On August 14, 2016, about 50 students from different colleges and universities in Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces gathered at the DZXL-RMN Manila headquarters in Makati, for the second batch of the Radio Broadcasting Academy. The Radio Broadcasting Academy is a whole-day workshop geared towards teaching radio broadcasting skills to new and aspiring broadcasters, even those who are non-Communication majors.

Ada Cuaresma, Deo de Guzman, and Alvin Lorena and Josh Castro

After the opening ceremonies, the series of talks began with the Voice Care Queen Ada Cuaresma, who talked about conducting radio interviews. After a brief introduction about Voice of the Youth Network and the founder Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales, Ada discussed the steps on how to effectively conduct radio interviews, and gave the participants listening exercise to harness their interviewing skills.

DZXL Senior Reporter Deo De Guzman shortly followed to discuss News Reporting. With his real-life experience as a reporter, Deo shared his expertise on how to play a detective’s role in gathering information, and to properly deliver them in the form of news. Deo was followed by VOTY anchors Josh Castro and Alvin Lorena, who talked about Broadcasting Ethics in a fun and interactive way.

DJ Big Brian Ligsay, Moxx de Vera, DJ Denn and DJ Elaine

After lunch, veteran voice artist, broadcaster and events host DJ Big Brian Ligsay came up onstage to share his expertise on voice modulation and projection for broadcasters. With a lot of exercise and stories about his broadcasting days, DJ Big Brian not only entertained but also motivated the participants to pay attention to their number one instrument in broadcasting – their VOICE.

DJ Big Brian was followed by fellow host and broadcaster Moxx de Vera, who talked about the basics of hosting. He shared his experience as a freelance host, and the skills he learned to develop that can benefit broadcasters. The last set of speakers were Radyo Kabataan hosts DJ Denn and DJ Elaine, who discussed radio programming. They gave the participants an overview of the different elements and segments of a radio show, and how to come up with a program flow for each episode. The participants were then given time to form small groups and practice creating their sample program flow.

Radio Broadcasting Academy participants pose with the speakers and hosts from VOTY

Towards the end of the workshop, Ada did the closing remarks on behalf of the VoiceMaster. She congratulated the new members of VOTY and motivated them to ignite their volunteer spirit by taking the opportunity to be active in VOTY’s initiatives.

The Radio Broadcasting Academy is an initiative of Voice of the Youth Network in partnership with DZXL-RMN Manila.

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