DWAL

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DWAL-FM (ALFM 95.9 Radyo Totoo)
DWAL FM official logo.jpg
City of license Batangas City
Broadcast area Batangas
Branding AL-FM 95.9 Radyo Totoo
Slogan Ang Inyong Evangelization Radio (Your Evangelization Radio)
Lakas ng Katotohanan (The Power of Truth)
Frequency 95.9 MHz
First air date mid-2009
Format news, public affairs/Talk, religious broadcasting
Power 5,000 watts
ERP 10,000 watts
Class C/D/E
Callsign meaning DW
Archdiocese of
Lipa
Owner Catholic Media Network/Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa
Sister stations 99.1 Spirit FM

DWAL, operating as AL-FM 95.9 Radyo Totoo, is a news/talk FM station owned by Catholic Media Network and the Archdiocese of Lipa. The station's studio is located at Basilica of Immaculate Conception Parish, Batangas City, Philippines. Its transmitter site is at Barangay Santo Domingo, Batangas City. It operates Mondays-Saturdays from 5:00 am–10:00 pm (Philippine Standard Time) and Sundays from 5:00 am–6:30 pm. Exception to the regular broadcast time is every Maundy Thursday to Good Friday when the station operates on simulcast with 99.1 Spirit FM from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm and Black Saturday when it airs on simulcast from 6:00 am to 8:00 am and 5:30 pm to 12:00 midnight, after the Easter Vigil.

The station is the first news and talk FM station in the Philippines owned and operated by the Catholic church and it is similar to the country's first news and talk station on FM band Radyo5 92.3 News FM Manila owned and operated by TV5.

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

DWAL is a station that brings news, information and evangelization. Pioneer personalities of the FM station were Fr. Nonie Dolor, Lita Aguila-Bicol and Renzo Luna (Renz Belda, also a reporter for DZRH). More personalities added up through the years up to the present. DWAL-FM carries the slogan Evangelization Radio. Father Ildefonso Dimaano served as its pioneer station manager, starting from its launch in 2009. Fr. Nonie Dolor is the current station manager.

Marcos to Estrada presidencies[edit]

DWAL-FM traces its roots from the old, but now-defunct DWAM-AM 1080 kHz in 1969, with Calero Road, Batangas City as its first studios. However, with the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972 under Ferdinand Marcos, the station was closed under strict censorship imposed by him. After complying with the papers needed for resumption of broadcasts, DWAM-AM returned on air by October that same year.

DWAM 1080, through the years, provided listeners with religious broadcasting, news, music and oftentimes, drama.

In the '90s, influx of population and development of the city was on the move, but the potent of AM stations started to dwindle as FM stations like DZGV and DWEY started to air in the city. However, DWAM never stopped bringing what it had brought from the start. In 1999, 99.1 Spirit FM was born to cater the younger generation with music.

2002; DWAM-AM 1080 ceases operations, revival in the works[edit]

Due to the antiquity of the facilities of the AM station, DWAM-AM ceased operations in mid-2002. Efforts of establishing another one took years. The first permit of operations expired in 2004 before full supply of materials was commenced. It was in this time also that two choices were decided, whether to revive the station in the same frequency band or to migrate to an FM frequency as an "AM on FM format".

2009 to present; DWAL-FM[edit]

In mid-2009, a new station on the frequency of 95.9 MHz started to air, later to be unveiled as ALFM 95.9 Radyo Totoo with its first slogan Makipanalig, Makiugnay at Makidasal. It was only in 2010 that DWAL-FM carried the Evangelization Radio tagline.

Training journalists of tomorrow[edit]

Since 2010, ALFM has been a training ground for students taking up Mass Communications, AB Communications and Journalism in their pursuit for work in the media industry after graduation. These OJTs work as news gatherers and field reporters during their tenure

On-air personalities[edit]

News and Public Affairs[edit]

The words enclosed in parenthesis indicate their respective beats

Anchors[edit]

  • Fr. Nonie Dolor (Religious Events)
  • Lita Aguila Bicol (Religious Events)
  • Renzo Luna (Religious Events/2nd District of Batangas, also working for DZRH 666 kHz Manila as Batangas news correspondent using his real name Renz Belda)

Field reporters[edit]

  • Ethel Robles (3rd District of Batangas)- She was the very first field reporter working for the station. She was added at such position in 2010, starting as an on the job trainee during the May 2010 elections. She was the lone correspondent to all of Batangas province until more field personnel added.
  • Onofre "Kakang Bising" Tenorio (1st District/Western Batangas)-He was one addition to the roster of field reporters in 2011. Lacking a relief correspondent to the area of the 1st District, he started as a relay listener of events which he delivers through text messages to DWAL-FM until he was added to the AL-FM family as its field reporter.He uses Kakang Bising as his identity on air rather than Onofre Tenorio. He also works for local broadsheets in the province.
  • Minerva Jimenez-Padua (Lipa City and Northern Batangas)-She is an addition to the field personnel in 2013. Formerly an on the job trainee from January to late February 2012, she was added to cover events within Lipa City and northern areas of the province.
  • Samuel Barral - DJ Sam (rest of 4th District)- Just like Kakang Bising, DJ Sam started as a relay listener of events in the 4th district, particularly Rosario, Batangas, giving the current events through text messages. He was formally added to the team of reporters in 2012. He uses DJ Sam as his identification on air.

Lay Ministers and Other Personalities[edit]

  • Bro. Ding Tejada
  • Bro. Vic Alvarez
  • Sis. Donna Alvarez
  • Bro. Jovy Plata
  • Bro. Monching Serrano
  • Bro. Flor Arellano
  • Bro. Ito Guinhawa
  • Dra. Angie Mercado-Acosta
  • Norma Abratigue
  • Sis. Divina Padilla
  • Fr. Jose Dennis Tenorio
  • Fr. Joseph Mendoza
  • Fr. Angel Marcelo Pastor
  • Fr. Crispin de Guzman
  • Fr. Ernesto Mandanas, Jr.
  • Fr. Armando Panganiban
  • Msgr. Rafael Oriondo
  • Fr. Onofre Bimbo Pantoja
  • Fr. Jayson Siapco
  • Msgr. Ruben Dimaculangan
  • Fr. Ephraim Cabrera
  • Fr. Anthony Esteron
  • Fr. Eugene Hechanova
  • Fr. Bubot Hernandez
  • Fr. Nelson Osorio
  • Fr. Juan Nepomuceno Fruto
  • Fr. Emiliano Magsino
  • Most. Rev. Ramon C. Arguelles

Past and recurring personalities[edit]

  • Violy Echague*- She formerly hosted DWAL-FM's Tao Po before the program's rebrand to Sama-Sama sa Buhay at Pamilya.
  • Bert Cabual*- He was once a mainstay of the now-defunct DWAM-AM 1080 from 1969-74 before he went to London. He returned to radio in March 2011 to host his Saturday night program Kasaysayan at Lahi which he did until June 2012. He also briefly anchored DWAL-FM's daily noontime newscast, temporarily replacing Lita Aguila-Bicol, which was supposedly a plan to make him the permanent anchor, from June 4–7, 2012. However, the plan was shelved with his resignation and return to London.
  • Oscar Adelfo De Villa**-Formerly a reliever-co host for Tao Po in 2011, he briefly co hosted Letty Chua in the blocktimer of Batangas City's Public Information Office in early 2014.
  • Tita Letty Chua**- Batangas City Public Information Officer who worked for the station in two iterations of the PIO blocktime. She currently hosts the second iteration "Pag-Utusan Po Ninyo" along with other workers in the said office

(One asterisk denotes the past employee, two asterisks denote that the person is a recurring worker)

Programming[edit]

Daily Programs[edit]

  • Rosaryo ng Mag-anak (Mon-Sun,5am)
  • Mabuting Balita (Mon-Sat, 5:30 am, simulcast with 99.1 Spirit FM, hosted by different diocesan priest giving reflections on daily Gospel)
  • CMN Pilipinas (Mon-Fri, 6:00-7:30 am)
  • Radyo Totoo Balita (Mon-Fri, 7:30-8:00 am and 4:30-5:30 pm, hosted by Renzo Luna)
  • Dito Po sa Atin (Mon-Fri, 8:00 am, hosted by Fr. Nonie Dolor and Ate Lita Bicol)
  • Music Block(Mon-Fri, 10:00am)
  • Sama-Sama sa Buhay at Pamilya (formerly Tao Po, Mon-Fri, 11am)
  • ALFM News Update (Monday to Friday)
    • Hourly News Bulletin (9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am)
    • Noontime Newscast (12:00 pm)
  • Batangas City PIO blocktimer-"Pag-Utusan Po Ninyo" (Mon-Fri, 12:30 pm)
  • Oldies Musical Break (Mon-Fri, 1:30-3:00pm, 8:00-9pm)
  • Oras ng Mabathalang Awa (Mon-Fri,3:00pm, hosted by Fr. Jose Dennis Tenorio and Sister Divina Padilla)
  • Ugnayan sa ALFM (Mon-Fri,3:30pm)
    • Ala Eh, In His Steps Na (every Monday, hosted by Bro. Arnel Arce and Sis. Elsie Rabago from Couples For Christ)
    • Kalusugan Mo, Sagot Ko (every Tuesday, hosted by Dra. Angie Mercado-Acosta)
    • Oras ng Kalikasan (every Wednesday, hosted by Archdiocesan Ministry on Environment)
    • Kamanggagawa (every Thursday)
    • ComVoc Calls (every Friday, hosted by Lipa Archdiocesan Commission on Vocation)
  • Inspirational Songs (daily, 5:30pm)
  • Mabuting Balita Ayon sa Mga Layko (Mon-Sat, 6:00pm, hosted by different lay persons)
  • Sabi ni Father (Mon-Fri: 6:30-8pm)
  • Musika ng Lahi (featuring Kundiman songs, Mon-Fri at 9pm and Saturdays at 6:30pm and 9pm)
  • Praying of Divine Mercy Chaplet (Mon-Sat, 9:30-10:00 pm, Sundays 6:00pm)

Weekly Programs[edit]

  • Opinyong Legal (hosted by the University of Batangas College of Law, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 pm)
  • Novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help (Wednesday, 4:30pm, simulcast from the Divino Amor Shrine in Lipa)
  • Sagip-Buhay (Sat, 6:00-7:30am)
  • Aksyon at Repleksyon (with Renzo Luna and Bro. Ding Tejada, Saturdays 7:30 am)
  • I'm Home, Andito na Ako! (hosted by Lipa Archdiocesan Commission on Migrants and Mission, Saturdays at 9am)
  • Lakbay Kabataan (Archdiocesan Youth Commission, Sat, 11:00 am)
  • OPM Sabado (Saturdays 12:00 noon-4:30 pm, 8:00-9:00 pm)
  • Inyong Armed Forces (Armed Forces of the Philippines blocktimer, Saturdays 4:30pm)
  • Tinig Pastol (Sundays 5:30 am, simulcast with 99.1 Spirit FM, hosted by Archbishop Ramon Arguelles giving reflections on the Sunday Gospel)
  • Non-Stop Oldies (Sundays 7:00 am–4:30 pm)
  • Misa ng Bayan (Sundays 4:30 pm)

Former Programs[edit]

  • Kasaysayan at Lahi. This show was hosted by Bert Cabual from March 2011 upon his return from London until June 2012. It catered listeners of Kundiman music and trivias about the history of the country. It occupied Saturdays from 6:30 pm (Philippine Standard Time) to 8:00 pm.
    • Balagtasan sa AL-FM was the program's special one-night segment that catered listeners with balagtasan, a Philippine poetical type of argumentation named after Francisco Baltazar. It had two iterations, one last August, 2011 and another last April 2012.
  • CCD Quiz Show on Radio. Originally a part of the now-defunct DWAM-AM 1080, it was revived over FM radio in 2010. It ceased airing after March 27, 2011 with its Grand Finals. This block was occupied by the Archdiocesan Confraternity of Christian Doctrines (ACCD), Sundays at 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Brigada News also had a blocktime with the station in 2013, airing seven days a week at 10:00 am. It was a taped slot with Zaldy Carriaga as host. However, it was discontinued late in that same year

Easter Triduum Specials (2010-present)[edit]

Background[edit]

Prior to establishment of 99.1 Spirit FM in 1999 until 2002,the now-defunct DWAM-AM 1080 kHz was the broadcast arm of prayer services done during the weekend leading to Easter Sunday. With the AM station permanently ceasing broadcast operations in 2002, the broadcast arm was moved to Spirit FM, making it the sole station serving the province with religious programming, at a time where almost all stations cease broadcasts in commemoration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This system went on until 2009.

Present era[edit]

Seeing the need for Easter triduum services to serve the province at a stronger and farther reach, since Holy Week of 2010, both ALFM and 99.1 Spirit FM operate on simulcast every Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday and programming is done on remote broadcast from the San Sebastian Cathedral, Lipa City, except the Pabasa and Lenten Recollection.

Programming[edit]

  • Morning Praise (Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday, 6:00 to 8:00 am)
  • Mass of the Last Supper (Maundy Thursday, 5:00 pm)
  • Pabasa ng Pasion (Maundy Thursday 12:00-4:45 pm, Good Friday 9:00 am-12:00 noon)
  • Seven Last Words (Good Friday, 12:00 noon)
  • Veneration of the Cross and Good Friday Procession (Good Friday, 3:00-5:45 pm)
  • Easter Vigil (Black Saturday, 6:00 pm onward)
  • Lenten Recollection on Air (Maundy Thursday, 9:00 am)