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.
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
updated what their provincial government is doing for a better
province,” the provincial chief said.
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.