Eddie Rodriguez signs off PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:39

The man with a “thundering voice” in the city’s broadcast industry, former Councilor Edmundo “Eddie” Rodriguez, passed away around 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday due to pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Rodriguez was diagnosed of cancer in the pancreas in July 2009 and because of his sorry health status, his family decided to take him to Western Mindanao Medical Center in August 28, 2010 where he was confined for several months until his demise Tuesday night.

Before entering politics, Rodriguez was in radio broadcasting starting as an announcer/commentator at Mr. Vic Day's cable radio broadcasting in 1954.

When DXJW (the first radio station in Zamboanga) was established in 1958, Rodriguez was hired by manager Pat Dugan with a radio name “Eddie “Camote” Rodriguez.

Rodriguez’ contemporaries who also worked with DXJW were veteran broadcasters Charlie Sebastian, Don “Higante” Morales, Val Matias and Eddie “Bato-Bato” Dolores. All of them have also passed away.

In 1974, Rodriguez was hired by Radio Philippine Network (RPN) that operates DXXX (until now) as manager.

Rodriguez was recognized as the father of one of the popular radio programs in the city—Noche de Ronda—which is still on the air now under the leadership of RPN-DXXX Jerry Lacastesantos.

Being the first Zamboangueño radio announcer, he was the first recipient of the so-called “Golden Microphone Award” given by no less than Congressman Erbie A. Fabian.

Yesterday, the City Council, during its regular session, passed a resolution expressing sympathy and extending condolence to the bereaved family of Rodriguez who was once named as the “Mr. Wisdom” in the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

Veteran broadcaster turned politician Councilor Jaime Cabato described the late Eddie Rodriguez as an industrious person and very patient.

He said Rodriguez dedicated his entire life in serving the people as an announcer and an elected official.

He was first elected as city councilor in 1968 to 1986 then in 1988 to 2001.

During the time of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, Rodriguez was appointed as Executive Assistant in charge of the office of the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB).

In July 2008, he was appointed as city councilor vice Councilor Asbi Edding who died of cardiac arrest.

He is survived by wife Dorothy and children Elizabeth, Helen, Vicky, Ferdie, Rachel, Edwin  and Alex.

Mayor Celso Lobregat was present at the time of his death. It was the mayor who relayed the information to the media of Rodriguez' death.

"It is a big loss to the broadcasting industry," said Councilor Cabato who himself was a broadcaster and former manager of DXYC of the Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

By Jimmy Villaflores