987FM

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For the Los Angeles radio station that uses the same frequency, see KYSR.
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; 26 years ago (1989-01-01)
Format Contemporary hits
Top 40
Owner MediaCorp
Webcast

Radio stream

987TV stream

Website toggle.sg/987fm

987FM (previously known as Perfect Ten 98.7FM 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, and around the world. It is also the only Contemporary hit radio station broadcasting on the FM frequency band in Singapore.

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.

Directorial and management[edit]

  • Managing Director, MediaCorp Radio: Florence Lian [1]
  • Vice President, English Programming (Music): Georgina Chang[2]
  • Assistant Programme Director: Carol Smith
  • Executive Creative Producer: Kelvin Loke

Full-time DJs[edit]

  • Sonia Chew
    • Official host of The Bright Side and 987Rave
    • Relief host of 987 Top 20 Countdown
  • Tabitha Nauser
    • Official host of Turn Up
  • Gerald Koh
    • Official host of The Bro Code and 987 Top 20 Countdown
  • Joakim Gomez
    • Official host of The Bro Code, 987 Top 20 Countdown and 987Home
  • Kimberly Wang
    • Official host of The Happy Ending and 987 The Edge

Part-time DJs[edit]

  • Naomi Yeo
    • Official host of Say It With Music (January 2014 to June 2015, January 2016 to unknown)
    • Relief host of all weekday programmes
  • Charmian Tan
    • Official host of Say It With Music (July 2015 to January 2016)
    • Relief host of Turn Up and The Happy Ending
  • Dafril Phua
    • Official host of T.G.I. Saturday
    • Relief host of The Bright Side, Turn Up, and The Bro Code

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. Left Class 95FM, and later joined One FM 91.3 in the mornings.
  • Mark Van Cuylenberg (The Flying Dutchman) - left in 1996 and joined Class 95FM and later Gold 90.5FM in the mornings. Left Gold 90.5FM and later joined One FM 91.3 in the mornings.
  • Jean Danker - left in 1998 and joined Class 95FM in the evenings.
  • Jamie Yeo - joined Power98FM and later Gold 90.5FM in the afternoons.
  • Otelli Edwards - moved to Channel NewsAsia as news presenter
  • Tim Oh - joined Gold 90.5FM in the evenings and later Class 95FM in the afternoons.
  • Carrie Chong - left in May 2007
  • Xavier Teo - left in December 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). He died in February 2014.
  • Chew Soo Wei (Soo) - left in July 2009 as a lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
  • Daniel Ong ("Dan the Man") - left in January 2010 and joined Radio 91.3 from September 2010 to February 2011.[3]
  • Vanessa Fernandez (previously known as Ms Vandetta) - She has moved to Lush 99.5.
  • 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 and joined One FM 91.3 in the evenings.
  • Sarah Tan - left on 23 March 2012.
  • Shayma Alkaff - left in November 2012
  • Jacqui Thibodeaux - left in early January 2013 and joined Power98FM in the evenings
  • 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, and later One FM 91.3 in the afternoons.
  • Jade Seah - left in early March 2013
  • Rosalyn Lee (Rozz) - left on 3 January 2014 and joined Lush 99.5FM.
  • Bobby Tonelli - left on 3 January 2014 and joined Class 95FM. Left Class 95FM on 27 February 2015.
  • Jeremy Ratnam - left on 3 January 2014 and joined Class 95FM at nights.
  • Divian Nair - left on 28 February 2014.
  • Darryl Koshy (Dee Kosh) - left on 30 May 2014 and joined Power98FM at nights.
  • Darren Wee - left on October 2014 due to restaurant commitments.
  • Muttons (Justin Ang & Vernon Anthonisz) - left on 27 February 2015 and joined Class 95FM in the mornings.

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 Stylish Radio Personality: Bobby Tonelli
  • Most Popular Radio Personality for 987FM: Justin Ang

Programming[edit]

Specialised shows[edit]

  • 9 In A Row - All 9 songs selected are played in a row automatically beginning from the top of the hour, with no commercial interruptions every weekday morning from 10am to 12pm. Listeners can request for songs via 987FM's Facebook page between 9:30am and 11am.
  • 987 Top 20 Countdown - "Singapore's official chart show" plays top 20 most popular songs islandwide for the week every Friday from 8pm to 10pm.
  • 987 Top 100 Countdown - On New Year's Eve annually, 987FM counts down the year’s biggest hits on the radio station, played out over a 10-hour period from 12nn to 10pm, with a repeat on New Year's Day.
  • 987 Home - Local singers and their gigs are introduced. Local artistes perform live at the studio almost every week. Music in their acoustic versions are played during this show too.
  • 987 Rave - Party music and remixes of current hits are played throughout the entire programme.
  • 987 The Edge - Plays alternative and indie music that might be released in the near future and are expected to gain high positions on music charts.
  • The Get Down by Massive Collective - Features the freshest hip-hop mix by DJ Stanley & DJ Fadille every Friday night from 12mn to 2am.
  • 987 Anthems - Both dance and club music are played during the show, with certain remixes of the songs conducted by the Zouk DJs and the AOS DJs from the AOS Collective.
  • Asia Pop 40 - Asia's very own home-grown radio chart show features tracks and artistes from all over Asia, as well as the best of the rest from all over the world.

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'.[4]
  • July 2009: There was a lot of controversy when ex-DJ of 987FM, Soo, was sacked 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.[5][6]
  • 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.
  • 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.[7][8]

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