FREEZE| RETRO IN THE METRO A brief History of Retro Davao 95.5 FM Radio Station

IN SEPTEMBER 2003, the University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network (UMBN) – in partnership with Rajah Broadcasting Network – delighted the oldies music lovers in Davao City by launching DXDJ 100.3 Oldies Radio. Except for the presence of OPM (Original Pilipino Music), the station was patterned after K-Earth 101 of Los Angeles, California. Oldies Radio was the brainchild of Beatles music expert Willie Torres Jr.

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THE EVOLVING logos of Oldies Radio to Retro 95.5

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KIRBY the Hermit, Charlie Tuna, Major Cool, JW, Mary Loy, Johnny Holiday, Jingo, Double R, and Joe Black

Fred de Guia, a.k.a. Charlie Tuna, provided tons of input about the hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s to the early playlist of Oldies Radio. Fred was a bona fide mobile DJ who roamed around the city to provide “diskoral” or “baile” music services to dance parties before he joined UMBN as a broadcast radio technician. He also became a non-talking DJ of radio station DXUM AM every Sunday. He was always a supportive informal consultant on music programming for DXUM, Wild 92.3 WT FM, and Oldies Radio.

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LAWYER Lyca Lopez and the late councilor Leo “Happy LA” Avila used to be with 100.3 Oldies Radio

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RONALD Dalumpines, a.k.a. Black Jack of Wild 92.3 WT FM, had some gigs with Hit Radio before he focused on some religious endeavors back in his hometown Kidapawan

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PRODUCTION wizard Ryan Rodriguez goes on board at 95.5 Retro Davao every now and then

After the contract between UMBN and Rajah Broadcasting Network, Oldies Radio transferred to the 95.5 mhz. and became 95.5 Hit Radio. The frequency used to be the DXKR WRock Davao radio station of the Hodreals (friends with the Torreses of Davao City).

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DJ Mike Domingo, Eric Generic, Big Ben, CJ Michael, George Edison, and Rockin’ Seesaw who are now with WAV Entertainment Central also play live mixing of retro dance hits at 95.5 Retro Davao every Saturday night from 6 to 9 P.M.

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THE 103.5 Retro Cebu team is led by Jo Romano, Jessica Hye, Sky Vincent, and Barry Crocodile

In 2016, 95.5 Hit Radio changed its name to Retro Davao 95.5 as it expanded its playlist beyond the 70s. The original cast of Oldies Radio is no longer complete but Fred de Guia’s music inputs remain relevant to those who appreciate everlasting hit songs.

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THE RETRO Davao format has been adapted in Cebu City

Recently, some of the original DJs of Wild 92.3 WT FM have been allowed to play 80s and 90s beat-matched dance music every Saturday night from 6 to 9 P.M. as part of the nostalgic magic of Retro Davao 95.5 FM.

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