The Listening Room: Crossing Over To Crossover

Up next in The Listening Room series is dedicated to another smooth jazz station, 105.1 Crossover. As of this writing, it is the only radio station in Metro Manila playing smooth jazz and anything related. And yes, the station celebrated their 20th year in the airwaves in 2014.


Since the demise of DZRU-FM Joey 92.3 in 2007, I decided to search for another smooth jazz station to satisfy my craving for smooth music. I eventually settled on DWBM-FM 105.1 Crossover.

The station has a nice selection of songs, ranging from the usual smooth jazz music to soul and R&B. Unlike Joey, the station’s playlist doesn’t include new age and world music. But they did feature some great music from Incognito, Earth Wind & Fire, Bob James, Earl Klugh, Workshy, Dianne Reeves, and a lot more.

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My observations for listening to that station (for more than 7 years):

  • The Manila station used to have segments focusing on a particular genre of music or songs performed by a certain artist. Some of these include Soul In Motion (playing soul, Motown and rhythm and blues), Crossover Classics (first as a segment featuring an hour of songs from one artist, and later as a weekend segment featuring the classic songs played), and Retro Grooves (featuring songs from 70’s and 80’s, I think). Provincial stations (Cebu, Bacolod, and Davao stations) still have these segments.
  • One notable segment, The Crossover Weekend Recall, was revived and is the current weekend segment featuring the classic songs. The Weekend Recall replaced the Crossover Classics segment since more than a year ago.
  • Crossover Manila’s programming is different from its provincial stations (based on the station’s website, but it is yet to be updated).
  • The station broadcasts from about 5:00 or 6:00 AM until 2:00 AM the following day, different from Joey’s 24/7 broadcast.
  • There were [at least] a handful of OPM songs played (most notably Boy Katindig’s “I’ll Always Stay In Love This Way”).
  • A few unique commercials (plus some magazine commercials) are aired on this station.
  • The station finally had its DJs after almost a decade of absence (sourced from its Wikipedia page). Previously, the station is usually automated, with voice-overs and station idents every top of the hour.
  • At times, I also hear some of the songs which do not fit the smooth jazz and R&B format, but are staples from the station’s earlier branding, such as David Gates’ “Never Let Her Go”…

Just like Joey, Crossover is another great radio station to listen to. It is still the smoothest place on the radio, twenty years and still counting.

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All right, I’m going to feature the songs heard on this station:

  • Joe Sample (feat. Take 6) – U-Turn
  • Bobbi Humphrey – Years From Now
  • Minnie Riperton – Back Down Memory Lane
  • Bob James – Friends
  • George Benson – Living Inside Your Love
  • Yutaka – Dreamland
  • Workshy – Fascination
  • Dianne Reeves – Never Too Far
  • Paulinho Da Costa – I Believe You
  • Seawind – Follow Your Road
  • Incognito – Still A Friend Of Mine
  • Shakatak – Let’s Start Over Again
  • Michael Franks – Now I Know Why (They Call It Falling)
  • Eric Tagg – Never Too Far
  • David Benoit (feat. Dianne Reeves) – Land Of The Loving
  • Kevyn Lettau – Sunlight
  • Sergio Mendes – All In Love Is Fair
  • Gary Paxton – Living In The Shadow Of Your Memory
  • Patti Austin – All Behind Us Now
  • George Duke & Stanley Clarke – Sweet Baby
  • The Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt
  • Kenny Loggins – This Is It
  • Deon Estus – Spell
  • Akira Jimbo – Love Will Make It Better
  • The Miracles – City Of Angels
  • Nielsen & Pearson – If You Should Sail
  • Basia – Promises
  • The Rippingtons – Into You
  • Bob James – Sign Of The Times
  • Bobby Caldwell – Show Me Your Devotion
  • Lee Ritenour – Keep It Alive
  • Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done
  • Randy Crawford – Time For Love
  • Anita Baker – No One In The World
  • Swing Out Sister – Don’t Give Up On A Good Thing
  • Linda Lewis – More Than Enough
  • Raven-Symoné – Grazing In The Grass
  • Spyro Gyra – Little Linda
  • James Ingram (feat. Michael McDonald) – Yah Mo B There
  • Quincy Jones – I’m Gonna Miss You In The Morning
  • Nolen & Crossley – Nice To Have You Back
  • Hilary – So In Love With You
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