By Raymond Ang - The Philippine Star (Supreme)
(Updated October 30, 2010 12:00 AM)
Hey, look at that staircase,” says Evee Simon, pointing to the steel structure in the middle of the NU 107 office. “That staircase leads nowhere.”True enough, the staircase leads to the ceiling.
It seems Evee, one of NU 107.5’s new disc jockeys, might’ve been on to something metaphoric. On the day of this shoot, days before the last NU Rock Awards, rumors continue to circulate about the ultimate fate of the station, with some reports talking about a reformat. Like the prematurely interrupted staircase, the almost 23-year-old station seems to have met a premature ending.
The atmosphere in the station feels like the last scene in Empire Records, employees with a whiff of frustration, but with a feeling of love nonetheless, for each other and everything the station has accomplished.
“Ask rock musicians from bands in the ‘90s to bands of today,” says Roanna Ruiz, one of the disc jockeys, “which radio station they all wanted their music aired, and the answer would be the longest running rock station in the country. I think this alone, should speak for itself.”
On the morning after the last NU Rock Awards, Supreme runs a postscript on what is arguably the local scene’s most credible music awards, and the station that birthed it.
Straight from the horses’ mouths, NU 107.5 from three perspectives: the boss, the veteran, the relative newbie:
The last stand. NU 107.5 DJs Evee Simon, April, Shannen, Pontri, Cris Hermimosa, Roanna Ruiz, Cyrus Fernandez, Francis Brew, Kim. Photo by Ramon Tan Mangila