Philippine DX News No.18

Philippine DX News No.18

August 10, 2008

Hello everyone and welcome to the August edition of Pilipinas DX. This is report Number 18 and I’m Henry Umadhay in Antique, Central Philippines

In today’s Pilipinas DX News –

1. We have few items, a feature story about a Philippine broadcasting pioneer

2. Radio Singapore International

3. And our regular station logs

Glad to be back and Thank you for tuning by.


Broadcasting Pioneer DZRH Turns 69

69 years ago, at exactly 6 in the morning, announcer Hal Bowie took his seat before a microphone in a little studio at the top of the Heacock Building in Escolta, and bid his unseen audience good morning. Thus was born the fourth commercial radio station to operate in Manila . In just a few years, with the entire Philippine archipelago caught in the maelstrom of the Second World War, the fledgling station – which took the call sign KZRH – would buck the challenge of history and remain as the only surviving radio station in the country.

It’s a suspicious beginning as the mouthpiece of one of the largest department stores in the Pacific must have laid the groundwork for the station’s commercial viability all these years – a major factor in the survival of the so-called “stepchild of media arts.”

New as it was, KZRH management led by Bertrand Silen was not just armed with the technical know-how in radio operations, but likewise had fundamental marketing knowledge down pat. They knew what radio listeners liked and disliked.

Musical variety shows, comedy skits, and short newscasts were the order of the day. Jazz and ballads became standard fare. Together with American wit, the English language spread. KZRH found itself as an advertising medium. Apart from 15-minute block time sold to advertisers, commercial spots mixing announcements with music were also produced. KZRH found itself amidst lucrative times.

Then came the grim shadow of war. The Japanese Imperial Army took over the sophisticated equipment, which eventually got blown sky-high by the Americans. And while Silen’s staff – considered the best in the Far East – found themselves either in Bataan , at the internment camps of Santo Tomas and Los Banos, within the guerilla movement, or simply felled by enemy bullets, plans for the rebirth of KZRH upon liberation were kept alive.

Upon being released, Silen sought help from the National Broadcasting Company in New York to secure new transmitters, and with the financing the new operations at the Insular Life Building on Plaza Cervantes, KZRH was back on the air under the auspices of Manila Broadcasting Company on July 1, 1946 – just in time to cover the inauguration of the new Republic.

Soon after, the International Telecommunications Union adjusted the call letters of Philippine radio, and all allusions to the western United States through the letter K were removed. Until today, all radio stations in the Philippines begin with the letter D.

Over a decade, the station embarked on a “One Nation, One Station” initiative, expanding its coverage to an unprecedented 97% of the Philippine archipelago. To date, DZRH is the only station in the country that is on the air nationwide 24/7 on stereo, simulcast via satellite to relay stations in key provincial cities.

This article published in the Philippine Daily inquirer dated July 15, 2008.


Radio Singapore International

RSI ceased transmission on august 1st. On July 26th RSI aired a 25 minute program, Commentators bid farewell to RSI. Jason Tan speak to the many commentators who generously donated their time to the station’s programs.

And on July 30th another 25 minute program was aired: Goodnight and Good Luck, RSI, RSI presenters reminisce about the good old days!

In a letter dated June 10, 2008 which I personally received RSI thanked all their listeners for the support of RSI programs over the years. And they enclosed a small souvenir to express their appreciation. The letter was signed by their senior Program Director Sakantula Gupta.

To RSI Good night!


  For our reception Logs

For July 26

0500 on 17810 Radio Japan in English S-I-O 3-3-3

0756 HCJB Global Voice Australia in English on 11750 S-I-O 3-3-3

0810 KBS World Radio in English on 9570 S-I-O 4-4-4

0815 DW Radio in German on 15650 S-I-O 2-2-2

0900 KBS World radio in Japanese on 6155 S-I-O 4-3-3 Music and talk

0930 CRI in English on 15210 S-I-O 5-5-5

1000 Radio Netherlands in English 12065 S-I-O 5-5-5

1010 All India Radio in English on 17800 S-I-O 3-3-2

1045 Radio Kuwait Filipino Service on 17885 S-I-O 3-4-3 Filipino Music and folksongs

1057 IRIB Voice of Islamic republic of Iran on 15600 in English S-I-O 3-3-3


For June 27

0030 All India radio on 9950 in English S-I-O 4-4-4

0115 Radio Taiwan Intl on 11875 in English S-I-O 4-4-4

0213 DZRP-Radyo Pilipinas Overseas 15510 // 15285, 11880 S-I-O 3-4-3 Listener’s International program

1000 DW in German on 17635 S-I-O 4-4-3

1030 AWR in Mongolian on 11780 S-I-O 3-4-3

1030 AWR in Cebuano on 11985 S-I-O 4-4-4

For June 24

0930 DW in English on 15340 S-I-O 4-4-4

0943 RNW Dutch Service to Australia/New Zealand from Saipan on 9795 S-I-O 5-5-5

0945 CVC Australia in English from Darwin to India on 15230 S-I-O 3-4-3

0950 Family Radio in English on 9465 S-I-O 5-5-5

0953 Radio New Zealand International on 7145 from Rangitaiki S-I-O 3-2-3

1235 Voice of the Islamic Revolution on 15190 from Kamalabad in mandarin S-I-O 3-2-2

1244 Radio Exterior de Espana on 11960 in Spanish S-I-O 4-4-3

1249 KWHR in English on 9955 S-I-O 3-4-3


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This has been Henry Umadhay for Wavescan in Antique, Central Philippines saying… Mabuhay! At Maraming salamat po!





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