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22 August, 2005

Weathering the storms of stupidity

"Well, it's turned into a warm, sunny day here in Dubai..."

What kind of cretinous radio weather commentary from the nether regions of infernal hell is this? Even primeval microbes living in steaming, bubbling lava would regard 44c as pretty bloody boiling.

And "it's turned into..." - what the flaming, searing hell is this supposed to mean? What, was it pissing down with rain earlier in morning, with black, overcast skies, sub-zero temperatures and ice-bergs washing up on Jumeirah beach?

Dubai radio DJs are renowned for their cretinry, but this surpasses even their platinum standards of human idiocy.



Blogger ReginaFilangee said...

LOL, love it!!

22 August, 2005 13:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blow on the Dubai Radio Jockeys... the rejects from their own home countries where they coudlnt compete with competent RJs.

Might I add a sense of humor and personality also needed!

Tom Lykes where are you!?!?!?!

22 August, 2005 15:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And so endeth the first lesson .... Why don't you say what you really feel, SD - bit worried you're self-censoring now ;)

To be fair to our friends on the radio, there have been days over the last two weeks were it hasn't been sunny. In fact, it's a little overcast from this corner of my high-rise prison tower in "new dubai".

22 August, 2005 15:34  
Blogger black feline said...

FM 103.8 Dubai my favorite station...they have a bunch of zany people there..Tom/Jen on A Good Life in the morning...Jason on Nightline..a call-in talk show..The Editor...a discussion panel on the media here..all the world music segements..esp papa/sheba for the Africa segment..listen without prejudice..not all are expired or rejects...

22 August, 2005 17:01  
Blogger strangeloops said...

I think you're overlooking the absurd flavour these comic geniuses add to the city.

Driving back from work with the windows open, like a chicken in a convection oven, listening to the latest gossip about British "stars" that I've never heard of, and how *extremely* funny the differences between Americans and Brits are.

It lends a surreal quality to the experience. Next I'm expecting an elephant with a 25-digit license plate number to cross the road, and a snake to crawl up my leg. I'm in a Dali painting.

22 August, 2005 17:42  
Blogger black feline said...

watch your not a Dali fan...ok i am..but love Picasso more..if u are not careful...u might end up looking like one of his paintings...LOL

22 August, 2005 17:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more with you. The RJ's who plague our air-waves here can be of such grossness of mind as to preclude delicacy and discrimination.

22 August, 2005 18:04  
Blogger Once the Conman said...

Well, here in Qatar I've been listening to some frequency coming through from Dubai... I pretty much like some of em...
But yeah, this seems a lil funny.
But really, I wanna know... howcome the temperature of Qatar linked on my blog never goes beyond 45 when it seems it's like 67 degrees...

22 August, 2005 18:21  
Blogger Keef said...

Cretinry? Cretinosity, surely.

22 August, 2005 21:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emma B on radio 1 is so annoying, yet I set my radio alarm for her to wake me up, so that I am forced to wake up. I can't believe some of the low quality DJs here - and as anonymous said, 'rejects from their home countires' is completely right. I could do a better job, and I have a lisp.

23 August, 2005 11:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it that the traffic report is always almost the same. What heppened to accurate reporting and helicopter and cameras to give us exactly what is going on.

So much misinformation all over the place, apart from on this blog.

23 August, 2005 11:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why we log on to this blog! I'm sick of local radio... and listen to SHOUTCASTs or my tusty iTrip instead. Besides, if you think the western rj's are bad... try listening to the Asian ones!

I have a liking of sorts of Asian music and stand up for my culture (blah blah) but listening to some of the Asian RJ's, with their ridiculous command on the English language is really annoying! Quit copying the western RJ's... they're not so good themselves! Why cant they just stick to the subcontinental lingo and keep it real? I've gotten so tired of the stupid caller questioning, etc. I dont listen anymore (although some of the Outsourced Hinglish Commercials are hilarious)


23 August, 2005 14:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the dandruff khallas ad. classic


23 August, 2005 14:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to be a Radio DJ in Dubai, I had to get out before I killed myself. The last straw was when I was told this weeks competition was to win a stamp from emirates post! how could I possibly contain myself over such an immense prize

23 August, 2005 20:30  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I personally find Emma B one of the better ones - I don't mind her at all.

The only one I actively like hearing is Nanette(?) - some woman who may not be on any more, always sounded extremely professional and intelligent, and possibly slightly older than most (mid-30s maybe rather than early 20s?)

I think she was also the one who once had a superb Emirati intern co-hosting her show for a while - clearly a guy who had been to an international/English-speaking school, but he was great. He probably works for Dewa or something now, replaced by a safrican/aussie cheap hire.

23 August, 2005 21:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 4 is the worst, especially the very irritating and patronising DJ Mo, how he managed to get that job I'll never understand. His live requests show is toe-curling.

23 August, 2005 22:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amidst all the RJ/Radio bashing happening here, I thought it would be nice to point out a nice program thats been on air for a while now.

Radio 2(99.3 and 106 FM) in conjunction with 7 days newspaper has a live, very interactive, bold program every Thursday from 9am to 10am. The RJ, Jeff, is not bad at all, and the best part is, ANY one with ANY issue can call up and air his/her views on ANY topic. Yes. Anything at all. Finally.

Among the topics openly discussed over the weeks are the issue of the ever changing labor laws, prostitution, driving in Dubai, emiritisation, rent increases and more. Surely, one cannot expect instant reactions and changes in response to the comments and observations made by the residents, but no doubt, its atleast a great oppurtunity to think aloud and speak out!

I recommend each one of us out here to listen and participate in this program. Moreover, they have a Podcast on the 7days website to let people listen to archived programs, in case they have missed it. Let such positive trends continue to grow for the better of this country. Amen.

24 August, 2005 10:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please someone teach Jeff P of Radio2 to say N-U-C-L-E-A-R, not NUKULAR. If it REALLY pisses off a non-native English speaker, I can imagine what it does to native spekaers. In fact, I know a few of them who turn the radio off or change to ... whatever ... when he reads the news.

Or is that the only way he can show his appreciation for W?

Someone go down under and bring Schroeder back - ok, Tanya too, they are married ...

25 August, 2005 15:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh and i cant stand the desi (indo pak) RJs either... they are so fake with their stupid accents and use of words!

27 August, 2005 18:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's turned into a warm, sunny day here in Dubai..."

I don't really want to stand up for the appalling quality of DJ's in this town....but....perhaps the DJ who said the above quote started his/her shift in the wee small hours and it was night time....then over the course of the shift as the sun rose it "turned into a warm, sunny day here in Dubai..."

30 August, 2005 12:45  

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