A two-part radio documentary series on Filipino realities during the Coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic will be aired on 16 and 18 December 2020 at 4:00 PM via https://mixlr.com/radyo_iskolar. The radio documentaries are produced by BA Communication and Media Arts (BACMA) students in the MEDA 111: Audio Media Communication I (Informative) class.
The radio documentaries tell six stories of different people during the pandemic. The first set of radio documentaries are: “Ang Kalbaryo ng Ordinaryo,” “Life at Home in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” and “Pagtuong Digital: Natad sa Siyensya.” The second set is, “Pagkat-on: Estado ng mga Estudyante sa Makabagong Pamamaraan ng Pag-aaral sa Kasagsagan ng Pandemya,” “Paano na si Mama?” and “Tao Po! Tao Po.”
The goals of the radio documentaries are to share the stories of ordinary people in the time of the pandemic. It aims to add narratives to the ongoing discourse on COVID-19, particularly for the government and private sectors to help come up with better solutions in addressing the pandemic. The project is part of the Academic Program Improvement (API) project entitled, "COVID-19 Communication Awareness and Public Service."
Radyo Iskolar is an online campus radio initiated by the BACMA program and managed by Instructor Merle Dawn Comidoy-Acol. The official Facebook page of Radyo Iskolar is https://www.facebook.com/radyo1skolar/?ref=page_internal.
The radio program is broadcast on Mixlr, an audio streaming platform for sharing live audio online. The Radyo Iskolar station manager Ms. Comidoy-Acol extended her thanks to all who listened to the Radyo Iskolar radio programs from the test broadcast in July 2020 and during the airings in October-November. “It was challenging to operate given our remote learning setup. The students were working from their homes,” she said. “Even without equipment and set-up for professional audio recordings, Radyo Iskolar managed to produce weekly content such as “Balitang Iskolar” (radio news program), “Gabay Tambayan” (radio talk show), “Replay 2K” (music radio show), “Iskoming Out” (special program on the LGBTQIA++), and “Taralets” (music radio show). Programs that are timely and relevant for the UP Mindanao community and its audience. We hope to reach more listeners in the upcoming semesters and collaborate with various departments, colleges, and offices in the university,” she said.