99.5 RT to sign off: what came before

I’ve been hearing this for a couple of weeks, and I hinted at this yesterday, but I’m only really blogging about this now: 99.5 RT is saying goodbye. Again. The farewells began last night when The Disenchanted Kingdom wrapped up. A reformat, to a yet-unknown format, will happen at a yet-unknown date, although speculation inevitably points towards more masa programming. If that’s the case, there goes the last FM station I listened to, and definitely the last local station I cared about. My fascination with radio is partly stemmed by the legendary status of the original RT, launched in 1976 and known for really being first with the hits, as well as a bunch of memorable (old-school) personalities. I was a listener since around 2003, maybe 2004, during Joe Schmoe’s final months on the morning slot – still proud to be the only caller on his final show – and got involved, as an occasional texter, prize-claimer and student DJ wannabe, throughout its flips to Hit FM in 2007 and Campus 99.5 in 2008, and back to RT six months later. And now, it’s gone again. Hopefully I’ll be in the country to listen to the new station’s launch, The new station’s apparently going to launch on 27 October, but for now, a dig at the archives of my old blog Shale, back when I was a diehard yet unreliable radio geek. Here’s an article I wrote in April 2008 on the birth of Campus 99.5, with a bit of a backgrounder on the problems that plagued the frequency. And here’s my live blog of the 99.5 RT relaunch six months later. Now, can I still listen to Manila FM radio? (I made a thread over on PinoyExchange where some rumors have come up. An AC station a la Easy Rock, or a CHR station called, ehrm, Play FM?)

11 thoughts on “99.5 RT to sign off: what came before

    1. Agree. I think RT’s playlist has stabilized in recent months (when they moved away from their ill-advised The Drive phase).

      Still too much overlap with Jam, though. But I didn’t mind, because (especially since Hilary left) Jam is unbearable.

  1. Ron Valentine, through his New Wave Xtra page. said that RT won’t reformat into a Hot AC (masa) station.

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