List of radio stations in Singapore

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The following radio stations are located in and transmitted from Singapore.

FM stations[edit]

There are 3 radio broadcasters and 19 radio stations in Singapore in total; 11 are owned by Mediacorp Radio, 5 are owned by SPH Radio, and 2 are owned by So Drama! Entertainment. In Singapore, listeners are able to tune into BBC World Service as the station is essentially treated as a domestic broadcaster, easily available 24/7 through long-term agreement with MediaCorp Radio as the latter assists in broadcasting BBC's programs via their transmitter. Most Singaporeans are also able to receive FM broadcasts from Malaysia and Indonesia if the signal is strong enough.[1] RDS transmissions are utilized by all stations.

Listeners who do not have an FM tuner can listen to web streams of all FM stations by either visiting the stations' websites on a desktop or downloading the stations' respective apps on a mobile device. There might be a delay of up to 90 seconds compared to the live FM transmission.

The radio stations utilised RCS Master Control broadcast automation software. An upgrade to the newer RCS Zetta was rolled out across all Mediacorp stations from August to November 2014.

Frequency Station RDS Operator Language Genre First air date Webcast
088.3 MHz 883Jia 883JIA So Drama! Entertainment Chinese, English Adult Contemporary, Chinese pop 24 November 1997 Web Stream
088.9 MHz BBC World Service BBC_WS__ BBC Radio English Talk radio, News radio 1960 Web Stream
089.3 MHz Money FM 89.3 MONEY_FM SPH Radio English Talk radio, Classic hits 29 January 2018 Web Stream
089.7 MHz Ria 89.7FM RIA_897_ Mediacorp Malay, English Contemporary hit radio, CHR/Pop, Top 40 1 December 1990 Web Stream
090.5 MHz Gold 905 GOLD_905 Mediacorp English Classic hits, Oldies 1 June 1936 Web Stream
091.3 MHz One FM 91.3 ONEFM SPH Radio English Mainstream rock, Classic hits, Adult Contemporary 2 March 1991 Web Stream
092.0 MHz Kiss 92FM KISS_92_ SPH Radio English Adult Contemporary, CHR/Pop 3 September 2012 Web Stream
192.4 MHz Symphony 924 SYM_924_ Mediacorp English Classical music 1 June 1936 Web Stream
093.3 MHz YES 933 YES_933_ Mediacorp Chinese Contemporary hit radio, CHR/Pop, Top 40 1 January 1990 Web Stream
093.8 MHz CNA938 cna938 Mediacorp English Talk radio, News radio 1 January 1998 Web Stream
094.2 MHz Warna 94.2FM WARNA942 Mediacorp Malay, Arab Adult Contemporary, Infotainment 1 June 1936 Web Stream
095.0 MHz Class 95 CLASS_95 Mediacorp English Adult Contemporary 1 April 1990 Web Stream
095.8 MHz Capital 95.8FM CAPITAL958 Mediacorp Chinese Talk radio, Classic hits, Oldies 1 June 1936 Web Stream
096.3 MHz 96.3 Hao FM HAO_FM__ SPH Radio Chinese Talk radio, Classic hits 8 January 2018 Web Stream
096.8 MHz Oli 96.8FM OLI_968_ Mediacorp Tamil, English Tamil music, Infotainment 1 June 1936 Web Stream
097.2 MHz Love 97.2FM LOVE_972 Mediacorp Chinese, English Adult Contemporary, Chinese pop 23 September 1994 Web Stream
098.0 MHz Power98FM POWER_98_LOVESONGS So Drama! Entertainment English Soft AC 31 October 1994 Web Stream
098.7 MHz 987FM 987FM___ Mediacorp English Contemporary hit radio, CHR/Pop, Top 40, US Top 40 1 January 1989 Web Stream
100.3 MHz UFM100.3 UFM1003_ SPH Radio Chinese Adult Contemporary, Chinese pop 2 March 1991 Web Stream

Internet stations[edit]

Website Station Operator Language Genre First air date
Link 973FM Blasts That Last RadioChat (Independent) English Freeform radio, CHR/Pop, Top 40, Independent music 7 December 2010
N/A Sonar Radio (Discontinued) RADIOactive Pte Ltd English Freeform radio, Contemporary hits 5 May 2011
Link Asia Expat Radio AXR Pte Ltd English CHR/Pop, Top 40 1 November 2016
Link Radio Masti 24x7 Radio Masti Pte Ltd (earlier Radio Masti 96.3fm with Mediacorp) Hindi Freeform radio, Bollywood music 1 October 2016
Link XRadio XRadio (Independent) English Freeform radio, Rock, Rap, Rave, Remixes 1 July 2019

Listenership[edit]

Mediacorp Radio

Mediacorp continues to be the number one radio network in Singapore, with its stations reaching four in five adults weekly.

Eight out of the top 10 stations belong to Mediacorp's network. English station 987 climbed to the top spot at 19.6 percent weekly listenership. CLASS 95 takes second spot overall at 19.2 percent after gaining an impressive increase of 142,000 listeners – the highest jump by any station and CLASS 95's best showing in the last seven years. Other Mediacorp radio stations in the top 10 are: YES 933 (third place), CAPITAL 958 (fourth), LOVE 972 (sixth), Warna 942 (seventh), GOLD 905 (ninth) and Oli (tenth).

987 has the highest reach of teenagers aged 15 and 24. CLASS 95 dominated five audience segments: tertiaries aged 15 to 24, millennials aged 25 to 34, men, parents and PMEBs. Warna was the station that reached the most Malay listeners while Oli had the highest reach of Indian listeners.

The top four stations with the longest time spent listening weekly are 987 with 100 hours, Warna 942 at 12 hours 33 minutes, LOVE 972 at 11 hours 16 minutes and Oli at 9 hours 39 minutes.

SPH Radio

The five radio stations owned by leading media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) - English stations Kiss 92FM, ONE FM 91.3 and MONEY FM 89.3 as well as Chinese stations UFM100.3 and 96.3 Hao FM - increased their total listenership by 10 percent and share of audience by 13 percent.

Leading the pack is UFM100.3, with a significant listenership jump of 27 percent, the highest amongst all Chinese radio stations in Singapore. 96.3 Hao FM, SPH Radio's other Chinese radio station targeting a more mature audience, also showed a big listenership increase of 24 percent with its core audience aged 40 to 59. This was the highest growth amongst Chinese radio stations aimed at mature listeners.

SPH Radio's English stations also saw listenership growth, with increases coming from Kiss 92FM and ONE FM 91.3 at 4 percent and 16 percent respectively. ONE FM 91.3 registered the highest growth in audience time spent listening amongst all English radio stations at 48 percent. The survey also shows that SPH radio listeners are active consumers of the various SPH news platform.

Listenership figures of radio stations

According to findings from Nielsen Radio Diary Survey Wave 2, 2019 for Singapore, the listenership figures of radio stations in Singapore are as follows:

History[edit]

FM stations[edit]

  • The first 24-hour radio station, Perfect 10 (now known as 987), was launched on New Year's Day 1989. All radio stations started broadcasting 24/7 from New Year's Day 2008.[4][5]
  • Mediacorp used to offer Visual Radio service on Nokia phones. The first radio stations to utilise Visual Radio are 987 in December 2005 and YES 933 in June 2006. The service has since been discontinued.
  • The 89.3 MHz frequency on the FM band used to be occupied by TVMobile. An audio simulcast of the TV channel was available until the station closed down on 31 December 2009.[6] It has since been occupied by Money FM 89.3 since 29 January 2018.
  • The 99.5 MHz frequency on the FM band used to be occupied by Passion 99.5FM, a station set up by the National Arts Council in December 1997 that supported and played local music. The station closed down on 31 December 2003 due to the bad economic climate as there was insufficient sponsorship and advertising revenue to cover operating costs.[7] The frequency was then awarded to Mediacorp in May 2004 and the new station, Lush 99.5FM, was launched 9 months later.[8][9] The station ceased operations on 1 September 2017 as part of a rationalization of Mediacorp's network of radio stations.
  • The 96.3 MHz frequency on the FM band used to be occupied by Expat Radio XFM 96.3 by Mediacorp. Formerly known as FM 96.3 - The International Channel, which was launched on 12 October 1998,[10] the new name reinforces the station's role in providing a variety of content for the expatriate communities in Singapore, while redefining the experience of feeling closer to home. The station ceased operations on 30 September 2016. It has since been occupied by 96.3 Hao FM since 8 January 2018. Meanwhile, the Bollywood belt Radio Masti continued as the first independent LIVE digital radio as RADIO MASTI 24x7 and can be tuned in from anywhere anytime across the globe by downloading the APP Radio Masti 24x7. Visit www.radiomasti.com.sg for details.
  • The former Jurong Drive-in Cinema use to rely on their own radio station to transmit audio from their movies through their own radio station.Cars drivers would tune in to the radio station to listen to the sound from the movies.

DAB stations[edit]

Mediacorp used to operate Digital Radio, a radio service using digital audio broadcasting technology which simulcast eight FM stations, namely Class 95FM, Gold 905FM, 987FM, Y.E.S. 93.3FM, Love 97.2FM, Symphony 92.4FM, and CNA938 and broadcast six digital-only stations, namely Cruise, Club Play, JK-Pop, Chinese Evergreens, Planet Bollywood and Bloomberg.

The service was discontinued on 1 December 2011 as the low adoption of DAB radio (compared to FM radio) and the prevalence of listening to Internet radio streams on computers and mobile devices has rendered DAB radio irrelevant.[11]

Shortwave stations[edit]

Launched in 1994, Radio Singapore International (RSI) operated as the external service for Singapore. The station launched a signature program in 1996 called ‘Friends of the Airwaves’ reaching out throughout South-East Asia. The station featured programs in several languages, and was chiefly run by MediaCorp Radio. RSI ceased operation on 31 July 2008.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singapore Radio Stations on FM and shortwave". www.asiawaves.net.
  2. ^ "Radio remains key media channel in Singapore: Nielsen Survey | AsiaRadioToday.com". www.asiaradiotoday.com.
  3. ^ "Media Releases - Singapore Press Holdings". corporate.sph.com.sg.
  4. ^ "All MediaCorp Radio stations to run 24/7 from 1 Jan - Channel NewsAsia".
  5. ^ Toh, Christopher (20 April 2016). "Some radio milestones through the decades". Today. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  6. ^ Freeman, B.C., & Ramakrishnan, Y. (2012). Red dot on the dial: Singapore radio then & now. In J. Hendrick's (Ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Radio, pp. 299-319. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  7. ^ "Victoria Chorale • View topic - Passion 99.5 to shut down". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  8. ^ "MediaCorp Radio Awarded 99.5FM Frequency For New Radio Station". Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Singapore's Lush 99.5 FM Delivers 24-Hour Downtempo". www.properlychilled.com.
  10. ^ "Launch of FM 96.3 - The International Channel". NAS. 12 October 1998. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Digital radio from MediaCorp to cease". Channel NewsAsia. 1 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  12. ^ Freeman, B.C., & Ramakrishnan, Y. (2016). Singapore Radio: Then & Now. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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