010 that the whole stunt was part of an April Fools' prank cum publicity stunt for Burger King and Ris would not be a permanent DJ at 987.[8]
  • March 2012: When Shan Wee left 987 in February 2012, a 'ManHunt' was conducted to find a replacement for Rozz's co-host on the morning show. Listeners were invited to audition for the spot from 12 to 16 March 2012 and were told that they stood a chance of getting a spot on 987. However, it turned out that Rozz's new co-host is Bobby Tonelli from neighbour radio station, Class 95FM. There were several conspiracy theories that the auditions were a waste of time and effort and simply just a ploy by the station's creative director to gain more listenership.[9][10]
  • August 2012: The Muttons were criticised for calling Singaporeans who do not celebrate Feng Tianwei's victory at the 2012 Summer Olympics "MORONS AND BABIES". Netizens commented that the words are inappropriate for a national public broadcaster as they reflect badly on the station and stir up xenophobia and tension in society.[11]

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