Remembering Pinas FM’s Retro Friday

Before Pinas FM 95.5 revamped as an all-OPM station, 2 years ago, Pinas FM aired a Hot AC format, implementing clean fun on air. I’ll talk about Retro Friday & how the DJs handle their own portion of this program. Retro Friday was Pinas FM’s special program which plays songs from the 70s, 80s & 90s every Friday. Based on my observations, 40% of its retro playlist can’t be heard on any other Hot AC stations like Love Radio & Star FM, making its playlist quite unique. In addition to that, each DJ had his/her own intro & extro music, but most of them play MARRS’ “Pump Up The Volume” as their background music.

Coach Gico would play Hawaii 5-0 as his background music, unlike any other DJs. He was very hyper when he talked on air. He often plays too mainstream tracks. I requested around 3 not-so-mainstream tracks, but he didn’t play them because of crab mentality. It seemed that he drank too much coffee. He wasn’t the same as the way he used to host FRC.

Rick Stryker would start his show with a remixed version of Swing Out Sister’s “Waiting Game”. His playlist is just good, a balanced mix of mainstream & not-so-mainstream tracks. He has room for Hip Hop, and he’d occasionally play such tracks such as Will Smith’s “Miami”, Marky Mark’s “Good Vibrations”, Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes The Hotstepper”, Paperboy’s “Ditty, K7’s “Come Baby Come”, Wreckx-N-Effect’s “Rump Shaker”, Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray” & Mellow Man Ace’s “Mentirosa”, among others. He’d end his program with Fra Lippo Lippi’s “Stitches & Burns”.

Raymond Stone would start his show with The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love”. Towards the end of a particular song, he’d begin with “Thank you, <Artist>. Song called <Song name>, right here sa Pinas FM…”. It sounded as if that singer/band performed that song in front of him &  the guests inside the studio. Initially he had a very good playlist, but in the later years, he played more too mainstream retro tracks. He’d occasionally dish out some great tracks such as Mike + The Mechanic’s “Taken In”, Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True”, Simple Mind’s “Alive & Kicking”, Strawberry Switchblade’s “Who Knows What Love Is”, James Ingram & Michael McDonald’s “Yamoh Be There” & Michael McDonald’s “Sweet Freedom” among others. I made phone requests twice & he played them.

Peachy would start her show with Johnny Hates Jazz’s “Turn Back The Clock”. Her playlist is toned down, she’d play more mellow tracks & love songs. Nonetheless, she’d occasionally play upbeat tracks, notably disco.

Moody Jam would start her show with Little River Band’s “Reminiscing”. Towards the end of a particular song, she’d make puns of the title (sometimes the lyrics) of that song. She has a very good playlist, which is a bit better than Raymond Stone’s. She also plays a lot of great tracks, such as Andrew Gold’s “Thank You For Being A Friend”, Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time”, Queen’s “The Game”, “Second Wind”, Eric Clapton’s “I’ve Got A Rock N Roll Heart” & the mentioned tracks played by the latter.

Retro Friday was one of the programs I looked forward to every Friday. The songs played there reminded me of DM Saturday, sort of. Each of the DJs have their own taste of music.


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