DZBB-AM

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GMA Super Radyo DZBB 594
Logo for DZBB
City of license Quezon City
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
Branding GMA Super Radyo DZBB 594
Slogan Walang Iwanan!
Frequency 594 kHz
First air date March 1, 1950
Format News and Public Affairs, Music, Entertainment, Talk
Power 50,000 watts
Callsign meaning DZ
Black
Board (former branding)
or DZ BoB Stewart (former owner)
Former frequencies 580 kHz (1950-1972)
Owner Radio GMA
Sister stations Barangay LS 97.1
Website http://www.gmanetwork.com/radio/dzbb/

DZBB (pronounced DZ-double-B) (594 kHz AM station) broadcasting as GMA Super Radyo DZBB 594 is an news/talk radio station in Mega Manila market. It is owned by Radio GMA Network, Inc. (RGMA, a subsidiary of GMA Network, Inc.) in the Philippines. The station's studio is located at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City, while its transmitter is located at Barangay Panghulo, Obando, Bulacan.

At present, Super Radyo DZBB 594 is considered as one of the top stations in the AM band in Metro Manila and is recognized as one of the most awarded radio stations in the Philippines. Super Radyo DZBB is currently the number 1 AM radio station in Mega Manila, based on the 2nd Quarter 2014 Nielsen Radio Ratings survey.

History[edit]

Arman Roque during his radio program in the early '90s.

DZBB was established on March 1, 1950 by Robert "Uncle Bob" Stewart, in a small office space in Calvo Building, Escolta, Manila with mostly second-hand equipment and an old, surplus radio transmitter. Despite of lack of new broadcasting facilities, the station has scored many milestones with its news, senate and congress coverage, breaking news, exclusives, and blow-by-blow accounts of major national events. It also pioneered on trendsetting shows such as Camay Theater of the Air, Lovingly Yours, Helen, Kahapon Lamang, Tawag ng Tanghalan, Newscoop, Kwentong Kutsero and others. Some of these shows eventually went to television. DZBB was also the first to air several live coverage extended not just to news and public affairs, but also to entertainment and educational programs. In 1957, DZBB moved to the new and current home at EDSA, Quezon City.

Due to the success of DZBB, Stewart ventured to television on October 29, 1961 as DZBB-TV Channel 7 with the branding RBS-7 (now known as GMA-7 Manila). The station seized and closed in September 1972 due to Martial Law. Two years later, Channel 7, DZBB and other provincial radio and television stations were eventually sold to the triumvirate of Gilberto Duavit, Sr., Menardo Jimenez and Felipe Gozon.

The station was known as "Bisig Bayan" in July 17, 1989 to January 3, 1999. Their new identity made the station more popular to radio listeners in Metro Manila. Rafael "Paeng" Yabut, Bobby Guanzon, Lito Villarosa, Rene Jose, Rey Pacheco, Raul Virtudazo, Jimmy Gil, Arman Roque, Rose "Manang Rose" Clores, German Moreno, Inday Badiday and Helen Vela were the personalities of the "Bisig Bayan" format.

It was also in the early 1990s when DZBB came out with "Kape at Balita", a morning news/commentary/talk show hosted by Bobby Guanzon and then GMA News reporter Jessica Soho.

In January 4, 1999, the station was renamed "Super Radyo DZBB 594" and much of their programming focuses on news and current events and now it still simulcast GMA programs such as 24 Oras, Saksi and others.

In 2010, for the first time in Philippine radio history, the two stations DZBB and ABS-CBN's DZMM made a historical simulcast when they had two children asked for help to find the missing parents from Bohol on a rival program on DZMM Aksyon Ngayon Global Patrol but reunited through DZBB's program Aksyon Oro Mismo.

Programming[edit]

DZBB's programs are mostly news, current issues, and news analysis produced by GMA News and Public Affairs department. Their morning radio shows were anchored mostly by news anchors and personalities from television.

The station also has a newscast entitled "Super Balita", four times during the day; morning, noon, afternoon (both aired nationwide in all Super Radyo stations in the Philippines) and evening. They also simulcast news and public affairs programs of GMA Network such as 24 Oras, the network's primetime news program.

Radio anchors[edit]

  • James "Tootie" Aban
  • Benjie Alejandro
  • Dindo Bellosillo
  • Jonna Chu Chu
  • Arnold Clavio
  • Rose Clores
  • Ely Cruz Ramirez
  • Melo del Prado
  • Mike Enriquez
  • Sam Nielsen
  • Susan Enriquez
  • Shirley Escalante
  • Manolo Favis
  • Francis Flores
  • Jimmy Gil
  • Fernan Gulapa
  • Eddie Ilarde
  • Henry Jones Ragas
  • Roque Merilles
  • Howard "DJ Long Tall Howard" Medina
  • German Moreno
  • Mega Ohh Lala
  • Joel Reyes Zobel
  • Lala Roque
  • Ali Sotto
  • Rene Sta. Cruz
  • Norilyn Temblor
  • Orly Trinidad
  • Manny Vargas
  • Raul Virtudazo

Reporters[edit]

  • James Agustin
  • Roland Bola
  • Mao dela Cruz
  • Allan Gatus
  • Henry Herdillo
  • Orchids Lapincao (Cebu stringer)
  • Benjie Liwanag
  • Carlo Mateo
  • Sam Nielsen
  • Divine Reyes
  • Nimfa Ravelo
  • Tuesday Sagun-Niu
  • Rowena Salvacion
  • Manny Vargas
  • Cecille Villarosa
  • Glen Juego
  • Rodil Vega

RGMA Super Radyo stations in the Philippines[edit]

Further information: Super Radyo stations

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