DWAV

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DWAV (Wave 89.1)
Wave891logo.png
City Mandaluyong
Broadcast area Mega Manila, and surrounding areas
Frequency 89.1 MHz
BrandingWave 89.1
Programming
Language(s) English
Format Urban contemporary
Affiliations Tiger 22 Media Corporation
Ownership
OwnerBlockbuster Broadcasting System
History
First air date
1975 (as KB 89.1)
Former call signs
  • DWKB (1975-1989)
  • DZMZ (1989-2001)
Call sign meaning
WAVe
Technical information
Licensing authority
NTC
Class A/B/C
Power 25,000 watts
ERP 91,250 watts
Links
Webcast Listen/Watch Live on Twitch
Website www.wave891.fm

DWAV (89.1 FM) - broadcasting as Wave 89.1 - is a 24-hour radio station owned and operated by Blockbuster Broadcasting System, a member of Tiger 22 Media. The station's studio is located at the Unit 906-B Paragon Plaza, EDSA corner Reliance St., Mandaluyong, while its transmitter is located at Palos Verdes Executive Village, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, Rizal. [1]

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History

1975–1989: KB

Known as DWKB-FM (KB 89.1) owned by the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation, the station first aired in 1975 and in a short time, became one of the country's most listened to easy listening FM music stations.

1989–2001: 89 DMZ

The station later rebranded as 89 DMZ (it also changed its callsign to DZMZ-FM), which played dance, hip hop and remixed music. The late rapper, Francis Magalona, worked with the station through his program, "The Word-up Show", which aired on Saturday nights. It also became the home of the "Mobile Circuit". [2]

2001–present: Wave (on hitaus)

In 2001, IBC and Blockbuster Broadcasting System went into a government-sponsored bidding and the Vera Group, through Blockbuster Broadcasting System, won the rights to the frequency and the facilities (callsign then changed to DWAV). However, the network still shares its transmission facilities of IBC 13 until 2014 when it began transmitting from Antipolo.

Wave 89.1 began regular operations shortly on March 1, 2001. Managed by former Magic 89.9 jock Rolando Sulit a.k.a. Joe D'Mango, the station began its operations with an urban AC format. Some months later, its programming gradually shifted to full pop/R&B.

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Logo in 2015

In 2007, Gary Caoili took over the management of the station after Sulit departed his management duties for both Wave and sister station Jam 88.3 (and subsequently transferred to ABS-CBN before migrating to Australia for good). A year later, after the demise of Blazin' 105.9, the station shifted to Urban Contemporary, playing more Hip Hop and R&B.

From 2010 to 2014, the station has been known for hosting the Urban Music Awards. [3] [4]

Since 2015, former Magic and Max FM station manager Nelson Capulso ("Sgt. Pepper"/"The Sarge") has been the station manager of Wave 89.1.

On August 6 temporarily off the air due to COVID-19 Delta variant spreading virus are Enhanced Community Quarantine in NCR Plus until further notice.

Compilations CDs of Wave 89.1

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References

  1. Telum Media (June 6, 2019). "Interview: Dannie Farmer, Wave 89.1FM, Philippines". Asia Radio Today. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  2. Glodove, Vinci (2019). "Batang 90s". PSICOM Publishing. Retrieved August 21, 2020 via Google Books.
  3. "MyDSL artists win Urban music awards". The Philippine Star . February 5, 2010.
  4. "Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to perform at the Urban Music Awards 2014". Philippine Daily Inquirer . May 30, 2014.