At a time of rapid changes in mass media and how people consume information, what role does radio play in society? Perhaps Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM is a testament to the enduring power of the spoken word passing through invisible waves.
This 2022, Radyo Katipunan is once again joining World College Radio Day, a 24-hour global marathon celebrating the unique medium of college radio. And for the first time, RK is finally taking part in the broadcast itself. More than 600 stations from 40 countries across 6 continents will unite on 7 October 2022, Friday, to banner the strength of the medium.
Among the participants from the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University’s Radyo Katipunan stands out after receiving the 2020 Spirit of College Radio Award for its outstanding and spirited efforts as a college radio station. It bested over 600 participants from that year and plans to continue trailblazing its way in 2022 and beyond.
What can you expect from the whole day marathon? Along with the other participating college radio stations, Radyo Katipunan is expected to start rousing conversations and engaging dialogues to champion this year’s theme of “Voices for Peace.”
Unexpected as it may seem, college radio is taking on the crucial role of raising awareness of sustainable peace, touching on pressing issues, including oppression, violence, and injustice. To further the cause, World College Radio Day has chosen Julian Lennon, son of The Beatles Legend, John Lennon, as its ambassador. The UNESCO Peace Laureate explains why the theme resonates with him: “I feel I’ve been pretty successful in promoting peace and trying to motivate people through so many mediums, but we’ve got to keep moving, we’ve got to keep changing, we’ve got to do better!”
Listen in on the global marathon broadcast led by Maxine Cruz, host of RK’s pop culture show “New Wave,” and Teo Ricaforte, RK’s digital media coordinator. The streaming will be broadcast live via facebook.com/radyokatipunan and youtube.com/radyokatipunanfm, as well as 87.9 FM and an online audio stream at zeno.fm/rk879fm.