Posted: 10 Sep 2012 04:03 PM PDT
The Edge On Red is one extraordinary show to tune in to.
THE Edge On Red revolves around music and the young. The ultra-hip show is aired weekdays from 7pm to 10pm where Fiqrie highlights YouTube videos that show cool twists to common hits.
The show also features chart-toppers that have been remixed in Red Reworked while Old Skool/New Skool features an artiste's first single and current hit. Fiqrie also highlights live or concert versions of well-known songs.
On Fridays, he tells you about international chart-toppers in places like Germany, New Zealand and Indonesia. Listeners can also look forward to interviews of their favourite local and international singers.
But that's not all as of late, Fiqrie has added two more segments to his show. The first one is revolutionary to Malaysian radio. It's called Red Unsigned and it highlights unsigned artistes in the country who are trying to showcase their craft and talent. These budding stars are either well known in the underground scene, in the event circuit, or simply starting out as performers. Throughout the month, Fiqrie will interview one artiste or a band every Wednesday. Then the show is taken on-ground: these artistes get together to showcase their talent at Laundry Bar, the Curve in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, once a month.
"The segment has done really well. People come up to me on the street to talk about their band or a new single that they have come up with," says Fiqrie, almost like a proud dad bragging about his favourite child.
"Red Unsigned is really catching on, even the well-known indie rock band Pesawat is fully supportive of it and has offered to introduce upcoming bands that are highly talented."
The other segment is R.AGE On Red. It has done so well in such a short time that it has now been extended from one to two hours of broadcast time. R.AGE On Red happens every Friday with the R.AGE team in the studio helping to facilitate the topic of the day. It talks about what affects Malaysian youth and addresses their concerns.
"It gives young people a platform to express their views, I think Malaysian media should recognise and even applaud our young people. After all, they are our future," says Fiqrie with a smug smile.
Fiqrie being young himself is very proud that R.AGE On Red is unique to Malaysian radio. The topic is first featured in The Star's R.AGE and then is discussed on Twitter. Following that, an interview is done on Red FM, and then the show becomes a forum where everyone gets their say via Twitter, Facebook, SMS and calls.
"The discussions are on-going, if a topic gets big enough, then we will delve even deeper to address the concerns and opinions of our listeners."
When asked what was his most memorable R.AGE topic, Fiqrie says: "It was when we talked to Tunku Abdul Rahman's great granddaughter about Merdeka. She had so much insight and wisdom for a woman who is in her 20s. Listening to her speak was more inspiring than Lincoln's speech," he says. "She was so eloquent, embodying the true spirit of Merdeka for all Malaysians. She definitely did our founding father proud."
To wrap up, the host of The Edge On Red gave some insight into his future plans for the show. "This Thursday you can look forward to an interview with DJ Goldfish and Blink. Fans can e-mail their questions for the Remix whizz on email@example.com or send a message on my Facebook page facebook.com/fiqrieisnowred.
"I am also interviewing Diana Danielle in the upcoming weeks. I am working very hard to make sure the show is worthy of our listeners. They know their stuff and have taught me more than I can ever expect to learn. This show is an exciting journey and I truly hope listeners are enjoying the ride. Come join me if you haven't sampled the show already. I am always open to ideas on how I can make it better."
Red FM is owned and operated by The Star.
Red FM's Station Frequencies: Taiping, Kedah, Perlis and Pulau Langkawi: 98.1FM; George Town and Seberang Prai: 107.6FM; Ipoh, Perak: 106.4FM; Klang Valley, Negri Sembilan and Tapah: 104.9FM; Kuantan, Pahang: 91.6FM; Batu Pahat and Malacca: 98.9FM; Johor Baru and Singapore: 92.8FM.
Posted: 11 Sep 2012 03:14 AM PDT
Cool partners onscreen spice up TV time.
FROM Fred and Barney of The Flintsones to the Winchester brothers of the hit series Supernatural, the landscape of television programming has always been dominated by dynamic duos. Partnerships like Abbott and Costello (The Abbott & Costello Show), Laverne and Shirley (Laverne & Shirley) and Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz (I Love Lucy) were legendary but I never really got to know them. These were shows in the 1950s and 1960s and at best, I only caught a couple of episodes of each at some point or other, but not enough time to form any sort of virtual bond with a particular character.
Some of the early duos I do remember are Fred and Barney, Donny and Marie Osmond (The Donny And Marie Show), Andy Taylor and Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show), Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson (Starsky And Hutch) and Officer Poncherello and Officer Baker (CHiPs).
Successful partnerships between characters – be it romantic, professional or just plain ol' bonds of friendship – go a long way in making a show compelling. If there is no chemistry between characters, or no bond to anchor a show, chances are, even the greatest story will not take off.
The X-Files, for example, just didn't work after Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) left the show in Season Eight. The X-Files had some awesome stories but without the Mulder-Scully (Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson) partnership, it kind of flatlined. (Also, the plot got a little muddled for my liking!). Mulder and Scully were surely one of my all-time favourite TV duos.
Partnerships between TV cops have continued to be a winning formula. I loved detectives Mary Beth Lacey and Christine Cagney in Cagney & Lacey as well as detectives Rick Hunter and Dee Dee McCall in Hunter back in the 1980s. These days, it's got to be Law & Order: SVU's Detective Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson that have my heart (even though Stabler, played by Christopher Meloni, is no longer with the show). Though much of the show focuses on the horrific cases they handle, SVU also subtly explores the relationship between the two. There is a strong friendship and, correct me if I am wrong, some underlying sexual tension, too. But I think I like it that they are primarily passionate about their jobs. A romance between the two will surely ruin the show (think Maddie Hayes and David Addison on Moonlighting) and we wouldn't want an end to this show, right?
Then there are the friendships. Top of my list? House and Wilson on House M.D. Talk about an enduring friendship! These two have been through an awful lot together and though it looks like Wilson has the raw end of the deal here (House can be a pretty mean guy), it's a dynamic that has worked. Let's face it, friendships are almost always lopsided but like all true friends, these two are there for each other when it really counts. – S. Indramalar
Dynamic duos on TV? Numerous pop to mind – Mulder and Scully (The X-Files), Starsky and Hutch, Cagney and Lacey, Crockett and Tubbs (Miami Vice), Hunter and Dee Dee McCall (Hunter), Castle and Beckett (Castle). I guess cops always come with partners, so they are easy to spot. There have been a couple of private investigators that came in intriguing pairs as well; David Addison and Maddie Hayes (Moonlighting) left a lasting impression only because Bruce Willis was such a refreshing change from everyone else on TV then.
There were other shows before and after which had great duos, including Scarecrow And Mrs King, Remington Steele and Simon And Simon (oooh! I had a huge crush on Jameson Parker!).
I like some duos in space, too – Apollo and Starbuck come straight to mind. In the new (and improved) version of Battlestar Galactica, this partnership wasn't explored as much as before, but I remember growing up thinking Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch were such a handsome pair of friends. I guess in space, it's good to have a trusted wingman ... or woman, as is the case for Mal and Zoey (in Joss Whedon's Firefly). These two have a great relationship – I always wondered why Zoey wasn't more enamoured by Mal, but that's probably because she had Alan Tudyk to lust after.
What I liked about the Mal-Zoey partnership was that they were equals. In fact, now that I think about it, that's exactly what makes a partnership (TV or otherwise) great – when two people treat each other as equal and compliment each other in every way.
They don't necessarily have to like each other, though. Take Niles and CeeCee (of The Nanny), for instance. Niles (Daniel Davis) and CeeCee (Lauren Lane) are always at each other's throats but this is precisely what makes their partnership special. I'm not sure if most people would agree that they are "partners", but I think they are because one brings the other to life in the most interesting manner. The conflicting elements of their personalities are played off against each other and this makes for great comedy. I suppose this is a technique which the writers have used to death, but Davis and Lane play their parts down to a T.
I believe the same sort of things goes on quite frequently in cartoons – think of the duo of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner from The Road Runner Show. Created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948, the duo of Coyote and Road Runner was initially meant to parody chase cartoons like Tom And Jerry. But it became such a success that Jones was forced to carry on making it! Coyote uses absurdly complex contraptions (usually made by Acme Corporation) and elaborate plans to pursue the ground cuckoo. (I had to look up what type of bird the Road Runner actually is and wiki answers says say "ground cuckoo").
But I digress. My point about partnerships here is that one cannot exist without the other. Without the Coyote, Road Runner's days would be listless and vice versa. Beep! Beep!
Last but not least (and I have come to enjoy this partnership very much), is that of cartoon characters Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother Ferb Fletcher, who seem to be on a perpetual summer vacation. Every day, the boys embark on some grand new project, which annoys their sister, Candace, who is always trying to get them into trouble with their mum. What I like about the brothers is that one speaks and the other doesn't or hardly ever does.
Ferb, an engineering genius, allows Phineas to do most of the talking. But the two of them get on like a house on fire (actually, sometimes the house does get on fire) and come up with all kinds of hokey projects and devices and great play activities. One does the talking, the other takes care of the action, and the combination works like a charm.
Where's my Ferb? – Ann Marie Chandy
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