Pancit Spaghetti is simply pancit in spaghetti sauce.
There’s a saying that “the past comes back to haunt you”. I somewhat agree with that. Sometimes, it’s hard to forget the bad memories of the past, especially when it traumatizes you. They can be forgotten at a time. However, as time goes by, they’ll invade your mind again. Whether it’s a particular sound, object or place related to an accident or a traumatic event (which is usual for people with PTSD), or it surprisingly pops into your mind (since you’ll never know when). Here are a few examples.
Flippy of Happy Tree Friends is a retired soldier. He fought in wars and served in the army for a long time, causing him to have a critical case of PTSD. Whenever he sees or hears something which reminds him of war, he gets wild & kill the other characters who are with him. Flippy is an example of a person with PTSD.
Someone told me that Pres. Duterte has some bad memories from the past in which he forgot. And when 2 of the former DDS members showed up during the hearings, they exposed the killings ordered by him. It looks like the past has come to haunt him. I’d rather not comment about it further since I’m not interested in politics.
Life is full of mysteries. The bad past can probably get people Triggered.
Last Thursday, the New Republic rose with 104.3 FM2. It is the 2nd station in the Metro which plays retro music, albeit only the 80s & 90s. It is manned by veteran DJs, Carlo Jose (of Magic 89.9), Sonny B. (of 99.5 RT/Hit FM/Play FM, 103.5 K-Lite & Davao’s 105.9 Mix FM), Monica (of 99.5 RT, 103.5 K-Lite & 101.9 Radio Romance) & North Andrew (of 99.5 RT), as well as the ones who are retained from BR, George Boone (of WXB 102, 99.5 RT, 97.1 WLS FM, 101.1 Kiss FM, Zoo 101.9, Kool 106 & 100.3 RJFM), Bob Novales (The Bug of 97.1 WLS FM, 89 DMZ & Kool 106) & Jun Sta. Ana (of LS predecessor DZXX, WXB 102 & 94.7 WLL).
BEFORE FM2 WAS BORN
Before talking about what happened during FM2’s first week of broadcast, the concept of FM2 (and FM1) can be traced from the time DU30 took over as President. Last July 2016, PCO Secretary Martin Andanar appointed Sonny B. as the Director of government-owned PBS. At the end of that month, Carlo Jose retired from the radio industry. Later on, Sonny drove him out of retirement to be the new head of PBS’ FM division. I wasn’t aware about the latter info until I recently heard his voice on the stingers.
A few days before Christmas was the time I heard about the FM2 brand. All the while, we thought FM2 will be the brand for 87.5, the frequency PBS bought. It turned out that we were wrong. On mid-January, George Boone made an announcement that BR would go off the air for the following week. This became a sign that BR would become FM2.
Last January 15, after almost 31 years on air, Business Radio signed off for the last time without any announcement. And it was off the air for more than a week due to technical adjustments. During the following week, BR had its test broadcast for only 3 separate days, which was kinda unusual for any test broadcast. It had its first test broadcast last Tuesday, for a few hours, and the next day, for the entire afternoon. It played classic hits, including a 3-song minimix at the end of every hour, along with the The New Republic teasers voiced by Carlo Jose. This made me remind of Magic’s old Friday Madness. Last Friday, Sonny B. (who boarded twice), Carlo Jose and George Boone had their warm up broadcast. And they often talked in between songs, especially promoting the station. Since the following day, it was off the air.
February 2 was the big day. I woke up as early as 5, waiting for 104.3 to be on air. I was prepared, just like looking forward to Retro 105.9 before. Come 5:32, it began with the last part of 38 Special’s Caught Up In You, followed by a set of 6 FM2 stingers and a few more songs. Come sign on, it aired a different version of the National Anthem & an updated sign-on notice voiced by Sonny B.
George Boone started the inaugural broadcast at 6am with Huey Lewis & The News’ Do You Believe In Love. He has a great music selection, with songs heard on RT & Kiss before. He used to host Fresh during Weekday mornings. Fresh played a mix of retro music and hot hits, which kinda reminds me of Kool 106. Every 55th minute of every hour in the morning, Grace (newscaster of Zoo 101.9) brings the latest news through News @ 55. It kinda reminds me of the newscast in Retro 105.9, though.
At 9am, Bob Novales went on air, using his old name The Bug. According to him, he’s known and unknown as the insect on our ear. He used to host Perk Ave. during Weekday afternoons. He made a joke on Jun Sta. Ana, saying he’s “not related to GenSanta Ana” and he repeated it around 2 more times.
Jun Sta. Ana took over this high noon. He used to host Morning Grooves during Weekday mornings. Some of the songs played that morning were played again in his program. Unlike the other DJs, Jun didn’t talk that much. I’m not sure if he was like this during his BR days since I rarely listen to it.
Since 3pm, FM2 played only automated music for the rest of the day. I expected Sonny B. to go on board. I later realized that he was in Baguio with the PCO officials. The BR mainstays reigned FM2’s 1st day of broadcast.
THE EXCITEMENT CONTINUES
Over the next few days, there were some surprises. And I thought Grace is FM2’s only lady newscaster. It later turned out that Shay, Claudine & Anjanette (formerly from Retro 105.9) also handle the newscasts as well.
On the next day, Monica went on air come 4pm. She was supposed to board an hour earlier. She didn’t talk that much, just like Jun Sta. Ana. One time, she even greeted Jada (formerly from Wave 89.1) & said she’ll be back on air soon.
Come Saturday afternoon, Sonny B. went on air, this time calling himself Sonny. He was the only DJ on board at that day. Looks like he’ll be on air during Weekends.
Yesterday was the day all the 6 DJs went on board. And come 9am, Carlo Jose went on board. His playlist reminds me of Friday Madness, with him boarding on this day. During his 1st hour, he talked around 4 times, and during the following hours, he didn’t talk that much. I didn’t catch him during the last hour of his show since I was in class at that time.
9am this morning marked the return of North Andrew. Known as the best DJ of the 90s, he brought RT back on track. He described his comeback with his opening song, David Bowie & Queen’s Under Pressure. And a lot of people, including the longtime RT listeners, were tuned in. This was my first time tuning in to his program and I enjoyed it. His music selection was great, it gave me a scope of what he used to play back in the 90s.
The list doesn’t stop here. There are still more surprises to come soon.
Time to wrap things up. Retro 105.9 is no longer the Metro’s only retro station as it faces a new competition with FM2, despite having a lot of differences from each other. FM2’s retro playlist covers only the 80s & 90s, hence having a smaller music coverage than the Retro. Initially, it was quite similar to Friday Madness, some songs were played twice or more (it’s still like this during automation). However, after a few days, its playlist improved with more songs added to it, as well as some mellow songs from the 70s. FM2 follows the “less talk, more music” feel, along with stingers, in which some of their lines resemble Friday Madness. And what’s interesting is that it is commercial-free.
Its hourly BBC newscast is the only mainstay segment from BR. Initially, every mid-hour, a song is interrupted in favor of BBC news, in which I find it annoying and surprising. It’s a good thing they got that fixed after a few days.
Unlike Retro, which gave us a fixed schedule for its pilot broadcast, FM2 left us with a lot of surprises for the first week. Given that the BR mainstays boarded on the 1st day, it was unknown when the other DJs will go on board. So, we tuned in for the next few days to check if any of them would go on board. The longer we wait, the more excited we get.
A year ago, I had a wish that BR would revamp as a retro hits station. And this wish finally came true. BR used to be the Metro’s only station which played standards & Big Band music. Since George, Jun & Bob joined the station a few years ago & played music not on its usual playlist, it was time the station needed a revamp. Congratulations to Sonny B., George Boone, Carlo Jose & the rest of the team for giving 104.3 a new life as a retro station. I’m very sure this station will last for a very long time. Next, FM1’s launch & Radyo ng Bayan’s rebranding.
Last week was the 10th Anniversary of 99.5 Hit FM. Although I didn’t get the chance to experience much of the 1st RT, I enjoyed listening to Hit. As promised, I’ll talk about my listening experience with Hit. I can’t recall everything, but I’ll do my best to recall them.
Around mid-December that year, by the time RT was gone, I heard one of their stingers saying “You pick the Hit”.
Came the 1st day of 2007, it was officially Hit FM. Its playlist was much similar to RT’s, albeit also playing some of the songs usually played on Magic. Its programs were launched a week later. Most of the DJs of the former RT manned the station, along with Ron Valentine (formerly from K-Lite), Sam Oh & Robi The Rascal. David’s House & Sunday Sessions were still there. Unlike RT, Hit had only a daily countdown called the 8 Ball, which is part of The Home Run.
I often listened to this station, even on my way to school & at home while finishing my homework. I often listened to The Hit Morning Crew & The Home Run, 24K & The Factory.
Since its inception, Hit had its own retro program called Old School Wednesday. It played only 80s & 90s and its playlist wasn’t much as big as 24K’s. However, I heard some of RT’s gems for the 1st time, such as All Sports Band’s “Opposites Do Attract” & Paul Pascal’s “Your Memory”.
Last Independence day, all the DJs spoke in Tagalog, in which I found it somewhat funny, and played only OPM. The latter was done in a lot of stations back in the day.
Come July, the station hit rock bottom. a few DJs, including Rain & Sam YG, left Hit for Magic & the then-newly launched Max FM. Hit suffered from the ratings, placing last.
A BIGGER HIT
August was a month full of changes for Hit. In the middle of the month, the cast of Strangebrew – Ramon Bautista, Tado & Angel Rivero – invaded the late night slot as The BrewRats. Robi, Kelly & Migz joined the Hit Crew. And Hit 99.5 became 99.5 Hit FM, along with a minor revamp of its programs & new stingers. I felt that they were going back on track once again, thanks to Ramon Bautista & the Brew crew.
Hitting you live from the Paragon Plaza.
D-W-R-T, 99.5 Hit FM.
Hitting you with the most hit music.
Hitting you with the most hit parties and happenings.
This is your station playing today’s hottest hits. 99.5 HIT FM.
With another winning round of today’s hottest hits starting RIGHT NOW!
At the 1st Wednesday of September, I was surprised that I heard no retro tracks. Old School Wednesday no more. However, I was so excited when the morning crew announced that they’d bring back 24K Friday.
Come that Friday was the return of the 24K. It played only 80s music. Its 80s coverage is much wider than before, but not as big as the coverage of the original 24K. I enjoyed it as much as I used to enjoy the old 24K, though. And they even had another retro program called #1 Hit Weekend, wherein it played only 90s music every Saturday. both of them have the same tagline The Best of the 80s/90s & more, and the same TOTH stinger, which was almost similar to its usual TOTH.
It’d have been better if 24K played 80s & 90s instead of competing with Magic’s Madness & Slam.
I thought 24K Friday would last throughout Hit’s existence. On the 2nd Friday of November, I was surprised that I didn’t hear any 80s. Instead, I only heard 90s music which should be only heard every Saturday. Looks like Hit phased it out in favor of the #1 Hit. This was the 1st time to listen to a station which a retro program which plays only 90s & beyond. I was wondering if their listeners are getting younger.
A month later, 24K was revived, this time during Sunday afternoon as the 24K Experience. Aside from playing 80s, it also played 70s as well. And it was hosted by none other than Joshua. It’s nice to hear 24K again albeit for only 4 hours (it’d have been better if it was aired for 12 hours on a Sunday).
At the beginning of 2008, Kelly & Sonny B. left, with the latter going back to Mix FM later on.
At the beginning of March 2008, rumors of Hit reformatting into something else soon rose when Tracy left the station. It wasn’t obvious for me at that time. Despite being aware that the veteran DJs of LS (who were fired around 1 month prior) would revive Campus on a new frequency, I wasn’t aware of the rumors that they’d take over 99.5 soon. One Sunday night, Ron silently said, “How I don’t wanna think about moving. Like I’d just go to the 41st floor of Paragon Plaza and not look down anymore across the street.”
During Holy Week, I observed that there was a minor change in Hit’s playlist. It was somewhat similar to RT’s playlist. During the (what turned out to be) final 24K, Joshua said that we should look forward to something interesting come Easter Day. This must be a sign that Hit would reformat. Come Holy Wednesday, it was Hit’s final day. The Home Run had its final 8 Ball countdown, containing the top 8 songs played throughout its existence. One of the hosts of The BrewRats said that the remaining Hit Squad would still be part of the change.
After Hit FM signed off, I completely realized that the LS DJs would be invading 99.5 on Easter Sunday. So, I tuned in to 99.5 on the said day and it was Campus FM, the rebirth of an old spirit killed by Mike Enriquez. I’ll stop here, I’ll discuss that on another article soon.
CRANK IT UP
Hit FM was a good station to listen to. It sort of resembles of RT, hence considering it Nu RT. Its playlist was similar to RT’s with a bit of Magic’s. Too bad it didn’t sell that well. I recently thought, had RT been rebranded as Play FM, it’d have sold better. Hit is much like Play in terms of playlist, but the latter has a friendlier approach.
The “recent” Hit FM was much like what Play FM & Home Radio are today. The latter has Guilty Pleasures (2000s every Sunday) & Subculture (80s & 90s every Friday morning) as counterparts of #1 (90s every Friday) & 24K (70s & 80s every Sunday afternoon) respectively. The 24K & #1 programs were even adopted by Hit FM’s former sister station in Davao, Mix FM, since the time when Sonny B. went back there last 2008.
2016 is about to end in a few days. But before we bid goodbye to this year, here is a look back at what happened in the world of Philippine Radio. This article will analyze on the Top 10 newcomers, comebacks, reformats & restructures in Metro Manila (and other key cities).
Yes! Goes The Best
On July 18, Yes FM rebranded as 101.1 Yes The Best, as well as its new slogan, The Millennials’ Choice, and new tagname Bes. Moving away from being a Love Radio clone, Yes eliminated the music of the 70s & older from its playlist and added some Hot Hits which are usually played on Easy Rock.
No More 80s
At the beginning of this year, Magic 89.9 removed Saturday Slam (which used to play songs from the 90s & early 2000s) from the line-up. A month later, management revamped the playlist of Friday Madness, replacing the 70s & 80s (which were usually played in that program for a long time) with the 90s & early 2000s. This was done to retain its demographics & be in par with what the provincial Friday Madness usually plays. Looks like Friday Madness is the new Saturday Slam.
At that time, Monster RX 93.1 revamped Riot Wednesday‘s playlist, phasing out the 80s in favor of focusing on the 90s & 2000s. Prior to that, Back To The 80s was replaced with Throwback: The Year That Was.
La Verdad’s Upgrade
At the middle of this year, UNTV Radio La Verdad 1350 upgraded its transmitter facilities, including its tower, equipment & catwalk. Last December 6, it began its test broadcast using its new 50-kW transmitter, replacing its old 10-kW tube type transmitter.
Last March, 8TriMedia expanded its operations to Weekends. Initially, its Weekend programming focused on all music, manned by DJs, notably Babay James (of Energy FM), Private Ryan (of Energy FM & Star FM) & Sexy Yannie (of Big Radio). Later in August, it was revamped to make way for new programs. Miguel Gil was moved to Weekends.
Since the middle of this year, more veteran broadcasters moved in to the station, notably Rey Langit (of DWIZ) who lost as a Senator during the recent Election, Gani Oro (of DZBB), Angelo Almonte (of DZMM), Jimmy Morato (of DWIZ), Neil Ocampo (of DZMM, Radyo5 & DZRH), Marou Sarne (of DWIZ) and her son Guile (of Magic & Play FM).
Retro Invades Davao
At the beginning of this year, 95.5 Hit Radio was rebranded as Retro 95.5. The retro format is still retained. This was a result of Cebu’s 103.5 Retro Cebu success after a few months on the air.
The Resurrection Of The Spirit
Last June 12, Spirit FM Davao was officially relaunced after 8 years of being off the air. 2 years prior to this, the UIC launched 25 Cents to raise funds to reopen the station. On December the next year, it had its test broadcast.
Mango Radio’s Comeback
Since Viva’s Acquisition of Mango Radio stations, resulting into Oomph! Radio, it returned to air online. Last May marked Mango Radio‘s return to terrestrial airwaves. It launched its 1st relay station in Zamboanga via 91.5. The following month, it launched another one in Butuan via 107.9. Recently, it returned to Davao’s airwaves via 102.7.
Oomph! What A Roundabout
Last April, all Oomph! Radio stations temporarily ceased their programming, undergoing some changes. Later on, 2 of them were rebranded back into their UR branding. Every Sunday, they played only Classic Hits and a Sunday night program. Prior to this, a new Production Director was hired and revamped the Sunday programming with Classic Hits, despite retaining its CHR format during Weekdays. This prompted General Manager Joey Sy-Domingo (formerly with Mix FM) to resign from her post.
In July, the Oomph brand was returned, as well as its CHR format and programming.
Bandera Raised In Mindanao
With the success of 88.7 Bandera News FM in Palawan, this year it expanded its operations to Mindanao. Last August, it launched its 2nd station in Bukidnon via 88.1. And last October 29, it launched its 3rd station in General Santos via 103.1.
Balita FM Closure
Last October 1, 105.9 Balita FM went off the air for unknown reasons.
Sorry if I missed some other events. But, the list goes on.
Aside from these changes, this year marked change for a lot of veteran media personalities. Some of them retired, notably Delamar (of RX), Carlo Jose (of Magic) & Martin D. (of MOR). A lot of radio personalities appointed by Pres. DU30. Martin Andanar (of TV5) became DU30’s PCOO, while Bong “Sonny B.” Aparteda (of Play FM) became the head of government-owned Philippine Broadcasting Service.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Today is the 40th Anniversary of the legendary 99.5 RT. This station was known for playing the music way ahead of other stations. Instead of telling you the history of the station, since I was born in the 90s, I’ll talk about my listening experience with RT. I can’t recall everything, but I’ll do my best to recall them.
THE FIRST RT
It all started last summer of 2006, when I heard a retro track on that station, in which I later realized it was airing its popular 24K Friday. From then on, I’d tune in to that station to dig for more, since it has a huge library of retro music, including the rare tracks. During regular programming, RT would air its current stingers.
I can remember listening to 24K in the School Bus on my way home. And every Saturday, I’d wake up at around 5 to catch up 24K’s last hour. One time, I heard the extended version of Naked Eyes’ “Always Something There to Remind Me” and they cut it at around 1 1/4 minutes since it was almost 6am.
Although I was more of a listener of DM back then, I occasionally tune in to RT for new music. Aside from 24K, I occasionally listened to Dinner & Drive Show, David’s House, RT40 & Sunday Sessions, among others. Some of the songs I first heard on RT were Panic! At The Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” & Cassie’s “Me & You”.
THE END OF RT
Around mid-December that year, I wasn’t aware that RT would rebrand as something else until I heard one of their stingers saying “You pick the Hit”. Came the 1st day of 2007, it was officially Hit FM. Since DM disappeared from the airwaves, I regularly began listening to Hit. I’ll discuss that on another article, since this is all about RT.
Fast forward to Mid-August 2008, when Campus was abruptly cancelled. I wasn’t aware about it at that time. Every top-of-the-hour, there was a stinger saying The power: 25,000 watts. The frequency: Digital 99.5. The call letters: DWRT-FM. This made me thought that this would mark the return of RT. During the last weekend of August, it played only 80s & 90s music.
THE SECOND RT
September 1, I was tuned in to 99.5 while preparing for school. Joshua was the first DJ on board, and he gave us listeners a big surprise. And I was right. The Rhythm was back. It was the return of the legendary RT, using its classic slogan The Rhythm Of The City. I heard 2 versions of “I kissed a Girl”, first from Katy Perry & the other one from Cobra Starship. Other programs at that time were Disturbing the Peace, Home Run (Hit FM used to air this program) & BrewRats.
Although I wasn’t able to listen to other programs since I had classes, there were other jocks who were retained from Campus & Hit, like Neil Almighty, Sam Oh, Gibb, Slyde, Lellie, Migz w/ a Z, Robi The Rascal, Koji Morales (Joe Spinner of Campus), Ron Valentine & David Ardiente.
Saturday morning, I was tuned in to RT a bit early for what would be the 24K Weekend. The RT classic jingle was the 1st song played. It feels good listening to a whole bunch of 70s, 80s & 90s for the entire weekend instead of only 1 day, isn’t it? And it featured a few sub-programs, which cover a specific genre; New Wave Xtra w/ Ron Valentine & 24K In The Mix on Saturday nights, Wake Up Call, Reel Hits & Soft Sundaes on Sundays. It used not just the classic stingers from the Rhythm era, but also the ones from the Maximum era. And every hour, instead of using its classic top-of-the-hour stinger, it used its info stinger with the Maximum Music stinger as its background music. Every weekend, I was tuned in to that program, even on my way to school or going home. To be honest, 24K was the program I look forward to than any other program on RT.
The return of the Home Run was short-lived, I had no idea why. One evening of October, the show was replaced with 2 of the legendary DJs on board, King DJ Logan & Tina Ryan.
Fast forward to Summer 2009, when it introduced one of its old slogans Red Hot, which was used every summer. It also introduced its new slogan The Best Music On The Planet. Lellie disappeared from the airwaves for unknown reasons. Joshua was moved to Weekend mornings, as The BrewRats took over his place. It reminds me of coffee in the morning: Brew. And Sam & Gibb were moved from mid-mornings to primetime. Around the middle of the year, RT revived its countdown as RT30 (since 40 is too much for them), one of the longest-running countdowns on PH radio who’s hosted by the daughter of the Junior, Inka. And Freshtrack Spotlight was introduced as well, to introduce new music. Prior to RT30, RT used to air the syndicated countdown The World Chart Show.
There were some changes come late September. Joshua & The BrewRats moved to U92. However, 2 DJs returned to fill their void. One Monday morning, I was looking forward to a new program, which Slyde was talking about the night before. It was the return of King DJ Logan. It began as a show with no name, wherein he & his co-host Marf talked about random stuff. In the middle of his show, he came up with the tile of his show: The Disenchanted Kingdom.
1st Saturday of October came the return of veteran DJ Jeremiah Junior. He hasn’t lost his touch after 7 years. Unlike the current DJs who hosted 24K, he’d dig in some tracks from the 70s, aside from the usual 80s & 90s. In every top-of-the-hour, instead of playing the 24K stinger, he’d follow the traditional way: It’s now . 99.5 RT is DWRT-FM. We’re the Rhythm of the City, playing the hits first on weekdays. And on weekends, we open our massive library of classic hits called the 24K. That’s how I recalled him saying that.
Since early 2010, Saturday afternoons were left vacant. I can recall KDL filling in around twice. And around 2 years later, Ron Valentine, Scarlett, Dirty J, Neil Almighty & Marf, as far as I can recall. They had the opportunity to share their own brand of 24K, which is quite good. Around mid-2010, Dirty J, K-Pop Lollipop & Moby Nick came in for Gravysauce.
Around October, RT introduced its new slogan The Drive, as it played a lot of rock music & occasionally 90s music. That slogan was the name of a former all-rock sub-program of 24K, a replacement of SS. At that time, there were rumors that NU107 would close shop the next month. So, this might be a sign. Sam & Gibb switched time slots with KDL’s Disenchanted Kingdom. Their timeslots were pretty odd. And since then, Sunday night was left vacated.
In early May 2011, one Sunday morning, I was surprised that there was no 24K on that day. The Junior later explained during his program that 24K was reduced to only Saturdays since a lot of stations are playing classic hits on Sundays. This gave him the chance to play the hottest hits once again. Since then, 24K would start on Saturday midnight & end on Sunday early morning. New Wave Xtra was reduced to 3 hours, making 24K In The Mix start early. That’s 25 hours of 24K. I was pretty disappointed about the management’s decision. It’d have been better if they’d start it on Saturday, 6am to Sunday, 6am, just like before. Nonetheless, I’d rather call it 24K Saturday than Weekend.
Come June, The Drive image slowly began disappearing, as the timeslots were fixed once again, a new set of stingers were aired and its playlist made a little transition. The next month, RT brought back its previous slogan, as it was the same RT again. Its recent playlist was a mix of alternative pop & Top 40, making its playlist much wider than Magic’s playlist. When Gravysauce was no more, Dirty J went solo every weeknight. And later on, David’s House was replaced with a hard rock-oriented program, Freeway Friday, which was initially hosted by KDL.
Around October, one Saturday afternoon, I heard a new voice. At that time, he occasionally talked on air and he rarely mentioned his name, Claude 9 (who’d later on go by the name Jack Master 8). Since late March 2012, I’d hear him every other midnight and he’d be the 1st DJ to go on air for 24K, and later on, he’d board during Weekend afternoons.
I can recall the Junior sitting in for RT30 twice, and it was the 1st time hosting a countdown since RT40. Dirty J sat in for that program as well, and his song “Music” charted on RT30. Inka once sat in for the Junior during 24K. While playing the staple Weekends, The Junior plays 24K, she made a few attempts to mute the name in order for her to mention her name.
During the New Year weekend, RT aired Amplified, which played rock music from 1976 to 2006. At that afternoon, it was surprisingly interrupted to make way for the RT99.5 Year-end countdown. I wasn’t sure if it wasn’t announced days before. It played the top 99.5 songs of the year, beginning with Somedaydream’s “Hey Daydreamer”, which was rarely played on RT, and it was hosted by none other than Jeremiah Junior. The #1 song, Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, was played around 30 minutes after the strike of the new year. Later on, Amplified was back. I became comfortable after listening to this program. My mind began to grow stable.
Summer 2012, Lil Joey of Magic joined Sam & Gibb. Later on, Dirty J switched places with Lil Joey, joining Sam & Gibb.
ON THE PHONE
I made my 1st radio request via YM around twice. Since late 2011, I made requests via phone every other Saturday. And I had a list of songs written on notepad. Whenever I asked for a particular song, Jeremiah Junior would find it right away. When he doesn’t have that song on the playlist, I asterisked the song in my list and asked for another song. When he has that song, then he puts it right away in the list of songs to be played. Sometimes, while making requests, the Junior would talk about some stuff. I even asked him if the people behind the Vintage Sound of RT page the former DJs of RT, and he told me that they’re the avid listeners of RT.
However, my experience with requesting songs via phone is not always good. One Saturday noon, I requested for 2 songs on Scarlett’s program and she promised me to look for it. And after several minutes of waiting, she never played my songs. This also happened during Ron Valentine twice, during New Wave Xtra & when he subbed one Saturday morning. They owe me a total of 6 songs, and I was so disappointed about this.
Even before going to school or going home, I’d even make a request using payphones in either school or an MRT station. I could remember one time when I was about to call when a live report from Neil Almighty just came in. I didn’t hear that coming.
September 1, 2012 was the 4th anniversary of the new RT. I asked the Junior if that day was RT’s anniversary. He told me that the anniversary of the original RT was on September 6, and every year, the DJs would celebrate it on a yacht.
One afternoon, after making a request, I asked Jack Master 8 if he he hosted a show every midnight (since I used to hear him almost every midnight). It turned out that he was a student jock of The Farm & he was recruited by Koji. He’s indeed one lucky farmer.
RT’S SLOW DEATH
Late October 2012, it was announced that it’d be RT’s last week and it’d rebrand to something else. I was shocked about it, but it’s a good thing it won’t revamp as a Hot AC station. That Friday, it was the last episode of RT30. Later on, Ron Valentine announced that the rebrand wouldn’t push through. I was relieved. I hoped that it wouldn’t push through at all, but I was wrong after a few weeks.
By the following week, a lot of RT jocks, notably KDL, resigned and were replaced with some of the Junior Jocks of Magic, notably Justin, Tino, Jaz & Guile. The Lil Joey – Jaz tandem was a bit awkward, but worked well somehow. This began a slow transition into what would become Play FM. I knew it, this is a sign.
The final 24K Weekend. I called Ron Valentine and asked what recently happened. He told me that the Junior took a break from radio since the previous Saturday, and that was why I haven’t heard from him since then. He even told me that he won’t be part of the station & doubted that the new brand’s retro program would fall on a Saturday. That afternoon, I called Lil Joey and, after requesting for a song, I asked him some info about the new brand. He told me that he’d be part of it, but he wasn’t sure if the other RT jocks would be part of it since it was much of a surprise. The final episode of New Wave Xtra lasted for 4 hours for Ron to make it a memorable episode.
December 9 was the last day of RT. Koji was on board that evening. Too bad I didn’t get to know how RT ended. I slept in the middle of his show, in which I regretted doing. Hadn’t I slept, then I would’ve recorded it. Anyway, RT’s gone, but at least I had the chance to experience the Rhythm.
Election is just around the corner. However, before & during every campaign, there are a lot of issues involving electoral fraud, notably the top 3 methods for people to vote for the wrong candidates.
- Vote misreading is a way of manipulating the results, notably exchanging results of, for example, 2 mayoral candidates.
- Vote buying is a way of buying someone’s vote for a candidate to win and is paid through money.
- Misinformation is a way of giving rumors to people about a candidate, urging them to vote for the other candidate, and is done through text and PM.
Political dynasties are still one of the issues here in the Philippines, wherein political families control a particular city and/or province. They may not die, but they may probably multiply in the next terms. Examples are Ynareses of Rizal, Binays of Makati, and Ejecrcitos of San Juan & Laguna. As stated in Article II, Section 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” Nonetheless, this rule was never followed in some provinces & towns because of Oligarchy, causing corruption in this government.
A lot of candidates were too excited to campaign. They’d start campaigning as early as the June last year, with posters containing their faces hanging along the streets.
ER Ejercito kicked out as Laguna Governor
ER Ejercito was disqualified as Governor of Laguna over campaign overspending. Instead of spending the usual P4.5 million for his campaign, he spent P6 million. ER vowed to his supporters that he’ll return this election. And he did.
Jun Binay kicked out as Makati Mayor
Jun Binay was suspended by the Ombudsman as Mayor of Makati over the overpriced construction of the Makati Science High School Building & Makati City Hall Building II & 7 administrative cases, for grave misconduct & dishonesty. In addition to that, Binay was barred from running again. After all, it can’t be only Binay who can rule the city.
Kid Pena was recruited as acting mayor & is now running against Jun’s sister & Makati 2nd District Representative Abby Binay. Pena should put an end to the Binay dynasty, since he’s the only hope for the Makatenos.
Mar Roxas’ 1st campaign video
This campaign video received mostly negative response from netizens, who thought their taxes were spent for this ad. It is no surprise PNoy & Mar were heavily criticized & overcriticized since the Pork Barrel issue.
This ad advices people not to vote for Presidential candidate Rody Duterte for lack of discipline. This was created by VP candidate Sonny Trillanes, who didn’t spend his money for his own ad. It’s kinda ironic, isn’t it? For the past few weeks, Trillanes fired shots at Duterte for the latter’s bank accounts & lots he owns all over the country.
Name confusion in Antipolo
Another “Puto” Leyva is running for mayor of Antipolo against incumbent mayor Jun Ynares & vice mayor Ronaldo Leyva. Mario Boyet Leyva, who’s probably an ally of Ynares, is the candidate behind the fake “Puto” & is running to confuse voters & prevent the real Puto from winning. Good thing Ronaldo Leyva’s party took note of this.
Anyway, it’s a tough competition between Roxas, Duterte (DU30), Poe, Binay & Santiago in winning the Presidency, and between Robredo, Cayetano, Escudero, Honasan, Marcos & Trillanes in winning the Vice Presidency. Duterte supporters are the loudmounths, from anti-crime to trashtalking, relying on him to eliminate crime in less than half a month & insulting supporters of other candidates (notably the pro-Roxas). Meanwhile, Santiago supporters are the silent & smart ones, notably the students.
Don’t deal with vote buying and misinformation. If you want change, you need to change for the country as well. Don’t rely on your chosen candidate to make the change. It is you to decide on what’s best for the country. So, this election, VOTE WISELY.