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Sam YG officially bids farewell to Magic 89.9 after 17 years

By JUSTINE PUNZALAN Published Nov 21, 2023 5:58 pm

It's the end of an era for Magic 89.9 listeners as radio personality Sam YG is officially bidding a bittersweet goodbye to the FM station after 17 years.

Sam YG, whose real name is Sam Gogna, took to Instagram on Nov. 21 to announce that he had his last show on Magic 89.9's program Boys Night Out on Tuesday.

"Every goodbye becomes a line between memories and life.." Sam YG captioned the post. "Tonight will be my last show on @boysnightout899. See you 5:30pm on @mgic899."

The 39-year-old radio jock continued to express his sentiments about his departure with a text posted along with a carousel of photos that captured his years-long stay with the station.

"Today marks my last day on Magic 89.9

"I consider myself lucky to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

"Though the feeling may be bittersweet, it has been an amazing 17-year journey but we must  accept the end of something in order to begin to start something new," Sam wrote in his post.

He went on to thank his Boys Night Out co-hosts, DJs Slick Rick (Eric Virata), Tony Toni (Anthony James Bueno), and Gino Qullamor, who also served as Sam's best men during his wedding with Essa Santos on March 12, 2022.

"You guys have always been there thru the highs and lows. You've seen me grow from a college kid to who I am today. I will forever be grateful for all the lessons you have taught me," Sam continued.

The radio personality also gave a shout-out to Magic 89.9's chief operating officer, Andrew Santiago, who imparted a life lesson to Sam through Boys Night Out.

"#BNOforLIFE: You never really leave the place and the people you love," Sam said. "You take part of it with you and leave [a] part of you there. I love you guys and you know that—and that includes you Boss @stationguy899."

The radio jock did not miss thanking "each and every BNO listener, partner, and friend," who inspired him to give his 100% "every single night" he was on air. 

"Whether you listened to the show once in your life or youv've listened more than 10,000 times, I appreciate you. Thank you for also being part of my journey," he continued.

Sam went on to thank his "rock and wife" Essa for listening to him on air and always standing by his side.

Sam concluded his message with an inspiring message about chasing one's dreams no matter the cost.

"Sometimes life is about risking everything for a drean no one can see but you,' Sam wrote. "And you can't always wait for the perfect time... you have to go out and date to do it because life is too short to wonder what could have been."

"Thansk for the memories, YG OUT," Sam concluded his post.

The photos, meanwhile, featured his moments with DJs Slick Rick, Tony Toni, and Gino. Also featured is DJ Suzy (Tin Gamboa), who joins the gang in their program every Monday.

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Sam's friends and followers were quick to extend their support for the radio personality in the comments section of his post.

Slick Rick, for one, wrote, "Thank you Papi! This isn't a goodbye but a see you later! Yeah meeen! Apir! #BNOforLife"

Gino meanwhile said, "I've been listening to you guys since I was in high school. Kayo talaga reason ko for going into radio. Iba ka din talaga, lods! See you later."

This comes a month after Sam briefly announced his departure from Magic 89.9 on Oct. 6 via Instagram.

“To everyone asking… Yes, it is true that I am resigning from @magic899. Big decision and bigger things ahead. Will talk more about it soon. Happy weekend,” he wrote.

One day after, on Oct. 7, the radio personality shared another post to "clear the air" about his departure which shocked many Boys Night Out listeners.

"Just to clear the air... walang magkaaway. Walang magkagalit," he said. "I believe I've given my all these past 17 years and I will forever be grateful for the lessons I learned. 

He noted that he is not leaving the country and will continue "hosting corporate/TV shows, events, weddings, and everything in between."

"PS Wag lang children's parties," he joked.

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Boys Night Out has become a favorite among Pinoy radio listeners for its funny and entertaining discussions about anything under the sun, including those that are not safe for work (NSFW) or taboo on daytime radio.

The late-night program has also been drawing the interest (and intrigue) of listeners for its segment wherein callers and guests reveal their intimate confessions and thoughts about sex.

Sam joined Boys Night Out in 2007, taking the place of King DJ Logan who left the station to pursue a hosting career and bar-and-resto business.

Apart from the program, Sam became a host of GMA's noontime program, Eat Bulaga!, from 2009 to 2016. He also hosted 99.5 RT's show Sam vs. Sam from 2005 to 2006 with Sam Oh.