|Type||Broadcast radio network|
|Owner||Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd|
|Airtime Management & Programming Sdn Bhd (AMP Radio Networks)|
Astro Radio Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Airtime Management and Programming Sdn Bhd or AMP Radio Networks) is a Malaysian radio network company owned by Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd that is owned by Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd.
Airtime Management & Programming Radio Network Sdn Bhd (AMP Radio Network) has revolutionised Malaysian airwaves since 1996, introducing format-specific programming; a new concept to commercial radio in Malaysia. It operates eight high-ranking terrestrial FM networks, namely ERA fm, MY FM, Hitz fm, MIX fm, LiteFM, SINAR fm, Melody FM & THR (Raaga and Gegar). AMP is South-East Asia’s furthest-reaching and most successful multi-lingual broadcaster, broadcasting in four languages and with 11.5 million Malaysians tuning in weekly.
Now into its 15th year of operation, AMP has many milestones as part of its dynamic history. In little more than a decade, AMP has chalked up many achievements as Malaysia’s pioneer for format radio, the sole provider of 19 satellite radio services (which include the nine FM services and are available to all ASTRO subscribers in Malaysia and Brunei), the pioneering South-East Asian broadcaster to utilise LIU (local insertion units) for local or regional advertisers and in utilising Dynamic RDS (Radio Data System) as a commercial tool. Internationally, AMP has also had a strong involvement in the growth of the radio industries in India, Indonesia and China.
AMP continues to be one of the most advanced radio broadcast facilities in Asia and is a constant award-winner in various categories of creativity and technology. AMP develops complementary platforms to extend the value of radio including on-air, on-ground, on-line and mobile technologies. For businesses, this highly effective combination allows multi-platform communication directly to a particular target audience.
"...Over the years, social media has proven to be a great platform to engage with our fans. Delivering content in this digital age means; engaging with our fans through various interactive platforms that drive talkability and social engagement. Platforms like these enable us to build a community of fans centered on tastemakers, such as our own talent who are household names,”— Jake Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer of Astro Radio.
|Station||Explanation||Language||Year of launch||Astro channel|
|Hitz||The latest English songs, focused on younger listeners. Rebranded, with a dot, in 2001. One of the first radio channels by AMP to be launched in 1996||English||1996||852|
|Mix||The oldest and latest English songs, focused on mature listeners. One of the first radio channels by AMP to be launched in 1996||English||1996||855|
|Lite||The oldest and latest songs for mature listeners. It was previously known as Light & Easy. One of the first radio channels by AMP to be launched in 1996||English||1996||854|
|Era||The oldest and latest songs from domestic and international repertoire, focused on younger listeners. The radio station is the first private radio station, to be broadcast completely in Malay language, after being dominated by government-owned radio station for years||Malay||1996 (as an Astro-only audio channel), 1998 (as an FM radio station)||856|
|Sinar||The oldest and latest songs from domestic and international repertoire, focused on mature listeners||Malay||2004||857|
|Melody||The oldest and latest songs, focused on mature listeners||Chinese||1996 (as an Astro-only audio channel), 2012 (as an FM radio station)||858|
|Raaga||The Raaga station plays Tamil songs for the West Coast||Tamil||1994 (original), 2005 (acquisition)||859|
|Gegar||The Gegar station plays Malay songs for the East Coast||Malay||1994 (original), 2005 (acquisition)||863|
|My||Chinese songs for all ages. Formerly known as Chuan Zhen Xin Qu Tai or 傳真心曲台||Chinese||1996 (as an Astro-only audio channel), 1998 (as an FM radio station)||853|
|Zayan||The oldest and latest songs from domestic and international repertoire, focused on modern and contemporary Muslim listeners||Malay||2017||876|
|goXuan||The latest songs and digital first Chinese entertainment, focused on young listeners||Chinese||2017||877|
Astro Radio has launched a multilingual entertainment and lifestyle platform known as SYOK in July 2019. The SYOK platform can allow users to listen from 25 Astro Radio brands (including online-only stations and East Malaysian stations) via live online streaming, enjoy podcasts of all live radio and exclusive content, watch original short-form videos, read current articles, news and traffic updates and participate in contests for a chance to take home prizes. It can be accessed via website or downloading the app (which replaced all individual station apps).
Defunct radio stations
Both radio stations, were originally two of the five first radio stations, when it was launched in 1996. Over the one-year period, demand grew for radio content in Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese, as radio listeners who were exposed to AMP’s English brands wanted the same formats but in other major local languages. This compelled AMP to make changes to its line-up, and swapping two of its English FM brands, namely Classic Rock and TalkRadio, for ERA FM (Bahasa Malaysia) and MY FM (Chinese), respectively. Later, due to a high demand that Chinese listeners who have a need of a channel that focuses to older listeners like Lite FM and Sinar FM, but mostly has been the current format. Melody FM was launched on 15 August 2012 to replace XFM on FM and Astro.
|Classic Rock||The oldest and latest songs from rock music. However, it continues to be broadcast on Astro and via online only|
|TalkRadio||News and talk radio show; ceased broadcasting in 1998|
|XFM||Songs from Malaysian artists only, focused on younger listeners. However, it continues to be broadcast as an online station before stopped working in 2017|
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