Monday, November 8, 2010

A final salute to NU107.5

Last night, at about 9 or 10 in the evening, my partner and I tuned in to the radio station NU107.5, which had billed itself as the home of Pinoy [Philippine] rock and roll.

The live video feed showed a shit-ton of people crammed inside the booth, a huge crowd outside the windows. The broadcast booth being on the ground floor of a building, and the building being on a corner, you can imagine how it was - the DJs could look out in two directions and see people in black, drinking, holding candles, holding cameras.

Last night was the last night in existence of this major and important radio station.

Adding poignancy to our tuning in was the fact that one of the DJs was a friend of ours. She joined many of the station's key personnel in playing final songs and giving final speeches.

I had to cry because the song she picked was this:

"Don't You [Forget About Me]", Simple Minds. From the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club.

As the clock's hands crept toward midnight, my Twitter started flooding with emotions over the radio station. Knowing that the station was mandated to play the Philippine National Anthem at the very end of its final sign-off, there was much speculation on what the final song would be.

The livestream, unfortunately, cut off just before 12 midnight. Luckily, my mobile phone had an FM radio function - so I hurriedly plugged us in, just as DJ Francis Brew cued up the last song the station would ever play.

"Ang Huling El Bimbo" [The Last El Bimbo], Eraserheads. From the album "Cutterpillow".

And at THAT, well, there was nothing for it but to turn away and start sniffling. Had to cling on to my partner for dear life. I think I won't be alone now in saying that I will never listen to this song the same way again.

I look forward to hearing the news that NU107 lives again, maybe as a pirate radio station, maybe as an Internet outfit. Stations come and go, technology marches on, but the music lives forever.

Rakenrol, dudes. \m/

1 comment:

tinskyhunter said...

Woah! Didn't see that coming... O_O

But then again, nothing will remain the same forever...

Farewell to one of the greatest Philippine radio stations ever... *salutes*