November 2, 2010: A Tragic Day for Pinoy Blues (plus some notes on NU107 Cebu)

Friday, October 29, 2010

"The Crossroads with Capt. Eddie @ NU 107.5 is sad because, unfortunately, the curtains will fall on The Crossroads after 14 years and 6 months (752 shows) of the best blues and classic rock at NU107..." (see more)

...and it had to happen on an "All Soul's Day!"

This is a big (low) blow for the Philippine Blues scene, more so since there currently is a significant resurgence of interest on this particular genre, and it's a fact that "The Crossroads" is a major contributing factor to this.

I do hope that NU107 reconsiders their decision to discontinue the program. The Blues may be unpopular here in our country (and not a big money-maker as well) but, hey, it's THE BLUES! It's where every other major music genre came from. As the great Willie Dixon has said, "The Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits." No Blues = No rock = No NU107. OK, I guess "The Crossroads" doesn't make much dough for the company, and of course we DON'T have a say on their decision-making, but do they really have to shut the program down? Can't they just shorten it instead?

On the other hand, if nothing else can be done, I guess it's time to pass the Blues torch to the young guns of today. A difficult task ahead, but as Napoleon Hill once said, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”  Adversity is part of life. Adversity gives us opportunities to connect with others and use our strengths to rise to the occasion and overcome it.  

To Capt. Eddie, you have done your part and you have done it well, and for this, we will forever be grateful.

March onward, Blues brothers!!!
(photo courtesy of Mahal Amanda)

Note: I just found out that the entire NU107 Manila has followed suit - pulling everything off the air, had its last broadcast day on November 7, 2010 (another sad, sad day for Pinoy Blues/Rock).
Luckily, we still have NU107 Cebu on air - clearly a case where one's loss is someone else's gain. Since no other rock station (that I know of) exists in our country, NU107 Cebu is posed to become the sole authority on Pinoy Rock. I just hope that this would translate to a satisfactory financial gain for the station so that we'll be assured that Pinoy Rock will remain on air forever!


dustin,  October 31, 2010 at 12:49 AM  

this is sad! Unfortunately, I only discovered that NU had a blues show every week but I didn't know it's been on for 14 years(well I don't really get to listen to the radio that's why)!! And now its gonna be gone forever??

I hope RJ underground(105.9) picks up on this.

John Du October 31, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

hi dustin,

i still hope that NU would change it's mind on this though (which is highly unlikely).

time to pass the Blues torch to other players, i guess.

Nonoy November 6, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

I also agree with your thoughts here. I'm sick and tired of listening to all new rock bands playing over and over on NU-107. I love blues music. Hope they'll play all blues music in one day.

Sometimes I play blues music using my very own Cebu guitar. Well it's not that good a quality blues sound, but at least I still have the guts to play blues by using an acoustic guitar. Cheers! ;-)

John Du November 8, 2010 at 6:26 AM  

@Nonoy - thanks for the comment! glad to hear that you also like the Blues.

Keep on rockin'!

dustin,  November 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

i guess the blues show was just an indicator of what happened to NU now.

John Du November 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

@dustin - Exactly, but we still have NU107 Cebu to listen to (see link above). I only hope that it won't suffer the same fate as its Manila sister station.

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