By Kara Santos*
*MANILA, Mar 11, 2012 (IPS) - Since it first hit the airwaves more than 50
years ago, the University of the Philippines (UP)'s campus radio has
evolved into a community broadcaster, serving as the voice of the people. *
DZUP <http://www.dzup.org/>1602 Khz, the UP's radio station, does not just
air the voice of students and the academic community but also allows
grassroots groups and the marginalised to use it as a platform for social
Josefina Santos, DZUP's station manager, says the radio station started in
1957 as an "an experiment" of the UP's college of engineering and the
college of arts and sciences.
The station played a crucial role during the leftist unrest in the country
and allowed students to voice their concerns during the years before the
1972 declaration of martial law by then president Ferdinand Marcos,
cracking down on protests and agitations.
"Sometime in the late 60s until the 70s, before martial law, it really
became the voice of the university and a dissenting voice of the people who
really were for social change," says Santos.
"When martial law was declared, one of the first stations that the military
went after was DZUP. They destroyed all the equipment and UP went off the
air," says Santos.
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