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DWBR (104.3 FM), broadcasting as FM 2, is a radio station with an adult contemporary format in the Metro Manila area, owned and operated by the government of the Philippines through the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) under the Presidential Communications Group. Its studios and transmitter are located at 4th Floor, Philippine Information Agency Building, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

The station operates daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM except Holy Week of each year where it signs off at 10:00 pm of Palm Sunday for terrestrial broadcast and 10:00 pm of Holy Wednesday for webcast services and PBS rAPPS for iPhone and Android devices, and lasts until 6 am of Easter Sunday, transmitting at an effective power of 25,000 watts.[1]

History

DWBR started in 1979 as DWIM (under at 103.5 MHz FM, which is now called 103.5 K-Lite, owned by Advanced Media Broadcasting System, Inc.), headquartered at the Philcomcen Tower in Pasig (before moved to the Broadcast Plaza (now ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center) in Bohol Avenue, and then later moved again to its present location at Media Center Building in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City) serving music and news daily from 5 AM to midnight. Newscasters around that time were Jess Decolongan, Don Lee, and Bong Lapira. Other voices of DWIM included Babs Peña and Manny Freires.[2]

DWBR

DWBR 104.3 from 1986 to 2017

It became DWBR (and moved to the current frequency at 104.3 MHz) in 1986, after the People Power Revolution. At present, the station has a new tagline: Weaving Beautiful Rhythms. It is managed by its active manager Ms. Ma. Julita E. Ramos, known as Maju Ramos on the air. Regular newscasters include Bon Vibar, Cheryl Buenaventura-Ayuste, Maju Ramos, Rouella Santos, Alel Auxillos, Shirly Semic, and Edwin Santos. Other voices heard on the station are Manny Carvajal, Fred Patrick, Camille Victoria, Dean Bernardo, and George Boone.

Rebranding as FM 2 Philippines

On January 2017, PBS (the Philippine Broadcasting Service) announced that Business Radio will change its name to FM 2 Philippines effective February 2017. This is the station's third rebranding since its inception in 1979 as DWIM 103.5. By January 15, Business Radio quietly signs off for the last time to give way to the rebranding and other technical adjustments.

On January 24, the station began stunting by playing classic hits.

Programming

Since being DWIM, the station has 3 major 15-minute newscasts at 7 AM, noon, and 7 PM. At the top of every hour other than the mentioned hours, there is a 5-minute news bulletin, which includes business reports around the times when the Philippine Stock Exchange is open.

Major programs include Broadcaster's Bureau, a 2-hour morning show that starts every DWBR broadcast from Monday to Friday. In the program, current issues blends with music. There is also a program in the afternoon called Metro Rhythms. Health Plus, in the early evenings, discusses medical matters. Insurance For All airs every Monday and Saturday morning with talk on a wide range of topics.

OPM: Only Pilipino Melodies showcases local music and even live performances from various artists every Saturday afternoon from 5 PM to 7 PM. The Other Office, a regular talk show hosted by Louie Ariola, airs every Sunday from 5 to 7 in the evening.

Make My Day is also a regular, a 5-minute program of Larry Henares dishing out commentaries from various columnists, airing in various timeslots.

Musical Souvenirs plays the songs of the old standards every afternoon. Twin Plus is a segment featuring a song as performed by 2 artists airing at different times of the day.

DWBR also carries a program for Filipino folk music, the traditional "harana" with a weekend two-hour live singing from the time-tested "Mabuhay Singers."

References

See also


Philippines Presidential Communications Office
Offices
Key Divisions
Media networks


Radio stations in Metro Manila, Philippines Philippines
By AM frequency
By FM frequency
HD digital Radio
Internet radio
Defunct callsigns