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Ria 89.7 FM DJs Nity Baizura and Kyrul Ashrie got to drive some lucky listeners out for lunch in the Golf SV, as part of a contest for their radio show #2BudakNakal. We managed to catch up with them for a quick chat about music, food, travel and cars, of course!

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Have you always wanted to work in radio?

Nity: Yes, I’ve always loved radio! My mother listens to radio everyday so I guess I was influenced. I used to mimic the radio presenters a lot when I was little!

Kyrul: I didn’t plan on becoming a radio DJ – not because I didn’t want to, but because I wasn’t sure how. So before I got this job, I was acting, studying producing and directing. But since I won the competition ‘Aku DJ RIA’ in June and started work as a DJ, you could say I’ve found my new love.

What’s a day in the life of a radio DJ like?

K: Well, it starts out really dark… because we have to be at work by 5:30 am. (laughs)

N: Yes, I’m usually up by 4:30 am. Then we spend four hours on air, four hours of recordings, editing, interviews, and more. Though we’re not really morning people, I love doing the morning show. Our listeners want to start their day fresh with good music, and I like that I’m able to give them that.

K: And I love that our job allows us to be creative. Sometimes I go to bed at night still thinking about what I’m going to talk about during the show the next day!

Really? That sounds quite challenging!

N: Yes, quite! In order to be creative you need to keep up with trends. It’s always about what’s new and what’s next.

K: I agree. And since I’m new here, the challenge for me is to keep up with the standards set by the more experienced DJs like Nity.

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Could you tell us more about the contest you did for your show?  

N: Sure! The contest was called ‘#2BudakNakal Makan Free’ and it lasted for eight weeks. Each week, one lucky contestant was chosen and we’d drive them out in the Golf SV for a free meal.

K: Yes, to participate, listeners had to leave comments on RIA 89.7 FM’s Facebook page and we’d pick our favourite answers. Nity always picks the very touching comments, but I usually choose the really funny ones that make me laugh.

Cool! What did you guys think about the Sportsvan?

N: It was really spacious! And being a mother of two, I totally understand the importance of space. I also like the auto headlights because sometimes I do forget to turn them on during rainy days.

K: It was really comfortable. Usually hatchback type cars aren’t for me because I get quite claustrophobic, and also my legs are pretty long. But for this car, I could stretch out and even lie down. I also really liked its connectivity features. I could just plug my phone in, play my music or answer calls on-the-go.

Were there any memorable incidents during the contest?

K: We met one listener who’s a big Volkswagen fan! At the end of the lunch, we gave him a Volkswagen goodie bag, and he gifted us with a miniature Kombi from his collection.

N: Yes, it was really sweet of him! There was also another contestant who was really shy. So to make her feel more comfortable, I kept talking all the way from Tuas to Bedok – that’s a really long drive by the way! But by the end of the day I had a sore throat and had to take an MC the next day! (laughs)

K: But it could have been because you ate jeruk (preserved fruit) and you weren’t supposed to…

N: (laughing guiltily) True, but how can anyone resist it? I mean preserved fruit in vinegar and everything. You only live once, am I right?

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Speaking of treats, how far have you travelled for good food?

N: Probably Johor? My husband and I love Tony Roma’s but it’s only halal across the border. So whenever we’re craving for it, we just get in our car and go!

K: Well, once I heard about The Gorpis at the Kopi XOXO in KL, I knew I had to try it. It’s basically goreng pisang (fried banana fritters) with chocolate and cheese toppings. So the next time I was in KL, I tried it and it was totally worth it.

How about closer to home? Any recommendations you’d like to share?

K: Try T Bob’s Corner at Bedok for good steak. Or if you’re out with a group of friends and want to share your food, there’s Pu3 Restaurant’s Nasi Ambeng at Bencoolen Street.

N: Also, A.B. Shaik’s Cucina at Aperia Mall has really delicious mushroom pizza!

With the holidays approaching, do you have any travel plans?

K: I’m off to Yogyakarta in December! But one day, my goal is to be able to travel Europe – maybe see Greece or even Croatia. And Nity is doing a Malaysia tour…

N: (laughing) I’m heading to Bandung first actually, then Pahang and Kuala Lumpur – a family holiday! Once my kids are old enough, I’d love to take them to Japan and Dubai as well!

Any last words to share with our readers?

N: Tune in to our show because we’re unpredictable and really… just full of nonsense! If you want to start your day on a fresh, lighthearted note, then give us a listen from 6-10 am on RIA 89.7 FM! We play a mix of both English and Malay songs too!

K: Also, from January onwards, I’ll be producing a new radio programme every Saturday night in collaboration with a club DJ from the Netherlands. So do look out for it!

 

To find out more about what these fun-loving DJs and their contestants got up to during ‘#2BudakNakal Makan Free’, watch the videos on the RIA 89.7 FM Facebook page here!

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