By Nurin Najmina Zaidi
GOMBAK, 12 August 2022: In producing valuable content for radio, AbdulHamid AbuSulayman Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (AHAS KIRKHS) officially tied a collaboration with Zayan FM through a Letter of Intent (LOI) on Thursday (11 August).
The LOI that was signed by the Dean of AHAS KIRKHS, Prof. Dr. Shukran Abdul Rahman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Astro Radio, Mr. Kenny Ong Chun Eng took place at Al-Tabari Conference Room, HS building at 2.30pm.
According to Mr. Kenny, it is important to collaborate with the right content partner in efforts to get the right content.
“The problem with social media today is that it offered a lot unsafe content for the audience. What we need to do is to have more safe, educational, and inspirational contents, especially from the Islamic perspective,” he said.
He emphasised to get more content and research-based content from IIUM so that they can be integrated into their show and convey the right thing to the listeners.
Also interviewed, Zayan FM content manager, Mr. Wan Syahrul Amry bin Wan Mansor, said “The most crucial point is that we want to share each other’s skills since IIUM is an established academic institution and Zayan FM is a reputable company.”
Zayan FM needs authentic content to promote Islamic education, henceforth, the support from academics from IIUM to supply information or share their expertise is essential, he added.
Mr. Wan Syahrul also pointed out on the need for a long-term collaboration to maintain the relevance of the radio, which is oriented towards dakwah for the community.
Other than producing educational content, Nasyid is another essence being promoted in Zayan FM.
“We found out that IIUM students are active in Nasyid activities on campus, thus, we want to recognize the talents of IIUM students through this collaboration.
“We welcome songs recorded by the students for Zayan FM and will also consider if they are suitable for broadcast or help in terms of producing more professional Nasyid singers in the future,” he added.
The collaboration was hoped to become the set off for other broadcasting field to cooperate with other public universities in Malaysia.
“We want to cultivate this kind of cooperation for the people to follow so that we can have diverse content in a world of social media and to ensure that there is support from academics who can shoulder the responsibility in sharing authentic and useful content,” he wrapped up in the interview.
After the signing event ended, the guests were assisted to visit IIUM FM.
The signing of the LOI was witnessed by Deputy Dean Academic and Internationalisation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aini Maznina Ab Manaf, Deputy Dean of Postgraduate and Responsible Research, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haslina Ibrahim, Head of Communication Department, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeti Azreen Ahmad, Zayan FM team together with the members of Communication Department. ***
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