Now it can finally be told. The Ateneo radio station is ON THE AIR.
It may sound weird to write about the history of a radio station when it is actually in its infancy. Well, for most of the people in the University including those who are no longer around, the story of the Ateneo de Naga University official radio station started when it offered a course in communication, the Bachelor of Arts in Development Communication in 1981.
Last December 18, 2004, after twenty-four years since Ateneo offered the first ever communication course in Bikol, the Board of Trustees (BOT) approved a resolution to establish the Ateneo de Naga University Radio Station.
Every school that offers a communication course dreams of having its own radio station. It is something if a school does not only teach it but does it as well. Now, after twenty batches of DevCom graduates, after an initial attempt to operate a radio station on its own efforts with the help of the College of Engineering in 2001, and after the historic date of December 18, 2004, the Ateneo de Naga University had its first ever broadcast signal last July 1, 2005. In the industry, it is known as the test broadcast.
On July 29, 2005, in time for the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus; The Beat FM 89.5 will officially join the airwaves with a motorcade in the morning and a grand launching and ceremonial switching ON in the afternoon.
The operation of the radio station was actualized because of a partnership of Ateneo de Naga University with the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), now the nation's largest radio network, of the Elizalde Group of Companies.
Its actual call sign is DZTR with authorized transmission power of up to 10,000 kilowatts. It actually broadcasts using a 1,000 watts or 1 kilowatt transmitter power. It is assigned the frequency 89.5 in the FM band. Most of its broadcast signal comes from the satellite feed from the flagship FM station of MBC in Manila . Its broadcast hours are from 5:00 in the morning until 9:00 in the evening and hopefully to stay until 12:00 midnight in the near future.
The use of The Beat FM as its call sign is part of the agreements under the partnership.
The BOT resolution states two purposes for which the station is established: (1) as a required laboratory for Communication, Broadcasting, Journalism, Development Communication, and Electronics Communications Engineering students; and (2) as an instrument for the University's religious, cultural and educational extension in Naga and Bikol.
The station is manned by three personnel: Mr. Noel R. Volante as the Station Manager, Mr. Marco Monteagudo as the Programming Director and Production Manager, and Ms. Rochelle S. Manalang as the Marketing, Events and Traffic Officer.
For your song and advertising requests, call The Beat FM 89.5 at 472-8282 or 472-2882.