Varela: When TV, radio come together

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By Gretchen Varela

Breathing Gratitude

Thursday, April 10, 2014


WE KNOW them quite well as we listen to them everyday at home or while driving to work. They entertain us, make us laugh and play music for us. They spend long hours with their audience and though they seem very familiar, they remain faceless as we hear them only on the radio.

In contrast, we see on-screen hosts and reporters as they deliver the news daily, but only for short periods of airtime. Hardly do you see the real personalities of these hard working ladies and gentlemen behind GMA’s Isyu Subong Negrense News and Public Affairs program.

As a TV Host, I rarely get to see the DJs (disc jockeys). Sometimes during out-of-town shows, we get a chance to co-host or watch them host the show, but always, whenever they’re around, it’s always so much fun.

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So what happens when TV and radio come together?

For the first time in the history of GMA Bacolod, DJs came together with GMA News and Public Affairs to celebrate the re-launching of Campus Radio 107.1 to Barangay 107.1 Tugstugan Na! It was a night to relax and enjoy just being together in a venue that’s totally different from what we are used to.

The show was held during the festivities of the Panaad Festival last April 4 at the Panaad Park stage.

It started with the DJs playing a prank on everyone including the director of the show, Ms. Rutha Rojo. They sent out onstage two random boys to pretend to be the show’s hosts – Papa Lito and Papa Ator, together with Isyu Subong Negrense Host Kat Valencia. Ms. Rutha’s reaction was priceless, which of course, gave us a good laugh and that set the tone for the evening.

It was very interesting to see how the hosting styles vary between the radio and TV personalities. We were more reserved and calculated in our spiels, while the DJs were just nonstop and more comfortable talking and entertaining the audience.

There were dance numbers from the Panaad Latin Dancesport Competition Kapuso Choice Awardees and live performances from the Pikadilyos Band. Lots of games were played and prizes were given away.

Isyu Subong Negrense hosts and reporters came onstage and conducted some games themselves. We even hesitantly performed a song number, “Roar” by Katy Perry and surprisingly enjoyed ourselves in the process.

The finale was a band performance by no less than our very own DJs! Who knew that all of them had musical inclinations? Papa Paolo was on the drums, Papa Marco and Papa Dino were on the electric guitars, Papa Brando played the saxophone and Papa Dino, Lito, Janno and Ator did the vocals.

It was a wonderful sight to behold as the DJs played together for the first time. It was an evening that we all enjoyed as we appreciated one another and the company that brings us all together.

One thing that’s common among all of us, is we are all truly proud to be Kapuso!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 10, 2014.

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