I know. Youâ€™ve heard the biggest news in the history of UAE Radio. Gulf News is no longer managing Radio 1 and Radio 2. This news has had a big buzz on UAEâ€™s social media and local media across the UAE.
My job at Radio 1 was my first full time job. In October 2010, I stepped into the Gulf News Broadcasting headquarters. headed to Radio 1 with a big smile on my face and excitement in my heart as I got accepted for an internship.
Letâ€™s rewind. While growing up I regularly listened to the radio and used to imitate the radio presenters and speak like them – as if I was on air. Looking at myself standing around the same people I heard on the radio for years, I was stars truck. I was now standing with the people I was imitating! And to get an internship to actually work with them? You can imagine how overwhelmed I was.
I still remember the person who was in charge of my internship wanted me to experience everything about the radio station â€“ the marketing and sales aspect, the production aspect and everything else that the radio does off air. Me being the stubborn me, I stuck to my will of only learning what it was like to be a radio presenter.
I spent a lot of time in the studio with most of the presenters that were on air at that time. Especially Simon B and Sheena, who have been a huge part of Radio 1 for years. All of my mentors were beginning to give me a piece of their experience in order to build my journey, and thatâ€™s what made me the experienced radio presenter I am today.
In January 2011, I was offered the opportunity to host my first ever solo radio show. Can you imagine how I woke up the first day I had to be live on air? I was shaking in bed. Shaking with excitement and anxiety. What am I going to say? What is my tagline? I shook off all those feelings and headed straight to the studio and never turned back.
I had to perfect myself many times in the beginning and interact with girl fans who would ask me where I get my hair done, where I buy my clothes from and even where I eat! I love my fans. Even the ones who would call me and tell me how bad I sound on the radio and how obnoxious my show was to them.
Five years later, here I am. Thank you Radio 1 for giving me the opportunity to host my own show, build my own brand, and help me become a UAE media personality. Thank you for making me a part of UAEâ€™s biggest events and granting me the chance to meet some of my favourite musicians and celebrities from all over the world.
I always used to end my show with â€˜Im outta hereâ€¦peace!â€™ but this is not the end, this is just the beginning. Yet another door and another ladder to climb. Stay tuned as I announce the new home of â€˜Saif and Soundâ€™.