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Top: DZMM Logo used for its 30th anniversary
Bottom: Current DZMM Logo since January 1, 2014
City Quezon City, Philippines
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
Worldwide (online)
Branding DZMM Radyo Patrol 630
Slogan Una Sa Balita, Una Sa Public Service (First in News, First in Public Service)
Balita. Public Service. Tatlong Dekada. (News, Public Service, Three Decades)
Frequency 630 kHz
(also on HD Radio)
First air date October 19, 1953 (as DZAQ 620)
1956 (as DZXL 960, DZQL 830, DZMY 1160, DZYL 1340 and the DZMM 1000/first literation of DZMM)
1973 (as DWWW 620)
1979 (as DWWW 630)
July 22, 1986; 30 years ago (1986-07-22) (as DZMM 630)[1]
Last air date 1972 (as DZAQ, DZXL, DZQL, DZMY, DZYL and the first literation of DZMM)
1986 (as DWWW)
Format News and Public affairs/Talk, Religious, Music, Entertainment, Public service
Power 50,000 watts
ERP 120,000 watts
Callsign meaning Malayang Mamamayan
(former branding)
Former callsigns DZAQ 620/960 (1953–1972)
DZXL 960/620 (1956–1972)
DZQL 830 (1956–1972)
DZMM 1000 (1956–1972/as the first literation of DZMM)
DZMY 1160 (1956–1972)
DZYL 1340 (1956–1972)
DWWW 620/630 (1973-1986)[2]
Former frequencies 620 kHz (1953-1972, 1973 to 1979)
960 kHz (1956-1972)
830 kHz (1956–1972)
1160 kHz (1956–1972)
1340 kHz (1956–1972)
1000 kHz (1956–1972/as the first literation of DZMM)[2]
Sister stations MOR 101.9 My Only Radio For Life!

DZMM (630 AM) - operating as ABS-CBN DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 - is a 24-hour Filipino language news/talk radio station broadcasting out of Quezon City, Philippines, serving the Mega Manila market. It is the flagship station of the Radyo Patrol Network owned by ABS-CBN. The station's studio is located at the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center, Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, corner of Mother Ignacia St., Brgy. South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City, while its 50,000 watt transmitter is located at F. Navarette St., Brgy. Panghulo, Obando, Bulacan.

At present, DZMM is considered, and remains to be one of the top stations in the AM band in Metro Manila (#1 in Vehicle Coincidental Survey for AM stations and Kantar Radio Ratings) and is recognized as one of the most awarded radio stations in the Philippines by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, Rotary Club of Manila, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and other award giving bodies.

DZMM is also simulcast via The Filipino Channel and also has a television channel aired on Sky Cable, Destiny Cable and Sky Direct and as an exclusive news channel on digital free TV via ABS-CBN TVplus named DZMM TeleRadyo where the studio and hosts of its programs can be seen by its listeners and viewers. It can also be received in the United States on DirecTV Channel 2066. Some of the station's weekday programming is also simulcast via DYAP Radyo Patrol 765 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The station also manages and operates a website, (now and social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Early years[edit]

It began on October 19, 1953, DZAQ, the forerunner of DZMM was the first radio station of the former ABS (Alto Broadcasting System) of the Quirinos under President Elpidio Quirino's brother, Antonio (originally came from the pre-1953 experimental station DZBC). DZAQ 620 kilocycles features news, variety and music programs on an AM format which then the basis of DZAQ-TV 3.

Years later, when ABS and CBN were formally merged into a single network in 1967, DZAQ 620 kilocycles switched frequencies with CBN-owned DZXL 960 kilocycles to become DZAQ Radyo Patrol 960 kilocycles, one of the pre-martial law flagship AM stations of ABS-CBN until 1972. Orly Mercado was one of the station managers from 1969 to 1971.

The first and original Radyo Patrol team was unceremoniously organized following the aftermath of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Casiguran (in which Metro Manila was severely affected by the quake), leading to the collapse of the Ruby Tower in 1968 at the old ABS-CBN Radio Broadcast Center in Aduana Street, Intramuros, Manila. It was the brainchild of former station manager Orly Mercado, Ben Aniceto, the then ABS-CBN program director and Chief Engr. Emil Solidum. The first reporters assigned as Radyo Patrol were Al Mendez, Zolio Paragas and Bar Samson. This was the first major news event as a progenitor to the current Radyo Patrol.

However, on the night of September 23, 1972, DZAQ, DZXL, DZYK-FM, DZAQ-TV and DZXL-TV along with 4 other ABS-CBN AM radio stations were halted as Metrocom forces seized ABS-CBN Broadcasting Centre two days after President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, even DZAQ/DZXL personalities were arrested because of strict censorship as it went off the air.

Two years after the forced shut down of all radio and television stations, DWWW, a crony-owned AM station of Kanlaon Broadcasting System or KBS (now known as Radio Philippines Network or RPN) began to air in 1973 which contained news, public service programs and music. Veteran anchors and new recruits like Johnny de Leon, Rod Navarro, Joe Taruc and Vic Morales came into DWWW at that time. Dely Magpayo and Noli de Castro, was also part of the announcers of the station.[3]

Under the Marcos crony control, the station was dubbed Pinakamatatag sa Buong Pilipinas (The strongest in the Philippines). With the switch of AM spacing from 10 to 9 kHz that took place between 1979 and 1980, DWWW moved from 620 to 630 AM and gained a new home in Broadcast City in Diliman, Quezon City.

On the third day of the 1986 EDSA Revolution, reformist rebels stormed into the RPN broadcast complex and DWWW knocked off from the air following the capture of channel 4 on the morning of February 24, 1986. At the end, both DWWW of RPN and DWOK of BBC were sequestered by the government with ABS-CBN getting both stations as a result.

The return of ABS-CBN[edit]

The fall of the Marcos regime owing to the return of ABS-CBN. In April 1986, then newly formed Presidential Commission on Good Government handed over two radio stations, DWWW of RPN and DWOK of BBC, back to the network's control. DWWW then changed its callsign to DZMM and started preparations for the resumption of broadcasts. Lito Balquierda Jr., Vice-President for Radio, together with Attorney Jake Lopez and Mr. Ben Aniceto spearheaded the return of the giant network to the local broadcasting scene.

The network started recruiting both experienced and new employees including a new generation of Radyo Patrol Reporters. Their studios were initially located at the Chronicle Building in Pasig (where Benpres Corporation is currently located). After days of careful planning and a period of test broadcast which took place from July 16th-21st, 1986 (alongside DWKO-FM 101.9 and the network's mother TV station ABS-CBN Channel 2), DZMM officially signed on the air with the new tagline "Ang Himpilan ng Malayang Mamamayan" (Station of the Independent People) on the afternoon of July 22nd,1986 at 3 pm.

Rene Jose (now with DWIZ and UNTV) delivered the first sign-on spiels,[3] while Magpayo (who came from DWWW) was the first ever anchor to grace the airwaves of the new station with her program Dear Tiya Dely (before she transferred to DZRH to continue her program until her death on September 2008), followed by other broadcast icons like Jun Ricafrente, Cesar Mortega, Ric Tierro and de Castro, newly recruited women Mel Tiangco (now with GMA Network) and Angelique Lazo (now with Radyo Veritas), as well as Ernie Baron and Kuya Cesar. Knowledge Power, the first ever full-length program of the station was launched. It was also the country’s first-ever scholastic program on AM radio. Mario Garcia, who was part of the original Radyo Patrol core and recruited from DWAN 1206, was the first station manager, months after its reopening.[3]

It was only in 1987 that the station was transferred to its current studios inside the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center in Quezon City from the former Chronicle Building in Ortigas, Pasig.

In 1987, the first ever tandem on local AM radio was introduced. Mel Tiangco and Jay Sonza were the hosts of Mel & Jay and immediately became a hit to the listeners and lasted for couple of years. It was also in the same year when DZMM build a remarkable roster of radio talents, including Ted Failon, Korina Sanchez, Frankie Evangelista, Gel Santos-Relos, Neil Ocampo (now with DZRJ 810 AM) and Jake Maderazo (now with Radyo Inquirer 990).[4]

As it was in the past, DZMM held on the tradition of the stalwart ABS-CBN Radyo Patrol (field reporters) of the '60s and early '70s to further develop the station's capabilities in serving the public. Jun Ricafrente, Radyo Patrol #3 (later transferred to Vic de Leon-Lima), one of the original members of the team, started training new recruits. The first to be hired were RP #2 Claude Vitug, RP #4 Emil Recometa, RP #1 Lito Villarosa and RP #5 Neil Ocampo.[5]

It was also in this year when military insurgents took over the station during the 1987 coup attempts. However, this did not stop DZMM from delivering news to the public, the booth was moved to then undisclosed location and immediately resumed broadcasting.

Failon, who is known for his distinct style of broadcasting, changed the landscape of Philippine radio broadcasting as he joined DZMM’s roster of broadcasters in 1990. And at the same time, he had a program with the station entitled Gising Pilipinas (originally known as Good Morning Pilipinas; unrelated to the current morning show aired on PTV-4), formerly aired every day at 2-4 am.

News coverages and events[edit]

Since 1986, DZMM reporters covered the biggest events in the late 80's and the early 90's like the Mendiola riot, August 1987 coup, Supertyphoon Sisang, MV Doña Paz tragedy, death of Ferdinand Marcos, December 1989 Christmas coup, Luzon killer earthquake, Mt. Pinatubo eruption and Gulf War. All of these were witnessed and listened on AM radio to listeners, together with ABS-CBN News team.[4]

Public service on radio[edit]

In 1991, Aksyon Ngayon, the first ever program on AM radio devoted solely to public service was created.[6] First anchored by Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon, Aksyon Ngayon immediately soared to the top of the ratings list. Because of the thousands of less-fortunate Kapamilyas flocking the station asking help from Aksyon Ngayon, the executives decided to create the DZMM Public Service Center, the first ever separate office exclusively created for public service by a local AM station. Aksyon Ngayon aired its final broadcast on December 30, 2016, and is now replaced by ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya sa DZMM, now hosted by Julius Babao and Bernadette Sembrano.

On November 5, 1993, DZMM launched Pulis, Pulis Kung Umaksiyon, Mabilis. The program was first anchored by broadcast icons, Kabayan Noli de Castro, Jay Sonza, and Mel Tiangco. It was created to keep the public informed on the activities of the Philippine National Police. It also became a venue for comments and grievances of the listening public on issues concerning the law enforcers.

In 1995, DZMM won the KBP Golden Dove Awards for the Best AM Radio Station. It was also on the same year when DZMM produced the award-winning Radio Documentary, Ang Kasaysayan ng Radyo sa Pilipinas – the first ever radio special that won three major awards from three celebrated award-giving bodies. The documentary was conferred with the Lorenzo Ruiz award by the CMMA, Best Radio Program Promoting the Culture and the Arts by KBP, and Best Radio Program by the Golden Pearl Award. The documentary tackled the history of Philippine radio as described by veteran radio personalities, including the pioneer members of DZMM.

DZMM once again was declared Best AM Radio Station by the KBP Golden Dove Awards in 1996. On November 5, Jeep ni Erap was formally launched on DZMM. The then vice-president Joseph Estrada himself with ABS-CBN News anchor and reporter Korina Sanchez anchored the program that tackled issues concerning the masses.

Also, in 1996, DZMM became the first AM station in the Philippines to be made available in the World Wide Web with its inclusion in ABS-CBN website. All programs of the stations are broadcast live and can be enjoyed by all Filipinos around the world via The Filipino Channel (TFC).[6]

New Slogan, Sky Patrol[edit]

First DZMM logo used from 2000 to September 2009.
Second and last DZMM logo used from September 2009 to December 31, 2013.

In 1998, from Himpilan ng Malayang Mamamayan, DZMM, under the leadership of de Castro, then Vice-President for Radio Network Division, was re-launched as DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

DZMM ranked first among all AM radio stations in 1998. For the fourth year in a row, it won the KBP Golden Dove Award for Best AM Radio Station. In its continuing effort to help our less-fortunate Kapamilyas, DZMM staged the first ever OPLAN MM or Malusog at Malakas na Mamamayan. This event was first held at Sta. Cruz, Manila where 1500 residents were given medical and dental care. On June 11, DZMM aired its centennial special titled, Ang Media at ang Kasarinlan.

On September 14, 1998, ABS-CBN Sky Patrol, the first ever news chopper in the country, was launched. Anchored by Ricky Velasco, Sky Patrol changed the way of delivering and gathering news.[6] ABS-CBN Sky Patrol is the news chopper of DZMM, ABS-CBN and the ABS-CBN News Channel. As of 2016, the Sky Patrol is not used anymore by the network and its sister stations for unknown reasons.

The station's Iwas Dagdag-Bawas and Oplan MM ‘98 campaigns were cited as Outstanding Public Service Messages by the prestigious AdBoard Araw Values Awards 1998, besting more than 100 entries from different advertising companies and broadcast networks.


Since 1986, Kabayan (Kapangyarihan ng Mamamayan, Balita at Talakayan) is the longest-running radio program hosted by de Castro allowing to place a timeslot after DZMM Balita which focused on issues related to political and social situation.[4] In February 2001, the last episodes of Kabayan (Kapangyarihan ng Mamamayan, Balita at Talakayan) aired. at the time, it was DZMM’s top-rating morning radio program. The show had to end its run in order to allow de Castro to run for the Senate and the program was replaced by Todo Balita with RP #5 Neil Ocampo until July 9, 2010. In July 11, 2010, Kabayan (Kapangyarihan ng Mamamayan, Balita at Talakayan) returned to DZMM and de Castro serves as the current host on weekdays.

In 2001, DZMM celebrated its 15th anniversary of broadcasting on-air with its richly deserved tagline, "Una sa Balita, Una sa Public Service" (First in News, First in Public Service). It was also on the same year when the station tapped the power of text messaging with DZMM TxtPatrol (via 2366).[7]

DZMM’s trademark drama theatre aired weekday afternoons, changing the way people perceived radio drama. The drama theatre featured the real life-stories of DZMM anchors like Bro. Jun Banaag, Joey Galvez, Sen. Alfredo Lim, and other personalities. It was also on the same year when Sports Talk was launched. This jam-packed sports-oriented program won CMMA’s Best Sports Program on its first year of airing. Sports Talk was later renamed as Fastbreak since 2014.

In 2005, listeners’ first heard the DZMM theme. It was composed by Jessie Lasaten, with words of Bing Palao, Robert Labayen, and Peter Musngi (now the host of "Teka Muna", consultant of ABS-CBN Sports and the current voiceover of the network), and sung by Reuben Laurente, a former member of the music group The Company.

On February 7, 2006, SikaPinoy was conferred with the Anvil Award of Merit by the celebrated Anvil Awards of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).


It was also in 2006 when DZMM celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Araneta Coliseum with a bang- dubbed as Happy 20 DZMM. The theme of DZMM was given a different twist with Sharon Cuneta singing the anthem.

In April 2007, DZMM pioneers the new face of radio with DZMM TeleRadyo, the first ever radio on television. Radio listeners not only hear, but also watch their favorite radio anchors. TeleRadyo is first televised via SkyCable channel 22 (then later channel 26), then later expanded on other cable providers and then on the ABS-CBN TVplus as an exclusive news channel on digital free TV.

In the same year, DZMM continued to be the most awarded radio station in the Philippines after reaping awards from the different award-giving bodies in the country and even abroad.

In 2010, for the first time in Philippine radio history, DZMM and its rival station DZBB of GMA Network made history as they joined forces in the name of public service, when they had two children named James and Jesus, asked for help to find the missing parents named Pascual and Norma Bantillan from Bohol on Aksyon Ngayon and eventually reunited through the rival program Aksyon Oro Mismo of DZBB.[8]


On February 25, 2011, DZMM introduced their tagline Silveradyo, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Takbo Para sa Karunungan (Literacy Run), a fun run succeeding Takbo Para sa Kalikasan, was held at the Quirino Grandstand on March 13, 2011.

A trade event of DZMM was held at One Esplanade at SM Mall of Asia on May 31, 2011.[9]

The new station ID for the station's 25th anniversary was launched on June 12, 2011. Philippine Philarmonic Orchestra, UP Concert Chorus, Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto performed the anthem.[10]

In 2012, DZMM launched Red Alert (Response in Emergencies and Disasters) for regular citizens to prepare in times of natural calamities. The radio program temporarily went off the air in 2013, but returned in 2014 after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Because of this, the program became popular for its slogan Ligtas ang May Alam, and held various contests like Alert U and held the Red Alert Emergency Expo.[11] Red Alert also became a TV program as a segment in Pinoy True Stories every Wednesday (formerly airs on Friday). The radio program later won different awards from the Philippine Quill Awards and the Hildegarde Awards respectively.[12][13]

In 2013, Radyo Patrol 24 Jun Lingcoran was appointed as the chief of Radyo Patrol Reporters, and served in his position until he retired in 2015. Lingcoran died on April 8, 2016 due to complications from his esophageal cancer.[14]

On April 19, 2016, the website of DZMM ( was hacked by Bloodsec International and Anonymous Philippines, which both claimed responsibility of hacking the website. The hacking took place days before the final PiliPinas Debates 2016 presidential debates in Pangasinan, which was hosted by ABS-CBN and was also related to the COMELEC hacking, also done by Anonymous Philippines. The text posted by the hackers on that website said that our minds are constantly being invaded by legions of half-truths, prejudices, and false facts and the great needs of mankind is to be lifted above the morass of false propaganda. The hacking of the site did not affect their social media accounts nor the operations of the station and TeleRadyo, but did affect live streaming. The hacked website was later taken down by the mother network ABS-CBN and later replaced by a message that the site was down due to heavy traffic; days later the site was redirected to the main page of ABS-CBN News, but later replaced with a newer DZMM website ([15][16]

30th Anniversary (2016)[edit]

In 2016, DZMM 630 celebrated its 30th anniversary on the airwaves since its inception in 1986. The new music video (coinciding with the anniversary) performed by Kapamilya actor and singer Piolo Pascual was launched during the Isang Pamilya Tayo: The ABS-CBN Flag Raising Ceremony held on Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2016.[17] The music video for the newest station ID was premiered on July 1 following TV Patrol, which the full video of the station ID was aired on ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN HD and DZMM TeleRadyo. An audio-only edition of this station ID was also broadcast, but only aired on this station and through its live streaming. The slogan for its 30th anniversary is "Balita, Public Service, Tatlong Dekada".

On July 22, 2016, exactly 30 years after its first sign-on, DZMM aired its anniversary special called Kuwento ng Tatlong Dekada ([The] Story of Three Decades), in different portions. An interview portion with former and present Radyo Patrol reporters #12 Rod Izon, #2 Claude Vitug, #26 Dindo Amparo and #38 Noel Alamar recalling the most notable stories of the past 30 years and their experiences was aired with Noli de Castro on Kabayan,[3] while the most notable stories in the past 30 years were aired in between shows (mostly before) and some throwback remembrances are aired in some shows like Dr. Love Radio Show, Tandem: Lima at Oro, Dos Por Dos, Failon Ngayon, Pasada Sais Trenta, Todo-Todo Walang Preno, Aksyon Ngayon, Sakto, OMJ, Magandang Morning with Julius and Zen, Teka Muna, Usapang De Campanilla, Suhestiyon, Reaksyon at Opinyon, Ito ang Radyo Patrol, Radyo Patrol Balita Linggo and Omaga Diaz Report. A Grand Kapamilya Day was held in San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila, as part of the anniversary festivities, which was led by ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs Head Ging Reyes, who opened the celebration.[18] Aside from the public service fair, DZMM also launched their first outside broadcast news van to be used for breaking news and special coverages. The 30th anniversary capped off with a grand anniversary celebration on October 4, 2016 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Pasay City and a documentary special 30 630 (Trenta Sais Trenta): Kwento ng DZMM narrated by Vic de Leon Lima was aired on October 9, 2016 on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best, with replays on October 10 and 15, 2016 on DZMM, DZMM TeleRadyo and and re-aired again on November 6, 2016 on Jeepney TV and December 30, 2016 on all mentioned DZMM platforms.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b refer to 1
  3. ^ a b c d DZMM: Kuwento ng Tatlong Dekada. DZMM TeleRadyo. YouTube. July 22, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c DZMM Silveradyo Special Report (2 OF 5) on YouTube
  5. ^ Abs-Cbn - Dzmm Main
  6. ^ a b c DZMM Silveradyo Special Report (3 OF 5) on YouTube
  7. ^ DZMM Silveradyo Special Report (4 OF 5) on YouTube
  8. ^ "DZMM at DZBB, nagkaisa sa public service!". YouTube. 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  9. ^ NoypiTayo admin (2011-05-31). "SilveRadyo marks DZMM's 25th year anniversary". News. NoypiTayo. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  10. ^ DZMM Silveradyo station ID on YouTube
  11. ^ "DZMM Holds Red Alert Emergency Expo". ABS-CBN. June 24, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ "RED Alert, ABS-CBN Receive Philippine Quill Awards". PAGASA-DOST. March 10, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "RED Alert Recognized at the Hildegarde Awards". PAGASA-DOST. March 10, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ "DZMM reporter Jun Lingcoran passes away". ABS-CBN News. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ "DZMM, ABS-CBN hacked by Anonymous PH and Bloodsec International". Yugatech. April 19, 2016. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  16. ^ "DZMM website hacked". Manila Bulletin. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ "ABS-CBN CELEBRATES PRESS FREEDOM AT INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMEMORATION" (Press release). ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom. June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Ika-30 taon ng DZMM, ginunita sa Grand Kapamilya Day (30th Year of DZMM recalled in a Grand Kapamilya Day)" (in Filipino). ABS-CBN News. July 31, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 

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