LITEWAVE which was also known as "Your Ultimate New Wave Archive" was the NEW WAVE radio program of 103.5 K-Lite here in MANILA which ran from August 1999 to November 2006. This radio show was broadcast every Saturdays 9pm to 12 midnight. Though, there were some schedule changes it still remain on it's original timeslot. This was conceptualized by none other than Mr. Adel Gabot aka. "Little David" early 1999. In 1998 K-Lite has this radio show entitled "Faster Than Lite" that played Fast Beat, Hard Music which is not usually on the regular playlist of their theme "Right Kind Of Lite" hosted by Henry Bolo aka. "THE BLADE". Hmmmp!! Now you know where his DJ name came from. Then noticing the playlist, there were a lot of New Wave Songs played during the shift so by 1999 management see to it that there should be a seperate radio show for New Wave.......Thus, LITEWAVE was born!! Then "Faster Than Lite" became more on the ROCK Genre side. I still remember the radio commercial of LITEWAVE with the voice of Little David back then. I really love that LITEWAVE radio plug especially Little David's lines that goes "NEW WAVE as the Musical Genre that rocked an entire generation". Hmmmp!! I'm with that generation....GENERATION X? X-RATED ba? He He He!!
This great NEW WAVE show was hosted by Ron Poblete aka "DJ RON SOUTH". Well, some people says that he looks like "Mikey Arroyo" the son of current Philippine president. Hmmmp!! Showbiz na showbiz ba? Ooops!! I may say Politics na Politics ah. He He He!! I've known RON back in 1997 when he and DJ Jinji was still hosting an evening K-Lite talk show entitled "TALK BACK". LITEWAVE became one of MANILA's sought after NEW WAVE radio show going into the Millenium and beyond. The show definitely showcased Music from the NEW WAVE Genre played by WXB102, Power 105 DZBM-FM, and NU107 during those times. That's not all!! It also introduced New Wave Bands and Songs which were missed out by this three New Wave Radio Stations back then and gave the PINOY WAVERS more access on those songs that were never played here in MANILA back in the 80s like music from THE LIGHT, RED GUITARS, THIS FINAL FRAME, DESERT WOLVES and many more. A special treat indeed!! I'm a great follower and listener of LITEWAVE and was lucky to have been given a chance by RON to be part of the show in a way. I was able to visit the show five times wayback 2003-2004 and shared some of my stuffs. I also had a chance to meet the "LITEWAVE BOYS" namely Ferdie, Norly, Olan and the two Gerrys. RON refer to them as "The Usual Suspects". They are all great collectors too like me. These guys have also contributed a lot on LITEWAVE's Playlist which was really massive and intense. And who would not forget LITEWAVE's intense rivalry with NU 107's New Wave Radio Show "CLUB RETRO". My opinion on this? Differences? Controversies? NaaaaH!! I just don't want to place a negative force here in my Blogpost because I like both shows. I was also able to share and revive on-air some of the songs which weren't anymore played on Manila's New Wave Radio back then like music from LULU KISS ME DEAD, KISSING THE PINK, BRADFORD, THE GAME. FZ13 just to name a few. I also revived the music of Pinoy Bands RP and JUKEBOX on their playlist.
LITEWAVE has also a special portion called "WHEN THEY HAD 15" wherein RON SOUTH features 15 minutes of Fame of a specific New Wave Band. This means RON would be playing only songs from the featured band and have some trivia about them which will run for only 15 minutes. On my Five LITEWAVE visits I was able to share 3 EPISODES namely : LICK THE TINS, DEAR ENEMY, and the 1985 LIVE AID CONCERT. Thanks also to my good friend JACK J. who is now residing in CANADA who was with me on my 3rd LITEWAVE visit for compiling the LIVE AID CONCERT for me back in 2004 so that I could share it on the show. This portion was not regulary done throughout the Radio Show Existence and was scrapped by 2005.
By 2004, LITEWAVE started featuring Pinoy Bands on the show who was into the New Wave Genre who played on the booth. The first ever Pinoy Band who guested the show and played LIVE was none other than ORANGE AND LEMONS. YUP!! This was way before they really made it big in the Philippine Music Scene. Of course, this was also before their controversial sound-alike CARE song "PINOY AKO" who they themselves denied first in public that it was copied from CARE's classic New Wave Song "CHANDELIERS". Well, good thing they retracted their denial. At first there was no title for this Litewave portion so I suggested to Ferdie to ask RON if it's ok to title the portion as LITEWAVE SESSIONS.....Well, I guess RON like my suggestion because it was already used on the next time Pinoy Bands performed Live in the show. Thus...."LITEWAVE SESSIONS" was born!! CAFFEINE was the second Pinoy Band who guested and played Live on LITEWAVE. Gizelle Roque(Miss G. as I call her) was also a frequent LITEWAVE visitor and was very instrumental in bringing Pinoy Bands/Artists over the show to play Live. Some of the bands were "THE LATE ISABEL", "DOMINION", "NONO aka. NAMES ARE FOR TOMBSTONES", and Pinoy Smiths Cover Band "DEAD POP STARS".
ORANGE AND LEMONS
ORANGE AND LEMONS
DEAD POP STARS
NONO aka. NAMES ARE FOR TOMBSTONES
THE DAWN and ORANGE AND LEMONS were both invited on LITEWAVE's 6th year anniversary to perform which was also broadcast Live on 103.5 K-Lite and this was held at EASTWOOD LIBIS. The Dawn played their classic 80s compositions like "ENVELOPED IDEAS" and some classic New Wave Foreign tunes like A FLOCK OF SEAGULL's "I RAN". ORANGE AND LEMONS al so played their own compositions and some CARE and THE SMITHS cover as well.
Other highlights of LITEWAVE was when SEXY ACTRESS ROSANNA ROCES visited the booth and was interviewed by RON SOUTH about New Wave and her TOP 5 NEW WAVE SONGS. Check out my blogpost on this:
Another Famous LITEWAVE guest was FRA LIPPO LIPPI's Per Oystein Sorensen back in 2006 promoting their concert.Rune Kristoffersen was not with PER when FRA LIPPO LIPPI performed Live In Manila last MAY 2006.
DJ RON SOUTH was also able to do an Interview with CHINA CRISIS when the band visited and performed LIVE IN MANILA back in December 2002. His recorded interview was also broadcast on LITEWAVE since the band wasn't able to visit the show.
Dennis Ramos, the drummer of Legendary Pinoy 80s band UNDER BLUE SKIES also guested the show courtesy of Miss G. The band had a rare reunion interview for the show.
DJ HILARY ISAAC also hosted LITEWAVE for a while back in 2005
Hmmmp!! Definitely a Radio Show I do missed right now bacause by November 2006 this great Manila New Wave Radio show bid farewell to their avid listeners. I just wanna thank DJ RON SOUTH for accomodating me on the show and of course for the music and memories of the show. SALAMAT SIR!!
OUR ULTIMATE NEW WAVE ARCHIVE!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD-
-DR. STIRRING RHOD-