Triple H 100.FM radio has been undertaking a live coverage in the last five years of the Dawn Service which is part of the ANZAC Day Commemoration at Hornsby. This year, the radio station’s Filipino-Australian radio show “Radio Tagumpay” took part in the outside broadcast with the participation of one of its producers-broadcasters, Violi Calvert.
Violi joined Triple H presenters Neil Ashworth (‘Streetbeat’, Fridays 4-6pm); Lucy Dahill (‘Stay in the Loop, Sundays 11am-12pm); Mark Parrot (‘Eagle’,Sundays, 7-8pm) and Pene Charles (‘Radio Playhouse’, Wednesdays, 8-9pm) at the live outside broadcast [OB] at the Cenotaph adjacent to the Hornsby train station.
It was an early start for the Triple H Team to set up equipment and make sure that transmission would take place without a hitch. The march of the various contingents and participants in the commemoration started at 4.50a.m. with the Dawn Service commencing at 5a.m.
Prior to the start of the Dawn Service, Neil and Lucy made commentaries about the history of the ANZAC and the good response of the public in attending the event. Violi shared her experience of attending the Dawn Service in Gallipoli in 2010 with the Australian Men’s Handball Team. She also noted the presence of young people and the diversity of cultural background of those present both at the event in Gallipoli and in Hornsby.
Neil has been part of the OB by the Triple H team for five years since 2012. When asked what he enjoys the most in the undertaking, he said: “It is participating in a community event that brings all parts of society together, particularly the children who get a view into the people that made an important part of Australia and Hornsby history. I also enjoy recording the stories of the servicemen which will form part of an ongoing history of the Hornsby RSL. We have recorded stories from servicemen in every conflict from WWII, Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan, East Timor, from soldiers, engineers and medical corps.”
He added: ” There are lots I like about the event. I am a pacifist, but I still appreciate the very human stories of survival, friendship, the constant presence of lost comrades and the dark shadow of survivor guilt.”
Lucy shares Neil’s sentiments. She said: ” I love being part of a community event and sharing it with those who cannot be there. With radio you are the eyes of people who cannot attend so there is a responsibility to share not only the visuals and the facts but also the atmosphere and the feelings.”
She also commented: “The Anzac Day is an opportunity to appreciate those who have lost their lives long before our time, but who are not forgotten. The memory of war, and the ripple effect through the generations is not something we should forget or we will repeat the same mistakes. What I see on Anzac Day and those we are privileged to interview all share the horror of war and the part of them that knows the people ‘on the other side’ are just the same, no different, simply a different colour on their shoulder or uniform.”
Pene also holds the same sentiments about the significance of the event. She also said: “I thought it was a lovely observance . I particularly like the way so many young people were involved . I though the Airforce Chaplain was an amazing speaker.”
Neil also shared his observation from his involvement in doing the OB in the last five years that the public interest rises every year, with 2015 being a peak because of the centenary.
Hornsby RSL Club sold 2000 tickets to the $5 breakfast which means that approximately over 3000 would have attended the event. All proceeds from the breakfast are earmarked to be donated to the RSL LifeCare – Homes for Heroes Program.
No doubt, Triple H OB Team will again be at the next Anzac Day’s Dawn Service in Hornsby. The team members are hopeful to see even more people to join in the tribute to those who served with unquestionable valour for their country.
About Radio Tagumpay
Radio Tagumpay airs every Friday, from 2pm to 4pm on Triple H 100.1FM. It could also be streamed via http://www.triplehfm.com.au/ .
“Tagumpay” is the Filipino word for success. Radio Tagumpay subscribes to the philosophy that success is not just about what one achieves but also about what one inspires others to do and achieve.
Radio Tagumpay team comprises of Violi Calvert, Jinky Marsh and Pin Montemayor. Its regular contributors include Consul Ford Angeles for information and updates from the Sydney Philippine Consulate and Jewel Lobaton as the Philippine Correspondent on welfare and social projects and advocacies. Another contributor, Nina Concepcion, has recently joined the team as the ‘Naked Life Coach’ a reference derived from her book “The Naked You”.
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