DZUR

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DZUR (107.9 U Radio)
107.9 U Radio.jpg
Branding 107.9 U Radio
Slogan The First and Only Underground club Music Station.
Frequency 107.9 MHz
First air date April 15, 2001 (as Power 108)
2006 (as 107.9 Underground Radio)
2007 (as 107.9 U-Radio)
2014 (as 107.9 Hansung FM)
Format Dance, Underground house, ambient, Electronica
Power 500 watts
ERP 2500 watts
Callsign meaning DZ
Underground Radio (former branding)
Former callsigns DZWI (2001-2006)
Owner Brainstone Broadcasting Inc. (now Jin Broadcasting Company)
Webcast 107.9 U Radio Stream

DZUR, operating as 107.9 U Radio, is a low power FM radio station owned and operated by Brainstone Broadcasting Inc. in the Philippines. The station's studio is in Pasig City and its transmitter site is located in Panay Ave cor. Sgt. Esguerra, Quezon City. This station is operating via low signal.

History and Profile[edit]

In the year 2000 it used to be Power 108 FM, which plays rap, hip-hop and RnB. It was owned and operated by ConAmor Broadcasting Systems, the owner of 95.1 Kiss FM. In 2004, it closed down because of speculation that it was a pirate radio station.

In 2006, an unknown pirate FM radio station started broadcasting in Metro Manila with the power of 100watts at 107.9 MHz. The station played nothing but underground club music, no call sign, no jocks, just a stinger saying "You're tuned to Underground Radio" and a recorded female voiceover mentioning a mobile phone number that served as a request line in between queues. With hundreds of text messages being received daily and the station was a hot topic on dozens of blog sites on the internet. From that moment on they knew that people were tuning-in. And so they finally decided to take things to the next level.

In April 2007, they temporarily ceased transmission so it could obtain all the necessary broadcast permits from the National Telecommunications Commission to legitimize the station.

On June 2007, the station was back on air with a stronger signal and with a new name "107.9 U-Radio" They moved their transmitter facilities to Tagaytay City and the studio is now located in Pasig. It is now owned and operated by Brainstone Broadcasting Inc, formed by a group of young entrepreneurs who helped bring the station back on air. The station is now broadcasting with an Effective Radiated Power (ERP) of 2500W. Its reach comprises the whole of Metro Manila, as well as some areas in the north (Bulacan, Pampanga) and south (Cavite, Batangas). In addition, it also started doing live broadcast feeds from different bars and clubs (Embassy SuperClub, Embassy Cuisine, Warehouse 135, Alchemy, Opus Bar, and others) in the metro.

On September 7, 2008, the station increased its power from 500 watts to 1,000 watts because of another station that reached Southern Luzon. However, around late September, it temporarily ceased broadcasting because its broadcasting facilities were raided by police due to a complaint from the National Telecommunications Commission that the station was operating with an expired permit. After almost two weeks, on October 12, it resumed broadcasting after renewed its radio permit license, albeit reverting to its original power of 500 watts.

In 2009, the station picked up new competition from 103.5 Max FM, whose approach tends to favor more commercialized Dance fare as opposed to its pure underground formula. However, with Max FM exiting the Dance format in August 2010, it is once again the only FM Dance outlet in Metro Manila.

At the start of 2011, the station began its live remote broadcast from Encore Super Club in Makati every Wednesday for Underground@Encore.

On late May 2011, it went off the air, upgrading its facilities and installing its new transmitter. On June 2011, it resumed its broadcast.

Recently, on April 20, 2013, 107.9 U-Radio ceased its operation permanently, due to the claims of PRC and NTC on their station claiming again that it was a pirate station, and due to its license had expired. However, it continues its broadcast online.

However, on June 16, 2014, 107.9 U-Radio resumes telecast on 12nn until ?.

Programs[edit]

  • Plip House Radio Show
  • Deep Nights @ Opus Bar
  • Driven Nights @ Warehouse 135
  • The Chillout Sessions on Ministry of Sound Radio
  • HouseArrest with DJ Tristano
  • Underground@Encore
  • Trance Til Dawn Podcast
  • E.L.E.V.A.T.E. with DJ Alfonso*