DJ John Klass thankful for opportunity to return to radio

31 May 2013 / 3 years 4 months ago

The year was 1996 and John Klass was still manually feeding CDs into the player at Perfect 10 (now 987FM).Two years later, he quit being a deejay and hasn’t revisited the occupation.Until last week, that is.Klass, 43, has taken over Jeremy Ratnam’s drivetime slot from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays on Kiss92.He told The New Paper: “I got a call two weeks ago from the programme director (Mr Jamie Meldrum) at Kiss92 and he asked if I was interested in returning to radio.“I have been itching to come back so I agreed.“My friends have said that listening to me on air is like going back in time.“The experience has given me an adrenaline rush.‘But as he found out, returning to radio 15 years later is a whole new ball game.“It’s been only three days, but I’ve realised that there’s a whole new way of presenting radio now.‘Klass said that he had understudied Ratnam for only three days before he had to fly solo.For one, he had to get used to music playlists being computerised now.Luckily for Klass, he hasn’t strayed from the industry and has kept up with all the current music.After he left Perfect 10 in 1998, he produced music, taught music and taught singing classes.He also set up a media music company, Klass International, with his wife Valerie Klass, 43.He said his goal was to promote Asian, entertainment in the international market.Artists signed on to his company include Singapore Idol season two finalist Paul Twohill and Indian rapper Mr Chan.If all this aren’t enough, Klass also set up his own band, The Professionals, in which he is the lead singer.Said Klass: “I’m still running my business now so this isn’t a full-time gig.“My daughters (Victoria, 13, and Venetia, eight) have heard me hosting shows before, but this will be the first time they’ll hear me on radio.“My biggest fear? Dead air.‘

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