Local radio station Lush 99.5FM to close after 13 years

Local radio station Lush 99.5FM to close after 13 years
File picture of a stereo player. (Photo: Yahoo Singapore)

Come end of August, some radio listeners in Singapore will have to find an alternative to get their music fix.

Lush 99.5FM, known for its focus on indie and local music, announced on Monday (17 July) that it would be ceasing transmission on 31 August, 11.59pm.

The Mediacorp-owned radio station said in a post on its Facebook page that it had not managed to “grow the base of listeners enough to sustain the operating costs of the station”.

The station also reaffirmed its passion towards local music with the Singapore Sounds project, which “will feature local music, artists and gigs on other music stations”.

Lush 99.5FM DJ Rosalyn Lee called the news “absolutely heartbreaking”. In a Facebook post on Monday, the local DJ said she needed some time and would be posting her thoughts the next day.

In a media statement, Mediacorp said that despite “efforts to improve listenership, Lush continues to consistently garner the lowest audience among Mediacorp’s radio stations”.

“At the same time, the needs of Lush listeners are increasingly being served online and on alternative platforms,” the statement said.

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