DWQZ (979 Home Radio)
City of license Pasig City
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
​Worldwide (online)
Branding 979 Home Radio
Slogan It Feels Good To Be Home
The #1 Easy Listening Station
Frequency 97.9 MHz (FM Stereo, also on HD Radio)
First air date October 30, 1994
Format Easy Listening
Adult Contemporary
Power 25,000 watts
ERP 60,000 watts
Class A/B/C
Callsign meaning DWQZ
Former callsigns DWCD-FM (1986–1997)
Operator Braggy Braganza
Station Manager
​JunDJ Bautista
Program Director
Owner Aliw Broadcasting Corporation
(Insular Broadcasting System)
Sister stations DWIZ
Webcast [2] (via Ustream)
Website Official Website

DWQZ (97.9 FM), branded as 979 Home Radio, is a commercial broadcast FM radio station, broadcasting 24/7 with an Easy Listening and AC format. It is the flagship station of the Home Radio Network, owned and operated by Aliw Broadcasting Corporation in the Philippines. Its studios are located at the 5th Floor, Citystate Centre, 709 Shaw Blvd., Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City and the transmitter is located at Nuestra Señora Dela Paz Subdivision, Sumulong Highway, Brgy. Santa Cruz, Antipolo City, Rizal. Since 2015, Home Radio Manila is headed by Braggy Braganza.

979 Home Radio operates 24 hours a day, except on Saturday where it signs off at midnight to 4:00 AM and except for Holy Week of each year from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday, replacing its regular format to some words from the Bible and Reflections every hour in between songs playing.

979 Home Radio considered as the #1 easy listening music FM radio station in Mega Manila which preferred by listeners, especially at home, in school, in the workplace or in the office, and in transit, and also by motorists in Metro Manila, as conducted by KBP Radio Research Council survey. The station also manages and operates a website, and social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It is the most listened to easy-listening radio station preferred by listeners, especially in the office, and also by motorists in Metro Manila, as conducted by Nielsen Radio Research Survey. From 2000-2014 and since 2017, it faced competition from Manila Broadcasting Company's 96.3 Easy Rock.


2000-2014: As an easy listening stationEdit

97dot9 Home Radio started its broadcast on October 30, 1994. It adopted a modern-leaning easy listening format, dubbed as the #1 Easy Listening Station in Metro Manila. After gaining success in half a year, it was then implemented to its provincial stations. Aside from its usual programming from Mondays to Saturdays, it aired a variety hits programming during Sundays via VHS (Variety Hits Sunday).

In 2006, Home Radio introduced its first fully automated DJ, Jackie (voiced by Lannie Chan). In 2009, it recruited female (and later, male) DJs on board, following the less talk, more music style.

On February 28, 2014, after 14 years, the Home Radio network bade goodbye to its easy listening format, following its transition for the next 2 weeks, leaving 96.3 Easy Rock as the sole Soft AC station in the market.

2014-2015: As a Contemporary MOR stationEdit

On March 17, 2014, the Home Radio network reformatted to a Hot AC format, with a new slogan, Natural!. Managed by Bryan "Idol T-Bowne" Quitoriano, with the air team retained, they were named after fruits. Marco Avocado was the first DJ on board.

After the Holy Week, the Home Radio brand was retired in favor of its Natural brand and changed its frequency nomenclature. On July 3, 2014, the station dismissed its female DJs in favor of being manned by all-male DJs. OPM singers Jimmy Bondoc and Duncan Ramos from the Sabado Boys fame, came to the station in July with their own evening radio program The R&B Show: The Ramos and Bondoc Show, but got cancelled by the end of that year. On August 2014, the station reformatted again to a full-fledged Top 40 station, with English/Taglish as its language. On November 3, 2014, management brought back the Home Radio brand.

On November 3, 2014, the "Home Radio" brand was revived, but the format is still the same format. On January 2015, it changed its language back into full English, whilst launching new programs.

2015-2017: As a CHR Local stationEdit

On April 5, 2015, the station was revamped once more, with a different sound and at the same time, it adapted the new positioner Be You and The Home of the Millennials. Managed by Migz Anzuares (of RT), its format was CHR/Top 40 music with an emphasis on OPM., simply known as CHR Local.

On December 2015, the Natural! slogan was dropped and replaced with The Music of Now (the two of them are the secondary slogans before December 2015). With Braggy Braganza (of LS, MMDA Traffic Radio and SR) taking over as the station manager, Home Radio shifted to a full-fledged CHR station. It slowly got the attention of the youth until it became a favorite of the millennials. The station also launched its student DJ search called Aircheck 979, where various student DJs were tapped from different schools and universities around the country.

2017-present: The return of easy listening formatEdit

On June 30, 2017 at 2pm, Home Radio (now read as nine-seven-nine) abruptly discontinued its CHR programming due to its intense competition with 87.5 FM1, Magic 89.9, Monster RX 93.1, Mellow 947 and 99.5 Play FM, as well as the station in order to target a broader audience.[1]. Public clamor for the station's return to its legendary easy listening format plus adult contemporary hits after 3 years of hiatus has paved the way for its eventual reinstatement with its well-crafted playlist of foreign and OPM songs from old and new on a regular 24-hour basis from Monday to Saturdays and Sundays from 6 pm to midnight, and classic hits every Sundays from 6 am to 9 pm. New jingles and stingers contained the phrase It Feels Good To Be Home.



  • Alex (Alex Baltazar (Sherina Alexandra Baltazar)) (2016-present)
  • Braggy (station manager) (Braggy Litonua Braganza, formerly Braggy Orange, Braggy of Campus Radio 97.1 WLS-FM, Barako Jones of Barangay LS 97.1 and MMDA Traffic Radio 1206, also announcer for DZSR Sports Radio 918kHz and current network voice-over of PTV-4) (2014-present)
  • Toni (Grace Purugganan, formerly Candy Grapes) (July 11, 2011-2014, 2017-present)
  • Migz with a Z (Miguel Anzures, formerly of 99.5 RT / 99.5 Hit FM) (2015-present)
  • Rudolph Riviera (2018-present)
  • Jason on the Radio (2017-present)
  • Jaime (Jamie Rubio) (July 11, 2011-2014, 2017-present)
  • John Journey (2018-present)
  • Jackie (Lannie Chan) (October 16, 2006-2014, 2017-present) - the homegrown of Home Radio listeners.
  • Chad (Chad Arrieta) (2016-present)


97dot9 Home Radio

97dot9 Home Radio Natural/97.9 Natural/Natural 97.9/97.9 Home Radio


  • Totally 80's - Launched in February 12, 2018, the best of music genres from the 70s, 80s and 90s (dance, rock, disco, pop and new wave); Monday to Friday, 5am-7am and 5pm-7pm with Rudolph Riviera.
  • Morning Madness & Alex - Hosted by Alex; Monday to Friday, 7am-9am; Saturday, 6am-9am.
  • The Braggy Brunch Show - Hosted by Braggy, Monday to Friday, 9am-12nn; Saturdays, 9am-11am.
  • Emotions in Motion - Launched in July 21, 2017, the best of the 80s and 90s love songs. Hosted by Toni; Monday to Friday, 12nn-3pm.
  • Home Run with Migz with a Z - Monday to Friday, 3pm-5pm; Saturdays, 1pm-6pm.
  • The Couch with Jason on the Radio - Monday to Friday, 7pm-9pm.
  • Dear Jamie - Launched in October 10, 2011 and returned on July 3, 2017, a love advice program hosted by Jaime; Monday to Friday and Sunday, 9pm-12mn. Featuring letters of love, friendship, dreams or anything about life that will bring lessons to the listeners. Share your inspiring stories, through e-mail at
  • Overnite @ Home with John Journey - Hosted by John Journey; Monday to Friday and Sundays, 12mn-3am.
  • H20: Home Radio Easy 20 - Top 20 easy listening hits with Braggy; Saturdays, 11am - 1pm. Wherein texters can vote in for their favorite songs.
  • An Evening @ Home with Chad - Hosted by Chad; Saturday and Sunday, 6pm - 9pm.
  • Sunday All-Day Classics (formerly Solid Gold Sunday) - A perfect mix of easy listening (adult contemporary) and classic hits (dance, rock, disco, pop and new wave), playing the music of the 70s, 80s and early 90s; Sundays, 6am - 9pm.


  • Home Radio Network News - Top-of-the-hour newscast; Monday to Saturday, 6am-8pm.
  • Road Patrol - An hourly traffic updates via, Monday to Friday 6:15am-6:15pm and every hourly on the 15s and 45s.
  • Jackiepedia
  • Music on Demand - Launched on December 28, 2017, every Thursday and Friday, the title of your favorite song from the 80s and 90s. Just send your top 5 requests, if we choose your songs then you win a prize. Tickets for Splash Island and a special gift from PMCM Events Management, your number 1 event management and PR company.

Home Radio stationsEdit

Main article: Aliw Broadcasting Corporation#FM Stations

See alsoEdit


  1. [1] Business World, February 11, 2018

External linksEdit

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