By Shazni Ong
GOMBAK 26 June 2014: A delegation from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) paid a visit to the IIUM.fm radio station today. The purpose of the visit was to learn the operational concept of IIUM.fm radio to help them develop their own campus radio.
A total of 13 students and 4 assisting officers were given a warm welcome by the Communication Head of Department, Dr. Zeti Azreen Ahmad as well as IIUM.fm advisor, Dr. Shafizan Mohamed.
Shortly after arriving around 2.30 p.m., the delegation was brought into the studio to be given a general briefing on IIUM.fm. Afterwards, three representatives from the UTHM delegation were interviewed live by Ameera Qistina Amer, one of the radio announcers at IIUM.fm.
Later, all of the students who were on the trip were given the opportunity to do a radio promo ID where they really had a great time performing it.
Rahmat Khairi Azizan, a first year UTHM student doing Electrical Power Technology Engineering, said the visit gave them good exposure. According to him, they had previously visited another local university radio station before visiting IIUM.fm.
He saw some notable differences compared to other universities which include the use of English language as the main medium for communication as well as the the listeners was big.
“IIUM.fm is very detail in terms of preparation. There is also this ambience in the atmosphere whereby it was very happening, relax, and cheerful. I felt little pressure when the interview was conducted.” said Nurul Aiman, one of the participants of the visit.
She added that the purpose of UTHM having its own campus radio was to communicate important information regarding student activities as well as to promote its activities to the student community since around 40 per cent of the student population at UTHM lived outside the campus.
Mr. Ahmad Zulfadli Jusoh, Special Officer to UTHM’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni Department) said that the visit was very interesting as it gave them the inspiration on how to develop their own campus radio.
He said the IIUM.fm would provide a good platform for them to develop an on-line radio for their university. The target of having their own university radio station was to promote student activities and to develop the skills needed for those who are involved in broadcasting learning.
After the interview session, the delegation was shown a video montage of IIUM.fm and IIUMToday. In addition, there was a short Q&A session between the delegation and IIUM.fm afterwards.
The visit ended around 3.30 p.m. with an exchange of gifts between the two sides.