DZUP 1602, the University of the Philippines (UP) college radio station, is leading the establishment of the College Radio Network of the Philippines supported by 29 other universities and colleges from all over the country which participated in the Philippine College Radio Congress (PCRC).

The 3rd edition of the PCRC in UP Diliman which gathered college radio broadcasters, media teachers, and industry experts in for a, lectures, and creative sessions, began on November 27 and ended on November 29 with the participating universities and schools signing a Statement of Support to the establishment of the network of terrestrial and online radio stations based in schools.

The proposal to have a college radio network began in 2016 during the 1st PCRC staged by the UP Department of Broadcast Communication of the College of Mass Communication. A college radio meeting within the PCRC established the need to share the best practices of college radios through a collaborative network similar to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, the self-regulating association of the Philippine broadcast industry.

Three years later in 2018, the vision for the network is finally taking off with the leadership of the UP radio station.

College Radio Fest On Air

DZUP also led the historic 1st PCRC College Radio Fest on November 30, 2018, a one-day marathon of showcase programs from 6 college radio stations namely:

  1. DZUP 1602 AM of the University of the Philippines – Diliman
  2. DLSU-D 95.9 Green FM of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
  3. Green Giant FM of De La Salle University – Manila
  4. Radyo Katipunan 87.9 of Ateneo de Manila University
  5. UST Tiger Radio of the University of Santo Tomas
  6. CLSU 107.3 FM of Central Luzon State University

“We’ve just concluded [the] Philippine College Radio Congress 2018, but the celebration of college radio is just starting,” announced DZUP on their social media. The Facebook post for the College Radio Fest described these stations as ‘part of the continuation of the stories of the college radios in the country’.

Each radio station presented its best college radio programs and hosts including a talk radio program by Radyo Katipunan, music DJs on USTiger Radio, CLSU’s agriculture expertise, and DLSU-D 95.9 Green FM’s newscast, interview talk radio, and indie music DJ playlist.

The university and college-based radio stations were heard broadcasting on DZUP 1602 AM in Mega Manila and parts of Calabarzon, and on audio livestreaming on www.dzup.org. The College Radio Fest broadcasts will soon be available as podcasts on the DZUP Online site.

Campus Radio Best Practices

These college radios also showcased their best practices at the PCRC campus radio plenary session held at the NISMED Auditorium in UP Diliman.

DZUP 1602 AM former station manager Ivy Claudio discussed the gains and current practices after the revitalization of the UP radio station which is marking its 60th anniversary after its establishment on December 2, 1958.

DLSU-D 95.9 Green FM station manager Angie Quadra-Balibay culled insights from the 13-year history of the Lasallian college radio in Cavite, citing the integration of class work and community service ideals with the passion and creativity of students who produce and host the shows, manage and publicize the radio station as keys to keeping the radio station on air.

CLSU 107.3 FM host Luisa Marmol highlighted the new college radio studio building and facilities, touted to be the biggest college radio studio in the country, which will house the college radio when it goes on full operation.

Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM station manager Fr. Emmanuel “Nono” Alfonso. S.J. talked about the new terrestrial radio station of ADMU run by the Jesuit Communications and their best shows including their Sports Program which interviews their athletes, their alumni show, among other widely-patronized shows.

Central Mindanao State University DXMU-FM station manager Mahalia Acuña showcased their programming collaborations with local governments and authorities which has allowed them to produce unique shows like their harana contest, among others.

DZUP’s holding of the PCRC and leadership of the college radio network marks its 60th year anniversary which the UP college radio station celebrated on December 3 by broadcasting before a live studio audience watching the day-long broadcast of its regular shows.

With reports from Danielle Aquilino, Thale Joy Blanco Escuton, Ma. Whenna Angela J. Maata

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