Bringing Back the Good Old Days with the Radio through Dear Kuya

by Emmy Borromeo

Time check: Five more minutes before 10 in the morning.

It is one of those typical Sundays for most people in the city, but for Isabel and Ruben, this is a much-awaited time of the week.

While their neighbors are doing morning errands with a weekly educational television program on the background, these two are getting prepared for that two-hour radio show that never fails to tickle their fancy every week.


Isabel, a freshman college student living cities away from her parents, grew up with the wonders of the radio as influenced by her mother who used to work as a voice talent and program host in one of the local radio stations.

This very Sunday, Isabel is decided to put on the great surprise she planned for her mother’s birthday. She notified her mother to tune in to the show they were always fond of listening to. As the DJ greeted her and asked who she is greeting through this call, Isabel exclaimed, “I just called to say a very happy birthday to my mother. I love you, mom!”


Ruben was touched with the caller’s all-out greeting for her mother’s birthday. He is one of the avid fans of the show. He just loves the idea of not seeing the whole set, leaving everything to his imagination. He even sent a letter to the program, asking for the host to give him an advice on his query. Today, he will be hearing those words he hopes will solve his problem.


The story above is fictional and is rooted from the scenario when the radio was still at par with other forms of entertainment. While the time came when the radio’s glory faded away, some of you could still be a bit of Isabel or Ruben until now, still captivated by the host’s soothing voice, the mellow background music played and by the touching story you can relate to.

And for you, there is good news: a program was born to bring back the grandeur that was radio.

Launched last January 14, Dear Kuya is the latest favorite of the fans and listeners of the UNTV Radio La Verdad 1350, the radio broadcasting arm of the Philippine television station, UNTV.  The show is hosted by the veteran broadcast journalist Daniel Razon who earned the nickname Kuya (Big Brother) after launching several public-service oriented projects, reflecting his personality of being a welfare-looking big brother to his siblings.

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Photos taken from Dear Kuya’s official Facebook account

The program airs from Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. until 12 n.n (Philippine time). Every episode revolves around a certain issue that concerns the society (for example, surrogacy). This will be scrutinized using the standpoint of the Bible through the show’s resource person, the well-known evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano.

As the clock strikes eleven, the segment Dear Kuya The Drama breaks in. This live dramatization is based on a story from a letter sender who wishes to seek a biblical solution to his or her problem. The voices of this segment belong to the scholars of La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), one of the projects launched by Kuya Daniel together with Bro. Eli which offers free education to deserving students.

Dear Kuya ends with Bro. Eli giving his Bible-based advice to the inquirer. Being a program that offers spiritual perspective on matters of life, the show is certainly shedding a light to the radio’s comeback to its previous state in the industry. In fact, it now has a captured audience from various parts of the archipelago and of the globe—people who always look forward to listen to the show wherever and in whatever time zone they may be.

So, if you are that Isabel or Ruben wanting to hear once more the marvel of the radio and bring the back those good old days, then turn on that radio and tune in to the 1350 khz. You can also visit their site for online streaming and follow the show’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts for live feed. The choice is at the tip of your fingers. Happy listening! 🙂