It's interesting how something can snowball.
So I was working in the newsroom on Sunday night and one of the stories fell through. We had an empty page to fill.
I meekly asked one of the editors whether she knew about Juanita Melson, who had died on Thursday, but it hadn't been reported.
Melson was the voice of the MRT for many years and gave a number of well-known radio DJs a boost early in their careers. (I found out about her death from DJ John Klass's Facebook post.)
I suggested to the editor that we could do a story about Melson to help fill the page.
A reporter was assigned to write the story and it came out yesterday in The New Paper.
Since then, others have picked up the story.
And today, she is on page 1 of The Straits Times.
The paper called her "iconic MRT announcer".
As saddened as I am about her passing, I'm heartened she's getting the public recognition she deserves, albeit posthumously.
And all because a story fell through and a page needed to be filled. It's interesting how something can snowball.
In my Facebook post about her on Saturday, I called her the "original voice of the MRT" to differentiate her from the current voice on the MRT.
But according to the reports, she voiced the MRT annoucements only from 1996 to 2008. The MRT started operating in November 1987. Assuming there were train announcements back then, Melson couldn't have been the "original voice of the MRT".
I apologise for the error.
But of course, Juanita Melson was more than just a voice and I'm fortunate to have met the human being behind the voice.
The "iconic MRT announcer" told me she liked this song:
TRENDING POSTS OF THE WEEK
NUS goes strawless (and to protest, someone on NUS Whispers claims to have bought 1,000 straws just to throw them away )It's not just KFC and Burger King . Last week, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced to students and staff: With ef...
When I learnt that Vernetta Lopez ’s autobiography Memoirs Of A DJ: Life In Progress was published last week, I rushed to the nearest major...
Last month, it was reported that Nike would stop supplying to smaller shops like those in Queensway Shopping Centre and Peninsula Plaza. ...
It’s like 1996 all over again. Only instead of the Macarena , we’re dancing Gangnam Style . Instead of watching the White House get bl...
Lately, I've been noticing the recurring use of an unfamiliar word on social media. Aisey. Posted by SMRT Ltd (Feedback) on Wedne...
Zoe Tay said she was “just sexy”, and that men love her and women hate her. I can’t speak for women, but as a man, I don’t exactly love...
Two years ago, when celebrity radio deejay Glenn Ong revealed that he was dating fellow MediaCorp deejay Jean Danker after splitting fro...
It started with this Cyberpioneer Facebook post: What does Military Expert (ME) 1 Clarie Teo enjoy, when she is not busy keeping ship eng...
I first met Darryl David at Gurmit Singh's wedding dinner in 1995. David's date was a woman named Lynette Pang , who was a stag...
At least it wasn’t a schoolboy giving you the finger . That was the big controversy of last year’s National Day Parade. This year, the con...