Dream FM listeners and Jazz music fans cannot believe they will be missing one more Jazz radio station in Manila FM band.
XFM 92.3 was a jazz station but was closed. Until now, there were only two Jazz stations left: Crossover 105.1 and 106.7 Dream FM. When July 1st comes, there will be one Jazz station left and more masa station added in the already crowded radio spectrum (as Energy FM takes over 106.7).
Fans suggest that Dream FM take on the 105.9 dial point. UR FaceRadio is said to vacate the slot by the end of this month.
Avid Jazzista Anthony Frank Tan, however, consoled listeners by directing them into an all-jazz online radio station via PinoyTuner.com. The station is branded as JAZZistas. It will not be carrying the Dream FM branding, but the “stationality” promises to bring the sound of the soon-to-be defunct radio to world-wide audience.
Speaking of defunct, PinoyTuner.com also houses Dig Radio (www.digradio.ph), an internet station playing pure indie and signed rock music. The sound may be familiar to you, that’s because former Programming Director Francis “Brew” Reyes of NU107 is part of the team.
After NU107 closed in November 7 last year, PD Reyes continued the “Home of New Rock” sound online by putting up a pure internet radio station. He later met Norman Bungubung, General Manager of PinoyTuner.com and worked on the playlist of Dig Radio which consists of 60% locally produced rock music.
It seems like defunct stations are now turning to the web to continue their “legacy”. Remember Campus Radio and Max Radio? Most of those who have closed shop are niche or mostly English-speaking radio stations (105.9 UR Radio, Campus Radio, Max Radio, Joey @ Rhythms 92.3/XFM, NU107).
But with “masa” radio stations flooding Metro Manila airwaves, are we heading toward a more “Tagalog-speaking, masa-oriented” radio industry. Will this prove to be helpful for the OPM industry?
In the meantime, Dream FM released an official statement via Facebook
We’ve been around for seven wonderful years and its been our joy and our passion playing the distinct DREAM FM sound.
For now 106.7 Dream FM bids you farewell,but we’ll continue to move onward with the same passion that ruled in our hearts.
We are Manila’s smooth Jazz authority AND YOUR COMFORTABLE CHOICE
106.7 DREAM FM
In behalf of the Dream Team, thank you for the music and memories. You will hear from us again;)