Philippine Radio Industry Today

Since 2007, everything changes in the Philippine Radio Industry. Some of them were bad news, some were good news. Let’s set the timeline below:

2007:

  • January 1. 99.5 RT changed its name to 99.5 Hit FM & catered to Young People. 103.5 K-Lite changed its name to Heart 103.5 with a Rhythmic Contemporary format.
  • January 11. DWDM 95.5 ceased broadcasting. I was very disappointed about it. I had been listening to this since 2002.
  • February 14. Campus Radio 97.1 changed its name to 97.1 Barangay LS with a masa format & a slogan “Forever!”. All of the avid listeners were disappointed about the reformat because of Mike Enriquez. In radio, he has a very bad taste, though I like the 1st reformat.
  • April 8. 92.3 Joey changed its name to XFM 92.3 & played ambient, chill, down-tempo, electronica, house & club music. Too bad I will miss the Saturday Night Programs.
  • May 8. DWDM 95.5 had a short-lived revival with limited broadcast hours (9am – 1pm). I was happy to hear it again until its death again on June 8.
  • June 19. Heart 103.5 changed its name again to 103 1/2 Max FM with a CHR format. My favorite show was “Back in the day cafe” w/ DJ Carl McFly.

2008:

  • January 16. 97.1 Barangay LS became very masa with its slogan “Ayos!” & Papa & Mama tags. At the same day, Mike Enriquez fired the longtime DJs & hired new DJs from various RGMA Provincial Stations. It began to sound very corny. So, I stopped listening to it.
  • March 19. 99.5 Hit FM signed off.
  • March 23. Campus Radio revived as Campus 99.5 with most of the DJs from the old Campus Radio 97.1. Everyone is happy about it.
  • August 14. Campus 99.5 ceased airing & switched to automated music. All of the avid listeners were disappointed about it again.
  • September 1. 99.5 RT revived. We thought that RT died, especially 24K, but it became alive again. We are so happy about it & I hope it will live forever.
  • October 6. MBC bought 96.3 WRock & operates it under CBC. MBC has a lot of radio stations. Why buy another one? Anyway, WRock revived as an internet station.
  • December 2008. DWRT-AM 990 revived as Nueve Noventa.

2009:

  • March 21. Campus Radio revived as an internet station. I hope it will revive soon on FM.
  • May 19. 96.3 WRock changed its name to 96.3 Easy Rock, but it retained its format. This was MBC’s 1st time to venture to class A & B. Nice job.
  • July. 103 1/2 Max FM reformatted into a dance station & competed with 107.9 U Radio. In the end, U Radio still won!
  • September 18. 101.9 For Life! had its last broadcast. It was a nice station though.
  • October 1. XFM 92.3 rebranded to U92 with a CHR format. Too bad we will miss the smooth jazz format on that station.
  • November 4. 101.9 revived as Tambayan 101.9 with a more masa format. I like it, though I rarely listen to it.

2010:

  • February 1. DZSR changed its callsign to DWSY, meaning Sports & Youth. It now caters not just sports, but also the youth.
  • April 23. WXB 102 revived its live broadcast in http://www.wxb102.net/. This is because Michael Sutton & George Frederick had financial trouble with Live365. They’re now using Hayag & Ustream.
  • April 29. Philippine Daily Inquirer bought the 990 KHz frequency & began airing as DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990.
  • August 23. DWKX revived as 103.5 Wow FM. This is TRPI’s first venture into the mainstream, mass-based market. I hope that they can do good with it!
  • August 25. DZRJ changed its brand to DZRJ 810 The Voice of the Philippines with an English Format. It is the 1st & only English News, Public Service & Lifestyle AM radio station in the Philippines. I hope DZRJ will be successful with this format.
  • September 30. After a year of its broadcast, U92 ended its broadcast. NBC changed hands with Viacom & began supporting TV5’s expansion.
  • November 7. NU 107, the one & only home of NU Rock, ended its broadcast.
  • November 8. TV5 launched the 1st FM station with an AM format called 92.3 News FM, with the help of NBC. Actually, it is not the 1st one. RMN & Super Radyo were the 1st 2 radio networks to have a few FM stations with an AM format.

If you want to know about what I hear on the airwaves, go to my Multiply Site.

4 Responses to Philippine Radio Industry Today

  1. Martin Danza says:

    I also listened to DWDM 95.5. I missed that station, but I hope it will be back this year. Now, I stick to 99.5 RT & 91.5 Energy FM.

    • coolmac says:

      I also missed DWDM 95.5. I set my radio on the AM Band every weekdays & I frequently listen to DWSS 1494 (love songs, pop, soft AC). I listen to 99.5 RT every weekend for 24K Weekend.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I hope DZRJ 810 AM The Voice of the Philippines will be very successful!

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