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Best 104

Best 104

Best 104 is both Malaysia's first private radio station (though not the first commercial one, that honour belongs to Time Highway Radio), and the first to be based outside of Kuala Lumpur, in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. It began transmission in 1988 primarily as a station to suit the listening taste of the Johor state Sultan. It used to broadcast in both English and Malay, but fierce competition with other private stations broadcasting in English forced it to focus on the Malay speaking audience. Its commercialisation began when it extended its broadcast area to outside its native Johor state and the commencement of round-the-clock broadcast in 1996. Best 104 was at one time one of the more popular bilingual stations with listeners in Singapore and the national capital Kuala Lumpur; stiff competition for the English speaking audience saw the station backing off from English broadcast in 2001. The main station is located in the royal town of Pasir Pelangi.

Transmitters

  • FM 104.1 MHz from Gunung Pulai transmitter site covering south Johor, Singapore and Riau Islands
  • FM 94.8 MHz increased 10 kW output from Gunung Ledang transmitter site covering North Johor, Melaka, parts of Negeri Sembilan and Southwest Pahang
  • FM 102.5 MHz from Bukit Tinggi transmitter site covering East Johor
  • FM 104.1 MHz from Gunung Ulu Kali transmitter site covering Selangor and Kuala Lumpur (Klang Valley), Western Pahang and parts of Southern Perak.

Interesting fact

  • DJ Burhan Mohtaruddin, also known as BBD, held the world record of the longest on-air announcer after conducting the radio station non-stop for 104 hours, from midnight of 2 October 2000 until 8.00 a.m. of 6 October 2000. (From:The Malaysian Book Of Records, The Millennium Edition)

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