Hitz (radio station)

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hitz
Hitz (Malaysian radio station) logo.png
Broadcast areaMalaysia, Singapore and Brunei
SloganAll the Hitz, All the Time
Malaysia's #1 Hit Station
First air date1 January 1997; 21 years ago (1997-01-01)
FormatTalk, Top 40 (CHR)
Language(s)English
OwnerAstro Holdings Sdn Bhd, under Astro Radio
Sister stationsLite, Mix, My, Melody, goXuan, Era, Sinar, Gegar, Zayan and Raaga
WebcasteAAC+
Songlist
Websitehitz.com.my

Hitz (formerly known as hitz fm)[1] is a Malaysian national radio station managed by Astro Radio, a subsidiary of Astro Holdings Sdn Bhd. The radio station name was changed from Hitz.FM to Hitz FM in 2014. The radio has regional stations in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. In 2015, as according to Nielsen RAM Survey Wave #1, Hitz FM maintained its position as Malaysia's leading English-language station with over 1.2 million listeners.[2]

History[edit]

January 1997 - HITZ FM was launched into Malaysian FM airwaves in January 1997 after being one of Astro's audio-only channels since the launch of the satellite network in October the year before.

2000 - the Malaysian Top 10 (later renamed Malaysian English Top 10) was introduced, airing every Sundays at 4pm to bring the limelight into local Malaysian music which would suit the tastes of hitz fm's listeners, especially indie acts.

April 2001: HITZ FM undergoes rebranding as Hitz.FM (with a dot), introduces new online features like webcasts of their on-air announcers in action and radio streaming.

In August 2003, a rift between Li'l Kev and the management of AMP (Airtime Management and Programming) over the contract between them caused him and FlyGuy to leave Hitz.FM abruptly.[citation needed] Jason Lo and Rudy Sufian were called up to fill in their places and eventually became the new Morning Crew. (Later, Lo switched time slots with JJ Fernandez for the drive-home slot). Later in the same year, Hitz.TV was launched as a complement to the radio channel.

2005: The introduction of The hitz fm Malaysian English Top 10 Awards to "honour the best of Malaysian English-singing musical talent and compositions".

2008: Rudy announced his decision to give up his morning show, confessing to having problems getting up in the mornings and needed to change his work pattern.[citation needed] Ean (real name Tengku Mohd Ean Nasrun) takes his place alongside JJ following the resignation until 2016.

September 2010: Hitz.FM was launched alongside its respective Malay and Chinese counterparts Era and My FM in East Malaysia - the three channels began broadcasting in Kuching on 25 October of that year followed by Kota Kinabalu on 1 December.

2014: Hitz.FM was rebranded again, this time reverted to its original name Hitz FM.

On 1 January 2018, the station (along with 10 other radio stations) dropped the suffix "FM" from its brand name as part of the Astro Radio’s major rebranding project to focus on digital platform.[3] A new logo of Hitz also unveiled during the rebranding.

Weekdays programme[edit]

Monday - Friday[edit]

Program Air Time Announcers Info
The Hitz Morning Crew 6am - 10am Ean & Arnold Get ready for the HITZ Morning Crew who will be turning mornings into their playtime! They are ready to kick you out of bed with their spanking new & fresh gotchas, plus all the hits that you love! You never know what these boys will be up to next! Listen in every weekday morning from 6am - 10am!
Hitz Days 10am - 3pm Calista Leah Tune in every weekday from 10AM to 3PM for the latest entertainment gossips and music news from all around the globe, without you needing to go online for the latest updates!
Hitz Drive 3pm - 8pm RD Alwis For your drive back from work (or anywhere, really!), we have RD who's always ready to pump the energy with his hilarious laughter and energetic antics on air. Your long drives home will always feel quicker when you're listening to him!
Hitz Tonight 8pm - 12am Khalif Sultan Khalif will bring you a whole night of awesome music and hilarious stories, all from 8pm to midnight, every weekday! Then listen to your favourite songs on Snap Charts with Khalif, weekdays from 8pm to 9pm
Club Hitz 12am - 2am Jakeman & DJ Biggie Late night segment dedicated to club, trance and electronic music (the show ends at 4am on Friday night)
Bak2bak Hitz 2am - 6am No talk, all hitz until 6AM!

Saturday programme[edit]

Program Air Time Announcers Info
#nowplaying on hitz 6am - 7am An all-hits playlist prepared for you. #nowplaying
Best of Gotchas 7am - 8am Ean & Arnold Best Gotcha calls from this past week.
Best of Morning Crew 8am - 9am Ean & Arnold The best moments this past week
Hitz 30 Chart 9am - 11am Arnold & RD Countdown this week's 30 hottest hits
Hitz Weekend 11am - 4pm Melissa Th'ng / Michelle Lee An all-hits playlist prepared for you. #nowplaying
Hitz Weekend 4pm - 9pm RD Alwis An all-hits playlist prepared for you. #nowplaying
Club Hitz 9pm - 4am Jakeman & DJ Biggie Late night segment dedicated to club, trance and electronic music
Hardwell On Air 12am - 1am Hardwell "Hardwell On Air" will give everyone's weekend that extra boost, by bringing that trendsetting and original Hardwell sound!
Bak2bak Hitz 4am - 6am No talk, all hitz until 6AM!

Sunday programme[edit]

Program Air Time Announcers Info
#nowplaying on hitz 6am - 8am - An all-hits playlist prepared for you. #nowplaying
Best of Gotchas 8am - 9am Ean & Arnold Best Gotcha calls from this past week.
Best of Morning Crew 9am - 10am Ean & Arnold The best moments this past week
Hitz 30 Chart 10am - 12pm Arnold & RD Countdown this week's 30 hottest hits
Hitz Weekend 12pm - 4pm Calista Leah / Melissa Th'ng An all-hits playlist prepared for you. #nowplaying
Malaysian English Top Ten [MET10] 4pm - 5pm Basil Joseph Chart show dedicated to current Malaysian English songs
Hitz Weekend 5pm - 9pm Khalif Sultan An all-hits playlist prepared for you. #nowplaying
Club Hitz 9pm - 2am Jakeman & DJ Biggie Late night segment dedicated to club, trance and electronic music
Bak2bak Hitz 2am - 6am No talk, all hitz until 6AM!

Announcers[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

The street team for the Peninsular Malaysia station are dubbed as the Hitz FM FORD Cruisers while the Sabah and Sarawak street teams are called the Hitz FM Perodua Cruisers (The Perodua Cruisers), functioning as reaching out divisions to its listeners across Malaysia, organizing games with free gifts courtesy of the station.

Every weekday mornings, the Morning Crew plays prank calls (known as "Got'Cha calls") on the request of the victim's family, friends or colleagues. Due to the possibility of coarse language from both the callers and hosts, this segment is not broadcast live. These words are replaced by a beep tone when broadcast later.

Frequencies[edit]

(Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore)

(East Malaysia and Brunei)

(Via satellite TV)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Astro Radio refreshes 11 brands to deliver better value to fans". Astro. 2 January 2018. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. ^ "71% of Malaysians Listen to Astro Radio". Astro. 19 June 2015. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ "With multiplatform the new reality, Astro Radio drops 'FM', refreshes 11 brands". Digital News Asia. Retrieved 13 January 2018.

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