Voice of the Youth Network (VOTY) in partnership with DZXL-RMN Manila, held its first Radio Broadcasting Academy on August 7, 2016 at the DZXL headquarters in Makati City. 50 college students from various colleges and universities attended this whole-day workshop to develop their broadcasting skills such as conducting interviews, news writing and creating radio programs.
After the opening ceremonies, VOTY’s Head Secretariat Ada Cuaresma came onstage as the first speaker. She started her presentation with an introduction about VOTY. She explained what VOTY does, and how and why it has been established by its Founder, Youth Media Pioneer Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales. She then proceeded with a quick workshop on how to interview guests for a radio show.
A couple of resident broadcasters in DZXL also shared their knowledge in the workshop. News Manager and Anchor Salvador “Buddy” Oberas talked about being an effective news anchor, and taught skills on news writing and research. His talk was followed by one of DZXL’s senior reporters, Deo De Guzman, whose presentation tackled news reporting and interviewing.
After lunch, DZXL Station Manager Jenil Demorito spent a few minutes to greet the workshop participants. He excitedly share the opportunities that abound in radio broadcasting, and gave tips from his own personal experience on how to live a meaningful and fun life as a radio broadcaster.
Shortly after, radio hosts and volunteers from VOTY also shared their knowledge on other important topics. Alvin Lorena and Josh Castro teamed up to discuss broadcasting ethics, where they lined up the do’s and don’ts of what to say on air. The last topic of the workshop was covered by the hosts of Radio Kabataan – DJ Denn and DJ Elaine – where they talked about how to plan and manage the program flow of a radio show. They shared a lot of insights, tips and techniques on how to make a radio program informative yet entertaining at the same time.
The workshop closed with Ate Ada relaying to the group the message from the VoiceMaster, welcoming them to VOTY and inspiring them to take the opportunity to become an inspiration to their fellow youth.