Radio is Alive, and Radyo Pirata is Reinventing Radio.

Once called the most tuned-to media in the past, and the one who eclipsed Newspapers in delivering news in the lightning-speed delivery of news and information. The medium that made Filipinos at home with the voices of personalities such as Johnny De Leon, Paeng Yabut, Soc Rodrigo, Pugo, Chichay, Ike Lozada, Johnny Midnight, Joe Taruc, Noli De Castro, Ted Failon, Joe Taruc, Rey Langit, Neal Ocampo,  Dely Magpayo, and Don Manolo Favis, to name a few.  The medium that Filipinos carry everywhere, listening to it to see if classes are suspended, or whether there’s a senate hearing. On the road, on the farm, or on the living room. Radio was, as I’d like to quote my broadcast Professor Alan Allanigue (which he quotes someone, I honestly don’t remember who it was that ) “the theater of the mind”

But Radio has now given way to Television, and online, as the youth’s source of information and entertainment. Radio is now being reinvented and retooled, with traditional stations going into the Online streaming route, and newer stations, because of the lack of available frequencies, (our frequency table for both AM and FM stations are now full) are now resorting to use the much more infinite space of online-only audio streaming.

One such station is Radyo Pirata, broadcasting online to serve the anime community with music, information and, more often, live radio coverage of Anime Events that surpasses even how Ed Murrow and the Boys do it during the London Blitz. RP does their event coverage with flair and zeal and doing the coverage like any other radio station  who does outside coverage of events. That way, RP is not only re-imaging radio, but the station is bringing in a service like no other, and that is to bring the latest anime events to those people who can’t go to events.

In other words, We’re bringing in the events to the listener directly.

But people would ask. Why radio? Why not do a video stream? The answer simply is  this, I honestly believe that radio gives a more personal vibe to the listener than simply watching the event. Sure you can look at the live video stream of an event, but having a radio coverage of an anime event gives you not only a sense of urgency and also a sense of “being there”, You are being carried by your ears to a dimension an event goer surely will miss. The listener will be at the heart of the action, and will hear the anchors talking to the guests and personalities of the event. That is why I prefer doing live radio coverage than TV.

Their programs are also first rate and a cut above the rest, especially my own program on Radyo Pirata, which is Knightkira Special Patrol, of which I serve not only as the host, but also executive producer, writer, audio engineer and researcher all rolled into one (a one man army, they say). Every Tuesday night, I give to you the latest anime news and issues, fearless commentaries, and above all, music that is not only entertaining, but also a cut above the rest. Our first season has just wrapped up, and Next year, FreedomStrike Radio (the one handling the radio production details of KSP) will relaunch KSP into something more deeper, called “At Large”.

“At Large” will be very different from KSP in terms of content and presentation. It will be doing old-style radio for a new audience, and preparations are necessary for us to have a really good show to air coming next year. Again, it will be on-air weekly, in the same timeslot vacated by KSP. And yes, FSR will also do some more radio shows in cooperation with  the management of Radyo Pirata in order to give you a more enlightened and more informed otaku voice.

Yes, Radio is evolving, Radio is being revolutionized. And Radyo Pirata is destined to be a key player in the revolution of bringing radio to the untouched and unserved. By providing a targeted audience with shows that would enlighten otakus, Radyo Pirata is bound to be a new force to be reckoned with in radio, and with FreedomStrike on board, the journey is soon going to be exciting.

And That’s The Way It is, Headin’ Out!

FreedomStrike Radio is a division of the FreedomStrike Group, of which this blog is a subsidiary. 


Why Write Editorials?


“Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since the other side is mostly not listening, than with telling the guys on your side how they ought to sound when they’re arguing.”  – Adam Gopnik 

Hello, I’m Kira, You may remember me as the person who owns a blog called The Notebook on ZEN Otaku Honbu, of which I am a Managing Editor there (I cover the Anime Events beat). I also write a second blog, called The Notebook:Reloaded, and yes, I also have a Tumblr account where I post, and re-blog everything I fancy. I also happen to tweet on Twitter under the handle @knightkira and also does a program Tuesday nights at 10 called “Knightkira Special Patrol” on Radyo Pirata. , which is produced by my production company, Freedom Strike Productions.

And I also happen to be a graduate of Mass Communications at the Lyceum of The Philippines University, a school founded by the former Philippine President Jose P. Laurel.

Now, you might be wondering, Why on earth did I create again a third blog?
Well, it’s easy. I want to Editorialize.

I want to write commentaries, editorials and viewpoints that are solely my views and views alone. This is my space where I can vent all out on all things happening in my world to which I live, be it about Anime, the Media, the Society we live in and Politics. I know, I was going to use my “Reloaded” blog for that, but because I was simply too tardy to write again another update, it just got stuck for months without even writing one. And now, I have created this blog solely for the purpose of writing Editorials, Commentaries and Viewpoints, without any editorial control.

In short: I own all what I am going to write here and I am fully responsible for what am I going to say.
Of course, there will be tirades, criticisms, frustrations and all related things that I always wanted to do. And yes, there will be things like that,. but I always remembered how Don Hewitt competed against NBC in the fifties, doing things that would be the most absurd thing to do, and yes, he went on to become the most successful news producer of his time. He was highly competitive, he almost instructed Dan Rather to sock the jaw of Abraham Zapruder to get the controversial film which he shot and remains to be the only moving evidence of JFK’s assassination (Zapruder didn’t get socked by Rather, Hewitt called and said that he should not do that, and Zapruder sold the film for $600,000 to Life Magazine).

That’s how I compete, and that’s how I get angry when  the competition gets the job first than ours.
Today, people tend to become journalists because in this age, there are outlets, like blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and any other means. Practically everyone can be a journalist. But I always tend to be more traditionalist, meaning to say that if I would like to be a journalist, I had to train and learn the tips and tricks and everything, and it includes writing better leads, composing arresting headlines, and learning the ethics and values of mass media, things I always follow on my heart.

I admit that anyone can be a journalist, even non-journos can even become one in a flick of a switch. But not everyone can write classy editorials, and that’s what I’m out to do.

I admit that everyone can now write leads in their stories just to look like a report.  But not everyone can write leads as classy as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the top journalistic guns in this world, and I myself can heave a sigh of relief because no one has yet to be like them.
So, I still have to answer that question on my title: Why Write Editorials?

My answer to that: It’s because it’s the most rational thing to do in this age.
My Editorials will come out maybe two times per week, or I will try to make it as more frequent as possible, but sometimes there are writer’s blocks that comes along the way, so do forgive me.

And yes, all my editorials (i.e., Everything I write in this blog, do not reflect the position of ZEN Otaku Honbu and its editorial team, Radyo Pirata and its management, and  my current employers. They do, however, reflect the opinions and the stand of Freedom Strike Productions and its management.

And that’s the way it is, Headin’ Out!