DWQZ

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DWQZ (97.9 Home Radio Natural!)
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City of license Pasig City
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
Branding 97.9 Home Radio
Slogan "Natural!"
Frequency 97.9 MHz
First air date 1998 (test broadcast)
2000 (as Home Radio)
March 17, 2014 (as Home Radio Natural)
April 20, 2014 (as Natural)
November 3, 2014 (as Home Radio Natural)
Format CHR
Power 25,000 watts
ERP 100,000 watts
Callsign meaning DWQZ
Former callsigns DWCD-FM (1986–1997)
Owner Aliw Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations DWIZ
Webcast Listen Live

DWQZ (97.9 FM), branded as 97.9 Home Radio is the radio station broadcasting CHR music format. It is owned and operated by Aliw Broadcasting Corporation and Insular Broadcasting Systems in the Philippines. Its studios are located at 5th Floor, Citystate Centre, #709 Shaw Blvd., Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City.

History[edit]

97dot9 Home Radio (2000-2014)[edit]

Home Radio followed an easy listening program format. This format was introduced in 2000 by its Program Director, Nestor De Guzman Doria. This format was an immediate success, increasing Home Radio's ratings and earning the title "#1 Easy Listening Station" in Metro Manila in a matter of 6 Months.

This format was then adapted and implemented to the provincial stations. However, some of them shifted to CHR-orriented. Aside from its easy listening format during Weekdays, it carried CHR-oriented programming during Sundays via VHS (Variety Hits Sunday).

Home Radio was fully automated from its inception, with canned spiels & liners, with the first fully automated DJ Jackie (Lannie Chan, introduced last October 16, 2006), & veteran DJ Rick Spade (Frederick Billano) as its Production Specialist. Until 2009, when it recruited female (and later, male) DJs on board, following the less talk, more music style.

On February 28, 2014, after 14 years, Home Radio bade goodbye to its former easy listening format in favor of its current Hot AC, Top-40 and OPM music.

Natural 97.9[edit]

On March 17, 2014, after 14 years on air as an easy-listening station, Home Radio and its provincial stations underwent reformat to a Hot AC-Top 40 hybrid station. Marco Avocado was the first DJ on board. Former DM 955, Kool 106, Star FM & Yes FM DJ & current DWIZ assistant program director/DWIZ Official Voice/DWIZ announcer Bryan "Idol T-Bowne" Quitoriano is now the station manager of 97.9 Home Radio Natural Manila and Operations Manager for Home Radio Network.

After the Holy Week, the management of the station decided to retire the "Home Radio" brand and retain its slogan (but the "Home Radio" brand still heard on the stingers until June 2014). It also changed the nomenclature of the frequency occupied (for instance, "ninety-seven-dot-nine" was changed in favor of "ninety-seven-point-nine"). On July 3, 2014, the station was finally rebranded as Natural 97.9, just in time for the launching of the newest evening radio show of Duncan Ramos and Jimmy Bondoc. On August 2014, Natural 97.9 had just switched directions from Hot AC-Top 40 hybrid station to a full-fledged Top 40 station and changed its language into English/Taglish. On November 2014, the brand "Home Radio", which was retired after the Holy Week, was returned as a secondary brand.

On November 17, 2014, the station reverted the name back as 97.9 Home Radio Natural!, but the format is still the same with the nomenclature of the frequency occupied "ninety-seven-point-nine".

DJs[edit]

Current[edit]

Previous[edit]

  • Honey Berry (Joan Denise Castor, formerly Dani)
  • Candy Grapes (Grace Purugganan, formerly Toni)
  • Lucy Lemon (Avegail Devierte, formerly Louie, now host of Radyo Klinika on DWIZ)
  • Pam Pomelo (Jelly Soriano, formerly Alex, now with Wish 1075 as Jelly Kiss)
  • Maya Papaya (Erica Honrado, formerly DJ Maja Rotcha of 91.5 Big Radio & DJ Eric of 102.7 Star FM, now with UNTV 37)

Programs[edit]

  • The Breakfast Show - Hosted by Juan Banana and Pineapple Joe; Weekdays, 5am-9am.
  • Braggy Bunch Show - Hosted by Braggy Orange; Weekdays, 9am-12nn.
  • The R&B Show: Ramos and Bondoc - Hosted by Duncan Ramos and Jimmy Bondoc; Weekdays, 5pm-8pm.
  • Saturday Fun Machine - Hosted by Braggy Orange; Saturdays, 11am-3pm.

Home Radio stations[edit]

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location
97.9 Home Radio Manila DWQZ 97.9 MHz 25 kW Mega Manila
94.3 Home Radio Palawan DWQP 94.3 MHz 10 kW Puerto Princesa, Palawan
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 20 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

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