Campus Radio Online
|City of license||Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Branding||Campus Radio Online|
|Slogan||The #1 Pop Music Station|
|First air date||March 21, 2009|
|Format||Top 40/CHR, OPM|
|Former callsigns||DWLS (1986-2007)
|Former frequencies||97.1 MHz (1986-2007)
99.5 MHz (2008)
|Owner||GMA Network, Inc.
|Website||www.campusradioonline.com (no longer working)|
Campus Radio Online is a defunct Metro Manila FM radio station and Internet radio station provided by a joint venture of two former Campus Radio DJs (John Hendrix and the Triggerman) and Pangasinan-based eRadioPortal powered by Bitstop Network Services. The main format was Top 40/CHR and OPM.
Most Campus Radio stations in the Philippines, under GMA Network subsidiary RGMA, however, continues to exist as Hot AC ("masa") stations.
In the late February 1986, few days after the EDSA Revolution 97.1 WLS-FM was born and pop, rock, disco and OPM music as well as love songs are introduced. When GMA renamed as the Rainbow Satellite Network, RBS renamed as Campus Radio in the early 1990s. In 1992, Campus Aircheck was opened as an institution for future radio DJ,s to hire on the said FM station and the first school on the air.
Until midnight of February 13, 2007, the station was known as Campus Radio 97.1 WLS-FM, and even in its earlier existence, The Giant 97.1 WLS-FM. For several years (beginning late 1990s) it only aired modern pop, RnB, rock and OPM hits, mostly Top 40/CHR, during its weekday run while hits from the recent years were mixed in with the current hits during weekends.
The longest-running program on the station was the Top 20 at 12 where the top 20 songs of the day were counted down in the mold of BBC Radio 1's The Official Chart Show at noontime. On weekdays and Saturdays, only the top 12 songs were actually played, while the Sunday edition is for the cumulative results for the whole week, where all 20 songs were played. At New Year's Eve, the top twenty songs of the year were played until the stroke of midnight. Top 20 at 12 is the longest-running chart show in Philippine FM history. Its Manila edition has been shelved to make way for the station's 2007 reformat, while for a time it has been included as standard programming in RGMA's provincial stations, albeit the chart listings are local. [The provincial edition was later renamed Top 5 Ngayon, Hindi Kahapon (Top 5 Today, Not Yesterday), which still broadcasts at the stroke of noon on weekdays.] The last song that was #1 before the reformat was "Love Team" by Itchyworms.
As Campus 99.5 (2008)
The Campus branding was resurfaced to the 99.5 frequency as 99.5 Campus FM on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, with some of the announcers coming from Barangay LS 97.1 (formerly "Campus Radio 97.1") and some of the retained Hit FM jocks. The new incarnation of 99.5 reflected the spirit of the former Campus Radio. Early in May, 2008, it was renamed Campus 99.5. The on-air format was essentially the same, with familiar programs and segments and jocks from Campus Radio 97.1 re-introduced later on.
On the afternoon of August 14 at 4:00 pm, the management abruptly discontinued Campus 99.5, due to management difficulties. The station then switched to an automated all-music format with only pre-recorded station ID's played intermittently between songs. The BrewRats program continued on its usual schedule until August 21, after which it went on a one week hiatus. On August 24, a new set of stingers announced that a new format and station image would be premiered in days before the station itself reverted to 99.5 RT on September 1, 2008.
As an internet station (2009-2011?)
After several months, Campus Radio returned, this time as an internet station since March 2009. It was officially relaunched during the U.P. Fair at the UP Diliman and just like Wpal-DB Radio Paladin has nurtured lots of upcoming artists.