Wednesday, February 23, 2005


If you've finally had it with the usual menu of bubbly boy bands and screeching sex sirens on Metro Manila radio, then turn on to 104.3 on the FM dial for a much needed change of diet. Currently known as DWBR or DW-Business Radio; it was formerly known as DWIM-FM (For DW-Imelda Marcos-Ferdinand Marcos) - betraying its eminent role as the official station of the Philippine Government and the Philippine answer to America's NPR. But with most of its programming (and quite a few of its deejays) remaining unchanged since the declaration of martial law, the station has become a time tunnel definitely worth tripping through. On any given day, you could listen to Sammy Davis, Nina Simone, Edie Gorme, or Sylvia La Torre belting out their greatest hits. Or if you are so inclined, you could also catch Margie Jao Grey and Mel Vidaya giving tips on how to open a business, Emily Marcelo and Vic Milan blabbering on about the state of the city's smog, and Larry Henares just being his regular annoying self. All of the news, weather, and stock reports are in English. Radio is dead. Long live the radio.