POWER 105 DZBM-fm
I guess some of you may have anticipated my Blogpost #105 so here it goes....just my own tribute to "THE POWER STATION" POWER 105 DZBM-fm and the Power Switchers Club. I first heard about POWER 105 back in 1985 and to be exact AUGUST 1985. YUP!! I can still remember my first time when I was able to tuned in to this great Manila New Wave Radio Station. Actually it was LINGGO NG WIKA(Pilipino Language Week) when we were at the classroom listening to the music of "The Power Station DZBM POWER 105". WOW!! YOUTHFUL MEMORIES INDEED!! The station was playing music from THE CURE, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN,.....a lot of DEPECHE MODE, NEW ORDER, NICK KERSHAW, STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE just to name a few. Of course there were also a lot of Obscure New Wave Bands and Songs on their playlist.
THE POWER SWITCHERS CLUB was the CLUB organized by the BM people wayback mid-1986 just before the station would change and remove their New Wave Format. It was revived by December 1987 and the second batch of POWER SWITCHERS was ready for registration by early 1988. There were four of us in the group who went to register with the First Batch of Power Switchers back in 1986 but we weren't able to pick up our IDs because the station ultimately changed their format. When the registration was revived in 1988 we went back to the station and asked and verified if our receipts from our 1986 registration were still valid. Sadly, they said that we have to re-register again. Waaaah!! Another payment? Hmmmp!! That's unfair!! He He He!! This time there were six of us in the group and we all decided not to push through with the registration. Naaah!! The four of us who were told to re-register didn't mind it anymore. Well, I have created an exclusive POWER SWICTHERS CLUB I.D. featuring Looney Tunes Character "TASMANIAN DEVIL" just for my POWER105 BLOGPOST since TAZ is one of my favorite BM DJs back then. Recently the POWER SWITCHERS CLUB was sort of reborn but this time as a Yahoo Group.
Good thing BENJIE COLLANTES of "THE VAULT" was able to preserve his copy of the POWER SWITCHER application form and was kind enough to share it here in my little blog. THANKS AGAIN BENJIE!!
Just added info about POWER 105 taken from the DZBM-fm My Space website which I linked here in my blog last year during the early days of my BLOG. YUP!! One of the first three links here on "THE DOCTOR IS IN". Click the POWER105 LOGO to enter the site:
This site is dedicated to all Power Switchers around the world and to the now defunct Power 105 BM FM. DZBM 105.1 FM - (circa 1985-1991) 131 Del Monte Ave., Quezon City, PHILIPPINES STUDIO 711.3937.
The year 1963 marked the birth of the Mareco Broadcasting Network, Inc. (MBN, Inc.) in the radio industry, with DZBM as its first AM station. The station..s purpose was, originally, as a promotional medium for Mabuhay and Villar records, which were both owned by Mareco Broadcasting Network. MBN, Inc. also produced and marketed foreign music labels from over a hundred major international recording companies. DZBM made a major impact in popularizing radio as a prime entertainment medium in Manila, since the station was consistently at the top of the charts in the surveys during that time. Eventually, DZBM opened its doors to commercial advertising, due to its increasing patronage, especially from the youth of the Philippines. The station moved from AM to FM band for enhanced sound quality. The move to FM was to DZBM..s advantage. Playing vinyls (12"s, EPs, and LPs) plus superior sound quality in radio broadcasting became the trademark of DZBM 105.1 FM, which became known to its listeners as ..The Power Station... In the 1980..s, DZBM played the most obscure sounds, extended versions, b-sides and the hottest new wave hits. The evolution of DZBM, from the new wave station to the Jazz station it is today, is a result of the numerous changes in management of the Mareco Broadcasting Network, Incorporated.
POWER105 DJ's: Chelle - D * Randy Brown * Michael Davis * Dr. D'e * Harry Nolan * Paul Hunter * Tasmanian Devil.
(PRESIDENT OF POWER SWITCHERS CLUB)
MICHAEL DAVIS and CHEL D.
(P.R.O. of POWER SWITCHERS CLUB)
Photos courtesy of:
POWER SWITCHERS YAHOO GROUP
DJ MIKE of 33 1/3
JORDAN VICTOR LUCIANO of ALPHABETZ Mobile
I really love this radio station and who would forget their RADIO ID TAG that goes something like this: "The...The...The...Power Station...Power Station". CLASSIC Indeed!! Nothing to do with Robert Palmer's 80s band okay. He He He! The radio signal was also excellent and with great sounding echo and bass on it. Hmmmp!! I have visited the station only four times which was right in front of SIENNA COLLEGE but I may say it's still memorable for me since I was able to meet two of my favorite BM DJs Tasmanian Devil and Harry Nolan. Actually both HARRY NOLAN and TASMANIAN DEVIL started as a TEAM on their radio show and their Tandem was dissolved by 1988 wherein both DJs were given their own Individual timeslot. Talking about tandem....Of course PINOY WAVERS would definitely remember the BADUY DJ POP Tandem of HILL BILLY WILLY and GROVER of 93.9 WKC on the same era which was the 80s. HA HA HA!!POWER105 have also their so-called "POWER EXCLUSIVES" which were music that's exclusively played on POWER105 during those days like VOICE OF AMERICA, FRUITS OF PASSION, H20, THE LOVER SPEAKS, THE EXPLORERS, and many more. A memorable portion on POWER105 is their "LIGHT AND EASY FAVORITES" broadcast every 12noon to 1pm wherein it showcased New Wave Music on the lighter side. This was where DIFFERENT SEASONS by JOHNNY HATES JAZZ, LOVE YOU by PRIMAL SCREAM, LAST SUPPER by HOWARD JONES, and of course who would forget BROKEN LAND by THE ADVENTURES just to name few became popular. I will be having a seperate Blogpost on both POWER EXCLUSIVES and THE LIGHT AND EASY FAVORITES so hang on to your seatbelts. He He He!! By early 1991 POWER 105 began playing Hard and Heavy Metal Music definitely a far cry from what they were known for. Well, I guess because it just entered the DECADE of the 90s.
WHY POWER SWITCHER? Well, I guess you made the RIGHT SWITCH. You SWITCH ON AND OFF THE POWER or plainly you've SWITCHED listening to POWER105 instead of WXB102 or NU107.
HAVE YOU MADE THE POWER SWITCH?
POWER STATION...POWER STATION!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD-