College radio still gets requests: Top 10

09:53, December 08, 2009      

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On most campuses in China, college radio equates to bullhorns installed in every corner broadcasting mandatory announcements, dry news reports and exercise routines counted off with militant enthusiasm, every single day.

Most students tune out and turn up their MP3.

But there is one interactive part of campus "blah-casts" that still get love from college kids, and it's a classic; Call in request shows still provide an opportunity to shout out a birthday wish, a cheer up message or declare your love for that special someone for thousands to hear in reverberated distortion.

Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing has been running its request show (Feichang Dianbo) since 2003, and broadcasting sophomore Wang Yu is the current man at the helm, playing what the people want between 5:30 pm to 6 pm every weekday.

"Students send in their song and a short message, and we'll schedule all the songs throughout the week. In order to make sure the requester gets to hear their song, we'll send them a text message with the time," said Wang.

However, these requests have to hold up to some strict conditions, or there will be no play for you.

"The songs can have no explicit lyrics or have something with politics," he added.
Even though that arguably eliminates much of the world's popular music, here's an idea of what's ringing the ears of CUC students over the past two weeks.

You can also check out Wang's show and other CUC campus broadcasts online at

Source: Global Times
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