Philippine Broadcasting Service

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Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Public (Government)
Industry Broadcast radio network
Predecessor Bureau of Broadcasts (1972-1986)
Founded May 1, 1933
Headquarters Quezon City, Philippines
Key people
Tito G. Cruz
Owner Philippine government (Presidential Communications Operations Office)
Number of employees

Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a radio network in the Philippines. It is owned by the Philippine government under the Presidential Communications Operations Office.


On May 8, 1933, the U.S. government established and operated radio station DZFM (then KZFM) in the Philippines on the frequency of 710 kilocycles with a power of 10,000 watts through the United States Information Service. In September 1946, two months after the Philippines became an independent country from the U.S.A., KZFM was turned over to the Philippine government. With the transfer was born the Philippine Broadcasting Service, PBS the second broadcasting organization after Manila Broadcasting Company.

The station was first operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs until it was transferred to the Radio Broadcasting Board (RBB) which was created by President Manuel Quezon on September 3, 1937. Meanwhile in the same year, an international telecommunications conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reassigned the letter "D" to replace the former "K" as the initial call letter for all radio stations in the Philippines. In January 1942, the RBB was abolished to give way to the establishment of the Philippine Information Council (PIC) which then assumed the function of the RBB, including the operation of DZFM. In turn, the PIC was abolished on July 1, 1952, and since then, until the creation of the Department of Public Information in 1959, DZFM and the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) had been operated under the Office of the President.

Over the years hence, the PBS had acquired 13 more radio stations, one TV station which it time-shared with two other organizations, and changed its name to Bureau of Broadcast Services.

At the same time that the BB was blazing a broadcasting trail now known as "network broadcasting", another government organization was building up its broadcast capability to rival, or in some instances, to complement, that of the BB. The National Media Production Center, NMPC, had acquired the facilities of the Voice of America in Malolos, Bulacan in 1965 and steadily brought the old complex up to standards by a steady overhaul, fine-tuning, and outright replacement of outmoded equipment and machines. The NMPC operated the Voice of the Philippines, VOP, on both medium wave-918 kHz and shortwave 9.810 mHz transmissions. In 1975, the NMPC obtained DWIM-FM. With this new station and some provincial stations that came under its wings earlier, the NMPC was a network and effectively covered a wide range of the Philippine listenership.

Public broadcasting in the Philippines was thus represented by the BB and the NMPC and catered to the educational and cultural needs of its audiences while endeavoring to keep it entertained with fare from indigenous material. Public service features were the keystone of its programs.

The BB and the NMPC were brought under one administrative roof in 1980 when the Office of Media Affairs was created to provide a loose union for both networks within the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center on Broadcast Drive in Quezon City. It was not an ideal situation, to say the least, since, as there had been no clear guidelines on the proper implementation of their respective operational strategies, the BB and the NMPC often squabbled, to the detriment of public broadcasting goals.

After the EDSA Revolution, the Office of Media Affairs was abolished, followed by the NMPC, and finally, the BB (in turn, reestablished as Bureau of Broadcast Services-Philippine Broadcasting Service). In their stead was a plan, a vision, for one, single government broadcasting organization that would not be an echo device for the government, or much less, for any one man, but would instead dedicate itself to the service of the people through honest, balanced, and meaningful broadcasting.

That lay the blueprints and groundwork of the Bureau of Broadcast Services.

During Aquino administration, PBS transferred its office from ABS-CBN complex to PIA Building in Visayas Avenue.

Radyo ng Bayan's platform[edit]

Radio ng Bayan is situated at 738 kHz on the AM band with a power of 50 kW under the Bureau of Broadcast Services (BBS) or Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS), Presidential Communication Operations Office. As the government's flagship radio station it serves as a medium of development communication, a conduit between the government and the people, aiming to mobilize all sectors of society towards development and nationalism. Live government news is aired here.

PBS Stations in the Philippines[edit]

PBS AM Stations[edit]

Branding Call-Sign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Radyo ng Bayan Manila DZRB 738 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
Sports Radio Manila DZSR 918 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
Radyo Magasin Manila DZRM 1278 kHz 10 kW Metro Manila
Radyo ng Bayan Baguio DZEQ 999 kHz 10 kW Baguio
Radyo ng Bayan Tabuk DZRK 1323 kHz 5 kW Tabuk, Kalinga
Radyo ng Bayan Bontoc DWFR 972 kHz 5 kW Bontoc, Mountain Province
Radyo ng Bayan Laoag DWFB 954 kHz 5 kW Laoag
Radyo ng Bayan Vigan DWAE 747 kHz 5 kW Vigan
Radyo ng Bayan Agoo DZAG 1224 kHz 5 kW Agoo, La Union
Radyo ng Bayan Dagupan DZMQ 576 kHz 10 kW Dagupan
Radyo ng Bayan Tayug DWRS-AM 756 kHz 5 kW Tayug, Pangasinan
Radyo ng Bayan Batanes DWBT 1134 kHz 5 kW Basco, Batanes
Radyo ng Bayan Tuguegarao DWPE 729 kHz 10 kW Tuguegarao
Radyo ng Bayan Santiago, Isabela DZPX 1395 kHz 10 kW Santiago, Isabela
Radyo ng Bayan Lucena DWLC 1017 kHz 10 kW Lucena
Radyo ng Bayan Palawan DWRM 567 kHz 10 kW Puerto Princesa
Radyo ng Bayan Naga DWRB-AM 549 kHz 10 kW Naga
Radyo ng Bayan Legaspi DWJS 621 kHz 25 kW Legaspi
Radyo ng Bayan Iloilo DYLL 585 kHz 15 kW Iloilo
Radyo ng Bayan Cebu DYMR 576 kHz 15 kW Cebu
Radyo ng Bayan Tacloban DYMP 1566 kHz 10 kW Tacloban
Radyo ng Bayan Sogod DYSL 1359 kHz 5 kW Sogod, Southern Leyte
Radyo ng Bayan Calbayog DYOG 882 kHz 10 kW Calbayog
Radyo ng Bayan Borongan DYES 657 kHz 5 kW Borongan, Eastern Samar
Radyo ng Bayan Zamboanga DXMR 1170 kHz 10 kW Zamboanga
Radyo ng Bayan Cagayan de Oro DXIM 936 kHz 10 kW Cagayan De Oro
Radyo ng Bayan Gingoog DXRG-AM 1242 kHz 10 kW Gingoog
Radyo ng Bayan Tangub DXJT 954 kHz 5 kW Tangub
Radyo ng Bayan Davao DXRP 675 kHz 15 kW Davao
Radyo ng Bayan General Santos DXWP 927 kHz 10 kW General Santos
Radyo ng Bayan Butuan DXBN 792 kHz 10 kW Butuan
Radyo ng Bayan Tandag DXJS 837 kHz 5 kW Tandag, Surigao del Sur
Radyo ng Bayan Marawi DXSO 774 kHz 10 kW Marawi
Radyo ng Bayan Jolo DXSM 1224 kHz 5 kW Jolo, Sulu

PBS FM Stations[edit]

Branding Call-Sign Frequency (Channel) Power (kW) Location
104.3 Business Radio Manila DWBR 104.3 MHz (Channel 282) 25 kW Metro Manila
89.5 Bay FM DWSB 89.5 MHz (Channel 208) 10 kW Subic, Zambales
Radyo ng Bayan Virac DZVC-FM 94.3 MHz (Channel 232) 1 kW Virac, Catanduanes
Radyo ng Bayan Tacloban DYCT 104.3 MHz (Channel 282) 5 kW Tacloban
89.9 Business Radio DXBY 89.9 MHz (Channel 210) 25 kW Zamboanga
Radyo ng Bayan Ozamiz DXRB 91.3 MHz (Channel 140) 10 kW Ozamiz
94.9 Kool FM DXVL 94.9 MHz (Channel 235) 1 kW Kabacan
105.5 Upi for Peace DXUP 105.5 MHz (Channel 288) 3 kW Upi, Maguindanao
Radyo ng Bayan Tawi-Tawi DXDC-FM 104.7 MHz (Channel 284) 1 kW Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

Short-wave Stations (Radyo Pilipinas)[edit]

Main article: Radyo Pilipinas

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