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City of license Makati City
Broadcast area Metro Manila, surrounding areas
Branding DZRJ 810 AM The Voice of the Philippines
Slogan Real Time News, All The Time.
Frequency 810 kHz
First air date 1963 (as Boss Radio)
February 24, 1986 (as Radyo Bandido)
August 25, 2010 (as The Voice of the Philippines)
Format News, Public Affairs/Talk, Entertainment, Music, Religious
Power 50,000 watts
ERP 91,800 watts
Callsign meaning Ramon Jacinto
Former frequencies 780 kHz (1963-1979)
Affiliations BBC World Service, Voice of America, The Philippine Star
Owner Rajah Broadcasting Network, Inc.
Sister stations RJ 100
Webcast Listen Live
Website DZRJ 810

DZRJ-AM (810 AM), also known by its tagline The Voice of the Philippines, is an AM radio station of the Rajah Broadcasting Network, Inc. in the Philippines. Its present studio location is at the Ventures Building-1, General Luna Street, Makati City, while its radio transmitter is located along Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City. DZRJ 810 AM operates 24 hours daily except Sunday and Monday where it leaves the air from midnight until 5 am, and except Holy Week of each year where it leaves the air at midnight of Maundy Thursday and resumes transmissions at 5 am of Easter Sunday. (05:00 AM - 12:00 AM/MN 7 Days, 53 Weeks)

Boss Radio[edit]

DZRJ-AM was originally found in the broadcast frequency of 780 kilohertz on the AM band. It carried the tagline, "DzRJ: Boss Radio", which later evolved into "DzRJ, The Rock of Manila" as it hosted a daily show called "Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm" (later shortened to "Pinoy Rock"), which was conceived by DzRJ's original station manager, Alan Austria ("Double-A") and its program director, Emil Quinto ("Charlie Brown"). DzRJ's radio personalities, the "Bossmen", then the "RockJocks", became celebrities in Manila's counterculture.

Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm[edit]

The daily Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm radio show, which was hosted by Bob Posas ("Bob Magoo") and, later, by Dante David ("Howlin' Dave"), featured the early vinyl releases of pioneering Filipino rock groups such as RJ and the Riots', the Juan Dela Cruz Band and Anakbayan, as well as submissions (on cassette tapes) of recordings from Manila's unsigned bands and independent artists. The earliest contributions were from groups such as Maria Cafra ("Kamusta Mga Kaibigan"), Petrified Anthem ("Drinking Wine"), Destiny ("A Taste Of Honey"), and a fledgling Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society.

A mobile recording studio was set up by Alan Austria in 1974, using the station's 4-track tape recorder and mixing board, for "live-in-the-booth" recordings to facilitate the entries of contestants for one of its sponsors, RC Cola and its First National Battle of the Bands (produced by RC Cola's then COO, Cesare Syjuco). More than 200 new songs were said to have been recorded for the Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm show, and these entries were aired in succession through many weeks, as the participating bands worked their way into the elimination rounds. These demos paved the way for recording artists such as Florante, Heber Bartolome of Banyuhay, Johnny Alegre of Hourglass, Bob Aves of Destiny, and many others, who thrived in the Philippine record industry in later years.

DzRJ's premises, the J&T Building, was the site for rock concerts which were organized by the station; first on the building's roofdeck, and later in its open-air parking lot. The emergence of Pinoy Rock as a popular musical genre was the springboard for artists to emerge commercially, as their key recordings reached a wide listening public. The best examples of such artists and their hits are the Juan Dela Cruz Band ("Himig Natin"), Sampaguita ("Bonggahan"), Mike Hanopol ("Laki Sa Layaw"), and even Eddie Munji III ("Pinoy Jazz") and, of course, DZRJ's very own RJ Jacinto ("Muli") .

The Rock 'n' Roll Machine[edit]

DzRJ was also known for a cross-genre, album-oriented midnight show, called The Rock 'n' Roll Machine, hosted by Hoagy Pardo ("Cousin Hoagy'"), which provided late night listeners with entire sides of advance copies of LPs from the United States and England. Its early morning program opened to a rousing drumbeat from a Ventures song with a pre-recorded tape cartridge of Howlin' Dave announcing "Gising na, RJ na!" ("Wake up, it's RJ time!"). It also aired the packaged US chart show, Casey Kasem's American Top 40.

Radyo Bandido[edit]

Further information: People Power Revolution

At the height of the People Power Revolution in late February 1986 that ousted dictator President Ferdinand Marcos, newscaster June Keithley and Fr. James Reuter, S.J. commandeered the DZRJ station, which they renamed Radyo Bandido. This was after the facilities and transmitter of Keithley's home network, the Church-owned Radio Veritas, were bombed by the Marcos-loyal Armed Forces of the Philippines. Radyo Bandido broadcasts opened with former President Ramón Magsaysay's political jingle Mambo Magsaysay (composed by Raúl Manglapus), because it was also the theme music of the disabled Radio Veritas and thus enabled Keithley to clandestinely identify herself to listening protesters. For her role in providing both information and morale to protesters during the Revolution, Keithley was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor by President Cory Aquino after the fall of the Marcos regime.

To honour the station's key role in the 1986 Revolution, DZRJ AM was officially rebranded Radyo Bandido, and switching to a public service format. Meanwhile, the music format revived on FM as RJ 100.3, then later, RJ Underground Radio 105.9 (now Retro 105.9 DCG FM), as well as their flagship TV network RJTV 29. DZRJ is known for some veteran broadcasters such as Johnny Midnight and Art Borjal. Since 2004, it began airing news from the BBC World Service and the Voice of America. The PBA Games on Radio was moved to DZRJ-AM from DZSR in 2009. UAAP on Radio started on DZRJ-AM in 2010. Of note as well is DZRJ-AM's role during EDSA II in 2001 which removed President Joseph Estrada.

The Voice of the Philippines[edit]

With Radyo Bandido's popularity waning during the recent years, the management decided to launch a unique brand in June 2010. Last July 19, it upgraded its transmitter facilities to 50,000 watts. Radyo Bandido signed off for the last time on August 22.

On August 25, 2010, DZRJ launched its English-language broadcasts with the slogan The Voice of the Philippines as a test broadcast, although it officially launched on October 4, 2010.[1] DZRJ is the only English-language AM station in Mega Manila. Its format consisted of English News from the Philippine Star, the Voice of America and the BBC World Service, Lifestyle, Sports and Public Service.

Patrick Tulfo (now with DZME), Rey Hidalgo Santos, Gerry Cornejo & Johnny Midnight are the only remaining original hosts of the RJAM roster. The Radyo Bandido moniker used also on the RJAM provincial stations was phased out, but did not change the broadcasting language to English.



  • Rey Hidalgo Santos (Big Daddy)
  • Gerry Cornejo
  • Patrick Tulfo (now with DZME)
  • Carmen Ignacio
  • Terry Ganucangco
  • Love-Love Tengsico Tioseco
  • Barbie Atienza
  • Matt Montoya
  • Nicole Jacinto
  • Rod Nepomuceno (also work for Bloomberg TV Philippines)
  • Atty. Nikki De Vega
  • Angie Dela Cruz Poeta de Mercedes
  • Apostle Renato Carillo
  • Elvira Yap Go
  • Zaldy Lennon
  • Jacinto Paras
  • Charms Espina
  • Rikka Dy Lim
  • Marybeth Nave
  • Jenny Chua
  • Raffy Wenceslao





  • 12MN-5am: BBC World Service hookup
  • 5am-6am: The Early Show w/ Zaldy Lennon
  • 6am-9am: Right to be Heard
  • 9am-10am: Tuesdays with Marybeth nave (TUE)
  • 10am-12NN: Stars and Style (MON)
  • 10am-12NN: PRC: The Professional Hour (TUE)
  • 10am-11am: Superbranding (WED)
  • 10am-11am: The Osteaoguard Show (THU)
  • 11am-12NN: Mind Your Own Business w/ Nicole Jacinto and Atty. Nikki De Vega (WED)
  • 11am-12NN: Mind Matters w/ Denise Celdran (THU)
  • 11am-12NN: Imagine...Inner Peace (FRI)
  • 12NN-2pm: Not Necessarily the News w/Gerry Cornejo
  • 2pm-3pm: Inside Motoring w/ Love-Love Tengsico Tioseco and Matt Montoya (TUE&THU)
  • 2pm-3pm: Happy Thoughts w/ Franine Delas Alas (MON & FRI)
  • 3pm-4pm: N/A
  • 4pm-5pm: Hard Talk w/Patrick Tulfo
  • 5pm-6pm: N/A
  • 6pm-7pm: Sunset Drive w/ Terry Gangcuangco
  • 7pm-8pm: Pulso ng Sambayanan w/ Carmen Ignacio
  • 8pm-9pm: Oras Ng Himala w/Apostle Renato Carillo
  • 9pm-10pm: Basketball Today w/ Jericho Ilagan and Ceska Litton (TUE)
  • 9pm-10pm: The Animal Chronicles w/ Anna Cabrera(MON)
  • 9pm-10pm: Football Loco (THU)
  • 10pm-12mn: All Music


  • RJAM Radio Theater Classics
  • Good Job Philippines w/ Barbie Atienza and Maggie Munoz
  • The Observer
  • Pops and Sasha Show
  • The Voice of Senior Citizens
  • Education Radio
  • Revolution Per Minute
  • Universal Access
  • It's More Fun
  • Counterpoint with Atty. Salvador Panelo
  • Mystical Buffett w/ Gi and Marge Santos
  • RJ Sunday Jam w/ Ramon "RJ" Jacinto (Simulcast on RJTV/2nd Avenue)
  • The Early Show w/ Rey Hidalgo-Santos (Big Daddy)
  • Power To Unite w/ Elvira Yap Go


  • RJAM Extra (micro-segments featuring in-house life coaches & from Howcast)
  • BBC World Service
  • Voice of America
  • Arts & Culture
  • Food & Dining
  • Out of the Box
  • Science & Technology
  • The Light Bulb Moment
  • The Style File
  • You Path to Wellness

RJAM stations[edit]

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location
DZRJ 810 DZRJ-AM 810 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
DYRJ 1152 Iloilo DYRJ-AM 1152 kHz 10 kW Iloilo
DXRJ 1476 Cagayan De Oro DXRJ-AM 1476 kHz 10 kW Cagayan De Oro

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