Teenagers display presentation skills over the airwaves Anew-found talented teenage disc jockey said he was considered a naughty boy by his teachers who disapproved of his invented expressions. 'I have become brazen and glib from being scolded too much. I'm fond of inventing my own adjectives, but they thought it was vulgar,' said Tse Kwok- wai, 16, who was recruited in a recent audition for teenage disc jockeys. 'Their mind-set prescribes that one must follow certain rigid, logical patterns to express oneself. That's definitely detrimental to developing creativity,' said the fourth former from Hong Kong Sze Yap Commerce and Industry Association Wong Tai Shan Memorial College. Leung Po-ling, also 16, and Kwok-wah were among the 30 contestants shortlisted from nearly 1,000 students who joined the competition held by Hit Radio 997, Metro Broadcast. Kwok-wah attributes his style to his idol - stand-up comedian Dayo Wong Tsz-wah. 'There is a twisted wisdom in his words. I ponder his words and try to fig ure out his key to making people laugh. My conclusion is his flair for using metaphors,' he said. 'I choose to do things other people don't and think things others wouldn't,' said Kwok- wah, explaining how he developed his creativity. With his favourite rap and hip-hop music spinning in the background, the skateboard fan entertained the audience and on-lookers in the shopping arcade with a chain of nonsense verse. 'I've always wanted to have a job that is creative in nature, and disc jockeying is one of them,' he said. Po-ling, a fifth former at Henrietta Secondary School, was re sponsive in a more conventional way, and had the ability to speak fluent English. Winning the competition was half-a-dream come true for her, as she has always aspired to be a disc jockey. Po-ling was determined to brush up her skills by talking in front of the mirror, reading jokes and listening to a greater variety of music. Contestants were judged on their eloquence, responsiveness and knowledge of music and English through a series of tests, including self-introductions in Cantonese and English, song introductions and debate. C&C 997 Union presenters Alan Kan, Albert Liu and Angela Yue were the hosts. Canto-pop singer Andy Hui Chi-on was the guest judge. He said he liked contestants who were 'reserved yet creative', such as Kwok-wai. Lucina Yu Kim-ming, programming controller of Metro Broadcast, said the standards of contestants varied greatly. 'Some of them were weird. And I dislike too much lavatory humour,' Ms Yu said. She said the ideal disc jockey should be good at song introductions and have a strong music sense and good command of the English language. Creativity and a good voice were essential. 'DJs should have a basic knowledge of English, but accurate pronuncation is more im portant than fluency. We want to avoid mistakes on names [of English songs]. This is a basic requirement,' Ms Yu said. Wallace Kwok Kai-wah, Metro Broadcast's assistant general manager, said creativity and a bright personality were prerequisites to being a disc jockey and good English was an asset. He encouraged aspiring DJs to develop their sensitivity and creativity. Mark Wu Yiu-fai, creative director, said negative views of the world that participants revealed in their talks were not a problem, dismissing that as only a characteristic of their language. Hit Radio offered Po-ling and Kwok-wah a trainee DJ contract.