At first, he was merely talking about his life, but in no time, everyone within earshot was laughing hysterically. This is probably how Rolando Du, popularly known as Kulas in the morning, captured not only the ears but also the hearts of Cebu’s radio listeners. Proving his charm on-air is his title 5th most favourite DJ of Cebu in 2013. Remarkably, he’s the first DJ from his station who was able to secure this spot. Yet, away from the spinners, who really is Kulas in the morning?
Kulas was among the first technicians of Wild 103.5 back in 1997. When Kulas was offered to work again in WILD FM (then Kiss FM) after its operation stopped in 2000, he resumed working as technical operator of the station. It was only after constant convincing of his co-workers that Kulas accepted the offer to become a DJ in 2005.
Being a DJ, says this easy-going mister, wasn’t exactly easy. In his first year as a DJ, he admits tricking his boss by going on-board but not saying anything on-air while he plays some music. Since he switches on the red light to signal that he’s being broadcasted, his former boss according to him thinks he’s actually acting out his duties as a disk jockey. However, their new station manager was fast to notice his ploy. “Si sir Bong nakabantay na di ko mu-tingog.
Gituparan paman nuon ko.” So, that prompted Kulas to go on-air, this time, for real. Playing novelty songs from 4AM to 5AM – this was the first assignment of Kulas. Then on, he made a mark for himself by giving out horoscopes, organizing Wild Rock Binisaya concerts, discussing current local issues and making fun of himself and of anything under the sun.
Not known to his listeners, Kulas is not only a funny man but a family guy. Even if Kulas could only afford to go home to his family every other day, he still manages to drive his children to school. But he joked, “Naanad na akong mga anak. Mura’g ilang papa murag abroad. “During his idle time at home, Kulas shared that watching car racing is his only enjoyment. Thus, no one’s allowed to bother him while he’s on the racing channel.
It seems that all along this man with Chinese ancestry was destined to entertain Cebuanos in his own way. Compared to other veterans in the FM radio, Kulas thinks his being ‘pang-masa’ got him to where he is now. He thinks this is also the reason why a lot of Kulas emerged in the radio.
Kulas expressed that sometimes he feels like a celebrity because when his listeners recognize him while he’s out, they immediately act like they are his best buddies. One even hugged him while he’s in the grocery. This embodiment of humour also did not deny that when he’s having a bad day, it really impacts his delivery. Nonetheless, his sometimes gloomy feeling never overshadows his innate character whether he’s on-air or off-air.
Another thing that distinguishes Kulas from the other Cebuano DJs is his vision to promote thriving local bands. In his program, Kulas plays newly released songs and singles of Bisrock bands to give them the chance to show their brand of music. He also invites Bisrock bands like Agipo, Brain damage, Lapu-Lapu tribe, Assembly language, Missing Filemon and others to play in his dubbed Wild Rock Binisaya free concerts.
Truly, Kulas is a classic example of ‘Don’t just believe in everything you hear’ because this guy is more than who he is on-air.