987FM

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987
987fm Logo.jpg
Broadcast areaSingapore
Malaysia (Iskandar Malaysia)
Indonesia (Batam and Bintan Islands)
Frequency98.7 MHz
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatTop 40 (CHR), US Top 40
Ownership
OwnerMediacorp
History
First air date
1 January 1989; 33 years ago (1989-01-01) at midnight SST as Perfect Ten 98.7FM[1][2]
Links
Webcast
Website987FM

987 (formerly known as Perfect Ten 98.7FM before 26 June 2005) is a Singapore's first 24-hour English music radio station in Singapore of Mediacorp in Singapore. It plays English hits from Singapore, United Kingdom, United States, and around the world. 987FM is the sole contemporary hit radio station broadcasting on the FM frequency band in Singapore. 987 was launched as Perfect Ten 98.7FM on New Year's Day 1989 at midnight SST as 24-hour music radio station in English. Its studio is current at Mediacorp Campus, Mediapolis. The radio station was slogan: Singapore's #1 Hit Music Station.

The programmes on 987 as of 12 May 2022 include The Shock Circuit with Sonia and Joakim on the mornings, The Lunchbox with Natasha and The Halftime Show with Ann Nicole at the lunchtime, The Get Out with Gerald, Kim and Maya in the evenings and The Down Low with Germaine and Avery on overnight.

History[edit]

Perfect Ten 98.7FM (1989-2005)[edit]

987 was launched on New Year's Day 1989 at midnight SST as Perfect Ten 98.7FM[1][2] with ten DJs, the first 24-hour English radio station in Singapore. It broadcast from Caldecott Broadcast Centre.

987FM (2005-now)[edit]

Perfect Ten 98.7FM became 987 with new slogan "Only The Hits" on 27 June 2005. 987's studio moved out of Caldecott Broadcast Centre on 19 July 2010 and it broadcast from *SCAPE along Orchard Road at 2 Orchard Link for three years. 987 moved back to Caldecott Broadcast Centre on 20 May 2013 after its tenancy with *SCAPE expired. On 17 January 2017, 987 studio moved out of Caldecott Broadcast Centre and into the brand new Mediacorp Campus, Mediapolis @ one-north.

Content[edit]

Music[edit]

987 adopts the Contemporary Hit Radio format, with the majority of the playlist consisting of music from the 2010s, along with a minority of hits from the late 2000s.

On New Year's Eve annually, there will be a countdown of the year's biggest hits on 987, played out over a 10-hour period, with a repeat on New Year's Day.

Awards[edit]

Award ceremony Year Award Award recipient/Award for
Singapore Radio Awards 2006 Carlsberg's Friendliest Radio Personality Carrie Chong
Most Favourite Radio Personality of 987FM Daniel Ong
2007 Most Creative Radio Trailer (English) Remember the Name by Desiree Lai
Carlsberg's Friendliest Radio Personality Daniel Ong
Most Favourite Radio Personality of 987FM Daniel Ong
2010 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 of 987FM Daniel Ong
2011 Best Radio Show Muttons on the Move
Most Stylish Radio Personality Rosalyn Lee
Most Popular Radio Personality of 987FM Vernon A.
MediaCorp Radio Awards 2013 Best Radio Show Muttons on the Move
Most Stylish Radio Personality Bobby Tonelli
Most Popular Radio Personality of 987FM Justin Ang

Controversies[edit]

In 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.[3]

In July 2009, Chew Soo Wei, was sacked by the 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.[4]

In 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 poor English.[citation needed]

In March 2012, 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. It was speculated that the auditions were a waste of time and effort and simply just an advertising strategy to gain more listenership.[5][6]

Frequencies[edit]

Frequencies Broadcast area
98.7 FM Singapore, Johor Bahru (Malaysia), Southern Johor/South Johor (Malaysia), Batam Island (Indonesia) and Batam (Indonesia)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Effendy, Albert (31 December 1989). "Singapore's first 24-hours CHR/Pop and Top 40 youth teen". The New Paper. Archived from the original on 2 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b 98.7 FM PERFECT 10 Singapore with 1989 countdown (FIRST DAY BROADCAST)
  3. ^ "MediaCorp Radio fined for bra stunt". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  4. ^ "AsiaOne.com - Was 987 DJ asked to leave because she didn't sound 'American' enough?". Archived from the original on 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  5. ^ Facebook - Rozz's Man Hunt
  6. ^ "REVIEW: Battle of Singapore Radio Morning Shows | Spin or Bin Music Blog". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2012-08-08.

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