BobNY has graced us once more with one of his articles about Iligan City, in Northern Mindanao. Bob is a regular visitor to Iligan, and also an avid LiP reader and contributor. Thank you very much, Bob, for your continued contribution to the site! MindanaoBob
When I began learning about Iligan City via internet one of the things I looked for were any radio stations webstreaming on the internet. At that time I could not find any. . As time went on, what seemed like a year or two later DXRJ and DXIC what sound to me like local news / talk stations in Iligan began webstreaming. A high percentage of the dialog however was in local language ( Bisaya ) or what at times to me sounded like heavily accented English. There was very little information I could extract from that. Well, it is a foreign country and I thought to myself what was I expecting. I found the same thing on my first 2 visits trying to tune in radio stations while I was in Iligan City in person.
Another year or two go by and I read about a new station going on the air DXMA 95.9 FM in Iligan. This was to feature todays top 40 type of hit songs along the newest music releases. A couple of months later it was announced that DXMA would begin webstreaming to the world. After several years I would finally be able to listen to Iligan City, in what I would call very good American Style English, and this has proven to be true.
Sure enough, the webstream came on and I usually get a good steady stream from them and with little exception the audio quality has been quite good, almost like listening to a local FM station off the air here where I live. What got my attention more than the music, more than the English speaking air staff was the commercials. The commercials fascinated me and I realized this was an opportunity to learn more about places I could go to and things to look forward to on future visits. Some of these you have already read about here on ” LIP ” and there are a few more I will write about later.
Radio, communications, music and electronics have been a hobby and at times a field of employment for me ever since I can remember and I thought about why not visit this new radio station on my next visit to Iligan ! I contacted them via internet well ahead of time and they extended a welcome to me. As this was a new station at the time with various promotions, contests etc. to attract local listeners it gave me the idea of giving them something unique if they cared to go for the idea. Out of this came ” Bob New Yorks Pasalubong Giveaway Contest ” Live on DXMA !
The contest would be based on things I had written on various websites, forums and eslewhere about my previous visits and things I had observed from learning about the city via internet. I pitched the idea to the station and after some discussion they went for my idea. I submitted the list of questions I would ask over the air to the station management for their approval / editing / correction if requirted . I brought along some of the large ( almost half pound ) Hershey Chocolate Bars, a few CDs DVDs and a few other items as the prizes.
DXMA goes by the moniker of ” EDGE-FM 95.9 Your iPod Radio ” although to me it is more like ” Tourist Friendly Radio ” as it is available worldwide via its webstream and that it is in English Language making listenable to those all over the world who are not familiar with Bisaya or other Philippines languages.
The Pasalubong contest went over quite well with some of the winners stopping by at the station to pick up their prizes while I was still on the air and this was a real pleasure for me and I am sure for the prize recipients as well. The most popular prize was the chocolate. I would have thought it would have been the CDs or DVDs but the chocolate brought the most response every time. I promised the listeners if I did this again on the next visit it would be an All Chocolate Contest. It has been two contests since the first one and I kept my promise, chocolate they got !
When I think of broadcast radio studios, the image that usually usually comes into my mind is turntables, cart machines, racks with open reel tape decks for production work etc. When I visited DXMA it was the first time I had been in a broadcast radio studio in quite a few years. It is mostly all done with PC’s these days and I thought to myself ” where the heck have I been ” or something like that. At DXMA it was all brand new and state of the art including the on-site transmitter with its antenna high atop one of the hotel buildings in Iligan City. It is things like this that I really enjoy being able to see. I had a great time being interviewed on the air, the staff at DXMA were really a lot of fun to be with . Since DXMA 95.9 EDGE-FM established itself, came on the air and then began webstreaming to the world, for me, Radio is More Fun in The Philippines.
Their website and website and webstream can be found and heard at the Edge95 Website, they also have a page on Facebook.