DWQZ

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DWQZ (97.9 Home Radio Natural!)
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City of license Pasig City, Philippines
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
Branding 97.9 Home Radio
Slogan "Natural!"
"Be You."
Frequency 97.9 MHz
First air date 1998 (test broadcast)
2000 (as Home Radio)
March 17, 2014 (as the first literation of Home Radio Natural)
April 20, 2014 (as Natural)
November 3, 2014 (as the second literation of Home Radio Natural)
Format Soft rock, Classic hits, Oldies
Power 25,000 watts
ERP 100,000 watts
Callsign meaning DWQZ
Former callsigns DWCD-FM (1986–1997)
Owner Aliw Broadcasting Corporation (Insular Broadcasting System)
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 in the Philippines. Its studios are located at 5th Floor, Citystate Centre, #709 Shaw Blvd., Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City and the transmitter is located at along Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City.

97.9 Home Radio operates 24 hours a day that plays today's hottest hits, except during Holy Week where it signs off at midnight of Maundy Thursday, until 5 am of Easter Sunday.

History[edit]

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-oriented in the late 2000s. 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. This was done 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 Hot AC station, until it eventually flipped as a Top-40 station.

2014-present[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 station. Marco Avocado was the first DJ on board. Veteran DJ & current DWIZ assistant program director & 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 decided to retire the "Home Radio" brand in favor of retaining its "Natural" brand & changed its frequency nomenclature. On July 3, 2014, the station dismissed its female DJs in favor of being manned by all-male DJs. It also launched its evening radio show hosted by Duncan Ramos and Jimmy Bondoc. However, it lasted until the end of 2014. On August 2014, the station reformatted again to a full-fledged Top 40 station, with English/Taglish as its language. On November 3, 2014, management brought back the "Home Radio" brand.

On January 2015, the station changed its language back into full English. After Holy Week of 2015, it was relaunched as a CHR/Top 40 station, with a new slogan "Be You".

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 "Ano'ng Say Mo?" 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)
  • Pineapple Joe (?, formerly Papa Tolits of Barangay LS 97.1)
  • Duncan Ramos
  • Jimmy Bondoc
  • Rick Spade (Frederick Billano, formerly Rico Mango)
  • Johnny (Marius Llobera Ubaldo, formerly Juan Banana, Jack, Tommy Tambay/Matthew Dancer of Love Radio Legaspi, Mister Love of Love Radio Naga, Super Mario of MOR Naga, Mighty Mario of Star FM Legaspi, Jimbo Rock of Star FM Naga & Jimmy Nerd of 90.7 DWDA, now with DWIZ)
  • Jake (Marc Anthony Lim, formerly Jake & Jake Fruit and Marc Mackerel of 97.1 OKFM and FOX 89.9 Legazpi)
  • Josh / BJ the DJ (formerly Buko Josh)
  • Marco (Marc Andrew Maranan, formerly Marco Avocado and Kristoff)

Programs[edit]

  • K-Pop Natural- Plays more of your favorite K-pop songs.
  • Guilty Pleasures Tuesdays - Playing the hits from 1995 to 2005.
  • The Powder Room - Discussing about women.
  • The Big 10 with Anne and Andy

Home Radio stations[edit]

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location
97.9 Home Radio Natural Manila DWQZ 97.9 MHz 25 kW Mega Manila
95.1 Home Radio Natural Naga DWQJ 95.1 MHz 10 kW Naga
92.3 Home Radio Natural Legaspi DWQA 92.3 MHz 10 kW Legaspi
106.7 Home Radio Natural Cebu DYQC 106.7 MHz 20 kW Cebu
89.5 Home Radio Natural Iloilo DYQN 89.5 MHz 10 kW Iloilo
98.7 Home Radio Natural Davao DXQM 98.7 MHz 10 kW Davao
93.5 Home Radio Natural Cagayan De Oro DXQR 93.5 MHz 10 kW Cagayan De Oro
98.3 Home Radio Natural General Santos DXQS 98.3 MHz 10 kW General Santos

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