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DWFM is an all-news FM radio station in Quezon City, serving the Mega Manila market. The station is owned by the Nation Broadcasting Corporation, a subsidiary of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund's broadcasting division MediaQuest Holdings. The station's all-news format is co-branded with News5, the news department of the television channel TV5—which MediaQuest Holdings acquired a majority stake of from Media Prima in 2010. The station's studio is located in Novaliches, Quezon City, while its transmitter is located on Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City.

History

As MRS 92.3

DWFM signed on in 1973 as Manila's third FM station, and the Nation Broadcasting Corporation's first FM station. DWFM began as "MRS 92.3—Most Requested Song", airing a format consisting of adult contemporary and easy listening music. DWFM quickly became the top-rated FM station in Manila, and held this title for most of its life. The success of DWFM led NBC to establish other FM stations using a similar format, including Cebu's DYNC in 1975, and Davao's DXFM.

As Joey @ Rhythms 92.3/923 Joey

In 1998, NBC was acquired by MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., a broadcasting company owned by the PLDT's Beneficial Trust Fund. With the new ownership, DWFM's format would be changed in 1998 to become a smooth jazz station, Joey @ Rhythms 92.3 (later shortened in 2005 to 923 Joey).Radio executive Francis Lumen assumed the position of president and CEO bringing with him his previous 10 years of managing the now defunct DWCT Citylite 88.3 (now Jam 88.3). Joey went on to target the higher echelon crowd - mostly embassy officials and deejays who were displaced by the departure of Citylite 88.3 in 2003, with a mix of jazz fusion, pop jazz and crossover sound, with a little more of the European jazz flavor. The jazz format would also be implemented on all of NBN's other FM stations, who used other female names for their branding. DWFM's call letters were also changed to DZRU-FM for the period. It was also during this period that NBC entered into a joint venture with MTV Asia for an MTV Philippines feed via NBC's UHF Network (Channel 41). In 2005, the Rhythms tag was dropped in favor of 923 Joey, with the station slogan "It's a Groove Thing". In January 2007, DWFM was taken over by new management, led by radio executives Raymund Miranda and Al Torres, along with sales executive Amy Victa. Together with the new team, the butterfly was dropped from the logo and the official call letters were returned to DWFM, the original call letters of the station.

As XFM

On Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, DWFM resumed broadcasting as 92.3 xFM, Before playing the very first song under its new format, the station played this liner: "This is xFM. The New Equation for Good Music", now focusing on downtempo, trip hop and house music (and later expanding to include indie pop and easy listening—staples of the station during the MRS era.) Additionally, the station also reverted its call letters back to DWFM. Interestingly enough, from August 2007 until the end of xFM's first iteration, easy listening tracks, which were a staple during the station's existence as 923 Joey, made its way again to the supposedly electronica-and-indie station's playlist, which led to the scrapping of the groundbreaking format on January 2008. "re-birth" was instituted on February 2008 with the adoption of a very popular Adult Contemporary format "Smooth Jazz", thus reverting it to the same format as it had before (as 923 Joey). 92.3 xFM has been re-branded into XFM 92.3 and adopted the slogans "Light N Up!" and "Light N Up Manila!" xFM 92.3 follows the likes of smooth jazz stations such as KNUA, KTWV and other stations that target the adult listeners. Coupled with R & B and contemporary pop favorites, xFM 92.3 mixes current smooth jazz selections and old memorable jazz favorites. xFM 92.3 has metamorphosed to become a light, vibrant and relaxing station to listen to in Metro Manila. In its run as a smooth jazz station, xFM used the following slogans:

"Stress Free Radio" "Cool, Hip, Light, Smooth and all that Jazz" "Light N Up/Light N Up Manila"

As U92

On October 1, 2009, DWFM switched formats again, becoming the contemporary hit radio station U92, with the youth-oriented slogan "Cool To Be U". U92 is manned by a group led by Francis Lumen, president of All Youth Channels (AYC), which runs the now-defunct MTV Philippines. Lumen is a former NBC radio executive and Raven Broadcasting Corporation president. The station is labeled as a radio affiliate of MTV Philippines. The on-air personalities are a mix of former and current MTV Philippines VJ's, celebrities and career radio people.The new CHR format was also tightly cross-promoted and shared talent with the television channel MTV Philippines, which had been broadcast by NBN's stations until mid-2007 when All Youth Channels took over the MTV franchise in the country and converted it to a cable-only service).

Personalities

Former Programs

  • The Dollhouse
  • Press Play
  • "The KC Show" (moved to Wave 891)
  • Count on U
  • The BrewRATs!
  • Night Fix
  • Bring The Beat Back
  • The Break
  • Shakedown
  • Shatterday Saturday
  • 5 HELLtop Drive
  • Turbo Time with Mike and Lindy
  • U Are Life
  • The U know show
  • Morning Would

As 92.3 News FM

On October 1, 2010, DWFM flipped from CHR to all-news radio as Radyo5 92.3 News FM; becoming the flagship station for a new radio network operated in conjunction with the news department of TV5 (which PLDT media subsidiary MediaQuest recently acquired a majority stake of in earlier in the year). The move came as part of a plan to expand TV5's news operation in order to become more competitive with the other major networks, which also included the launch of a news network on NBC's television stations, AksyonTV (which also simulcasts some of its programming).[1][2] Most of the personalities are former anchors and reporters from different AM-radio stations in Mega Manila including Neil Ocampo, Laila Chikadora, Joe D'Mango, Cheryl Cosim, Cristy Fermin (from DZMM), Nina Taduran, Ruel Otieco, JV Arcena (from DZXL), Arnell Ignacio, Shalala (from DZBB), Izza Reneva-Cruz, Zony Esguerra (from Veritas 846) and Tulfo brothers.

In less than six months under the new format, DWFM ranked as the fourth most listened to FM stations in Metro Manila.[3] In March 2012, the Radio Research Council ranked DWFM as the number 1 news radio station in the market in a survey of motorists..[4]

Current Anchors

Programs

Current

News

  • Aksyon (simulcast with TV5)
  • Manila sa Umaga (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Balita alas-Singko sa Radyo Singko (simulcast with AksyonTV during weekends only)
  • Balitang 60 (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Pilipinas News (simulcast with TV5 and AksyonTV)
  • T3: Reload (simulcast with TV5)
  • Intensity Singko

Talk

  • Punto Asintado! (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Wanted sa Radyo (formerly from DZXL) (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Bitag Live! (formerly from UNTV) (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Aksyon Solusyon
  • Relasyon (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Cristy Ferminute (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Orly Mercado: All Ready
  • Iba 'Yung Pinoy
  • Trabaho Lang with Paolo and Cherie (formerly Sakto kay Paolo at Cheri)
  • Remoto Control kasama si Danton Remoto
  • Nite Chat
  • Oplan Asenso
  • Healing Galing (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Perfect Morning (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Showbiz FM
  • Magbago Tayo (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Todo Bigay! with Shalala (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Morning Calls with Laila Chikadora (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Metro Sabado (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Aksyon Sports
  • Chink Positive (simulcast with AksyonTV)
  • Kasindak-Sindak
  • Chillax Radio
  • The Love Idols

Music

  • Slowdown
  • 80s Sabado
  • Sunday By Heart

Slogans

Branding Slogan Years Active
MRS 92.3 Most Requested Song 1975–1998
Joey @ Rhythms 92.3 Who Your Radio Should Be 1998-2004
923 Joey It's a Groove Thing! 2004-April 4, 2007
92.3 XFM The New Equation For Good Music April 8, 2007-June 30, 2008
XFM 92.3 Light N Up!/Light N Up Manila! July 1, 2008-September 30, 2009
U92 Cool to be U October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010
92.3 News FM Iwanan Mo Na ang Lumang Tunog ng AM! (Say Goodbye to the old Voice of AM!) November 8, 2010 – present
92.3 News FM Hatid sa inyo ng Radyo Singko November 8, 2010 – present

References

  1. TV5 allocates P10b to battle ABS-CBN, GMA-7. Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 10-4-10.
  2. TV5 claims to be No. 2. BusinessWorld. Retrieved 10-4-10.
  3. RadyoSingko: No. 4 in just 4 months Interaksyon. Retrieved 06-13-11.
  4. Surveys show Radyo Singko poised to beat AM news radio stations.Interaksyon. Retrieved 07-21-12.

See also

External links


ABC Development Corporation
Subsidiaries and affiliates
Radio stations
Broadcast television networks
Satellite television networks
Partnerships
International channels
Internet and Social Media
News5
Daily Programs
Late night programs
  • Demolition Job
  • Numero
  • Dayo
  • History with Lourd
  • Astig!
  • Reaksyon
Weekend programs
Radio / News channels
Shows produced for
Radio stations in Metro Manila, Philippines Philippines
By AM frequency
By FM frequency
HD digital Radio
Internet radio
Defunct callsigns

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