RPN-Zambo to feature 'Hasta La Vista Sir Eddie’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 November 2010 16:58

Radio Philippines Network, Inc. (RPN), which operates Radio Station DXXX here in the city, will feature a special on-air presentation on Monday evening, November 15, dubbed, “Hasta La Vista Sir Eddie”, in honor of the late veteran radioman Edmundo "Eddie" Rodriguez, a renowned broadcaster and sole lifetime awardee of District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian’s “Golden Microphone” award.
Rodriguez, 74, died last Tuesday, November 9, approximately five months, after having been diagnosed of cancer.
Known as the father of radio broadcasting in Zamboanga City, Rodriguez trained many men and women for five consecutive decades, who later made names in local broadcast media industry.
His home-grown baby “Noche de Ronda”, a nightly public affairs radio program, launched few hours before the devastating August 17, 1976 earthquake, continues to broadcast until now over radio DXXX, the station he opened two years before the destructive tectonic-originated tremors.
“Hasta La Vista Sir Eddie” will highlight speeches of individuals, reminiscent of how the late radioman trained, taught, managed, and led them to be better persons that they are now.
Among those invited to speak, are former radio old-timers like Tony Fernando, Al Mendoza, Jess Alcoran, Nonie Dondoyano, Vic "Catala" Liozo Jr, Ralph Abastillas, Vic Pabellon, Rey Candido, Ernie Book, and Zeny Nalagon.
RPN-Zamboanga Station Manager Manuel "Jerry" Lacastesantos, also included in the list, some former and active reporters and announcers of younger generation, who also got a piece of Rodriguez, during the latter’s lifetime.
“Hasta La Vista Sir Eddie”, will be aired live over “Noche de Ronda”, direct from the veteran broadcaster’s wake at La Merced Funeral Homes, along Governor Alvarez Avenue.
Rodriguez will be laid to rest on Wednesday, November 17, at the Forest Lake Cemetery in Barangay Tumaga, this city. -- Philip Abuy