Radyo ng Bayan Borongan airs landmark "Boses Han Sinirangan" from seas of Guiuan
Guiuan, Eastern Samar (29 October) -- It's possible yet it has never been tested yet. Radio station DYES Radyo ng Bayan, a government-owned station, proved anything is possible in broadcast nowadays especially with the development of new technologies.
Recently, Boses Han Sinirangan, a daily program handled by the provincial government, aired live while the anchors were traversing on a motor boat from Manicani Island to Tubabaw Island through the equipment of DYES Radyo ng Bayan, a government owned station in Borongan.
Using a cellular phone, a mobile sound mixer and a microphone, the program lasted an hour and 30 minutes on a motor boat on the seas of Guiuan, around 110 kilometers south of the provincial capital.
Joey Policarpo, the station's chief technician, said that the DYES team made live coverage from further places including in far flung areas with cellphone signals, but it really has not tried making live broadcast from sea.
"I was worried the audio will be distracted by the sound of the wind and the loud noise of the motor engine," Policarpo said.
Boses Han Sinirangan anchor Bryan Azura himself found the experience amusing. "I never thought we will be making that feat," he said. "We were worried we will miss another episode of the program because of the distance and the situation," says Azura.
Carlos Capito, popularly called Mr. Public Service for his daily public affairs program Barangay Patrol, said that what transpired in Guiuan seas was really a landmark broadcast as it only happened now in the history of DYES. Capito is among the pioneering members of the station which went on air in February 1989.
Capito, head of News and Public Affairs, said that the radio station is continually stepping up its facilities despite the meager resources to cope up with the media demand in the province. DYES is the only AM station in Eastern Samar. 3 FM small radio stations, all on franchise schemes from Manila Broadcasting Company, are also operating in various towns of the province.
The veteran anchor also revealed that even the interior of the station will undergo rehabilitation to make it more accommodating especially to visitors. Policarpo said that the station might go off air for around 2 weeks to give way to the rehabilitation of the station especially the announcer's and technical's booths.
"I propose a bigger space for the announcer's booth so as to accommodate more people inside," Capito said.
For his part, Governor Ben P. Evardone said that he is thankful for the public service the government station is providing to his province. "DYES had been consistent in bringing about the necessary, relevant and timely information to the people of Eastern Samar," the governor said.
"The province will continue to be a partner of DYES so as to keep the Eastern Samareņos updated what their provincial government is doing for a better province," the provincial chief said.
Station Manager Byron Bugtas, meanwhile, noted that despite the lack of manpower, his station will continue its function as "Radyo ng Bayan." Bugtas is also among the pioneer of the radio station. (PBS/PIA) [top]