By Roi Lomotan
Catholic Radio Station DWYC -Radyo Bandilyo, beefs up its broadcasting capabilities as it launched its Teleradyo channel at Fil-Products Cable TV.
The DYWC Teleradyo channel officially went on air last April 1 and Oriental Negrenses can now watch DYWC news and public affairs programs at channel 91 for digital cable subscribers and channel 51 for analog cable subscribers.
This project is carried out in partnership with Fil-Products Cable, a local cable TV provider in Negros Oriental and Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN).
DYWC Station Manager Fr. Ramonito Maata disclosed this endeavor is part of their strategies to expand their audience reach noting that they are maximizing other platforms such as web and social media for news and information dissemination.
“Our recent endeavor to expand more our listenership is a collaborative effort to adapt to technological ecology where the radio is not just heard but watch[ed] as well,” Fr. Maata elaborated.
“At this point in time, DWYC 801 is now broadcasting in six media platforms. One is the DYWC 801 kHz AM Band, second is DYWC Happy FM 104.7 in Basay, we have audio streaming at http://www.DYWC801am.com, and we have Facebook (FB) live, we have Youtube also and the latest is DYWC Teleradyo,” Fr. Maata added.
With this development, DYWC reporters are required to deliver news with accompanying photos or videos for better appreciation of viewers.
The DYWC news and public affairs shows are aired at the teleradyo channel include Bandilyo Arangkada, Sparring Partners, Bandilyo Afternoon Delight, and RMN News Nationwide,
There also church-based shows and variety shows aired daily in the evening.
Aside from this, DYWC has also started broadcasting live episodes of the Candidates’ Forum organized by the Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) of the Diocese of Dumaguete.
This series of candidates’ forum provides an avenue for individuals vying for local electoral positions to present their platforms of government, proposed measures, and advocacies before the public.
DYWC is the official radio partner of the DEB in this activity.
Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes commended this initiative stressing that this endeavor will help the Catholic Church in its mission to spread the word of Christ through social communications.
“I affirm this laudable project. The social communications opportunity of the diocese has opened up not only limited to DYWC radio. Dili lang radyo but teleradyo (it’s not only radio but teleradyo),” Bishop Cortes said.Fr. Maata affirmed the station’s commitment to doing evangelization work being a Catholic radio station.
The DYWC station manager also noted that the letters “W” and “C” in their call sign stands for “Word of Christ” and the teleradyo channel is also intended for evangelization.
“We are gearing towards responding to the challenge of St. John Paull II in his message on the 35th World Communications Day and I quote: “Preach the gospel from the house stops,”’ Fr. Maata said.