Thursday, September 8, 2011
PUC Radio Talk Show for an hour and a half last night, having done her homework to perfection to make sure we had more than enough to talk about. In fact we could've easily carried on for a lot longer. And I think that's the reason for her success as a radio show host since the programme began a few months ago. Precise research and a knack of making her guests feel comfortable, were a few tricks of the trade she brought with her when she returned to Cambodia, with her ailing father, in the middle of last year, having worked as a television actress and news and sports reporter in the USA. For me, this was my first time back in a radio studio since I worked on hospital radio and at Severn Sound Radio in Cheltenham more than twenty-five years ago. Our discussion ranged from growing up in the UK, to Vann Nath, to sci-fi, observational comedy, the late Haing Ngor, contemporary dance, blogging, of course, Phnom Penh Crown FC, my book To Cambodia With Love and Khmer food. In fact, just about everything under the sun was thrown into the conversation. The nightly show, which can be heard on 90.0FM in five provinces across Cambodia, is aimed at providing the students of Pannasastra University with the opportunity to hear the thoughts of a diverse array of people, from business leaders, to journalists, to arts leaders and also odd-bods like myself. The show is in English and appears to be going from strength to strength judging by the feedback they receive. They also managed to slip in a few tracks from my favourite band Steel Pulse, during a couple of brief interludes. A very enjoyable experience, made easy by Soma and her dedicated team. I'm told the show will be replayed at 7pm on Saturday 8 October.