Ted Failon turns emotional, bids adieu to ABS-CBN, radio program
MANILA, Philippines — Radio news anchor Ted Failon became emotional as his show over ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo aired for the last time on Monday.
During the show, Failon recounted his 30 years of service in the embattled network, which was denied a franchise by the House of Representatives last July.
He turned emotional when he recounted how he started as an employee of the network, and how he asked ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez if he could return to the network after being elected as first district representative of Leyte in 2001.
“Hunyo pa lang ng 2002 ay pinuntahan ko na po si Ginoong Gabby Lopez at sinabi sa kanya ‘Boss, gusto ko na pong bumalik ng ABS-CBN’. Sa aking natatandaan, ang sabi niya sa ‘kin, ‘bakit umaayaw ka kaagad?’,” he said.
“Ang sabi ko sa kanya, ‘kasi boss hindi po yata ako pupuwede doon.’ Ang sabi sa akin ni boss Gabby ‘Oh sige, walang problema yan’,” Failon added.
He also recounted how he turned down a job as a TV anchor as he said he preferred being in radio.
“Mahal na mahal ko ang radyo, alisin niyo na lahat sa akin, ‘wag lang ang radyo. Bata pa lang ako talagang gusto ko na maging radio announcer. I fell in love with radio since I was a child,” Failon said.
(I really love radio. Take everything from me, but not radio. Since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to be a radio announcer.)
Before he delivered his farewell message, his co-anchor DJ Chacha also became emotional when she recalled her experiences in ABS CBN.