A Facebook video of a team of high school broadcasters from Samar has earned widespread attention from netizens, academics, and professional broadcasters, drawing attention to the budding Filipino radio talents.
The Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School (ESNCHS) video showed a team of 3 boys and 3 girls, with a music scorer on a computer – going through a Filipino radio program script and delivering the lines as if the radio show was broadcasting live, complete with opening credits to the “Radyo Express Balita DYRS 574 Ormoc City,” news announcers, field reports, commercials, public service announcements, music scoring, cues from a previous program, and even an announced membership to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas.
The Filipino students competed during the 2018 Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSSPC) at Ormoc City supervised by their teacher Macel Apura. The recording was made during their practice session early December 2018 days before the actual competition.
The Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School (ESNCHS) Radio Broadcasting Team’s rehearsals was posted by KJM Promotions in January and to date has registered over 354k likers, over 210k shares, and 33k comments of praises, tips, and offers of help.
Good News Pilipinas gathered some comments from Filipino radio practitioners here and abroad, and from broadcasting schools to highlight why the video has gained so much traction and aroused pride in the Filipino talent.
DZMM 630AM Executive Producer, Broadcaster
With the limited resources the students have, suffice to say that their passion is for radio broadcasting.
Who said radio is dead? These students prove that radio is very much alive and evolving!
Given their limited resources, they were able to produce a live radio production (with live scoring and all!) that put some Metro Manila based campus radio stations to shame.
In our interview with the male main anchor RJ Alconaba, he said that they gave their best for that project and that it was made with utmost passion and loads of perspiration. PS:
They were THAT good but still did not win the competition. Imagine how good the team who did was!
105.9 LIKE FM Radio Talk Show Host
Needless to say I was impressed by the tightness of their production. The sound quality wasn’t bad at all, albeit the absence of soundproofing (they recorded the whole thing in what looked to me like a living room of someone’s home), although it obviously could still be improved.
I also noticed how their announcing style sort of projected a somewhat “old school” vibe, which I found quite nostalgic. I tip my hat to those kids. The broadcast industry needs more of their kind—creative, passionate and committed.
Direk Rene Nonoy Molina
Barangay New Zealand Free FM 89.0 Founder/Broadcaster
Amazing! I’m so happy for these kids! You could feel the rawness (since it’s radio) but at the same time I can see their love and determination for broadcast journalism (dahil naka-video).
Although ginagaya nila ang mga boses ng mga idolo sa radyo, lumalabas pa rin ang kanilang tunay na pagkatao. Technically, nearly flawless (voice, music, sound effects, anchors, lahat-lahat, bilib ako). They were able to make hay with what they’ve got and for that I salute them.
The future of Philippine broadcasting is in good hands with these kids, wag lang sana ma-korupt at ma-AC-DC! Mula sa Aotearoa New Zealand I wish them kia kaha (be strong)!
Cultural Center of the Philippines Culture Media Arts Division Culture and Arts Officer
Mahuhusay ang mga bata! As always, students would have pegs– with the style of news reporting, delivery, sequencing/scripting, voice and stingers. But, as it is, they’ve done it wonderfully!
PTV4 Broadcast Journalist
Ang boses at pagbabalita ng ibang bata, natural lang, walang pagpapanggap. Ganung mga bata ang madali at masarap turuan, wala pa kasing masyadong ideya sa tunay na mundo ng brodkasting kaya hindi matigas ulo at susunod lang sa mentor.
Their chosen stories are okay with me. Though there are some that can be rearranged.
News bed is also okay. We used that and until now i think, comm students are also using that because of its powerful impact and its signature as well.
Their newswriting, magiimprove pa, and I am willing to teach them for free, from gathering, writing and delivery.
I must commend the parents and teachers of those students for their support.
Gian Carlo Librojo
University of the Philippines DZUP 1602 AM Producer and News Anchor
I really like the production value. To me, they’ve allocated time to rehearse and produce such an excellent work.
Kudos to their voices! They have golden voices.
I think this is part of the press conferences held by DepEd. This gives inspiration to college radios like us because we see here aspiring media workers who’d consider being employed in radio stations.
De La Salle University-Dasmariñas DLSU-D 95.9 Green FM Programming Director and Chief Announcer
I think the team work shown is the most impressive part of their radio production. None of the individuals missed their cues, they knew exactly what kind of voice was suitable for the role that they were playing. The tall boy wearing a white shirt stood out from the rest because he can vary his voice as needed in the script. I kept on forgetting that he is still in high school because he sounded like a professional announcer.
The girl in red and white stripes did a good job, the showbiz news bit was also delivered the way mainstream stations usually do it, and I think that’s good, if that’s the standard they’re going for. I was not a fan of the voice projection of the news reporters, because it felt a bit forced, and it would have been better if they modulated enough to lower their pitch but still kept it sounding natural. The PSA was also good because it is relevant and timely.
WATCH the full viral video of the ESNCHS broadcasters here
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