Radio Malaysia’s Alan Zachariah dies at 71

Music man...Alan Zachariah of Radio Malaysia, dead at 71

Music man…Alan Zachariah of Radio Malaysia, dead at 71

Alan Zachariah, one of the giants of Radio Malaysia’s English service, died of a heart attack at University Hospital this afternoon at the age of 71, Bernama reported.

Alan served with RTM from 1966 to 2000, in the days when the English service was distinguished by such announcers as Patrick Teoh, Alan Bligh, Yahya Long Chik, Razali Hussein, Fauziah Nawi, Ronnie Atkinson and Constance Haslam.

Alan’s cool style and voice was distinctive from the other familiar voices which made an impression during the growing-up years of a generation of now elderly Malaysians, a time when the English service, then the Blue Network, was patterned after the BBC with a mix of programmes including news, features and documentaries, radio plays on Sunday, and music. (The Blue Network later became Radio 4 and then TraXXfm.) Alan added his own touch by introducing jazz to the mix.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn and son Adam.

Former RTM announcer Gerard Vincent Ratnam said Alan’s funeral will be held at 10am on Thursday at St Ignatius church, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya.

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3 thoughts on “Radio Malaysia’s Alan Zachariah dies at 71

  1. Elderly? Who’re you calling elderly? Too much sad news, but that’s life. Incidentally, there was Geoff Nicholson as well. I remember the generation before, too — Leslie Dawson, Bosco De Cruz, Sonny Menon, George Abraham, Faridah Merican, Syed Alwi, K Das …

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  3. Hey I remember all these names. And I grew up with Alan’s voice. Elderly? I tell ya, its the new 30s and life is great! RIP Alan. I will miss you more.

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