Taiwanese Accent

According to this faq of a Chinese learning centre:

... The truth is, educated people in Mainland China and Taiwanese television or radio broadcasters speak Mandarin with little difference. However, it is true that Taiwanese people in general speak differently from Taiwanese television or radio broadcasters...

This is very true.

Recently I have been listening to Taiwanese radio online, and there is a lot of differences between the news broadcaster, show hosts and people calling in. One would speak perfect Mandarin with no difference to what has been broadcasted in CCTV. The other would start showing his/her lazy Taiwanese tongue by dropping off the tongue-rolling or nose sound here and there (plus Taiwanese slangs that you can't find in the dictionary). Whereas the average general public who calls in would demonstrate what a true blue (or is that green) Taiwanese would sound like with a mix of Taiwanese Mandarin (so called 台灣國語) and Hokkien. 50+ years of Mandarin education pushed by the iron fist of national party in Taiwan has not changed much...

And do I sound Taiwanese to you? When I meet up with people from mainland China, they would usually say that my accent gave away where I grew up. However there was once someone from Taiwan nearly has her eyes pop out when she learnt that I actually came from Taiwan. "Taiwanese? No way." I just don't speak like one. And last couple of years when I went back to Taiwan for holidays, people in the shops, on the taxi, etc actually thought I was a Honkie or a mainland Chinese. I wonder which side is right.

Having been speaking Mandarin to the mainland Chinese most of the time, I started dislike what many young Taiwanese guys sound like, especially those in the radio shows. First of all, the tones they use sounds more gay than guy (sorry about my description) that just got me a cold chill down the spine. And the accent? Err! It is worse than listening to heavily accented American English. I am not sure whether I just happened to listen to the wrong radio station - but they all sound the same, over different stations at different time and different show. Just can't stand it.


Oh. The reason I came across the above website is that I was looking for a good news/music radio live stream from Taiwan, as BCC has been down for the past 2 days. I prefer something that has good content, in Mandarin (not Hokkien or Cantonese or Hakka) and low bandwidth (RealMedia over 16-21kbps preferred). Last night the Chinese New Year Eve Vivian and I was listening to some Hong Kong radio channel that was supposed to be very good, except I can only catch 5% of the Cantonese...