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Listeners Bemoan Radio Show Cuts

Staff Reporter
Filed on December 17, 2008

DUBAI - Listeners of a popular radio station have hit out against a decision to axe three shows that cater to specialist music tastes.

Dubai 92 has scrapped Saturday Sanctuary with DJ Martin Metcalf, Open Mic with DJ Zahra Soar and The Sugar Lounge with Sticky Fingers.

Officials at the radio station say the move was in response to what the majority of listeners want.

One of the laid-off DJs told Khaleej Times: “They are basically reformatting Dubai 92 to become less adventurous and more mainstream, targeting Average Joe and neglecting people who actually appreciate something other than just pop music or 80’s and 90’s gold.”

The last show of Saturday Sanctuary, was with the Barasti-based Metcalf going on air as usual at the beach resort’s customary weekend programme. Metcalf, will maintain his Saturday slot at the resort’s beach bar show which was used by the radio for Saturday Sanctuary.

“I used to love listening to this show,” said Stephen Gregory, a British expat in Dubai. “Most of the other shows just play the same songs over and over again and it’s nice to have something different to listen to and relax on a Saturday afternoon.”

The Sugar Lounge, a popular Friday ‘chillout session’ with DJ Sticky Fingers, as well as Open Mic, a platform for upcoming local bands, were moved to Dubai Eye.

“We are always trying to keep the formats refreshed,” said Steve Smith, Chief Operating Officer at parent group Arabian Radio Network. “We do what the masses want, but we try to cater to all music tastes.”

- martin@khaleejtimes.com


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