Super Mitch

When did you start your radio career?

I started in 1988. While on my sophomore year in college.

How did you get into radio?

A newscaster-friend of mine knew that it was a dream of mine to be a DJ. She said : You should try and apply for 99.5 RT.  We have an opening for trainees.

How was your first boardwork?

Scary and SLEEPY! In those days, the first thing we were taught was how to work the board well. DWRT material played from broadcast carts, so we had to learn how to read the playlist, align it with the program clock, and play each song properly. I had to do the graveyard shift first (2-6am), making sure that I played the songs and stingers to my station manager’s satisfaction. It was only after 3 months of spinning  that I was allowed to turn the mic on and speak. My very words on air: “It is now 3am. This is 99.5 RT.”, I did the 4am and 5am spiels on that morning too.

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

 I lived in Paranaque and went to school in QC, but had to do the graveyard shift. That took quite a toll on me even if I was young and full of energy. One day, I was driving home from boardwork and dozed off while driving. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt in that incident.

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

Not really. My dad didn’t like the fact that I was doing the graveyard for free. Eventually, I applied at a newly opened radio station: 102.7 DWSM and made the cut. I was given the sign-off slot 9-12MN, and was allowed to sleep in the conference room and leave before the office staff arrived.

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

Nowadays I listen to PostModern Jukebox, essentially modern pop hits rendered as vintage ala swing, ragtime and jazz. I also love BigBand and Acapellas. There’s a different kind of energy I material when different artists lend their energies and creative juices into a song.