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DWQZ (97.9 Home Radio)
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City of license Pasig City
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
Worldwide (online)
Branding 97.9 Home Radio
Slogan The Number 1 Easy Listening Music Station
It Feels Good To Be Home
Frequency 97.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1998 (test broadcast)
2000 (as Home Radio)
March 17, 2014 (as the first literation Home Radio Natural)
April 20, 2014 (as Natural)
April 5, 2015 (as the 2nd iteration of Home Radio Natural)
Format Easy Listening
Soft AC
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

Jun Bautista
Program Director

Owner Aliw Broadcasting Corporation
(Insular Broadcasting System)
Sister stations DWIZ
Webcast [1] (via Ustream)
Website Official Website

DWQZ (97.9 FM), branded as 97.9 Home Radio is a 24-hour easy listening FM radio station in Metro Manila. It is 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.

97.9 Home Radio operates 24 hours a day, except 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.

HistoryEdit

2000-2014: As an easy listening stationEdit

97dot9 Home Radio started its broadcast on September 11, 2000. It adopted an 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 Weekday programming, 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.

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. Managed by Migz Anzuares (of RT), its format was CHR/Top 40 music with an emphasis on OPM., simply known as CHR Local.

By the end of 2015, the Natural! slogan was dropped and replaced with The Home of the Millennials which launched in July 2015, whilst establishing the catchphrase The Music of Now. With Braggy Braganza (of LS & SR) taking over as 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 11am, Home Radio (now read as nine-seven-nine) abruptly discontinued its CHR programming due to a more serious competition from other upscale CHR stations in Mega Manila (87.5 FM1, Magic 89.9, Monster RX 93.1 and 99.5 Play FM). Public clamor for the station's return to its legendary easy listening format (mostly adult contemporary hits from old and new) after 3 years of hiatus has paved the way for its eventual reinstatement. New jingles and stingers contained the phrase It Feels Good to be Home.

In July 21 of the same year, the station launched its first ever program Emotions in Motion hosted by Braggy and airs weekdays from 9am to 12nn.

DJsEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Alex (Jelly Soriano, formerly Pam Pomelo) (2009-2014, 2016-present)
  • Braggy (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)
  • Daryl (2016-present)
  • Chad (2016-present)
  • Jaime (Jamie Rubio) (July 11, 2011-2014, 2017-present)
  • Jackie (Lannie Chan) (October 16, 2006-2014, 2017-present)

PreviousEdit

  • Honey Berry (Joan Denise Castor, formerly Dani)
  • Lucy Lemon (Avegail Devierte, formerly Louie, now host of Radyo Klinika on DWIZ)
  • Anne (Anne Asis-Carilo, formerly of Wave 89.1)
  • Adam (formerly Adam Apple and Bobcat)
  • Andy
  • Captain Jai (5AZ1)
  • B. Taylor Cuick
  • Aliya Parcs
  • Maya Papaya (Erica Honrado, formerly DJ Maja Rotcha of 91.5 Big Radio and DJ Eric of 102.7 Star FM, now with UNTV 37)
  • Pineapple Joe (formerly Papa Tolits of Barangay LS 97.1)
  • Duncan Ramos
  • Jimmy Bondoc
  • Rick Spade (Frederick Billano, formerly Rico Mango)
  • Johnny (Mario Ubaldo, formerly Juan Banana, Jack, Tommy Tambay/Matthew Dancer of Love Radio Legaspi, Mister Love of Love Radio Naga, Super Mario of MOR Naga, Mighty Mario of Star FM Legaspi, Jimbo Rock of Star FM Naga and Jimmy Nerd of 90.7 DWDA)
  • Jake (Marc Anthony Lim, formerly Jake Fruit and Marc Mackerel of 97.1 OKFM and FOX 89.9 Legazpi)
  • Josh / BJ the DJ (formerly Buko Josh)
  • Marco (Andru Maranan, formerly Marco Avocado and Kristoff)
  • Rex
  • Mike on the Mic
  • Doggy
  • Castri Cabatay (Pilipinas Aguilas)
  • Kevyn
  • Migz with a Z (Miguel Anzures, formerly of 99.5 RT / 99.5 Hit FM)

ProgramsEdit

  • Morning Madness & Alex - Monday to Friday, 6am-9am.
  • Emotions in Motion - the best of 80s and 90s love songs. Hosted by Braggy; Monday to Friday, 9am-12nn.
  • It's Complicated with Toni - Monday to Friday, 12nn-3pm.
  • Home Run with Daryl - Monday to Friday, 3pm-6pm.
  • The Couch with Chad - Monday to Saturday, 6pm-9pm.
  • Dear Jamie - A love advice program hosted by Jaime; Monday to Friday and Sunday, 9pm-12mn. Share your inspiring stories, e-mail me at dearjamie@979homeradio.com
  • H20: Home Radio Weekly Easy 20 - Top 20 easy listening hits with Daryl; Saturdays, 4pm - 6pm.
  • Solid Gold Sunday - music from the 70s, 80s and 90s; Saturdays, 12mn - Sundays, 9pm.

SegmentsEdit

  • Home Radio News - Top-of-the-hour newscast; Monday to Saturday, 6am-8pm.
  • Road Patrol - An hourly traffic updates from trapik.com, Monday to Friday 6:15am-5:15pm and every hourly on the 15s and 45s.
  • Pinoy Music Jam - 2 [[Original Pilipino Music|OPM] hits back-to-back played everyday and every hourly on the 30s.
  • Jackiepedia

Home Radio stationsEdit

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location
97.9 Home Radio Manila DWQZ 97.9 MHz 25 kW Mega Manila
95.1 Home Radio Naga DWQJ 95.1 MHz 10 kW Naga
92.3 Home Radio Legaspi DWQA 92.3 MHz 10 kW Legaspi
106.7 Home Radio Cebu DYQC 106.7 MHz 25 kW Cebu
89.5 Home Radio Iloilo DYQN 89.5 MHz 10 kW Iloilo
98.7 Home Radio Davao DXQM 98.7 MHz 10 kW Davao
93.5 Home Radio Cagayan De Oro DXQR 93.5 MHz 10 kW Cagayan De Oro
98.3 Home Radio General Santos DXQS 98.3 MHz 10 kW General Santos

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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