Suria radio host DJ Lin, who helms a love present, reveals personal heartbreak

Suria radio deejay Roslinda Abdul Majid has simply helped flip two strangers into soulmates by way of her love present Suria Cinta and to specific their gratitude, the pleased couple invitations her to witness their union.

After which one thing sudden occurs.

An older girl approaches Roslinda, or higher referred to as DJ Lin, on the marriage ceremony, bearing shocking information.

“She’s the mom of one of many newlyweds, ” DJ Lin remembers in an interview with StarLifestyle. “She tells me she has just lately remarried. After which she reveals she met her husband by way of Suria Cinta too!”

“Actually, it was the mom who first discovered success for herself by way of the present. She then determined to signal her little one up for it.”

For six nights per week (weeknights and Sundays), DJ Lin spends 5 hours (8pm to 1am) lending a listening ear or allotting recommendation on all issues love and relationship on Suria Cinta.

There’s additionally a particular slot dedicated to serving to folks discover love. Listeners want solely jot down an outline of themselves, what they’re on the lookout for in a companion and their social media handles. DJ Lin will then learn them out on her present. These will attain out accordingly.

“So on that day, I realized I introduced collectively not one however two {couples}!”

DJ Lin is sharing a few of her fondest reminiscences from her 20-year radio profession. And what an illustrious one it’s been.

The 43-year-old picked up the Most Common Radio Presenter Award for the second time at this yr’s Anugerah Bintang Common Berita Harian.

She first earned the celebrated award in 2016. Suria Cinta, which she helmed from the beginning, is persistently the most well-liked late night time present amongst Malay-language stations.

Nevertheless, in an eye-opening interview, DJ Lin reveals she by no means dreamt of changing into a radio announcer.

Dreamt of a distinct lifeDJ Lin has helped many find love through a segment on her love show. Photo: MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The StarDJ Lin has helped many discover love by way of a phase on her love present. Picture: MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

“I’ve at all times needed to be a police officer, ” she shares.

Born and raised in Johor Baru, DJ Lin is the seventh of 10 siblings. Her eldest sister was the primary within the household to be a cop.

“As a child, I might watch my sister prepare. She ironed her uniform so diligently, there wouldn’t be a single crease and when she put it on, she seemed so good.”

After secondary college, she was wanting to enrol into the police power. “However I used to be advised if I needed to sooner or later be promoted to sergeant, I’ve to at the very least have a STPM qualification. And if I needed to be promoted to an ASP (Assistant Superintendent of Police), I’ve to have a level.”

To make sure a clean passage in her regulation enforcement profession, DJ Lin did each. However whereas pursuing her diploma in communications at Shah Alam, a brand new path emerged.

“My college was beginning a campus-wide radio station and so they had been on the lookout for announcers. My associates inspired me to check out. They actually name me ‘radio’ as a result of no matter music they needed to listen to on any given day, I may sing them on the spot.”

DJ Lin says her data and love for music was birthed throughout her schooldays.

“At any time when I studied, I at all times had music on. And I might use music to assist me memorise necessary details. So I might exchange the lyrics to my favorite songs with historic details or no matter it was I wanted to memorise, ” says DJ Lin, who was a prime pupil.

DJ Lin landed the half and obtained a style of being a radio announcer for the primary time.

Nonetheless, she by no means wavered from her unique dream. Halfway by way of her diploma, she responded to a police recruitment advert.

“It’s a must to watch for them to announce they’re having a recruitment. You may’t simply go as much as them anytime.

“So once I noticed the advert sooner or later, I used to be so excited, I went to the closest police station. Once I obtained there, I came upon they had been solely on the lookout for male candidates on the time. They advised me to return again once more.”

DJ Lin returned to Johor Baru after graduating and labored at a radio station there whereas ready for the following recruitment drive.

“I attempted my luck and despatched the radio station recordings from the radio present I did again in college. They ultimately employed me as a secretary, however promised me an announcer place as quickly as there was a gap.”

Lower than six months into her job, a colleague knowledgeable her about a possibility at Rediffusion (later renamed Purple FM) – an English and Malay-language radio station based mostly in Kuala Lumpur.

She tried her luck.“There have been so many individuals on the auditions, I keep in mind pondering I most likely received’t get the job.”When DJ Lin first auditioned to be a radio announcer at Rediffusion (later renamed Red FM), she didn't think she'd get the part as there were so many hopefuls. Despite the odds, she was hired in 1999.When DJ Lin first auditioned to be a radio announcer at Rediffusion (later renamed Purple FM), she did not suppose she’d get the half as there have been so many hopefuls. Regardless of the percentages, she was employed in 1999.

Regardless of the percentages, DJ Lin obtained the job and formally made her debut as a radio deejay in December 1999.

“My first process was internet hosting a two-hour music dedication present. Though I solely spoke at the beginning and on the finish of the present, it was a extremely popular phase and other people began attending to know me.”

Yasmin Yusuff, who was the station’s programme supervisor on the time, noticed DJ Lin and felt her soft-spoken voice can be an ideal match for a love present. Identical to that, Citra Cinta – now referred to as Suria Cinta – was born.

“It aired as soon as per week initially and the response we obtained was overwhelming.”

In 2005, in a bid to develop the Malay-language programming belt, a standalone radio station – Suria FM – was established.

DJ Lin’s present went from being aired on a weekly foundation to an nearly nightly foundation.

A shoulder to cry on

Through the years, Suria Cinta has turn into a protected place for callers to share their relationship woes. DJ Lin, a single mom with two children, aged 18 and 16, says the trials and tribulations she confronted in her personal love life means she understands heartbreak all too effectively.

“I met somebody again in secondary college and for seven years, proper as much as my college years, I used to be loyal to him.

“Sooner or later, at college, a girl got here as much as me and mentioned he’s truly together with her. I used to be crushed. I had plans to get married after I graduated.”

DJ Lin additionally talks about rebuilding her life the day she filed for divorce 13 years in the past as a consequence of incompatibility.

“After the divorce, I had nothing. No financial savings. No home. No automotive. My children had been about six and 4 then. It was a extremely robust time.”

The announcer, who has since chosen to stay single to deal with her kids and her work, displays: “If I had the proper love story, I could not be capable of relate to my listeners as effectively.”

DJ Lin remembers the tales of callers which have moved her.

“The present’s theme on that day was ‘loss’. This girl shared that she was ready for her husband-to-be to reach on the mosque for his or her marriage ceremony ceremony.

“‘I’m going to get there quickly’, he tells her on the telephone. She hangs up.

“After a while, she will get a name saying her husband-to-be died in a automotive accident on the way in which over.

“She mentioned her coronary heart has been closed off ever since.”

DJ Lin took home the Most Popular Radio Presenter Award for the second time at this year’s Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian.DJ Lin took dwelling the Most Common Radio Presenter Award for the second time at this yr’s Anugerah Bintang Common Berita Harian.

One other memorable sharing was by a university pupil in a violent relationship.

“She was working a little bit late and the boy was ready for her for a while outdoors her home. When she got here out, he hit her head with a motorbike helmet.

“I obtained very fired up once I heard that. I mentioned you must lower ties with him instantly. An individual who’s simply attending to know you is already utilizing bodily violence in opposition to you. It’s going to solely worsen if you get married.”

A number of days later, she referred to as the present once more and advised DJ Lin: “I adopted your recommendation. I left him and I really feel a lot better now.”

Rising up the ranks

Round 2017, DJ Lin started taking up extra managerial obligations on prime of internet hosting Suria Cinta.

The senior programme supervisor says the added duties have been an ideal studying curve for her.

She is very thrilled to see Suria rise and turn into the fourth prime Malay-language radio station within the nation (up one spot), in keeping with GfK’s latest Radio Viewers Measurement (RAM) survey.

“We’re focusing on to be among the many prime three now, ” she says, decided.

Requested if she’ll ever retire from helming Suria Cinta and deal with extra behind-the-scenes work, she responds: “I’ll proceed to do what I do so long as my listeners nonetheless need me.”

So no matter grew to become of her police goals?

“At any time when I am going to occasions, I’d meet some followers who occur to be within the police power. They’d recommendation me in opposition to switching careers. I’ve skilled a lot success in radio. I’ll have to begin from zero as a cop.

“However sure, I nonetheless take into consideration changing into a police officer typically.”

Tune in to Suria Cinta weeknights and Sundays from 8pm to 1am. Suria is owned by Star Media Radio Group.

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