2013 Year In Review: Big Things Come in Droves

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We are hopeful that 2014 will not only be a great, but also a banner year for anime events in the country (FreedomStrike Group photo)

2013 may be best remembered for being the most eventful and the most controversial year that I had experienced. Sure we had the Zamboanga Crisis, Napoles and the Pork Barrel Scam, Calamities, Natural (like the Bohol Earthquake and Supertyphoon Yolanda [Haiyan]) and Man-made (the Saga at the Senate featuring Senator Miriam Santiago and Johnny Enrile), Beauties (like Ara Arida. Megan Young and Bea Santiago) and Brainless (the return of Battle of the Brainless on Philippine TV).

We witnessed how Philippine Television has evolved for the past 60 years (and celebrate it with style), then the slew of happenings that happen during Election season (the campaign, the mudslinging, and the Election Coverage innovations and etc). Deaths, from Bella Flores and Pepe Pimentel, Eddie Romero and Danny Zialcita, to Paul Walker, Nelson Mandela and Cory Monteith.  The Affordable Health Care Act (or Obamacare) had a rough time sailing past bipartisan lines, A US government shutdown, A Movie that will enter the annals of film history as the biggest bomb this year (The Lone Ranger). All that happened this year.

On tech, Blackberry almost succumbed, while Apple revamped its OS to a design similar to its fierce rival Android. Windows Phone slowly gained momentum, as opposed to Nokia ending up from top of its game to its devices unit being a part of tech giant Microsoft. “Selfie”, “Regram”, “Foodporn” “OOTD” “QOTD” and other Instagram hashtags became social bywords. Al Jazeera America and Fusion debuted, while the BBC and TV5’s news operations moved to new sites. Brian Griffin was killed off, only to be resurrected after two weeks. Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams made stunning TV Comebacks, as Breaking Bad and Dexter said  goodbyes, alongside a slew of cancelled programs

All of it, made 2013 the most memorable year I have ever witnessed.

And the Philippine Anime Community also shone bright in 2013.

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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.