Radio Lives On: Celebrating World Radio Day with a Nod to the Past and Eyes on the Future

On World Radio Day, the KBP Calabarzon Chapter Chairman reflects on radio's journey since 1996, highlighting its ongoing relevance and impact.

Radio Lives On: Celebrating World Radio Day with a Nod to the Past and Eyes on the Future

On April 24, 1996, I greeted the airwaves for the first time from one of Davao City's highest points, supported by a 10,000-watt radio transmitter. From that day onward, radio has played a significant role in my life, merging public service with broadcasting. Today, as we observe World Radio Day, I, serving as the Chapter Chairman of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) in Calabarzon, am eager to express the enduring significance of radio to all of us.

While writing this, I've been listening to "Radio Gaga" by Queen, which reminds me of radio's lasting power. Even with the internet and social media everywhere, radio has kept its special place. It's easy to use, doesn't need the internet, and is cheap. This makes it perfect for far-off places or where the internet is hard to get.

Radio is also crucial when there's an emergency. It gives out important news and keeps people calm when other ways to communicate might not work. Local radio stations help keep our culture and traditions alive by sharing our music, stories, and languages.

Radio isn't just for fun; it's a great way to learn too. It can teach people of all ages about different things, from reading to staying healthy. It's also a place where everyone can share their thoughts and talk about important issues, helping us all understand each other better.

Even with new technology, radio hasn't fallen behind. It's now online too, with podcasts and live streams, reaching people everywhere. This shows how radio can change and grow while still keeping its heart.

As we think about World Radio Day, let's remember how radio has stayed strong through the years. It teaches, entertains, and brings us together, proving it's more than just an old way of getting news—it's a key part of our lives today and in the future.

Question: How does radio make a difference in your life? ????????