Do you know someone like mommy Berns?

 

My drive home this morning was quite disappointing. Mommy Berns did not call Mo Twister’s radio show. So who on earth is this mommy Berns anyway? Well, she was all over my other favorite radio stations the day before. She started at first as one regular caller who, just like the others, would call to share their piece of mind on the topic of the day or someone who would make a song request and then hang up. But mommy Berns did more than that – on different radio stations, on several occasions.

I first heard the seemingly friendly voice on Wave 89.1 FM’s morning show. I did not catch the exact conversation between her and the DJs but I soon realized that she is not a regular listener after she requested an unfamiliar song title and one that does not belong to the station’s New Wave Wednesday’s playlist. The discussion became more odd when mommy Berns said that the song is actually a composition of his son and that she would like to promote its location on YouTube.com. It was a personal plug that the unsuspecting DJs had to entertain as if to shorten their (and mine) agony from one weird caller.

Evening came and once again I was back behind the wheel on my way to work and my car radio still on the same frequency, same music genre. Everything on the program that night seems the same, including a surprise caller – mommy Berns. Along with the new set of DJs in a different radio show came the same caller with the same purpose – to place a shameless plug and this time she has become more spontaneous which made me wonder if she has been talking about the same thing all day. My hunch was right.

On schedule, I tuned in to another station to catch up on Jam 88.3’s The Daily Stew with Roanna where I get my daily fix of alternative music (and interesting trivia and topics from its host @roannaruiz). As I maneuver my way through crazy traffic, a voice came out of the car stereo which almost made me freak out and sideswipe counter-flowing motorcycle riders – it could’ve been the perfect excuse.

It was mommy Berns.

She’s talking to Roanna Ruiz. She’s talking about the same stuff.

“My goodness. Ti abi. WTH. Let the Mayans be right, now!”

For the third time that day, on my last stretch before I reach work, I heard the ever familiar and annoying spiel again, “…it’s composed by my son…it’s on YouTube.com…please watch annabananadsl.” Wow.

Thankfully, I arrived at work in one piece – I also checked the car carpet and I didn’t see any of my dinner on it – but with several thoughts racing in my mind. Have we been, consciously or unconsciously, a mommy Berns who is ever proud of our own child(ren) and so willing to talk about them all day (and annoy people in the process)? Do we know someone like mommy Berns?

Few minutes later, I realized I was walking past the production’s door….

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I checked out AnnaBananaDSL and so far mommy Berns’ efforts got around 1,700 views as of today.

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Erratum: I just discovered on Twitter that it’s Mama Berns
and not mommy Berns.

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Mood: 3/10 Honks! (Marcus still coughing but taking meds. Few more days before the balloon fest.)


RockEd’s DJ Joint Session

Is it possible for a radio show intended to basically talk about nothing to end up being interesting? And more so, is it possible to cram six or more DJ’s coming from different stations in one booth at the same time? The answer is a big yes.

The show was conceptualized by one of the tweeps I follow, @gangbadoy, who herself is a DJ from NU107. Gang is one the most active tweeps who became one of the most recognizable aliases on Twitter during the typhoon Ondoy days. Since then, I’ve seen her become outspoken in politics and more especially after the infamous Ampatuan massacre in Maguindano (although I don’t necessarily agree with some of her opinions). The ruthless killing which included a number of press people became the inspiration for this year’s Rock The Riles (RTR) which also happens to be one of the projects by this very passionate DJ.

I don’t know when RTR actually started, but I was awed by the idea of holding a rock concert in different MRT stations and to think it got an approval considering the schedule was set during the peak hour of its operation. What made it even better and appropriate to this year’s theme of demanding for justice for those press people slain in the massacre is that @gangbadoy was able to get support from DJ’s from other radio stations to host in separate train stations. This I assume was when another light bulb moment came to Gang’s mind: get all those DJ’s who participated to have a joint session at NU107′s booth with an interesting agenda – talk about nothing.

Today is that day and I was so anxious of getting out of class, not that I hate it, just so I can fill my curiosity of what it’s like to have one radio show with different DJ’s at one time. Well, luck must be on my side, when 30 minutes before my alarm sets off to listen to the said show our professor concluded our session ahead of schedule.

I soon heard while starting to drive back home that RockEd’s joint session is indeed all-star cast. As I manage my way out of EDSA’s traffic coming from Rockwell, voices of personalities like Gang, CJ (89.9), Suzie (89.9), Jiggy Cruz (nephew of Noynoy), and KC Montero (MTV) fills void in the car. To my surprise and delight, I also heard the voice of the very opinionated and talkative DJ Mo Twister of the Good Times Show (89.9) fame. Mo expectedly dominated the discussions and was as articulate as if he was in his own 6-9 morning show. Just as planned the show was indeed all about nothing—i.e., anything goes. The topics ranged from the genitals, DJ’s vs. DJ’s confrontations, product endorsement wishlist, presidential candidate choices, ABS-CBN vs. GMA7, failed celebrity interviews and so on and so forth. It’s a shame I got home early and had to get out of the car with the show’s remaining 30 minutes. I’d say this is the most awesome radio show I’ve listened to, and I really wish for an encore. Good job Gang and team.

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Mood: 2/10 Honks (One of those times I’d wish I got stuck in traffic.)