Veterans of GMA newsroom explain how GMA radio programs work

by Rachelle Siazon
Jun 20, 2019
GMA Radio big boss Mike Enriquez on the most important quality of a news anchor/reporters: "Sinasabi ko nga sa mga bossing diyan—kahit na siya ang pinakamahusay na broadcaster sa balat ng lupa, kung hindi magaan pakisamahan yan, hindi marunong makitungo yan, at higit sa lahat hindi marunong makipagtrabaho sa iba, e, ibigay niyo na lang sa ibang istasyon yan."
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Senior Vice President of Radio GMA Mike Enriquez says GMA radio programs stay true to the network’s news and public affairs slogan: “Walang kinikilingan, Walang pinoprotektan, Serbisyong Totoo Lamang.”

Just the same, he is aware that working in this field will earn them praise as well as criticism.

“We welcome feedback.

“Kung ang asa mo ay lahat mapapatuwa mo, e, mapu-frustrate ka, e. Basta ang importante, pag sinabi mong walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, sinusunod niyo talaga sa isip, sa salita, at sa gawa.

“May ibang tao na kahit anong pagsubok mo na maging tapat dun sa sinasabi nating walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, e, iti-tweak pa rin nun o iba ang pagkakaintindi nila sa ginagawa namin at sinasabi namin—ganun talaga.

“Ang importante, bago ang iba, hindi namin niloloko ang sarili namin.”

Mike, along with other GMA radio hosts and reporters, talked with the entertainment press to reveal exciting changes for DZBB Super Radyo, GMA’s flagship AM radio station in Metro Manila.

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Seated at the presidential table are Mike's Sino? co-anchors Arnold Clavio and Ali Sotto.

Mike and Arnold—who are both veterans in doing live newscasts for both TV and radio—begin by talking about the differences between the two mediums.

Arnold, for his part, says he likes the fact that the longer airtime for radio allows news anchors and reporters to give the audience a deeper understanding of the latest news and current events.

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“Ang maganda sa radio, immediate. Yung mga reporter namin, real time. Kumbaga, pagputok ng balita, alam na namin agad," says Arnold, who co-anchors GMA's late-night TV newscast Saksi.

On the radio, he does the morning radio public affairs program Dobol A Sa Dobol B with Ali.

Arnold elaborates: “May discussion kaming reporters. Mas nahihimay niyo yung issue kasi walang time limit, e.

“Mas madi-discuss niyo clearly, sa interest ng public, yung mga flash report nila. Mas maganda yung interaction.

“Pagdating ng 24 Oras, iba yung format naman ng news—straight news kasi yun.”

FINDING BALANCE IN NEWS REPORTING

PEP.ph asks: How do news anchors draw the line between delivering straight news and commentary for radio?

To this, Mike answers, “Tandaan niyo, sa TV may video. Sa radyo, wala. Sa radyo, kung ano lang naririnig.

“Hindi lang sa umaga, sa hapon, sa gabi—inaasahan na ng nakikinig na makarinig ng mga kuro-kuro bukod sa balita. Kung minsan nagkakahalo.

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“Mas importante run, siguraduhin lang na balanse.”

He points out that doing fearless reportage is the job of a broadcast journalist, while it’s up to GMA management to decide if a news commentary has gone over the top.

“Halimbawa, meron ilang technique sa radyo, kahit sa print, o sa broadcast in general—yung suki system. Yung araw-araw binabanatan mo o araw-araw yun ang dinadala mo.

“Pag ganun, pumapasok na ang management at medyo kakalabitin ka na, ‘Hoy, hinay-hinay lang. Balanse lang.’ Paalala lang ba.”

He reiterates that mixing news with commentary is just how it's done for radio broadcast.

“Ewan ko kung paano nangyari yun. Hindi sa amin nag-umpisa yun. 1969 pa, nasa radyo na ako, ganun na.

“Pag nakinig sa AM, asa ng mga tao na ganun ang maririnig nilang content. So yun ang ginagawa namin.

Kami nga may music pa!”

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GOOD WORKING RELATONSHIP

As a leader in the news room, Mike’s number one reminder to GMA news reporters and anchors is this:

“It’s always isipin nila parati yung audience. Lahat ng ginagawa, para sa audience, para sa listener. Yun lang.

“Yung detalye nun, bahala na sila.”

When asked if he's a strict boss, Mike says he doesn't see the need for micromanagement.

"Mga propesyunal ito," he proudly says of GMA-7's radio news anchors and reporters.

"Sa unang salida pa lang, pagkuha sa kanila, kasama na yun sa mga konsiderasyunes sa pag-imbita sa kanilang sumali sa amin.

"Kung sa tingin namin hindi sila—sinasabi ko nga sa mga bossing diyan—kahit na siya ang pinakamahusay na broadcaster sa balat ng lupa, kung hindi magaan pakisamahan yan, hindi marunong makitungo yan, at higit sa lahat hindi marunong makipagtrabaho sa iba, e, ibigay niyo na lang sa ibang istasyon yan."

Still talking about GMA-7 radio hosts and reporters, Mike continues:

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"I'm not saying we don't discipline, we do. We discipline.

"Pero may kasabihan nga sa management, the best managed are those who are least managed.

"Hindi yung bawat kilos tinututukan mo. Pati pagpunta sa CR kuntrolado mo.

"You can ask any of them. I hope, I think, sa pagkakaalam ko, hindi masikip ang pakiramdam magtrabaho sa grupo namin."

Arnold jokingly interjects, "Ang totoo niyan, ang mahirap disiplinahin, si Mike!"

Does Mike get angry in the newsroom?

Mike readily anwers that conflicts at work are only but natural at work.

"At sa kanila rin. Tao rin naman kami. Pero walang tatagal kapag tinatanim.

"Kasi pare-pareho kaming talo kapag ginawa namin yun. Pare-pareho kaming hindi uusad nun, or hindi kami maggo-grow.

"Galit, normal yun. Walang taong hindi nagagalit. Si Kristo nga nagagalit, e."

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EVERY NEWS REPORT TAKES HARD WORK

Ali Sotto, for her part, says that her background in showbiz has actually given her the right skills to do well in the newsroom.

"Kasi, I guess, one of the reasons why our program works, hindi siya mabigat. The people are aware of the major issues of the day.

"At the same time, ang pinaka-bait mo sa kanila is entertainment, e. Yun ang market namin."

At the same time, she says that the leg work behind every "Jeng Jeng" or jingle in the balitang-awit portion for their radio program Dobol A Sa Dobol B is no mean feat.

"Sometimes I feel all the singing and all the laughter, masks the hard work that goes into what we do.

"The heart really is in the preparation—yung paggising mo sa umaga, pagpili mo ng issue, susulat ka ng kanta.

"For those of you who still don't know that we write our own songs—we don't have researchers, we have no writers."

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Ali and Arnold call up the GMA newsroom for leads, then they work on doing their own news items.

"Aalalay sa iyo yung mga magagaling naming reporters, the heart really is in the preparation, para pagsalang mo, nag-aral ka na, nagsulat ka na, then you can enjoy the show."

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GMA RADIO PROGRAMS

Starting on June 10, 2019, the live streaming of GMA 7 radio programs via Dobol B Sa News TV has been offering a mix of hard-hitting radio programs as well as those that tackle entertainment, health, business, and traffic-related issues.

GMA News TV on Channel 27 is now airing the following radio programs, from Mondays to Sundays, 6 a.m. to 12 nn.:

Early-morning newscast Super Radyo DZBB, anchored by Melo del Prado, airs at 6 a.m.

Super Balita Sa Umaga Nationwide, anchored by Mike Enriquez and Joey Reyes Zobel, is at 7 a.m. On Saturdays, it is co-hosted by GMA News reporters Sam Nielsen and Rowena Salvacion.

GMA News and Public Affairs program Saksi Sa Dobol B, anchored by Mike and Joel, begins at 8 a.m.

Then Joel continues to host Anong Say N'yo from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Sino?, co-hosted by Arnold Clavio, Ali Sotto, Mike, and Joel, airs at 9:30 a.m.

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Afterwards, Arnold and Ali teamup for Dobol A Sa Dobol B until 10 a.m.

Kay Susan Tayo! Sa Super Radyo from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Saturdays, Rowena Salvacion has a radio show Isyu Atbp. at 8 a.m. followed by I M Ready Sa Dobol B with GMA 7 resident meteorologist Nathaniel "Mang Tani" Cruz.

Pinoy M.D. Sa Super Radyo DZBB—which recently marked its ninth anniversary on TV with host Connie Sison—is now airing on DZBB at 10 a.m.

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Then DZBB Super Serbisyo: Buhay, Trabaho at Negosyo, hosted by Norilyn Tembor, Tootie and Lala Roque, is at 11 a.m.

On Sundays, Orly Trinidad opens the morning lineup with the Bueno Manong Balita at 6 a.m.

It is followed by Super Balita Sa Umaga with Sam Nielsen and Nimfa Ravelo at 7 a.m.

Veteran news reporter Nimfa Ravelo hosts Dobol B: Bantay Balita (Bantay sa Senado) at 8 a.m.

Liwanag Sa Balita, hosted by Benjie Liwanag, airs at 9 a.m.

Dobol B: Bantay Balita (Bantay sa Kamara), is hosted by GMA 7's resident reporter at the Congress Divine Reyes from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Then Orly caps off Dobol B Sa News TV with the radio program MMDA sa GMA from 11 am. to 12 nn.

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Watch a short video from the press launch of GMA-7 radio programs now being aired on GMA News TV here:

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GMA Radio big boss Mike Enriquez on the most important quality of a news anchor/reporters: "Sinasabi ko nga sa mga bossing diyan—kahit na siya ang pinakamahusay na broadcaster sa balat ng lupa, kung hindi magaan pakisamahan yan, hindi marunong makitungo yan, at higit sa lahat hindi marunong makipagtrabaho sa iba, e, ibigay niyo na lang sa ibang istasyon yan."
PHOTO/S: Noel Orsal
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