Times are changing in the field of FM radio in the Philippines.
The biggest news coming off the industry was the departure of Delamar Arias from Monster RX 93.1 last July 29. Her departure marked the end of an era for ‘The Morning Rush’, which has long been considered an institution in Philippine FM radio.
When the show took the airwaves on August 1, ‘Rushers’ are still trying to figure out a way to make the show interesting without Delamar. But it was not easy, considering that the chemistry between her and Chico Garcia (plus Gino Quillamor) was undeniable.
RX even tried to add Bea Fabregas to the show in hopes of replacing Delamar in the near future. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, and to this day, they are still scrambling to fill Delamar’s chair.
But Delamar is not the only FM radio icon to bid farewell. Two other long-time DJs also called it a day for good.
There was Carlo Jose, who announced his retirement via Instagram almost at the same time as Delamar’s. Carlo’s involvement in the FM radio industry spanned 24 years, dating from his time as a DJ on Magic 89.9 to most recently a station manager for sister station 99.5 Play FM.
Then there was Martin D, who announced his retirement from ABS-CBN’s MOR 101.9 last Friday. Best known as the host of ‘Request Express’ and ‘Top Hits Express’ on the old WRR 101.9, Martin D lasted 20 years with the said station.
Finally, one veteran DJ chose to jump stations instead of calling it a career. On July 29, Tina Mendiola (known on air as Tina Ryan) announced her departure from Magic 89.9, her home station for close to 20 years, in order to join sister station 103.5 K-Lite.
It was painful to say goodbye to some of radio’s most cherished voices. But in an age where the listening demographics are changing, there is no other choice but to move on and give way to younger individuals.
Still, their voices will forever be remembered by many who have heard them all these years. Their contributions to the Philippine FM radio industry will never be forgotten.
16 thoughts on “Changing of the Guard on Philippine FM Radio”
I wonder what’s gonna happen to Play FM now that they will get a new manager…
We’ll have to find out soon.
99.5 Play FM hired Lil Joey as the new station manager of Play FM.
Lil Joey used to be a DJ of the said station, so he should have no problem running Play FM.
Before she will join 103.5 K-Lite, Tina Ryan was heard on Wish 107.5 as the guest DJ, replacing Jelly Kiss who bid farewell in the station last week
For now, she’ll be there, until a new replacement comes.
Well, it’s farewell to them, at least Braggy (from Campus Radio (now on Home Radio) is still here.
Essentially, he switched stations like Tina Ryan.
I guess he is happy there.
Not to mention that Home Radio’s current format is similar to Campus Radio, so he’s familiar with the environment.
Any news of DJ Tina Ryan’s new show on 103.5? And what day/s is she on?
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Sonny B of 99.5 Play FM had his final show this morning. He will become the head of PBS, a government radio counterpart of PTV.
Play is littered with young’uns, and he’s the lone old guard left. With his departure, Play’s dynamic has changed with their younger DJs around.
Hindi lang ang pagalis ni Delamar ang haharapin ng Monster Radio, may nadagdag pa. Sangkot sa ilegal na droga si Karen Bordador at nahuli siya sa isang drug buy-bust operation sa Pasig. (LINK: http://www.rappler.com/entertainment/news/143044-radio-dj-karen-bordador-boyfriend-arrested-drug-buy-bust-operation)
Looks like the reputation of Monster Radio RX 93.1 is now at stake. Any comments?
This is where their Radio One DJs become all the more important. If RX can give them an opportunity to show their wares, they can forget about these incidents.
Still mahirap itong dinadaanan nitong RX, so they’ll have to think about this quick.