luk thung fm
Regrettably, I am unable to say very much about radio station Luktung FM, one of Thai media conglomerate MCOT‘s national network of 62 radio stations. The station has its own website, but attempts to access it currently result in this warning:
You can safely click on the image to see a larger version of it, for I merely made a screen capture of the warning, and have not linked directly to the station website that caused the warning. Note that this station seems to be FM 95 Luktung Mahanakorn.
As one description of the radio station went: Luktung Mahanakorn is a Thai Online Radio station broadcast by MCOT Radio. Luktung FM brings you the very best Luktung Thaimusic available on Thai Online Radio, 24 hours a day. In Thailand you can also listen on FM 95.0.
It seems possible to listen to the station via other links to the station feed, but as one such website stated: Reports indicate this source is unreliable. You may sometimes experience problems listening.
I have attempted to use several sites that claim to offer the radio stream, but they all require my version of Firefox to have the Windows Media Player 11 plugin, which I do not have.
An MCOT radio station at FM 95 calls itself Modern Radio, and the feed seems to be okay as of the date of my post. I am having a devil of a time deciding if FM 95 Luktung Mahanakorn is different from Modern Radio FM 95. If you go to this webpage offering Luktung mahanakorn chart music, and then click on Song List click here!, you get taken to Modern Radio FM 95.
Apparently Luk Tung FM may also have been a forum or webboard, for I found this about it: A high-traffic, low-quality forum, in Thai only.
However, the location for it seems to be no longer active in this context — perhaps whoever owned the website let it lapse.
I found another website called lukthungfm945.com, but for the life of me, I cannot locate any kind of link for a broadcast of any sort.
Another quote: Bangkok’s first 24-hour luk thung radio station, Luk Thung FM (at 90 FM), was launched in 1997, and it’s even hip for the middle class to like luk thung these days. [The Rough Guide to Thailand by Lucy Ridout.]
And from Billboard magazine, February 27, 1999: One of Thailand’s bright spots in the radio market, Luk Thung FM (FM 95.5), has been hit by falling advertising. Launched in August 1997, at the beginning of the Asian economic crisis, the 24-hour station (the first FM station devoted entirely to luk thung), has ridden a wave of revival popularity for the domestic country-music styles of luk thung, mor lam and kantrum. Often looked down on by Bangkok’s smart middle-class as music for country bumpkins, luk thung music is now as popular as it was during the golden years of the 1970s. Wittaya Suphapon, VP of Luk Thung Co. Ltd. and the man behind the station, says the outlet has been successful because it has “targeted a niche market that wasn’t been served by an FM station.” He added that listeners who are tired of formulaic programs of Thai or Western hits have been drawn to Luk Thung by its knowledgeable DJs, star singers who act as guest DJs and live programming. The station has replaced FM 100, a phone-in stattion for traffic conditions, as Bangkok’s most popular station. And A.C. Nielson/Deemar, a media-anaylysis company, rated Luk Thung FM as the most popular station for 1998. Despite the advertising downturn, Wittaya says he has no fears for his station’s future because “luk thung remains very close to the heart of Thai culture.”
A couple of forum members at Thai360 indicated back in September, 1962, that the station had gone off the air “recently.” So perhaps any current station is unrelated, and it is entirely moot if FM 95 Luktung Mahanakorn and Modern Radio FM 95 are the same or even related?
Anecdotally, there is evidently a Lukthung F.m. Co in Bangkok involved in film production and theatre.
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