Sunday February 24, 2013
By LUWITA HANA RANDHAWA
Not all schools come with their very own radio station and on-site studio, which is what sets SK Taman Melawati 2, Kuala Lumpur, apart from the rest.
Established in March last year, Sktm2FM broadcasts over the Internet and can be streamed from anywhere in the world.
To date, it has had more than 25,000 hits on its website.
The station plays both English and Malay music and is run by its students.
“We selected Year Four and Five students to be deejays, since the Year Six students will be focusing on their UPSR exams,” said Sktm2FM coordinator Badrul Hisham Yaacob.
Wan Maya Letisha Wan Zulkifli, 12, is one of the stations’ six deejays.
“I handle the Word-a-Day segment, where we choose a word, define it and explain how to use it in a sentence,” she said.
Aqil Badree Badrul Hisham, 12, is in charge of school and sporting announcements.
“I’m a little shy by nature but doing this has taught me to be more confident,” he said of his broadcasting experience.
Maya Letisha agrees, adding that her pronunciation skills have also improved.
The modest but well equipped studio took one month to set up, funded mostly by corporate sponsors.
“We wanted to incorporate new media into the students’ school experience,” said headmaster Mohamad Alwan Ginen.
“We also wanted to promote learning through fun. Many students study while listening to music, so we thought it would be a good idea to combine the two into our very own radio station.
“And so far, the response from students and parents has been encouraging.”
He added that the school was looking to set up a Media Club and launch its own Internet TV station in the near future.
Visit and stream Sktm2FM at