Video Interview With Dorian Cassar

Date of Birth: 18/03/1981

Where do you live? Paola

Status: Married

Star Sign: Pisces

Occupation: Radio DJ

How did you get started as a radio presenter?

I first started on the community radio, Radio Kottoner when I was around 16 years old. I am actually still involved with this to this very today. I had seen an advert on a newspaper and applied for it. At the time I was doing my O-Levels so, after I finished my exams I started working as a volunteer with this radio. Then, at a later stage, in 1999 I started working with Bay Radio.

Your job gives you the opportunity to meet a variety of people.

Who is the most memorable person you have ever met?

I did meet a lot of people, but every person has left me with something or taught me something in their own way. There is no one person whom I can say, “This is the most important or the best person I have ever met.” I think that all of them, all the interviews I have done on the radio and on television, were important to me. So no, there is no particular person who has left an impression on me, there are many.

Have you ever been in an awkward or embarrassing situation ‘on air’?

Can you tell us about it?

I think that being on the radio, one of the most embarrassing things that can happen is leaving the fader on and saying things which weren’t intended to be heard by the listeners. I have done that and once I also sneezed on the radio. I have had to cough many many times. Another time, I was talking to a person with my mike on. Thankfully it was nothing strange or terrible but it did happen.

What is your favourite tune of all time?

There are quite a lot of tunes which I like, but a song I really enjoy is Telling Stories by Tracy Chapman. It is a bit different to the music I play on the radio, but it is definitely one of my favourites.

What are the main challenges you face as a radio DJ?

My show starts early in the morning, at 6.30am, so it is a bit difficult to get into the routine of waking up and going to sleep early. You cannot stay out late, especially on week days because I have to wake up at 5am. Since I have a daily show, I have to sound good every day and create a lot of content.

Moreover, I also produce the breakfast show so I have to come up with new ideas and discuss them with the others involved in the show. I also have to sound fresh and put out something new every day. It is a daily four hour show and it is definitely a challenge, not difficult but a challenge which I really enjoy. After the show is over, I still have to think about what I am going to prepare for the next day, and even throughout the day when I am working or doing other things, the breakfast show is always on my mind. That is, if I meet someone or if I do something throughout the day, then I am always thinking how I can use it as content for the show.

How do you choose the tracks to play during your show?

I am blessed, because a person chooses the tracks for me. I am only in charge of content and the delivery itself. The way Bay Radio works is that there is a person who is in charge of music, the Head of Music. He decides what gets into the playlist and what goes out, thus I have the music prepared for me. I only change tracks occasionally according to a particular topic that I am talking about or an artist I am doing a story on.

What do you do out of the radio DJ scene?

I have my own business so when the breakfast show finishes, another long day starts for me. My eight hours do not stop at 2pm but I am actually working till about 8pm every day. However, I really enjoy it. It is something related to media as well, but at least it is something very different which gets me out of the studio.