Made for the airwaves: Kevin Chong flourishing on-air
Article from the Sun daily (posted on 11 Aug 2015)
KEVIN Chong could easily be labelled as Malaysia's Ryan Seacrest. He started off as a broadcast journalist in NTV7 in 2008 and is now building his career as a TV host and radio deejay at Traxx FM.
Being able to converse in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia has made the 27-year-old one of the most sought-after emcees in the scene.
The Ipoh-born has spoken to many Malaysian and international celebrities including superstars such as Mel Gibson, Diana Krall, The Script and The Pussycat Dolls!
What was your childhood like?
I hated school! My grades were bad; I was a rebellious kid. I ran away from home so many times so I could avoid going to school. Of course, I always returned home after going missing for a few hours. In my final year in high school, I discovered my strength in linguistics so I decided to pursue a course where I can apply my language skills. I chose journalism and took a diploma in mass communication.
How has your career progressed so far?
I wanted to be a newsreader. As a kid, I imitated English newsreaders such as Gerard Lam. But everyone thought I was too young and too chirpy to be a newsreader. I started my career at NTV7's The Breakfast Show and later became a host of a women's TV show called Venus then a creative director for a production house at 22.
I pursued a bachelor's degree in media management after that and have been a radio deejay for Traxx FM since I graduated. Through my radio show, I want to encourage my listeners to be kind to themselves and everyone around them. I do not want to just entertain my audience; I want to make a difference in their lives.
Do you still host TV shows?
Late last year, I was one of the hosts for a TV programme called Preview on RTM. It is a filler show where two hosts share great programmes they could watch on the channel, and give away prizes to the audience.
Could you share your most memorable celebrity interviews?
Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall was impressed with my questions. I was only told at the last minute to interview her but I always believe it is important to do some research before an interview. My interview with Irish band The Script was a unique one. Before the session, I met the lead singer of the group (Danny O'Donoghue) in the men's but I had no idea who he was. I thought he was just a tourist visiting Malaysia! We had a small chat and I even told him to have a great time in Malaysia. Later during the interview, I felt so stupid for not knowing who he was!
How would you describe yourself?
I am very hyper, chirpy and bubbly. But when I am not working, I am the total opposite. I can be quiet and reserved. Sometimes, I am too critical of myself and am always looking at my flaws. I always remind myself that I must learn to see the goodness in myself like how I see goodness in others.
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