Daniel Razon wants to bring back glory of radio

Posted: December 26, 2011 in NEWS
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Contributed Photo: Originally posted in Yahoo! News Philippines

Yahoo! News Philippines – Remember the days when you woke up to the sound of the radio playing your grandparents’ favorite songs or checking the morning news with your parents?

That was before TV took over households by storm and became the medium of the moment.

Veteran broadcaster Daniel Razon has good news for those who miss the good old days. The chair/ CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions Inc., which manages UNTV 37, is  formally launching Unradio La Verdad 1350, Tapat at Totoo, UNTV’s radio arm Monday,  Jan. 16, 2012.

His mission: “to bring back the glory of radio.”

Kuya Daniel, as he is fondly called, knows he is going against the tide in this age of TV mania.  He is shunning the teleradyo kind of programming. La Verdad will be pure audio, no video.

Announcers and anchors will again be heard, not seen.  Their looks will be a mystery listeners would like to unravel. Teenagers will again dream of meeting their favorite deejay face to face. Reports will again spark a thousand and one images in the listeners’ minds.

That’s why Razon is thinking big. For starters, he has put up 20 relay stations nationwide. He is eyeing 60 more.

No to teleradyo

Why is Razon ignoring the teleradyo bandwagon?

“Mas nabibigyan mo sila (radio listeners) ng mas malawak na imagination.  Nadadala mo sila sa isang dimension na ikaw ang lumikha,” he names the virtues of radio.

He cites a radio report on a road accident.

“Sinasabi mo, dito ang tama, ganito, ganyan ang nangyari. Hindi mo nakikita yon. Pero  na-imaging mo ang lahat through the description of the reporter.”

In contrast, TV’s visuals make certain words a waste of time.

“TV is supported by video. So hindi mo kailangan sabihin na ‘susuntukin na niya’ or ganito o ganyan,” Razon explains.

These clipped reports, he laments, make the quality of radio reporting suffer.

“Sa radyo, sanay na walang script, outline lang. Pero sa TV, ultimo yung ‘babalik kami’, nakaprompter yan,” Razon observes. ”At walang putol sa ere.”

This is why radio reporters who shift to TV reporting have an easy time in the new job, he goes on. And TV reporters who try radio have a hard time.

“Yung nagra-radyo, pagdating sa TV, kakainin ka niyan.”

He admits bringing back radio’s old glory is not easy.

But this battle-worn media man is not scared. He has been criticized for ideas others thought were far-fetched, only to be proven right in the end.

UNTV reporters themselves first balked at Razon’s idea of turning them into rescuers when disasters strike. They didn’t buy the idea of applying first aid before reporting the news.

Rescue first, report later

But Razon insisted: Rescue first, report later, or even not at all. UNTV reporters are certified rescuers. Today, UNTV reporters wear two hats: that of rescuer and media men.

Mr. Public Service, as he is also called, won again.

Public service is a calling Razon heeded since he was in school.

“Elementary pa lang, mahilig na kong manlibre,” he recalls.

It’s also a case of omission and commission.

“Yung opportunity na binigay sa ‘yo to do good to other people ang nagbibigay sa ‘yon ng pananagutan (commission).  Pero pag may alam kang mabuti na di mo ginawa, that’s omission.”

Razon would rather give than receive because “kaya naman may naibibigay ka dahil ipinagkaloob din yon sa ‘yo ng Nasa Itaas.”

Yes, he runs the risk of being overburdened, even fooled for his kindness.  But Razon thinks that’s no reason to quit his good deeds the same way that being in a car accident doesn’t mean the victim will give up driving.

“Dapat ipagpatuloy mo ang paggawa ng mabuti or else you will face the consequences.”

Razon’s public service show, for instance, “Munting Pangarap” aims to help the needy by providing capital for a small business, medical assistance, and others.

Paying it forward

There are no expectations. Just a request to pay it forward.

“May special episode kami na gagawin to be aired in January.  We will feature yung mga nakatulong sa iba,” Razon reveals.

Another program, “Bidang Pinoy” (Thursdays, 4:30 to 5 p.m.) features rags-to-riches business stories. Razon again asks the successful entrepreneurs in the show to share their experience with struggling small businessmen.

A scholarship program for mass communication and nursing students provides free tuition, uniforms, books, transportation and meals to needy but deserving youths.

Some of the graduates, reports Razon, are now working in UNTV and its free medical clinics.

“We’re looking forward to expanding the program and innovating apart from our tie-up with the Education Department,” Razon reveals.

Two UNTV buses give free rides to the public while 10 motorcycles with sidecars serve as classrooms on wheels in various barangays.

The reward?

“The only thing na gusto kong makuha kung meron man ay magawa ko ang gusto ng Nasa Itaas. I am not motivated sa kikitaain ko or sa papuri ng iba,” states Razon.

So let the trophies (the latest of which is for Outstanding Male News Presenter at Enpress’ Golden Screen TV Awards 2011) stand proudly on his table.  Razon will receive them gladly, but he will not let them get the better of him.

Public service, for him, comes from the heart, never from the drive to be above everyone else.

  1. this was good news..using old time media to really serve the real masses through real public service

  2. noel rivera says:

    Panahon na para mabuhay ulit ang Radio.

  3. Angel Romero says:

    It is nice to bring back the old days. With Kuya Daniel leading the way I’m sure it will be a great success. Thanks be to God.

  4. toper says:

    tama nga nmn po eh kung papansinin naten ngaun eh parang d masyadong ginagamit nateng mga pilipino ang ateng mga imahinasyon… mabababaw na lng na imahinasyon ang naiisip ng ilan sa atin… kaya dapat lng na radio ang gamitin ng mga tao upang malinang ang kanilang kaisipan 😀

  5. ejhay says:


  6. Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon is the best broadcaster ever. More power and continue to do good things. May the glory of God always be with you.

  7. naalala ko nga dati pag nakikinig ako ng radyo, iniisip ko kung ano kya ang hitsura ng nagsasalita..ngayon ibabalik ni kuya yun… galing…

  8. matagal na panahon na nawala si mr.Daniel Razon. sa Radio, sana mag tuloy-tuloy na itong pagkakataon na ito. Goodluck po sa “Veteran Broadcaster” na si mr.Daniel Razon.

  9. joer117 says:

    I really like to hear Kuya Daniel voice in the radio cause hes voice is so nice to hear. I like the way kuya Daniel make report, he is so true in what he is saying. I like there new way of helping people and reporting because they help the people before making the report (tulong muna bago balita in English help first before getting the news to report ). I think the other network is copying hes idea. Because just now I see other stations are doing the same thing, but its okay because people we be the beneficiary this.

  10. Ralph says:

    I like the idea of bringing back the glory of radios. Your imagination of d things being listenedis far good than seeing it visually. There you can see things what would you like it to be by listening the description of the reporter. Daniel Razon has been proven to be a reporter or a mediaman who seeks the welfare or for the good of the mass. So I agree with him of bringing the glory of radio.

  11. Michael E. Lagrimas says:

    Congratulations!Keep moving… (”,)

  12. ivy anunciacion says:

    To GOD be the Glory because he send a true PUBLIC SERVICE MAN..!!!

  13. Maria Sheila Eranes says:

    Mr. Public Service Daniel Razon, we salute you on your new endeavor. We will support you whatever project you impose in order to bring back the glory of radio. You are really the best broadcaster journalist for us!

  14. We salute you, Mr. Public Service! You are really the best broadcaster-journalist we have in this country. You’re one in a million!

  15. Nad Dizon says:

    Another unparalleled concept by our country’s highly acclaimed broadcaster; Kuya Daniel ‘Mr. Public Service’ Razon.

  16. chedeng says:

    No doubt that the best person to bring back the glory of radio is Mr Razon. If he wants something to be done, he puts his heart into it and we can expect a good result. His sincerity in helping the people can not be doubted.

  17. Unlike other young broadcasters of our time, Mr. Daniel Razon has managed to etch a name in broadcasting out of his altruistic endeavors which the general public has witnessed through the years. Many of his contemporaries in this field either used influential people or let themselves be used by influential people just to get a “name” and “image” and subsequently get advertising endorsements and other perks of being famous.

    True to his tag as “Mr. Public Service”, I am certain that UnRadio La Verdad will also be used to reach out, inform and lend a hand to the common people deserving of help. Similar to UnTV37, this will be a vehicle to define what public service is all about, and will definitely re-engineer radio broadcasting in our time just as UnTV37 was able to bring forth a new concept in television viewing.

  18. I am looking forward to the advent of this new radio station which I expect to really be different from the rest of FM and AM stations today.

    I expect to hear radio dramas and famous songs that transcended time, culture and memories, along with objective news and views.

  19. riza says:

    I admire him for not giving up on his idea, for others his idea is imposible but he still pursue ang succed. I know Kuya Daniel Razon will help more people through his program as journalist

  20. Joven Sajorda says:

    hindi ko rin napapansin ung idea na un, ung masarap na feeling ng pagiging anonymous ng DJ, tska ung excitement na marinig ung taong ndi mo tlga nakikita at boses lng, grabe!!
    ang bangis ng idea ni Kuya,,,, halatang hindi sa kanya mismo nanggaling, udyok tlga ng nasa taas, ^_^

  21. Beth Manio says:

    Good Job Kuya!

  22. leonemil says:

    “Yung opportunity na binigay sa ‘yo to do good to other people ang nagbibigay sa ‘yon ng pananagutan (commission). Pero pag may alam kang mabuti na di mo ginawa, that’s omission.”
    ang galing nito ha sana lanat ng broadcaster ganito ang pananaw . tapat sa trabaho lalo na sa larangan ng broadcasting .

  23. John Allavun says:

    nabubuhay muli ang kahit transistor radio lang ang kasamang baon patungong bukid maaUpdate kami sa nangyayari sa paligid lalo nat kung masama ang panahon yahey!!! to God be the Glory!..

  24. mas ok kaya ang makinig ng radyo kasi nakakapag work ka habang nakikinig… tapos yung nagbabalita pa ay isang tulad ni Kuya Daniel Razon… reliable, straight to the point, tapos ay ngpro promote ng katotohanan sa pagbabalita bukod pa sa pagtulong sa nangangailangan (first aid, madalas).

  25. kesa sa nagbabasa ka ng dyaryo (tigil ka sandali sa work nun) or nuod ng tv (pa minsan minsan napapatingin ka) e mas maganda para sa akin gamiting medium sa pag alam ng balita ay radyo.

  26. cecilio limpin jr. says:

    good news…

  27. ang totoong tao nakikita un sa mga nagawa mo na!!! at kitang2 naman sa mga gawa ni kuya ang pagiging may malasakit na tao at un ang kailangan ng isang taong naglilingkod sa mamayan!!!! salamat po sa Dios at may 1 taong tulad nyo!!! God bless!!!!

  28. Debbie Narcida says:

    Mr. Public Service, really deserves those awards.He stays humble in the sight of God. May God continue to give you strength and opportunity to do good to others. To God be the Glory!

  29. Joel Fortuna says:

    Doing good and not expecting anything in return.
    That’s what true Public Service is all about.

  30. Aris G. says:

    It is true

  31. I belive that there’s no more better broadcaster than kuya Daniel razon who casts the best news ever with courage and no bias..So, let us bring back the glory of radio as what the best is asking. im 100% agree with that…ronald jay gopez

  32. I believe that there’s no more better broadcaster than kuya Daniel Razon who gives the best news at all times with courage and no bias..So, let us participate in bringing baCk the glory of radio

  33. support says:

    I totally agree Kuya Daniel Razon is the best of them all.Actually he received many awards before

  34. Redgie Tuazon says:

    Bro. Daniel Razon is one of the best News Anchor in the Philippines

  35. Bert .V says:

    Matutuwa ang mga Lolo`s sa magandang balita na to…

  36. ang pogi tlaga ni kuya daniel! ^_^

  37. mon sydric says:

    He’s one of the best radio announcer .. ^_^

  38. Chanel-Alure says:

    Good article! though one comment is that it should have English Translation for all the words explained by Kuya Daniel in tagalog for a wider audience. Thanks.

  39. benjamin Paimalan says:

    may GOD with you all the time

  40. ykfan says:

    “tulong muna bago” an idea barely seen these days. Hats off!

  41. MANUEL ALER JR says:

    Pwede ba palakasin nyo yong 1350 khz dating DZXQ Kuya Daniel Razon 10 k lang yan sana gawin 50 k para mapakinggan ang taong bayan sa mga Probinsya. Sana lagyan livestreaming via usstream para lumakas para mapakinggan ang taong bayan. God bless MANUEL ALER JR. 1048 CAMIA ST., HALANG CALAMBA CITY LAGUNA ANSWER

  42. Charie Maye Barrientos says:

    Nakaka-inspire naman yong mga ideas ni Daniel Razon. Nakita ko na sa UNTV yong `Tulong Muna Bago Balita’. Positive ang reactions ng mga tao na naka-experience or nakita na nun. saka syempre nga naman sa isang situation na may nangangailangan ng saklolo, mas useful nga naman ung taong magbibigay ng first aid kesa sa magbabalita.

    I believe na positive din ang kalalabasan ng bago nyang idea about bringing back the glory of radio. MORE POWER, Mr. Razon.

  43. maricel says:

    more power po kuya daniel…..

  44. domingo m gutierrez says:

    yes! radio listening is quite convinient for busy people, you can listen while relaxing your tired eyes. It’s complete from music, current events, and other related topics.

  45. frenchel says:

    galing ni kuya “one of a kind”

  46. Joon Villanueva says:

    Daniel Razon isa kang alamat madami na akong mabubuting bagay na nadinig na iyong ginagawa sa ngayon para sa ating mga kapos palad na kababayan pati na sa ibang sektor sa lipunan na dapat maiiangat maging sa pagkakilala at sa kalidad ng mga ito. I salute you men!

  47. harry ilahi says:

    Broadcast Journalist by Heart. 🙂

  48. armando dela vega says:

    totoong public service

  49. chris manipol says:

    Salamat sa Dios!!

  50. Raymond says:

    More Power Kuya Daniel…………..

  51. Fred Alao says:

    daniel razon as broadcaster as simply the best!!!!marami siyang nagawa bilang isang media personality na hindi nagawa ng iba…gaya ng marami niyang pinasimulang mga public service….libreng sakay,,transient home,free education…

  52. tintin says:

    amazing!!! thanks be to God..

  53. larry says:

    tulong muna bago balita.
    gusto po namin yan.
    salamat po sa Dios!

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