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Eulogy for NU107: There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Our SPOT.ph blogger mourns the once radical station’s noble 23-year run and quotes Neil Young: "it’s better to burn out than fade away."
By: Lourd de Veyra  |   Published on: Nov 5, 2010 - 5:44pm

 

 

“St. Kevin taught me how/ John the boxer is braver now/ Phil the captain of the cause/ fight you fight for what is yours/ what is yours.” China Crisis’ “Highest High” was the first song I heard on NU 107. This was in 1987. At the time I had no idea who was singing it. As a high school freshman, I thought, “Who the hell is John the boxer?” I was intrigued. This sounded radically different from all the other songs about boxers that I’ve heard. Or from most songs for that matter (The only other one was by Simon and Garfunkel). The accent would have been familiar to those who listened to Spandau and Duran Duran. But the music was something else: the jangly guitar that would not quit, the synths beaming with a distinct sheen. It sounded like its immediate aim was not to please the way other songs seemed to, with their bright, pretty, and desperate pleads for melody. This song sounded like it came from another place, another dreamier, more airy soundscape. If you were weaned on WKC and MRS, this was another sensibility altogether, one that was many, many kilometers away.

That the station was on the far right on the dial of our old Sanyo karaoke machine made it easier to find, but also gave it a kind of forbidden edge. More songs followed, each one more throat-grabbing than the previous: “The people who grinned themselves to death/ They smiled so hard they failed to take a breath…” There was something about flaming swords, blisters in the sun, punctured bicycles on a hillside desolate, two rivers running, simple props to occupy time, when routine bites hard, Christine the strawberry girl Christine, whispers to a scream, two rivers running, this is absolute reality, the killing time unwillingly mine, I remember soldiers sitting next to me riding on the metro, in a chamber of hellos, you will never see you will never see Graceland, your gravity won’t let me go, I’m a dream and you’re fading away…

Then the names, brimming with such surreal poetry: Sisters of Mercy. Joy Division. The Mission. Wild Swans. Dead Milkmen.  Modern English. Xmal Deutschland. Gang of Four. Aztec Camera. The Alarm. Lotus Eaters. Siouxsie and the Banshees. Wire Train. Icicle Works. This was a new hemisphere. The music was such that it was impossible to go back listening to the same things again. It was like a coven, an addiction that led to other addictions, musical and otherwise. See, it was more than just the music. Impatience was the general temper of that time. To an increasingly bored generation, this was a sort of wakeup call.  Some of us grew our hair long, oftentimes in a single wavy length that covered the eyes and ear; some wore shoes that had two-inch soles, dual buckles, and a patch of leopard-printed fur. Some of us went further and discovered music that was way darker, angrier, more dangerous and occult. Some of us also never left. To begin with, sometimes it was more than just music—it was also a mental state, one you could revisit over and over again without injury to pleasure and authenticity.

Cris Hermosisima a.k.a. DJ Cris Cruise says, "So let's do this for the last time. It's a minute before 12... This has been NU 107, the Philippines' one and only Home of NU Rock. We are signing off."

This is to give a noble salute to NU 107, which, for most of the adult lives of several generations, has been the only radio station that played music that directly mattered to them. Look, I’m 35 years old; NU has been operating for 23 years. For much of my adult life, there’s always been a rock radio station (off-air only during Lent). Many of us might have taken issue with it over one point or another—playlists, tastes, and, well, playlists especially, which we many of the snobs and geniuses among us live to nitpick (“too commercial,” “sellout,” “mainstream rock,” “why are they not airing the demo of my band The Ragnarok Boyz?” “Creed for chrissakes?” etc). The NU107 of 2010 was not the same NU 107 of 1987, granted. But what we are not appreciating is the fact that it would have been easier for the lives of the people behind the station to play Air Supply and Michael Learns to Rock 24-7, or just about a more marketable, saleable repertoire for that matter. What we’re also forgetting is that a huge chunk of the OPM playlist in most FM stations right now are songs by bands—all of which got their start on NU.

We may have questioned the inclusion of many bands and even more songs. But for every Creed played, there will be a Fugazi or some Pavement (although the ratio would be tragic), or some Clash or Squarepusher thrown in during one of their specialty programs. Myrene Academia, NU 107’s coolest DJ ever, proposed that the last song before the station signs off for good should be Soundgarden’s “Big Dumb Sex,” which contains the chorus, “Yeah I know what to do/ I’m gonna f*ck you/ F*ck you!” That’s about the closest thing we’ll have to a dirty finger.

This is—was-- NU107, the Home of New Rock. Referring to it in the past tense still saddens me. I, too, used to have issues with its playlist, though very few and middling; thanks to the fog of years (and the onset of the mist of wisdom, whatever that means). But the fact it was the only one of its kind on the airwaves. It’s the only one with the balls to hang on to an all-rock playlist for the past 23 years. It is narrow-minded to regard it as the “mainstream” or “establishment”—in an industry where it is too tempting to play Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. Every time it decides to stick to playing something with a power chord it is not making money. It’s been a corporate social responsibility for far too long. Sooner or later it would inevitably kowtow to fundamental realities—the economics of advertising revenues, changing demographic, competition from new technology, etc . Neil Young said it’s better to burn out than fade away. Twenty three years is definitely a noble run.

Talk has it that the station will be taken over by the same company that operates Energy FM—which imposed on the national consciousness the phrases “Hi Panga!” “Joke, joke, joke,” and “Meh ganun?!!” Look, I’m rock and roll, but this is just too rock and roll for me. To those about to rock, we salute you, but good luck finding a place in the airwaves that’ll  play your stuff.

 

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133 Comments
  • Neil
    Kakamis talga ung NU 107,, don't worry just sleep tight one day we will rise again,,,and be the No. 1 rock station again yeahhhhhhhh--- rock rules,
    and If I will hit the lottory jockpot I will re-lunch NU 107 once more,,,,,,"The Return of the Come back" heheh.
    Nov 28 2012 @ 09:03pm     Reply  
  • Jill
    A big part of me died when NU signed off. But as the Smiths (and now you) said, "There is a light that never goes out."
    Apr 24 2012 @ 02:03pm     Reply  
  • genuine
    What i miss most is NU107's "against the flow." That program was something else. Maybe the perceived smugness of NU's disc jocks monologues got the better of them in the end and with revenues falling by the wayside, the owner just had to fold up, or sell out sometime
    Nov 18 2011 @ 04:38pm     Reply  
  • cleanfinger
    first nawala ang WXB 102 noong 1987, and then nawala ang Power BMFM 105 noong 1991, and then nawala ang 103.5 K-Lite noong 2003, and then nawala ang NU 107 last year, and finally even last June by this year nawala na rin ang UR 105.9! How I miss those all-rock FM stations! Blame all those freaking fans of Lady Gaga, Spice Girls, Westlife, Justin Bieber, etc. for murdering those FM stations that is the lifeblood of Pinoy and foreign rock music to our country and even the rest of the world. And what will be the future of rock music right now? Well, thankfully there's a so-called internet radio and some of the former FM stations that I mentioned it are now only found on the internet but still the old style radio that plays rock music to those stations are for me, it's D best place to hear and feel the rock genre. Wala pa rin tatalo ang radyo kapag tinutugtog ang rock music. If I won the lottery probably magtayo ako ng isang FM station na pang-rock music like New Wave/Alternative/Heavy/Indie/Techno and not playing those crappy pop/R&B/K-pop at tumagal-tagal pa and become the "new" home of all-rock FM station in the Philippines and even the rest of Asia, if ever.
    Oct 01 2011 @ 04:11pm     Reply  
  • apathy
    d ko alam kung ito ang radio station na napakinggan ko one time pero ang lupet ng mga tugtugin nila. how i wish i could hear more of these stuff :(
    Aug 27 2011 @ 12:05am     Reply  
  • jaysonray
    i miss Remote Control Weekends.rni can still remember the void i felt the night the station signed off.rnhearing static never got that lonely before...
    Jul 13 2011 @ 10:33am     Reply  
  • soi
    Nostalgic ang mga panahon na nagkukulong ka lang sa kwarto kasama ang cassete player na radyo na may malabong signal sa FM. Nag aabang kung anong banda na ang number 1 sa countdown.
    Apr 11 2011 @ 05:04pm     Reply  
  • ron
    No more rockathons, no more rock rock awards and no more remote control weekend. LONG LIVE THE HOME OF NU ROCK!
    Jan 23 2011 @ 05:00pm     Reply  
  • tutube
    i remember listening to NU for two years straight 24/7.. sumabog kasi TV namin that time and when they finally replaced it, wala namang cable so i just stuck to listening to the radio as i find it more entertaining. i still can't get over NU107 leaving the airwaves ..para kaming namatayan ng kaibigan
    Jan 19 2011 @ 04:28am     Reply  
  • matso
    katulad ng sa Against the Flow, only dead fish swim with the current!
    Jan 05 2011 @ 05:30pm     Reply  
  • nicogiba
    nasa australia na ko since last january pero syit,nakakalungkot parin, favorite namin to ni papa tuwing may byahe or simpleng lakad lang, pwede naman kuko nalang ni erap mamatay,NU107 pa? kidding aside, to say this station will be missed is an understatement
    Dec 08 2010 @ 11:11am     Reply  
  • kid clean
    Matagal na akong naghahantay ng bagong post mula kay Lourd. :(
    Dec 08 2010 @ 12:04am     Reply  
  • paribas
    Ustream + lightIRC + NU107Cebu + FB???rnayos yun ah......me chatroom kaya??? pwede request???rnright on Facebook?wahehehe......... c 4 urselves guys!!!rnmore power NU107cebu....rnsana ma resurrect din ang NU107rnNU107 still the loudest & proudest member of the KBPrnrnanother home away from homernhttp://apps.facebook.com/rockchatters/
    Dec 04 2010 @ 08:42pm     Reply  
  • calling lourd
    hahaha pwede!
    Dec 04 2010 @ 03:57pm     Reply  
  • feesh
    ako din, inaabangan ko ung next post ni lourd... maaaring palilipasin nya muna ang 40days after mag-off air ang NU saka sya magppost ulet, hehe..
    Dec 04 2010 @ 09:30am     Reply  
  • calling lourd
    lourd where in the world are you?..checking this site for 47th time now.wala pa ring bago hehehe
    Dec 03 2010 @ 01:23pm     Reply  
  • estrangebrew
    lourd where are you? I'm waiting......
    Dec 02 2010 @ 06:16am     Reply  
  • banglo
    So sad NU 107 is gone. Marami silang napasikat na banda. Hope they still coming back in the air waves.
    Nov 26 2010 @ 02:22pm     Reply  
  • butch
    Sadly for the generation that made rock and roll a corporate backdrop the only real ALTERNATIVE radio station now is 98.7 the ONLY STATION THAT PLAYS ah classical music. Classical music has become the ultimate 'underground' music....
    Nov 25 2010 @ 05:25pm     Reply  
  • checknoromeo
    Twas in 2006 when I first heard of NU107. Just changed the stations in our radio and one thing led to another. Got tuned in to reggae and all sorts of sub-genres of rock. Not gonna be the same without you but we will carry on the memories(bit too cheesy, haha).rnrnROCK THE F ON, NU 107!!rn\m/ \m/rnrnP.S. Was too late to find out about a radio show with Sir Lourd in it. Tsk.
    Nov 25 2010 @ 02:16pm     Reply  
  • pepeng kaliwete
    "I cannot grow, I cannot move, I cannot feel my agernThe vice like grip of tension holds me fast...rnEngulfed by you, what can I do? When history's my cage...Look forward to a future in the past...rnMemories fade but the scar still lingers, Goodbye my friend...Will I ever love again? -- lyrics from Tears for Fear's Memories FadernThanks NU107 for introducing us to new wave music...rnI salute you Lourd for giving this spot on eulogy. I'm surprised you're only 35 now but you nailed this piece accurately! We're the forty-ish gen(with shrinking brain cells,haha)...Thanks for the bringing back the good memories man!
    Nov 22 2010 @ 01:09pm     Reply  
  • kilroy
    i'll revive this station once i hit the 6/55 jackpot!
    Nov 21 2010 @ 10:41am     Reply  
  • brunong tigas
    There is a Light That Never Goes Out
    Nov 19 2010 @ 10:28pm     Reply  
  • inciang
    the best radio stations bade their goodbye... it was LA 105.9, then K-Lite 103.5, then NU 107... the worst is yet to come...huhuhuh
    Nov 19 2010 @ 09:52am     Reply  
  • tsong
    is lourd missing or something? ba't wala pang bagong blog? earth to lourd! earth to lourd!
    Nov 18 2010 @ 08:29pm     Reply  
  • benny_shitlodsafun
    Deaths are mostly always sudden, leaving us staring at nothing and thinking what could have been done to avoid it. NU was something that played REAL music to our ears. Now that its gone, where will rock go?
    Nov 13 2010 @ 11:14pm     Reply  
  • am
    NU107 has been a study companion since high school, five years ago. I think better with it. I am especially gonna miss hanging out every Sunday afternoon at the station for Against the Flow, and remote control weekend, RA's, pocket concerts, etc. This mourning is gonna take a looong while. ;(
    Nov 11 2010 @ 04:44pm     Reply  
  • roel
    TO JPVA: Indeed. A part of me also died. I'm gonna miss NU. :(
    Nov 11 2010 @ 11:06am     Reply  
  • mx
    Pero saludo ako sa NU 107! despite those difficulties ay tumagal ito ng maraming taon.
    Nov 11 2010 @ 10:39am     Reply  
  • mx
    Ganyan talaga ang sistema... institusyon ang NU 107.5, pero lahat ng institusyon eh business pa rin--at kung hidi kumikita at lugi, no choice kung hindi isara. Yung Eat Bulaga nga matatawag na institusyon, pero unlike NU, medyo lamang ito sa advertisement's support at alam natin na kumikita ito. Idagdag pa sa financial problem ng NU ang tuloy-tuloy na pagsikat ng internet (facebook, twitter, youtube), video games (online, DOTA), instant download ng mga kanta sabay pakinig sa mp3/ipod, paglaganap ng Pop, Dance, Bieber Fever, Hiphop (at kahit yung "Fliptop" na uso ngayon eh nakakaapekto din) at iba pang genre ng music na hindi sakop ng Rock/Metal. Talagang mapipilitan mag off-air NU kapag ganyan. Under crisis na eh....
    Nov 11 2010 @ 10:29am     Reply  
  • kabayan
    wlang buhay pg walang nu107.. since 1999 tune in na ako.. as in everyday.. kaka depress dhl cla yung arw2 kung pna ki2nggan..kht na unung mngyare.. for being a rakista at tga hanga ng nu 107.. keep it up mga tropa..
    Nov 11 2010 @ 10:10am     Reply  
  • eder
    my daily routine will always be incomplete now…can’t work-on without listening to NU107!... :(
    Nov 11 2010 @ 07:59am     Reply  
  • shaz
    I grew up with NU107 having a brother who absolutely worships this station. Even managed to make one of Fuel's songs a breakup song. Sad sad. Mabuhay pa rin ang NU107.
    Nov 11 2010 @ 07:27am     Reply  
  • tom m.
    I listened to the telecast today, and their new station ID is "Pinag-iisipan pa ba yan?" WIN 107.5! rnrnI threw up a little in my mouth.
    Nov 10 2010 @ 07:53pm     Reply  
  • paquita mongkikimo
    Thanks a lot NU107 for giving a lot of opportunities to unknown wannabe musician on this Island especially with those unremarkable image which when you first heard their demo or see their faces,you could simply utter to yourself "they can't even play a single note"
    Nov 10 2010 @ 05:05pm     Reply  
  • ethan
    how about a special eulogy for our beloved dean D
    Nov 10 2010 @ 10:07am     Reply  
  • jaybee
    NU 107's final sign off was on my Birthday and I feel sad that I wasn't able to tune in. Feels like a big part of my childhood and adolescent life has been taken from me. "I Love the weather!" hehe gawd I'll miss that!
    Nov 10 2010 @ 06:07am     Reply  
  • nitroaurora
    thanks for the good rocking music, the concerts, the alternativity,thanks for opening doors to our aspiring musicians and thanks for all the cool experience,thanks for the memories...we'll gonna miss you.
    Nov 09 2010 @ 12:27pm     Reply  
  • melodicus
    I remember how I put a strong glue on my walkman so it will be a steady nu107. Kahit hiramin ng classmate ko, no choice but to listen to NU.rnrnAnd to every free events na naattendan ko, the best kayo. Mukang tutuluyan ko ng hindi makinig ng FM.rnrn
    Nov 09 2010 @ 07:28am     Reply  
  • prof. jhop
    Thanks NU 107...ur the best radio station ever. Since, when i was a High school student till the time i become a College Professor i hold-on to you and to you only...goodbye but ur forever be LOVE...
    Nov 09 2010 @ 04:45am     Reply  
  • dangerald
    mamimiss ka namin NU! T_T
    Nov 09 2010 @ 03:06am     Reply  
  • hixzs
    " What we’re also forgetting is that a huge chunk of the OPM playlist in most FM stations right now are songs by bands—all of which got their start on NU "rnrntama c lourd dito,rnrnkung san nagsimula ang tunay na bandang pinoy...
    Nov 09 2010 @ 01:34am     Reply  
  • trebcaluza
    It is a tragic loss. I never thought that because of low revenues (from advertising) that this station had closed doors. It's hard to imagine that money talks literally in determining the fates of radio stations and NU is no exception. Now it would be hard for people to find inspiration in the airwaves in rocking the nation other than hearing nonsense jokes and undecipherable gibberish. Thanks for the memories NU!
    Nov 09 2010 @ 01:21am     Reply  
  • doddy
    sayaNg ang nAsimULan.........rnPero O.K At NasImuLAn.......rnun nga laNg At nag tapos.....rnthe home NU Rock nU107........!!!!!!!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 11:07pm     Reply  
  • tadao
    there goes sophistication.. even if i tune into 107.5, the now endless static transmission used to be a rock audiophile's sanctuary. it was also our on call social awareness institution.rnrni guess the internet will save us all. it's every audiophile researcher for him/herself. rnrni discovered albert hammond jr. while listening to remote control weekend. i thank the requester and especially NU107 for sharing something that's now a part of me.rnrnthank you nu107. you'll always be my first number 6 car radio preset button.rn
    Nov 08 2010 @ 11:04pm     Reply  
  • strawberryman777
    goodbye, NU107! =( thanks for all those rocking years on air! my radio will never be the same again..boosts me up every morning..better than caffeine..SALUTE!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 10:58pm     Reply  
  • alvinsanity
    good article.rnrnthank you for the memories and the music NU107.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 10:53pm     Reply  
  • harvey d
    Since i was in Highschool NU107 is a big influenced to me as a person. it molded my personality by listening to music which i can totally relate with. i will miss NU107. rnrn"Once a Rocker always a Rocker" \m/
    Nov 08 2010 @ 10:16pm     Reply  
  • gon.frecces1112@gmail,com
    lourd de veyra stop whining. you/re too romantic. fu.kc u, man.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 10:10pm     Reply  
  • lindley
    ... I've been a fan of Rock and Roll ever since i've discovered XB102 during the 80's, and the void that it left when it went off air ( no thanks to the Marcoses ) was too much for an upstart such as myself who diligently scan from station to station hoping to hear songs that XB102 played on air. Then came NU107, the savior to those who the mainstream perceived as a dying breed. I've been a listener of NU107 since and considered it not only a radio station but an Institution, An Icon and a living testament that says to everyone else that WE ARE HERE. rnrnHaving witnessed the demise of a station that I identify myself with was too traumatic and the moment that I've heard NU107 will suffer the same fate as XB102 is too much. Call me selfish , during the final minutes of NU107 on air, I've turned my radio off and would leave it that way not until a worthy entity would fill the void that NU has hesitantly left.rnrnNU107 i'm grateful and humbled for being a part of Me for me you will always be an ICON that is carved in immortality.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 09:35pm     Reply  
  • shaks man
    Justin beiber on NU 107?! Meganuuuuun?! Joke joke joke! rnrnF*ck it!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 08:14pm     Reply  
  • painnrefrain
    nu will be missed. the frequency 107/5 started playing songs around 5 pm today. for all thing that is holy and sane, i heard lady g*g* and justin bieber already...rnrnmusic in the philippines is not dead yet... it is just going to die slowly...
    Nov 08 2010 @ 07:50pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    @cooljerkrnrnThanks for the info. Pero blog pa lang siya. Sana full-blown web with napster type interactvity. Unless of course I was looking at a wrong site. Thanks anyway.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 07:49pm     Reply  
  • docgabu
    I first learned of NU 107 in 1993 when i had my first walkman. I tried listening to other radio stations but the sound of the thundering music in NU attracted me to listen more. I grew fondness to Nirvana, Blind Melon,and Pearl Jam--It was my first year in highschool, and as far as i know, I was the only one who was listening to such music. It broke may heart when NU broke the news that Kurt Cobain was allegedly committed suicide, then a little more than a year later, Shannon Hoon followed. I remembered NU playing the best of their songs.rnI survived highschool, college and medschool with the help of NU, lifting my spirit with some good music everytime I am on my worst day.rnThank you NU for the awesome years of rock and roll. You went down with a bang and I'm so f*cking loving it. Cheers!!!!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 06:49pm     Reply  
  • tj m
    It was our ipods, damn it. The station has been in a coma for years bec of the darn thing. How many of us have actually been listening to NU from the nineties to the present (until a coupla days ago)? rnrnMp3 killed our radio star. rnrn
    Nov 08 2010 @ 06:27pm     Reply  
  • charlie gomez
    nu107 has been part of my life. the spirit of nu legacy always remain with me. you will be missed!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 05:20pm     Reply  
  • iampinoy
    I first heard the cover of Landslide by the Smashing Pumpkins in NU back in '93 and I was hooked. It has been a sweet ride.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 05:11pm     Reply  
  • jun pyo
    to the bone rocker! like lourd back in '87, i was a high school freshie then. we had the creepers, the tall hair, some had mowhawks. nu107 gave me songs to listen to even in the holy week! our generation really was so lucky that nu107 lasted this long. this is the same feeling i had when xb102 left the airwaves, and after a few months, came nu107. r.i.p >> xb102, bm105, la105, nu107
    Nov 08 2010 @ 04:38pm     Reply  
  • ito ocson
    Burn down the disco, hang the blessed DJ, because the music that they constantly play, says nothing to me about my life...Long Live NU 107!!!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 04:07pm     Reply  
  • rommel senga
    Nu is embedded in the hearts of fans and there is no taking back...i am preparing myself to hear the good news that its coming back...
    Nov 08 2010 @ 02:59pm     Reply  
  • kapengmabula
    kala ko na-delete yung comment ko (aminado naman akong napasalbahe ang sinulat ko about "Baby"). sayang, magpapaskong walang NU 107. and i agree with Myrene about the last song to be played - "Big Dumb Sex".
    Nov 08 2010 @ 02:32pm     Reply  
  • kapengmabula
    actually thankful ako na never na-corrupt ng st*p*d commercialism ang NU kasi yung mga punyetang kantang ayokong marinig, nakukuha kong iwasan dahil me NU akong pwedeng takbuhan. ngayon, baka mapilitan akong mag-replenish ng new songs for my mp3 player para maiwasan ang "Baby" ni Justin Bieber (nanganganak pala siya). NU reminded me that OPM is not jologs/baduy/chaka at all. not always, kung tutuusin. mahirap i-express ang sama ng loob ko ngayong wala ng NU 107. parang sila lang ang me malasakit sa listeners na talagang naghahanap ng magandang pakikinggan. parang sila lang ang "custom-made" for us.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 02:23pm     Reply  
  • kapengmabula
    (contination) Sa NU ko lang yata naririnig ang "Astro" by RASP. Sa NU ko rin unang narinig ang Imago, Orange & Lemons (nung di pa sinisipa si Clem ng bandmates niya), Kamikazee, Pedicab, Cambio, Sandwich, Juan Pablo Dream, Hemp Republic, Kjwan ... puro local bands na di ko makuhang tawaging baduy. at kundi ako makikinig ng NU, di ko madi-discover na me local bands na palang marunong ng growling, some are good, some are just growling just so the world knew they can growl but not as artistic. and yes i occasionally had issues with the playlist but it's not that big of a deal to me as it is to others.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 02:17pm     Reply  
  • kapengmabula
    nakakalungkot isipin na magsasara na ang isang station na itinuring akong FRIEND. at pag sinabi kong friend, yung nakakahuntahan ko about opinions about music and life in general. minsan iniisip ko parang ako lang yata ang nagtitxt sa umaga (si DJ Dylan ang madalas kong abutan pero natityempuhan ko rin si DJ Myrene) pero okay na rin kasi me kausap ako. username ko whenever i txt them is Paloma Negra (chances are they don't remember me anymore). and the best thing about NU is they make me feel better not by playing commercial mushy pop fare (para sa kin ba talaga ang kantang iyan o ginagamit nyo lang ako para mag-plug ng bagong single ng Viva/Star/whatever commercialized recording company you have in mind?) but by playing tunes that would really relate to how i feel. hindi pa uso ang emo nun which is a good thing.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 02:11pm     Reply  
  • sambuwa
    i'll always remember NU 107..
    Nov 08 2010 @ 01:52pm     Reply  
  • ejvillanueva
    Final salute to the final bow of NU107 last Sunday. Most of us believers can relate to the sentiments/eulogy of Mr Lourd Ernest de Veyra, because for so many times in our lives, NU introduced us to a different world. From the 1980s wherein the only station that played real and cultured new wave, to the present where pr...eviously underground local bands made their mark to the mainstream (talking about Club Dredd and Mayric's), NU became our constant companion during those student days on jeepney rides, and made it as our home ever since. Thank you NU for opening our consciousness towards new music, being the home of new rock. It is like something big is taken from us. Long live NU107 and we want you back........
    Nov 08 2010 @ 01:49pm     Reply  
  • wes
    Things will never be the same again.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 01:39pm     Reply  
  • sted.instead
    sa talapihitang ito ako namulot ng maraming aral sa buhay...sa kanyang pagbabalik akoy maghihintay.,
    Nov 08 2010 @ 01:38pm     Reply  
  • nooni
    With ipod, mp3 players and music chanels on tv getting more popular, there are less and less fm listeners these days.rnrnNU's closing is just the beginning of fm radio's demise. this is bound to happen.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 01:38pm     Reply  
  • thethe
    first nu, back when i was a freshman in the seminary. was kicked out for wearing shirts like jamc, the cure, the exploited and the priests ripped off my posters of u2 and the smiths proudly juxtaposed with that of jesus christ and virgin mary. don't get me wrong, am a devout catholic, but am also a devout nu listener. nu 107 has been there with me in my journey throught these mortal abode of ours.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 12:49pm     Reply  
  • antimony
    I was crying going to the office this morning. Weird feeling. Losing NU107 is like losing a friend. What NU107 had was a connection with its listeners. I really miss NU107 - the home of Nu Rock.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 12:42pm     Reply  
  • chicomesina
    This seriously comes as a big shock (just heard about it today, after it's all done)... And it feels really bad to think I've taken this station for granted, whining once in a while about the playlists (like a lot of people)... rnrnBut come to think of it, this is more than just a station, more than just 2 letters and 3 digits... For me, it has defined my life, ever since my cousin first let me listen to NU on the radio when I went back home for college in 1995... I was a pop kind of kid in high school, but when I started listening to NU, I started taking things to the edge (well, not as extreme as others, but somewhere close by), with everything, from graphics, to event concepts, everything... I still get into heated debates at work when it comes to stuff I do, because it is always too edgy for the higher ups... But it is this edginess that makes my stuff different from the rest...rnAnd now, that which has helped me become who I am is now gone...? I may be making too big a deal out of it, but, man... This really really sucks...
    Nov 08 2010 @ 12:24pm     Reply  
  • garpthefather
    'ika nga ni neil gaiman, "the end of something gives that something its meaning". rnrnon a different matter, bakit naghanap pa ng bagong rock jocks 'kung magsasara rin pala?
    Nov 08 2010 @ 12:20pm     Reply  
  • kit
    how do i live without NU???
    Nov 08 2010 @ 12:12pm     Reply  
  • who-knows-who
    Today, I started to listen to another radio frequency which is a self-proclaimed rock station and it's too foreign for me.rnrnWe'll get to see you soon NU. Salamat sa musika.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 12:11pm     Reply  
  • abbee
    "See, it was more than just the music... Some of us went further and discovered music that was way darker, angrier, more dangerous and occult."rnrnTRUE ENOUGH. \m/
    Nov 08 2010 @ 12:02pm     Reply  
  • chares latorre
    thanks NU for rockin' my teen years.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 11:57am     Reply  
  • john0316
    i'm 3 yrs older than the author of this article and found NU107 still on their test broadcast and same as the author i found it really different and sticked to the frequency until now....how sad...the station evolved from new wave, punk, punk rock in 1987 to alternatives to new rock or whatever you may call it and so am i. its the last of its kind on the whole FM airwaves and its the last of the 3 stations on the far right i've channeled in. so....whats next for NU? online broadcasting would be good...
    Nov 08 2010 @ 11:31am     Reply  
  • emonurse
    it's a good thing NU107 CEBU is still rockin' the airwaves here in the queen city of the south... rnrnLong Live, NU107 CEBU!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 11:27am     Reply  
  • madball420
    No more rcok awards damn!
    Nov 08 2010 @ 11:09am     Reply  
  • emer
    ser, maraming salamat. sapul na sapul.rnnative sons are sleeping, cocrete walls are calling, big questions give no clue...
    Nov 08 2010 @ 10:54am     Reply  
  • scorched
    I was an avid listener of NU for 18 years. Thank you NU107 for being a part of my life. I am still speechless. I still can't believe that the only radio station that has the BALLS to play the rock music is now dead. rnrnPHILIPPINE RADIO IS NOW DEAD.
    Nov 08 2010 @ 10:53am     Reply  
  • negi
    I clearly remember listening to Zach and Joey every morning back then when I used to be a bum. They always made my day. 23 years isn't so bad. Of course, we all wish they had a few more years up their sleeve. Something will come up, that's for sure. If Atom won't do it, some sucker for rock and roll will--and go against the flow. Because as they used to say it in NU: "Only a dead fish swims with the current".
    Nov 08 2010 @ 10:25am     Reply  
  • cooljerk
    @igeramos,rnrnrnThere is another one, THE ROCK OF MANILA, check it out! they were years ahead of NU....
    Nov 08 2010 @ 09:31am     Reply  
  • tonton alarcon
    agree.. you will be missed... rndj's, informations, trivias, music and N.U itself!rn
    Nov 07 2010 @ 09:10pm     Reply  
  • athena
    Goodbye NU! Goodbye to a part of my youth:-(
    Nov 07 2010 @ 08:30pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    @borsalinornCool! I just googled it now. See anything is possible with the Internet. Thanks for the heads up.
    Nov 07 2010 @ 08:17pm     Reply  
  • borsalino
    @igeramos,rnrnAnd speaking of podcasts,have you tried Cousin Hoagy's Rock and Roll Machine?
    Nov 07 2010 @ 07:12pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    It's the end of an era. NU107 is dead. Long live NU107. Thank you for the music. Thank you for opening up our ears. Maybe NU107 can broadcast on the internet. This is the way to go. NU107 can operate like The Last FM or Blip. They can still feature up and coming pinoy artists and play nostagic pinoy alternative music. Or even sell local music that you can't find on iTunes? Hope to see you on the Internet soon. NU107 Broadband! Quark your dad did so much for the local music scene when he started NU. Why don't you carry the torch and continue what he started? All you need are servers and good coders. No need for massive infrastructures, you can broadcast from home. And then there are podcast and interviews and archived digital information from the past that can be repurposed. I think this idea will work. Will wait for NUBroadband!
    Nov 07 2010 @ 05:56pm     Reply  
  • lemurnamawan
    hearing about nu107 ending its 23-year run is like being told the ladies outside Vigan Church no longer serve ilocano emapanadas. something you've grown to depend on, something that has sustained you through years of desolation (read: teenage years) is disappearing, ending, without anyone taking into consideration the role this presence has played in one's life. it's crazy, it's whack, and apparently, it's really happening. adios, nu107. thanks for playing U2's "With or Without You" every morning during my freshman year in high school. thanks for making me feel that someone out there understood me after all.
    Nov 07 2010 @ 04:55pm     Reply  
  • steven estebans
    This is sad news... Thanks NU107 for the Happy Rockin' Memories!
    Nov 07 2010 @ 02:54pm     Reply  
  • lovesatellites
    Once a Rocker! Always a Rocker! I'm a Rocker! Thanks NU107!
    Nov 07 2010 @ 02:51pm     Reply  
  • baniman
    like many others, I will definitely miss NU.. I can still remember back in high school na nakikipag-away pa ko sa loob ng kotse just to change the frequency para sa zack and joey.. hahahaha.. rnrnNU had a big impact on my life.. it was one of the things that pushed me to pursue playing music.. it gave a nobody such as myself become somebody, kahit in a very small way.rnrni will really miss NU.. the music, events, and especially the jocks.. hehehe.. walang ibang radio station ang nagpapatugtog ng mga never-heard-of bands and songs.. today will be a sad day indeed..
    Nov 07 2010 @ 02:01pm     Reply  
  • nat
    Ok so this is how the world ends...by slowly cutting all the essential roots of Pinoyrock culture in this dying land. Issues on music piracy, commercial business funding, corporate direction, money matter issues, maturity +growing up and facing the fact that everything in this earth is temporary as condoms - came to its final toll. This is clearly the direction of this rat race life which is clearly depicted in your very television screens – rockstars are literally found in your daily soap operas and junkie T.V. shows. Marc Abaya’s tattoos can be seen in a Judyann or La Greta soap, Dyugi of Itchywoorms is found sarcastically in a Noontime Show, Rico Blanco’s Universe can be seen in Imortal. Atenista rockers definitely have a fallback aside from music. Talent and the right connections really come hand in hand. I don’t want to mention these other pseudo-rockers constantly vieved in t.v. but hey - theyare at least doing some “influencing” on the younger audience(i hope in a better rock direction in the passing years not stuck in bubblegum squire music): Yeng Constantion, Kean and Tutti(at least this guy’s legit) Lastly, the great visionary Lourd de Veyra’s prophetic verses came to real life. This is definitely Reality t.v. at its best: Now he’s working on Manny Pangilinan’s Channel(“gusto ko ng baboy”) and predicted NU107’s death (“nagsimula sa wala darating din sa wala”)rnNU has always been my only constant connection to my childhood and adolescent years. The basic reason they always give you is that “the only permanent thing is change”...but hey f*ck that! In this rock era wherein every 5 yrs there’s a new rock trend or genre is born, re-hashed or resurrected, NU has been a living testimony to this-be it Grunge, Britpop, Rap-metal, Nu-Metal, Post Hardcore, Garage Revival, Emo does everything need changing? Why fix something when it’s not broke? Or is NU really broke? Who know except he Gods above. rnAnway i’ve felt the same thing when Music Bureau ended in Ch.5, when MTV’s Para Boss died, MXY Halu-halo’s demise, Tado & Erning’s Strange Brew(also featuring Ramon Bautista), hell even when Sang Linggo na Po Sila’s Doon Po sa Jamming died, when everything essentially rock closed doors-Club Dredd in Cubao, L.A.105, Recto’s Nizzle Dazzle, Tower Records& Muisc1 outlets everywhere....now NU 107, what’s next Pulp magazine?..most probably. rnAnd the best of this 23-year run: I’ll miss Francis Reyes’s “more than a rockstar” wisdom(discovered and built too many good talents in the business), the fun times with the Not Radio Crew, Zack & Joey’s, (and) Trish’s morning memories, the Rocked Team...this is an era’s end., a great one. Record collecting came to it’s end. Pop won! B.o.b, Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, American idol triumphed... ipod and mp3 players succeeded! We are doomed!!! There’s no future....rn
    Nov 07 2010 @ 12:41pm     Reply  
  • iantot bahong utot
    "meeeeh ganooon?" - eto na maririnig natin sa mga susunod na araw. putcha!
    Nov 07 2010 @ 12:32pm     Reply  
  • chanman
    \m/(-.-)\m/ rnwe will keep on sharing the beauty of rock and roll to everyone. we will keep on rocking for you... till you return.
    Nov 07 2010 @ 10:56am     Reply  
  • dretch
    I will not forget NU107 and what it stands for. Ang bahay ng bagong bato! where I learned the term "flying f**k" and laughed my arse off after hearing the "i love the weather" commercial of "in the raw". as for now...i guess jam 88.3 will keep me company as I am mourn you and reminisce the days when you taught me the joys of indie music.
    Nov 07 2010 @ 09:49am     Reply  
  • jm
    I'd sit alone and watch your lightrnMy only friend through teenage nightsrnAnd everything I had to knowrnI heard it on my radiornrnYou gave them all those old time starsrnThrough wars of worlds -- invaded by MarsrnYou made 'em laugh -- you made 'em cryrnYou made us feel like we could flyrnrnSo don't become some background noisernA backdrop for the girls and boysrnWho just don't know or just don't carernAnd just complain when you're not therernYou had your time, you had the powerrnYou've yet to have your finest hourrnrnSomeone still loves yournrn-Queen, Radio Gaga
    Nov 07 2010 @ 08:18am     Reply  
  • rembrandt dayuhan
    NU was my music school,it helped me become a musician. they even played songs with my bands. they helped me realize to have fun and be serious. to be loose but focused. now they will only become memories. to hell with showbiz and commercialism. long live NU 107! 
    Nov 07 2010 @ 03:37am     Reply  
  • jeppy
    maraming salamat NU107. isa kang alamat para saming naniniwala sa totoong kahulugan ng musika. rnrnrn*hats off NU107*
    Nov 06 2010 @ 10:02pm     Reply  
  • incstar
    I remember when i was in high school before going to school, i listen to the first show with trish and mondo and then it became trish and jenny. I also miss zach and his motorcycle impersonation. hahaha..
    Nov 06 2010 @ 07:22pm     Reply  
  • domenic
    is this where the music industry is going? will the music created by mortal hands be taken over by computer generated rhythm????
    Nov 06 2010 @ 07:17pm     Reply  
  • juniper
    I still cannot believe this. :( Thanks NU.
    Nov 06 2010 @ 06:05pm     Reply  
  • arktiari
    Thank you NU for keeping me company in my early teenage years when I was still looking for my identity. You gave it to me. When I started listening to you, You showed me a door where I saw who I really was. Thank you. In our hearts you will never die. You were a part of our lives and you'll always will be. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Nov 06 2010 @ 05:33pm     Reply  
  • deadpandesal
    Myrene Academia, NU 107’s coolest DJ ever--- or, in my book, the coolest DJ ever, period.rnrnrnrn
    Nov 06 2010 @ 02:00pm     Reply  
  • chuckberry
    REQUIEM FOR A ROCK RADIO STATION!rnrnWell, all is not lost guys, time to switch to THE ROCK OF MANILA, and COUSIN HOAGY's ROCK n ROLL MACHINE, check it out!
    Nov 06 2010 @ 01:41pm     Reply  
  • popu
    It's better to burn out than fade away...
    Nov 06 2010 @ 12:49pm     Reply  
  • punkzappa22
    so this means wala na den yung nu 107 rock awards?...rnrnsheeeeett...
    Nov 06 2010 @ 12:25pm     Reply  
  • tsktsk
    im gonna miss NU107
    Nov 06 2010 @ 12:20pm     Reply  
  • semaj
    I started listening to NU107 probably when I was in Grade 3 (1994). Wolfgang, Razorback, Eraserheads, etc.rnrnToday is a sad day for OPM Rock. Someday someone will revive it.rn
    Nov 06 2010 @ 10:59am     Reply  
  • kesowilabaliw
    salamat NU107! 14 years of my life.. ive been listening for 14 years.. outcast ako sa school kc. LS FM at WRR ang buong campus. ako NU 107... the whole class is moffats and hansons fans... ako razorback.. and I remeber grade 6 ako year 99. napa office ako nung sinabi ng classmate ko sa principal na pang demon daw ang pinapakinggang ko... "mata ng diyos" ng wolfgang.. but still I remained as I am.. and until now.. solid sa NU107.. Solid sa Rock music.. isang kawalan ang NU107 sa mga tulad ko. kung baga. kasama mo na lumaki.. brother, bestfriend. pag stressed NU107 lang listen to new music. damm. the best radio station ever... the brand NU107 will be immortalize
    Nov 06 2010 @ 09:57am     Reply  
  • ingrid27
    "a huge chunk of the OPM playlist in most FM stations right now are songs by bands—all of which got their start on NU."rnrnthis really says a LOT! napakalaki ng contribution ng NU sa local music scene. they were the first to take the risk of playing little-known local bands. NU inspired local musicians that they DO have a place in radio. rnrnwith NU gone, malaki rin ang mawawala sa OPM, or OPM rock industry. rnrnIT'S A LOSS FOR SO MANY!!!!
    Nov 06 2010 @ 09:54am     Reply  
  • jonas
    Mamimiss ko NU. I mean, back in first year highschool, this was blaring in my Walkman. I'll never forget the frequent ads of Club Dredd, 70s Bistro, Mayric's, and others. This was the station that made the songs of Wolfgang, Pearl Jam, The Youth, Yano, The Dawn, and the Eraserheads, among others, left a mark in me forever. rnrnWho could fortget Jessica Zafra's Twisted In The Morning? and aminin niyo, there have been times na todo ang slamman in NU events. rnrnI'll miss this station. It's gonna be a gloomy time tomorrow night.
    Nov 06 2010 @ 09:34am     Reply  
  • southstar
    tanggap ko pa nung nawala ang la 105....pro dko ata kaya pniwalaang wala ng nu 107. "i love the weather...knock,knock...daddy mo!" in the raw!
    Nov 06 2010 @ 09:28am     Reply  
  • semaj
    your legacy lives on.rnrnThere is only one Home of New Rock - NU107.rnrnIf they convert it to something like the other stations like Magic or RT, that's fine because at least they play some rock music. But something like Love Radio or super masa radio, nooo way!!rnrnrnI think someone's trying to revive Club Dredd. I'm not sure but I saw a place being renovated in Eastwood with the Club Dredd logo.
    Nov 06 2010 @ 03:59am     Reply  
  • irene
    Why did it close?
    Nov 06 2010 @ 03:13am     Reply  
  • siouxsie
    One thing that pisses me off is that they never gave us the chance to grieve properly by at least issuing a month's notice or something. It's all so sudden.
    Nov 06 2010 @ 01:19am     Reply  
  • bryanferry
    sad year for radio this year. U92 and NU107 folded. if someone made a hybrid to house these people in a new station would be awesome.
    Nov 06 2010 @ 01:12am     Reply  
  • jer jer
    sir..nemo dat quod nun habet and so goes for rock and roll...the sad part is the music changes not for the better but the worst...and then the geniuses here would still rub it in..like adding salt to the wound...sigh..but then again, as long as we are still drunk, we can always hope. :-)
    Nov 06 2010 @ 12:51am     Reply  
  • manicpsycho9
    "This was a new hemisphere. The music was such that it was impossible to go back listening to the same things again." rnMan, that was spot on... This is really a sad, sad week for me. One of my very good friends in high school who introduced me to rock music and NU107 passed away three days ago. What a bitter f*cking coincidence, but thank you, thank you NU107 for being a part of my life..
    Nov 06 2010 @ 12:48am     Reply  
  • uly
    it will never be the same...=(
    Nov 06 2010 @ 12:24am     Reply  
  • pierre
    Yes... even I had issues with their playlist and that's why I was always changing radio stations. It's sad that NU's going off the air, I owe my love of music to NU and campus radio. Sadly after Sunday both of them would be eaten up and turned into pang-masa stations.rnrnIt's Baranggay LS all over again.
    Nov 06 2010 @ 12:05am     Reply  
  • tinidor
    On Nov 7, 2010. NU107 will be immortalized.
    Nov 05 2010 @ 11:51pm     Reply  
  • jpva
    Well, first it was LA 105.9 who folded, now NU 107. Its like a part of my existence died. These stations made me. They made the most impact in my music life. Its like losing a loved one. So sad, one of the stations that stood up against the mainstream audience suddenly goes off the air. I miss LA 105.9 and I will miss NU 107.
    Nov 05 2010 @ 11:47pm     Reply  
  • frontman
    What now will happen to small and underground bands? Who will play their songs on air?
    Nov 05 2010 @ 11:09pm     Reply  
  • frontman
    Thank you NU for letting simple college and underground bands to showcase their craft and eventually grow into their own.rnrnThank you NU for staying true to your roots for 23 years!!!You never reformatted nor change the image of the station for the sake of money and fame!rnrnThank you NU for bringing in quality programs like Urock, Rocked Radio, Zach and Joey and In the Raw! No pretensions, no copycats..You are a TRUE Station!rnrnThank you NU!All Frontmen who learned their music and craft will surely miss you!
    Nov 05 2010 @ 10:45pm     Reply  
  • tsong
    the day the music died...rn1987-2010rnDWNU 107 The Home or Rock N RollrnrnAnd there we were, all in one place, a generation lost in SpacernWith no time left to start againrnSo come on, jack be nimble jack be quick, jack flash sat on a candlestick, causernFire is the devil’s only friendrnAnd as I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in a fist of ragernNo angel born in hell could break that satan’s spellrnAnd as the flames climbed high into the night to light the sacrificial rite, I sawrnSatan laughing with delightrnTHE DAY THE MUSIC DIED…rnrnamerican pie - don mcleanrn
    Nov 05 2010 @ 10:35pm     Reply  
  • toning
    Thanks for the awesome early 90s playlists. It was a blast being a high school student witnessing the rise of alternative music and the eraserheads with the help of your station.
    Nov 05 2010 @ 10:10pm     Reply  
  • xxericmanuelxx
    my childhood memoriesrnrnrnpart of it... gone forever...rnrnfarewell old friend...rnrnhope someday you will be on air again.. maybe....
    Nov 05 2010 @ 09:55pm     Reply  
  • bryanferry
    grew up in davao and spent my summers in manila during the late 80's and 90's. never did i fail to come home without taped songs from nu107.rnrnwas ecstatic when they put up nu107 davao in the mid 90's. first few songs heard was cut your hair from pavement and metropolis from the church. met nu107 jocks who were from cebu, their name escape me already. too much red horse has shrunk my brain cells. rnrnthis will not be the last splash of rak en roll radio. thanks nu107
    Nov 05 2010 @ 09:45pm     Reply  
  • ^_^
    sniff sniff..
    Nov 05 2010 @ 09:29pm     Reply  
  • joycem
    Thank you, NU 107, for playing Porno for Pyros' Pets for me on a rainy night in '94. Thank you for Toti Dalmacion's airtime. Thank you for the concert tickets. Myrene, thank you for letting Kim and myself hang out with you and Cindy at the station, in our DMs and flannel shirts. rnrnWe bury you next to Club Dredd. Here's a flower to your grave.
    Nov 05 2010 @ 09:26pm     Reply  
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