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Of Radyo Kontra Droga 98.3 FM and of the Anti-Pirate Radio Law

[Requested by Ian Santos]

[DISCLAIMER: This post is neither associated with Radyo Kontra Droga nor with the National Telecommunications Commission. It is for information and educational purposes only.]

Ron Cruz (sitting, in white) is the mastermind behind Radyo Kontra Droga 98.3 FM in Manila. The station was acclaimed as pirated upon receipt from the PHRadio Group.

IS THE WRITING on the wall happening for a pirated radio station?

According to a post shared in the PHRadio Group this past week, a letter from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was received dated April 19. However, the originating post from the Facebook account (not as a page) obscured the content of the letter. Members of the group answered it either as a note of final warning or a letter of cease and desist (C&D) order.

Patrick Chin shared this post from Kontra Droga (as an account) showing the letter from the National Telecommunications Commission.

However, the exposed preliminary parts of the letter were given the suspicions. The recipient was addressed to a certain Mr. Ron Cruz who owned “Radyo Kontra Droga” 98.3 FM in Paco, Manila. The e-mail address obviously used those from his actual business, Ultralite Solar Power Hauz, on with the same location, which was promoted in Unang Hirit (GMA) and Bandila (ABS-CBN) more than two years ago.

Delving on the web, the Metro Manila’s FM frequencies are all occupied and 98.3 MHz is not even registered and licensed to permit by the NTC, not given a legitimate franchise from Congress and no publicity was ever recognized to the public.

The Turf reasoned deductively that when their daytime operating hours of the solar panel establishment is done, they would be converted into an underground radio station, commencing daily operation from 9:00 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning.

According to Ian Santos, he believed that they are not classified as a low-power station (≤20 watts) as he estimated the transmission power of 250-500 watts.

In short, they operate a clandestine pirate station. They are illegal under Act No. 3846 and it may interfere their neighbors’ frequencies. In this case, it may affect Home Radio 97.9 and the classical music station DZFE 98.7.

So, how will they stop and taste the arm of the law?

Learn from the news item from UNTV’s Ito Ang Balita last July 8, 2013.

The police and the NTC will raid and padlock the premises and confiscate their equipment. If the erring personnel have been named and have been known, they will be fined 300 pesos and will be sentenced for three months in jail.

In this case, so much for being the die-hard supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte (or DDS) like Mr. Cruz that they can’t even discipline themselves, especially in complying the common broadcast laws. That said, their new slogan upon their hopeful prevailing justice will be taunted vocally, “Kontra droga pa man, pirata pala naman” or possibly place a cardboard written in a permanent marker, “Pirata ako, ‘wag tularan.”

However, the Turf is not done just yet, because we need to share the thoughts on how that anti-pirate radio law is working this year:

It’s lamentable how the said penalty imposed a ridiculous amount and term is fined and served right now since it was passed back then: P 300 before is worth thousands of pesos in today’s terms and three months — classified under arresto mayor — is rather a short sentence for an imprisonment over this nominal delict.

Although the Congress has the constitutional right to amend the existing law to impose even more stiff penalties on radio piracy, the author thinks that they have to serve progressively up to prision correcional (up to six years).

Nevertheless, the monitoring of unexpected happenings in the radio spectrum shall not cease after this case is solved.


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Pabasa ng Philippine TV for Holy Week 2017

Ecce Homo (1871) by Antonio Ciseri (1821-1891)

IT’S SO HARD to believe that Holy Week is next week — the first on the nine-month-old Duterte administration and yes, the Turf understands it as a political aspect of Calvary we’re harnessing.
Anyway, in this penultimate and pious week of Lent, many words emanate to our psyche: reflection, journey, sacrifice, panata and self-penitence.

As part of the countdown to 500 years of Christianity, this year (2017) is designated for the Year of Parish as the Communion of Communities.

As part of the preparation of the Quincentennial of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021, each year within the nine-year novena (since 2012-13) has a certain designation. This year is dedicated as the Year of the Parish as the Communion of Communities. So, expect this theme to be integrated throughout the following days.
During the week, operating hours on malls and establishments are expected to be reduced — if not closed — on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday but they may resume full-time on Black Saturday.
On television, particularly, free to air, some networks either reduced to special programming or signed off. In the Turf’s annual tradition of heralding the events, the whole week will be divided into four (4) chronological groups with six (6) specific periods. In this distinctive insight, some channels and programs within the week will give notice if they’re in conflictin need of attention and something to watch out for.
Bear in mind that such insights are unpredictable.

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Wish FM’s YouTube channel reaches 1 million subs

[This post is dedicated to radiophile birthday celebrant, MC “Cool Mac” Capulong.]

Wish 107.5

Wish FM 107.5 made a distinguishing milestone of FM radio. Their YouTube channel reached 1 million subscribers yesterday, March 15.

WISH FM 107.5 (DWNU-FM) heralded a distinctive achievement that has never done before; their YouTube channel has reached the 1 million subscribers mark.

Their YouTube channel contains mostly performances from local artists showcasing their original compositions and/or covers of all-time hits on the mobile radio booth fittingly called the “Wish FM Bus,” since 2014, although several foreign acts performed there. One example of them was The Moffatts, with their famous signature song, “I’ll Be There for You” were able to draw its Batang 90s fans on both sides prior to their leg of the Farewell Concert tour three weeks ago.

The said remote “Wischlusive” performances are part of their radio program “The Roadshow,” which can be seen on “Wish 107.5 TV” on UNTV 37, weekdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Who would’ve thought an underdog in the FM band achieve such an accomplishment?

Are they loyal listeners? Well, maybe.

Fans? Pwede.

What about radiophiles? Pwede rin.

However, the other sector that helped them achieve that goal is the outsiders. No, they’re not necessarily those who are outside of the bus but those YouTube channels, outside of the country, with their chock-full of reaction videos.

Despite the religious ownership and its slant like those in their TV counterpart and like their rival religious groups, they prioritize innovation.

The mobile radio booth is not a new concept for them as their sister AM radio — Radyo La Verdad 1530 kHz (DWUN-AM) — began rolling around two years prior. Vehicles aside, the FM station also acquired Orban 8500 audio processor to create a consistent and clean sound output and high-definition cameras to capture their glorious 1080p visual output of Wishclusive performances.

Although the Turf would not intentionally wanted to condescend competitors, it seems mainstream FM radio stations will be jealous and envious to this news.

Nevertheless and despite the differences, Timow’s Turf congratulates the personnel behind Wish FM for reaching such an attainment. To God be the Glory!


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Kilos Pronto: A new weeknight overdose on PTV

A WIN-WIN situation between PTV 4 and Ben Tulfo happened last night, at least.

The former timeslot of the standalone PTV Sports is now the new home of the public affairs program, Kilos Pronto (KP).

 

For those not familiar with the content, think of it as T3 back in TV5, his own Bitag Live and his brother Raffy’s Wanted sa Radyo, both on AksyonTV, combined but on primetime.

On its second season, this program is also presented by the returning news personality on the VHF turf, Alex Santos. It seems fitting for a Tulfo to call Channel 4 their new home where Media Newser Philippines (MNP) and the rest of the Philippine TV enthusiasts assessed it as a safe space for apologists and fanatics of President Rodrigo Duterte; for Santos, it’s obviously for him being a Davaoeño.

After their inaugural season, their contract with UNTV News and Rescue ended but with no certain explanation. Possible theories behind the transfer include:

  1. the opinionated view on the P2P bus service issue,
  2. the termination of the contract that made Bro. Daniel Razon not amused with their performance (unilaterally) or disagreements/dissatisfaction with both parties (bilaterally), or
  3. Tulfo’s other public affairs program, Bitag, is on the said state channel.

Although, MNP classified the Visayas Avenue network in the loser’s list for 2016, this program is a temporary patch. Presidential Communications Office chief Martin Andanar should really need to take a serious, lasting fix — more than just cosmetic changes — in order to make the broadcaster to be impartial and editorially independent as his superior promised and to lessen their unpredictable coverage as the public entrusted.

Kilos Pronto (KP) airs Monday to Friday, 7-8 p.m. on PTV 4.

Christmas sa ‘Pinas: The 2016-17 Holiday TV Primer

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.

‘TIS THE SEASON.

As The Turf approaches its 3rd anniversary this coming Wednesday — we will report the traditional annual holiday primer for the 4th time on what will be on television in the Philippines. This year’s Christmas Day and the coming New Year’s Day (2017) will both fall on Sunday — James Ty III’s favorite day of the week — and it’ll be the first Christmas for President Rodrigo Duterte.

This holiday primer will span from today, December 10, 2016 until January 1, 2017 and it will split into seven (7) chronological phases.

Please bear with us because sometimes, not everything will go on as planned or expected.

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Philippine television through the 2nd Aquino years (2010-16)

PNoy and Digong

IN AND OUT. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (right) is the apparent successor of the outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III (left) after winning the May 9 election with less than 40% of the votes.

THE FILIPINO has decided; Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the apparent winner of this election and will become the 16th President of the Philippines come June 30.

Before we move on to the next chapter of Philippine history, we will look how our channels on free-to-air television progressed so far throughout the six years of the outgoing administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (more…)

The free-to-air Philippine TV guide for Holy Week 2016

Behold the wood of the wondrous cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

Behold the wood of the wondrous Cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

HOLY WEEK will come early this year but it will not be the earliest in the range in the Gregorian calendar. The earliest falls from March 15-21 (happened in 1818, to happen in 2285) and the latest falls from April 18-24 (happened in 1943, to happen in 2038). This year, the most sacred week for Filipino Christians will start on March 20 (Palm Sunday) until 26 (Black Saturday).

Timow’s Turf comes back temporarily from educating the electorate in order to look out on the guide to Holy Week on free-to-air Philippine television. This scope will last until Easter Sunday, March 27.

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#PHTVzg2015: Other Networks

Another year has come and gone, but before we enter the sweet 2016, the Turf looks back on the rollercoaster moments of significant UHF networks (not counting ABS-CBN Sports+Action and Aksyon TV).

NET25 and INC-TV 49

#IAMONEinCoverUps (July 22 to present). As the centennial of Iglesia ni Cristo draws to a close, Angel Manalo, the younger brother of Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, exposed the scandals of the Church Administration on his and his mother’s (Cristina “Tenny” Manalo) excommunication by a YouTube video. This scandal surfaced over the cables and the domino effect of the INC drama — which is obviously real and not found on an ordinary teleserye — just began with expelling and arresting ministers (such as Isaias Samson, Jr. and Lowell Menorca) and their show-of-force rally in EDSA and the Department of Justice last August. During the Iglesia crisis, their networks NET 25 and INC-TV 49 began using the hashtags #IAMONEWITH25 and #IAMONEWITHEVM, respectively in order to downplay Bro. Angel Manalo and expelled ministers’ opposing voices as well as to glorify the Executive Minister and to deliver their news that favors the Church Administration. Hence, the bias is excessively obvious to spot.

UNTV Life (Channel 37)

On August 26, UNTV became UNTV Life with a fresh identity but programming mix remains the same.

On December 3, during the Awards Night of the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television in KIA Theater, UNTV bagged three awards in two shows: The KNC Show for Best Children’s Show and Host and ASOP (A Song of Praise) Music Festival (hosted by Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda) for Best Talent Search Program.

The cousinhood founders (Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon) of this channel were also involved in two political standoffs through social media. First, when President Aquino was endangered after his involvement with the Mamasapano clash last January and the pressurizing act to resign. Second was when former Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was threatened by the Iglesia ni Cristo following the decision to investigate the expelled ministers.

Outlook for 2016

As 2016 is an election year, it will not be surprising for NET 25’s religious owners to induce its membership to vote their particular candidates (bloc voting) as part of their “doctrine of unity” despite objections of some of its flock due to an individual’s questionable issues of corruption. The Turf will not be surprised to set up RED ALERT status over the network’s biased coverage.

The same shall apply for SMNI 39 of Apollo Quiboloy. His mandate to the “Kingdom Nation” will emulate similar to Iglesia ni Cristo. The Turf will also issue a RED ALERT.

Following such involvement, the UNTV Life’s indirect influential religious group, the Members Church of God International, will not bother their members or niche audience on choosing their leaders and representatives. However, the Turf issues the YELLOW ALERT (which is a caution alert and not a political one) for any significant acts on any political participation. By the New Year, Channel 37 will complete and open their new network center in EDSA.


HAPPY NEW YEAR

from Timow’s Turf!


 

29 points to watch out on this Star Awards on TV

IN TWO WEEKS, we will see who won the best (or is it?) in each category of the oldest award for Philippine television by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC). However, as time marches on, controversies tend to erupt even more and to cry foul for biases.

The Turf will not get the full predictions unlike last year but here are the 29 points to watch out for on the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television.

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The Turf’s TV Zeitgeist 2014: UHF Networks

[READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! To my readers of this final installment of TV Zeitgeist 2014, I apologize in advance of those who are offended by the content but the motto of this WordPress site – “let it be printed in wisdom and truth” – will continue to uphold. Thank you.]

THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 3 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on the selected and noticeable UHF networks (except ABS-CBN Sports + Action and Aksyon TV).

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