Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation

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Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corp. (GVM Radio/TV Corporation)
Type Radio network
Country  Philippines
Availability Philippines
Key people
Paolo Prieto (President and CEO)
Launch date

Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation, also known as GVM Radio/TV Corporation, is a FM network in the Philippines. Co-owned by the Tuasons with Paolo Prieto of the Philippine Daily Inquirer as president. Its headquarters are located in Makati.


Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation was established in 1971 by Emilio Tuason when he acquired the AM radio franchise (1250 kHz, Manila) of Transit Broadcasting Corporation, owned by the Vergara family. The station had been operating since 1965. Under Trans-Radio, the station operated under the call sign DZTR-AM and branded as Radyo Pilipino, a music station featuring celebrities such as Vilma Santos, Tirso Cruz III, German Moreno and others. The station operated until 1976 when the company decided to acquire an FM radio franchise.

99.5 RT (DWRT-FM) Manila[edit]

In 1976, Trans-Radio acquired an FM radio franchise (99.5 MHz, Manila) and would operate under the call sign DWRT-FM and branded as 99.5 RT.[1] In 1996, DWRT-FM was sold to Real Radio Network Inc.

Y101 Cebu[edit]

In 1979, Trans-Radio aqcuired another FM franchise (101.1 MHz, Cebu), It operated under the call sign DYIO-FM and was branded as Y101 Cebu. For many years, it adopted the same format as the original 99.5 RT (Emilio Tuason era) of Manila.

DWRT-AM Manila[edit]

Trans-Radio returned to AM radio in 1994 and launched DWRT-AM (990 kHz, Manila) in 1994, two years before DWRT-FM was sold. Its studios were located in Caloocan City. It aired music, public service & religious programing until it ceased its broadcast in 2002. These were the years when Super Radyo DYSS 999 Cebu aired in Metro Manila via weak signal.

In March 2006, the station returned on air as Rock 990, adopting the Classic Rock format. At that time, the studios were moved to Makati. The station utilized a computer backed programming which allowed it to be live streamed over the Internet. Rock 990 went off air in the first week of November 2006 due to transmitter facilities. In 2010, this format was revived in Davao as Rock 100.3

In December 2008, the station went back on air as Nueve Noventa (Nine-Ninety), after a series of test broadcasts beginning October. It broadcast from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, playing oldies, Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and love songs, accompanied by a pre-recorded stinger saying, "Ito ang Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation...Nueve Noventa!" (This is Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation… Nine-Ninety!). During Christmas 2008, it aired information plugs about Christmas traditions in the Philippines, followed by Christmas songs whether local or foreign. By April 2009, it ceased broadcast temporarily and resumed briefly on July 2009 before going off-air again.

After the national elections of May 2010, Philippine Daily Inquirer acquired the station's blocktime and changed its call sign to DZIQ, branded as Radyo Inquirer.[2] On August 16, 2010, Radyo Inquirer went on the air on terrestrial radio and its official launch was on September 9, 2010.[3] In July 2013, DZIQ-AM was rebranded as Inquirer Radio.

GVM Radio Stations[edit]

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Coverage
Radyo Inquirer 990 DZIQ-AM 990 kHz 50 kW Mega Manila
Y101 DYIO-FM 101.1 MHz 10 kW Cebu

See also[edit]