In this first part of a two-episode interview, I spoke to Elizabeth “Betsy” Enriquez about her pioneering research on the history of the radio media in the Philippines. We listened to extant recordings of music and audio programs created by the front-runners of the Filipino radio broadcasting industry. Betsy talked about the historical context of mass media culture in the US-occupied Philippines between the 1920s and 1940s. And she explained the anti-colonial strategies of the first Filipino radio programmers, hosts, musicians, and performers.


Elizabeth L. Enriquez is a Professor at the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman (UP). She is the author of the book Appropriation of Colonial Broadcasting: A History of Early Radio in the Philippines, 1922-1946 (UP Press 2008) and the monograph with video documentary Radyo: An Essay on Philippine Radio (CCP 2003), both pioneering and still the only extensive works on Philippine broadcast history. Before teaching at the UP, she worked in radio and television for almost 18 years, mostly as a broadcast journalist.  In 2015, she returned to the air by hosting programs on UP’s official radio station DZUP.


Sonic Entanglements is hosted and produced by meLê yamomoThijs van den Geest is our sound engineer and sound editor, and Jean Barcena is our publicity manager. Our theme music is created by Markus Hoogervorst. Additional sound engineering by Luis Olid and James Zipangan. This podcast is funded by the Dutch Research Organization. This episode is supported by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Special thanks to Marcus Gammel, director of Deutschlandfunk Radio Art department. For more information, visit

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