Ateneo de Manila University goes on air

Finally, Ateneo de Manila University goes on the air with its first-ever campus radio station.

Set to be housed in the Jesuit Communication Foundation’s (JesCom) building on campus, the campus radio station, dubbed “Radyo Katipunan” will be fully equipped with the management, personnel and infrastructure for its targeted soft launch on February 14, 2018.

According to JesCom Executive Director Fr. Emmanuel Alfonso SJ, the opening of Ateneo’s very own radio in the Jesuit-run communications and media organization provides the perfect setting and much-needed continuity necessary for its long-term success.

Similar to other university-based radio outlets both here and abroad, the pioneering project aims to build unity among the diverse units and departments of the Ateneo de Manila through values-enriched programming.

The Basic Education unit (Grade School, High School), the Loyola Schools, Alumni Association and Residence Halls together with their representatives, compose some of the various groups tapped for the station’s prospective program lineup.

“Radio Katipunan” will also serve as a vital media outlet for communicating public announcements as well as increasing the visibility of the university’s administration, primarily its president, Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ.

The station was granted a trial broadcast permit by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) last October 2016, while the radio equipment was donated by Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Corporate Secretary Mr. Joselito Yabut, who belongs to Ateneo de Manila High School Class ’70.

Currently operating on a 10w capacity, the standard for community radio broadcasting, its signal range extends to neighboring areas such as Barangka in Marikina, Quezon City Circle, as well as nearby residential villages.

Improvements to the current 50-foot tower and other operating appliances are seen to be added at the soonest, to enable the “Radio Katipunan’s” expansion to internet broadcasting in the near future.