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Netizens alarmed over Jakarta radio temporary shutdown

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, December 11, 2017 | 03:05 pm
Netizens alarmed over Jakarta radio temporary shutdown

The shutdown started at 7:45 a.m. After 15 minutes of silence, all of the stations began on air with remarks from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. (Shutterstock/File)

Private radio stations in Jakarta were temporarily shut down on Monday morning.

On social media, radio stations across Jakarta uploaded a photo, encouraging listeners to respond to the dead air with the hashtag #radioguemati (my radio is dead).

The silence was responded to with various tweets.  

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The shutdown started at 7:45 a.m. After 15 minutes of silence, all of the stations began on air with remarks from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

The President said, “Emang enak enggak ada radio? Saya Joko Widodo, pendengar radio. [It is not fun without radio, right? I am Joko Widodo and (I am) a radio listener]”.

Ratri Taluningtias, a public relations officer from Masima Radio Network, the parent company of Prambors Delta FM and Bahana FM,  told The Jakarta Post via messaging app that the shutdown was initiated by the Indonesian National Private Radio Association (PRSSNI) Jakarta.

The association chose Monday as Radio Day 2017 campaign, requiring all radio stations in Jakarta to go to dead air for 15 minutes and post on social media with the hashtag #radioguemati.

The campaign aimed to encourage people to listen to the radio and to inform advertisers that radio was an effective platform to place ads.

Ratri said the campaign received positive feedback, as many of the radio's loyal listeners sent direct messages on social media or to the announcers, asking why the stations suddenly went silent. (kes)

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