Win Radio defended itself against its detractors, mostly fans of its predecessor, NU107, by publishing an article at a national newspaper. The station’s head, Manny Luzon, who used to be at Energy FM, said in a Manila Bulletin article that rock stations will not survive the current radio industry.
“You can’t serve one menu all day,” Luzon noted, seemingly directing his words to the die hard fans of the defunct rock station.
“Business has to evolve and that’s what we, Atom and I, have agreed when I got on board,” he added.
Win Radio replaced NU 107 last year, which enraged loyal listeners. Facebook pages and groups were organized to supposedly boycott the new format.
Luzon added that while many of the followers NU 107 cannot get over the fact that their favorite station had already gone, his new brand “Win Radio” with the tagline “Pinag-iisipan Pa Ba Yan” is fast gaining listeners.
Critics of the new station expressed their disappointment over the saturation of “mainstream radio” or “masa” formats.
“Parang hindi pinag-isipan ang format ng Win Radio, parang kinopya lang ang Love Radio at Energy FM” – one critic says.
Surprisingly though, Manny Luzon, was the former head and was responsible for creating such popular formats as Energy FM in Davao, and Love Radio, in Manila.
Luzon expressed a few points that will set his new station apart from the usual “pang-masa” stations.
1. No double-meaning songs or obscene talk on air
2. Plays more OPM originals, and less OPM revivals
3. No DJ piracy, either DJs are trainees or have officially resigned
Luzon revealed that pirating DJs from other stations is not his cup of tea.
This man definitely has a lot up his sleeve, considering his past successes. But if Win Radio is positioning itself as the “trimmed” version of Love Radio, then it should be commended. At least, for not bringing more of those street language on the air.
However, when I airchecked Win Radio, I find it sounding very much like Love Radio.