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DWRR 101.9 Tambayan

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DWRR-FM, branded as Tambayan 101.9, is the flagship FM station of the ABS–CBN Corporation in the Philippines. It is a 24-hour operating station (except on Mondays where it signs-off at midnight) that plays OPM, Hip-Hop, R&B, K-Pop, J-Pop, and Foreign Hit Songs from the USA, Japan, UK, South Korea, and around the world. Originally founded in 1960 and acquired by ABS-CBN in 1986, it is broadcast live throughout the Philippine archipelago as well as throughout the world via The Filipino Channel (TFC). The studios are located at ABS-CBN Broadcast Center, Sgt. Esguerra Ave., Cor Mo.Ignacia St., Quezon City. Its transmitter is located at the Eugenio Lopez Center, Barangay Sta.Cruz Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City, Province of Rizal.

[edit] 1960-1986

DZYK-FM is the first FM radio station in the Philippines and sole station of the former CBN (now merged into ABS-CBN) which originally founded in 1960 contains oldies music of the 60s and 70s and in 1967 after merge, ABS-CBN launches another FM station called DZAQ-FM 93.9 and off the air in 1972 with DZYK, later absorbed to the newly-merged giant network ABS-CBN until the station off air by the Marcoses under Martial Law. Manned by eight DJ's, it was popularized to listeners in Metro Manila area even the introduction of The Beatles era to beat. When martial law was declared in 1972, both DZYK-FM, DZXL-AM and ABS-CBN were shut down under strict censorship as the FM station takes over to Roberto Benedicto and changed to DWOK-FM (as OK 101.9) of the Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation originally aired in 1979 (as DWWK, a jazz format radio station). Manned by Jing Magsaysay, Wayne Enage, Ed Picson, Dody Lacuna, Ronnie Malig, Pinky Villarama and Ronnie Quintos. DWOK is an AM-formatted FM station which features news and public service programs even music from the 1950s to the 1970s came from the former DZYK similar to those from AM counterparts. However, DWOK, DWAN and BBC-2 had been dissolved since the government-controlled radio and TV stations were stormed by reformist rebels and it was returned and re-aired to ABS-CBN after the 1986 EDSA Revolution as DWKO.


The fall of the Marcos Regime brought about the return of ABS-CBN. In July 1986, then newly-formed Presidential Commission on Good Governance turned two radio stations, DWWW (under 630 kHz) and DWOK-FM, over to ABS-CBN from Marcos crony Roberto Benedicto. DWOK (the former FM station of Benedicto-owned Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation) was renamed DWKO and resumed broadcasting four months later. Lito Balquiedra Jr., Vice-President for Radio, spearheaded the return of the giant network to the local broadcasting scene. The station's former disc jockey Peter Musngi (then known as Peter Rabbit has worked Knock-Out Radio 101.9 and Zoo FM 101.9) is the network's voice-over from the reopening in 1986 to present. The slogan of the station is "Panalo Ka Talaga!" who voiced by Peter Musngi known as Peter Rabbit during his days in DWKO and DZOO.

The network started recruiting both experienced and new employees and DJ's. Prior to the adoption of masa format, all FM stations are English based with the use of the English language during 1980s and 1990s. After days of careful planning, DWKO was born – the first ever FM radio station with an AM format, carrying the name "Knock-Out Radio 101.9" in October 1986 (a month after the re-airing of ABS-CBN on channel 2) and playing the best hits during that time. Since then, KO-Radio airs Pinoy hits from singers of the 1970s and 1980s such as Rico J. Puno, Yoyoy Villame, APO Hiking Society, and more when it was debuted, even OPM stars like Gary V, Regine Velasquez, Janno Gibbs and Donna Cruz, and Christmas songs are also debuted there. DWKO-FM was re-changed after its broadcast ended on February 28, 1987 as DZOO.


Less than a year later on March 1, 1987 (following The Star Network era), the station reformatted and became known as Zoo FM 101.9 (DZOO-FM) Hayop Talaga! (manned by a group of eight DJ's) which is best known for its diamond logo and a slightly uptrend pop sound led to the introduction of OPM music and disco hits. It was also served as the home of OPM stars like Gary V, Randy Santiago, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and others.Due to its popularity, Zoo FM 101.9 introduced OPM songs both in disco and love which were used after the implementation of Executive Order No. 255 by President Corazon Aquino and made as requested favorites among listeners from morning to evening, because Zoo FM is being competed with other FM stations such as 97.1 WLS-FM, 99.5 RT, Magic 89.9, 89 DMZ, NU 107 and more. But because of a massive competition from the rival DWLS, Zoo FM 101.9's DJ's and staff are decided to end broadcasting having faltered from DWLS's dominant listener ratings (and with GMA-7's TV ratings uprisings) in January 1989. Two years later, DZOO-FM was signed off as it ended its broadcasting on the night of July 31, 1989 (at 11:00 PM), giving DZOO-FM turned to new callsign station, DWRR-FM. Listeners and DJ's bade goodbye to Zoo FM which gave its final broadcast, and with the last song Farewell by Raymond Lauchengco.


On the morning of August 1, 1989 (at 6:00 AM), it reformatted again and this time it became popularly known as "Radio Romance", hence the initials RR, playing all easy-listening love songs, manned by all-female jocks (fewer male jocks are also added). That year also signaled the station's first nationwide reach when 103.1 MHz Baguio simulcasted its signals, ensuring travelers from Manila to as far north as Ilocos Sur, uninterrupted listening of its programs. At the same time, OPM songs are also played on DWRR to produce its weekend OPM program every Sunday.

"Radio Romance" became a title of the movie as well as a theme song of the station composed by Jose Mari Chan during its popularity, On September 30, 1996 Radio Romance finally signed-off due to give way to its station reformat.


On October 1, 1996, WRR regenerated itself into a mainstream pop music station branded WRR 101.9 All the hits, all the time! in response to growing trend of "masa" radio or FM radio for the masses launched by 102.7 Star FM a year earlier. This format plays not only love songs, but also dance and rock hits. In 1998, it changed to WRR 101.9 For Life! giving life to listeners with entertainment.

In 2005, DWRR-FM's on-air personalities had dropped the station call letters (WRR) and would just say "Alam Mo Na 'Yan! 101.9 For Life!" (You Already Know It! 101.9 For Life!) lasting from 2005–2008. In late 2008, the station went another rebrand as "Bespren 101.9 For Life!" (Bestfriend 101.9 For Life!).

The station had its last broadcast under the 101.9 For Life! brand on September 19, 2009 and underwent a transition period playing automated music in preparation for a relaunch of DWRR-FM's new branding on October 1, 2009. However, due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy in Manila, the station rebrand was postponed for almost a month. For the time being, DWRR-FM temporarily went under the name "ABS-CBN 101.9 FM" or Plain "101.9".

The postponed relaunch was set on November 4, 2009. Prior to the announcement of the launch date, the station's DJs began providing live spiels again every top of the hour since October 12. But as part of the ongoing transition, the disc jockeys had limited their use of the neither "Bespren" nor the "For Life!" slogan and no longer mention the format of the station's SMS syntax except the text hotline itself.


On November 4 at 9:12pm, there was a broadcast about the history of DWRR. After that, it relaunched as Tambayan 101.9 (tambayan is the Tagalog word for hangout) starting with the theme song & live debut in A Venue in Makati. Tambayan 101.9 Launched its Video Streaming called Tambayan TV where your favorite jocks are seen live from the booth. In between songs playing, some information plugs were seen(e.g. Tambayan's Slumbook). Just like DZMM Teleradyo, plugs were also aired during commercial gaps. Tambayan TV is aired 24 hours over the Internet

The station was also launched via HD Radio technology.

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