Mighty Mike

When did you start your radio career? 

Turn of the new millennium! – – April 16, 2000!

How did you get into radio?

I was a walk-in at 105.9 Red Hot Mix FM back then. Been listening to the station for months already, thinking it was another new satellite Manila radio station (because it sounded SO GOOD). Was a fresh AB Comm Arts grad when they announced they were taking in applications for on-air staff. Convinced that the station just had an office in Davao, I went to just slide in my demo CD and resumé and wait for a callback. To my shock, there were more than 60 radio-veteran-looking people waiting to be interviewed and auditioned. So I was asked to wait (yeep!).

When my turn came, I went into a very professional looking conference room, with several other professional looking people inside; Sonny B. (station manager), Jack Savage (programming and music), John Glass (PD). Was grilled for a couple of minutes, answered every question truthfully and as candidly as I could, and then stepped out a nervous mess. 

They called me back after a week (I think) to let me know that I was being considered, and that out of the 60++ people who went that day, only 2 of us were called back. I was then given a station primer, an intro talk about the training, and a schedule…And I have never looked back since. 🙂

How was your first boardwork?

It was a nerve-wracking, no-bathroom-break, solo-trip Sunday afternoon. I have never seen that much sweat bead from me inside an airconditioned room EVER….and I haven’t even talked yet.

And yup. Messed up my VERY FIRST adlib.

Any memorable thing happen in your rookie year as a jock?

Let’s see.

1. I kept the job. (I gave them 6 months to “find things out”.) 

2. I was allowed to keep the job. (Again, 6 months.)

3. I was given a regular weekend time slot.

4. I was given a regular daily afternoon slot, one that was previously held by Sonny B before he went to 6AM. (So, PRESSURE)

5. Didn’t know it then, but I was part of an FM station team that would dominate Davao, even Mindanao radio for the next decade.

Did you have the full support of your family when you started out?

Nope. My Lola (…ever the pragmatic one) asked what benefit, monetary or otherwise, would I be getting from being a DJ. This later changed when she saw that I was doing well, and when people she knew started talking about and enjoying the work we were doing at the station. 

I went from “DJ-DJ” to “Broadcaster-Announcer” in introductions and family reunions reaaaaal quick. 🙂

When you’re not on air, what kind of music do you listen to?

Sounds really cliché, but I listen to everything and anything.

A vibe out sesh can go from OG classical orchestral, to Big Band, Motown, Philly Sound, 70s Hard Rock 70’s Psychedelic Rock, P-Funk, Neo-Soul, Nu-Funk, Acid Jazz, Vocal House…and then onto new school acts like Bruno Mars, DJ Cassidy, Madeon, Anderson Paak, Childish Gambino, Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Silk Sonic, H.E.R., Jacob Collier, Tuxedo, Breakbot, Oliver Nelson, HONNE, Tom Misch, Mayer Hawthorne all in just one sitting. 🙂