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DWQZ (97.9 Home Radio)
979 Home Radio logo 2014.jpg
City of license Pasig City, Philippines
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
Branding 97.9 Home Radio
Slogan "Natural!"
"The Home of the Millenials"
Frequency 97.9 MHz
First air date 1998 (test broadcast)
2000 (as Home Radio)
March 17, 2014 (as the first iteration of Home Radio Natural)
April 5, 2015 (as the 2nd iteration of Home Radio Natural)
Format CHR, Top 40
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
Website http://www.979homeradio.com/

DWQZ (97.9 FM), branded as 97.9 Home Radio, is a commercial radio station, airing a CHR Local format. It is owned and operated by the Aliw Broadcasting Corporation. Its studios are located at the 5th Floor, Citystate Centre, #709 Shaw Blvd., Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City with its transmitter located along Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City.


2000-2014: As an Easy Listening station[edit]

Home Radio adopted an automated AC format, dubbed as the "#1 Easy Listening Station" in Metro Manila. After gaining success in half a year, it was then implemented to its provincial stations. Aside from its usual Weekday programming, it aired a CHR-oriented programming during Sundays.

In 2006, Home Radio introduced its first fully automated DJ, Jackie (voiced by Lannie Chan). In 2009, it recruited female (and later, male) DJs on board, following the less talk, more music style.

On February 28, 2014, after 14 years, the Home Radio network bade goodbye to its easy listening format, following its transition for the next 2 weeks.

2014-2015: As a Hot AC/Top 40 station[edit]

On March 17, 2014, the Home Radio network reformatted to a Hot AC format, with a new slogan, "Natural!".

After the Holy Week, the "Home Radio" brand was retired in favor of its "Natural" brand & changed its frequency nomenclature. On July 3, 2014, the station dismissed its female DJs. It also launched the "RnB Show", hosted by Duncan Ramos and Jimmy Bondoc, which 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, the "Home Radio" brand was revived. In January 2015, the station returned broadcasting in full English, whilst launching new programs.

2015-present: As a CHR Local station[edit]

On Easter Sunday 2015, the station was revamped once more, with a different sound and tagline execution. The current format is CHR/Top 40 music mixed with OPM, simply known as CHR Local.

Notable former on-air personalities[edit]

Home Radio stations[edit]

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