Hillbilly Willy Over & Out

June 21, 2017

Wherever you to, there you are.

Early this month, Hillbilly Willy resigned from Retro 105.9 due to creative differences. He was with the station for 1 1/2 years as DJ & Station Manager. Despite gaining advertisers, attracting new audiences and topping the Nielsen AB survey, the station also lost some listeners to FM2. Some listeners said that mass-based programming & retro songs don’t mix.

As a result, Retro is left with no Station Manager. To fix this problem, here’s a list of suggestions for the management:

The management should make use of the DJs. Bring the weekend warriors brought back to Weekdays. Give Bobby Ante the post as Station Manager, if possible. Joshua can go on air again. Reassign Karen as a morning newscaster. Look for another newscaster for the afternoon, perhaps a veteran one. Both of them can do boardwork on Saturdays. And Retro can go automated every Sunday. The Monday – Saturday schedule could go like this:

6am: JOSHUA / KAREN (S)
9am: RUDOLF RIVERA
12nn: TRIGGERMAN
3pm: JOEY PIZZA
6pm: BRUCE ROMANO / <Newscaster 2> (S)
9pm: ANDY TUNA / CLUB RETRO (S)

I’m still hoping for good changes for Retro.


MC’s Corner: 10 Years

June 17, 2017

Today marks my 10th year on WordPress. Initially, my blog was called MC’s Cool Blog. During the 1st few years, I rarely posted blogs. I gave little attention to it since I was more into Multiply (where I occasionally blogged about my personal stuff), Friendster, Imeem & YouTube (where I search for music until now), et. al. Among the blogs I posted back then were Music fit for studying, parody of dadagdag’s Jun Lozada vs. The Mob (created by one of my friends), 99.5 RT & Super Ondoy.

Since mid-2010, I began writing posts on an occasional basis. I also use my blog to promote my videos (except airchecks) on my YouTube channel. The next year, my blog rose to fame with my post about Talk TV (which later became Solar News, 9TV & CNN PH). Later on, realizing that the name “cool blog” sounds weird, I renamed my blog to MC’s Corner, which fits better for my blog. In 2014, my blog rose to fame once again with my post about Retro 105.9, and the station even shared it. Since then, I focus more on radio, including a yearly review about Philippine radio. But, I still write about other topics as well since it’s boring for me to focus on only 1 topic.

It takes a lot of time for me to gather ideas for a particular post. And I have a lot of stuff to prioritize, especially my studies. Those are why I don’t usually post on my blog. Nonetheless, I still post something whenever I have something in mind. Anyway, happy 10th anniversary to my blog.


Food Xtreme: Yum Burghetti

May 29, 2017

Yum Burghetti is simply a spaghetti in a burger sandwich.


Food Xtreme: Pancit Spaghetti

May 21, 2017

Pancit Spaghetti is simply pancit in spaghetti sauce.


Forgetting The Bad Past

May 14, 2017
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Something we need to remove the bad memories for good. (Photo courtesy of: Broken Relationships)

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.


Change Has Come to 104.3

February 11, 2017
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104.3 FM2 (PBS)

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.

FIRST DAY

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.

REACTION

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.


Remembering Hit FM

January 9, 2017
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99.5 Hit FM

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”.

BEGINNINGS

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.
Member: KBP.
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.

SILENT DEATH

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.