DZFE

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DZFE
DZFE.svg
City Pasig
Broadcast area Mega Manila, and surrounding areas
Frequency 98.7 MHz (HD Radio)
Branding98.7 DZFE
Slogan Delighting in the works of masters & the finished Work of the Master.
Programming
Language(s) English
Format Classical Music, Religious
Subchannels
  • HD1: DZFE analog
  • HD2: DZAS
  • HD3: Now XD
Ownership
Owner Far East Broadcasting Company
702 DZAS
History
First air date
June 1, 1954 (AM band)
1970s (FM band)
Former frequencies
1030 kHz (1954–1972)
Call sign meaning
Far East Broadcasting Company
Technical information
Licensing authority
NTC
Class A,B and C
Power 20,000 watts
ERP 60,000 watts
Links
Webcast sg-icecast.eradioportal.com:8000/febc_dzfe
Website dzfe.febc.ph

DZFE (98.7 FM) is a classical music FM radio station, owned and operated by Far East Broadcasting Company - Philippines. The station's studio and transmitter are located on the 46th floor of One Corporate Centre, Meralco Ave. cor. Doña Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig. This station operates daily from 6:00 AM to 3:00 AM. [1] [2]

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History

Early history (1954-1997)

DZFE was the second radio station established by American missionaries, who founded the first station (DZAS) of Far East Broadcasting Company in 1948. FEBC's mission of bringing “Christ to the World by Radio” was first directed toward China. However, in 1954, FEBC stepped forward to answer a government bid for the establishment of a classical music station.

On June 1, 1954, DZFE marked its inaugural broadcast. It aired from 6pm to 8pm, playing motets and chorales from Strauss II, Rimsky-Korsakov, Filipino musical (My Nipa Hut), and Bach, at a frequency of 1030 kilocycles.

Initially, the broadcast comprised sequenced music; programming provided by the network’s English Service was brought in to augment the material. DZFE debuted its first full day of broadcast on April 4, 1961, signing on at 5AM and signing off at 11PM.

John Hubbard became the station's new director in 1963. He had previously led the music faculty of Westmont College in California, and gave DZFE’s programming the educational impetus and Gospel-centered worldview it possesses to the present day. In 1965, DZFE’s staff acquired its second member with the addition of Joy Dulaca, nee Abiera, a music graduate of Silliman University in Dumaguete, who took over the leadership of the station in 1975 when Hubbard returned to the United States.

Makati (1997-2012)

In 1997, then managed by Ma. Teresa “Rexey” Domingo, DZFE transferred its office and studio from the FEBC Compound in Karuhatan, Valenzuela to Cityland 10 Tower 1 in Makati. This was to move the station closer to its listeners, many of whom resided in the latter area.

Dan Andrew Cura assumed management of the station in 2000. He left to take on other responsibilities within the FEBC network in 2002, and was succeeded by Maribel Fernandez. The withdrawal of foreign subsidies following 9/11, in addition to other fiscal difficulties, spurred a decision to reduce the broadcast by 40% in 2003. The station has had to resort to similar measures before: in 1976, DZFE cut broadcast to a mere six hours, from 4PM to midnight, and in 1986, DZFE was off the air from noon to 6PM.

The management of the station was entrusted to current station manager Tiffany Liong-Gabuya in 2004; she assumed full management of the station in 2005. That year, owing to the proliferation of tall buildings around its Makati antenna, DZFE transferred its transmitting facilities to a leased site in Crestview Subd., Antipolo City, Rizal (a site shared with commercial stations, UNTV-37 and NU 107 (now 107.5 Wish FM) all owned by Progressive Broadcasting Corporation; and Radio Philippines Network for digital TV broadcasts), and downgraded its transmitting power from 20 kW to 5 kW, in order to control power costs.

In 2006, DZFE reclaimed 10 hours of the broadcast week, restoring quality programming to the 10PM to midnight block. In June 2008, it extended its broadcast back to 18 hours a day, 6 days a week. In January 2010, DZFE completed its return to 18-hour broadcasts daily.

The station also regained signal strength. In April 2009, DZFE began broadcast from a newly purchased Nautel NV20 transmitter, entirely funded by donations from local and foreign FEBC supporters, and is the first of its kind in the Philippines. [3]

Ortigas (2012-present)

The station once more relocated its office, studio and transmitting facilities in June and July 2012, this time to Ortigas Center, Pasig. Off air for a few days from June 21 for the move, the station began broadcasting on July 2 from the 46th floor of One Corporate Center. The relocation was part of a larger migration that involved the transfer of FEBC's main offices and the office and studio of its Manila AM station, 702 DZAS, to Pasig from Valenzuela City; while its archived and miscellaneous contents were also transferred to FEBC's shortwave facilities in Bocaue, Bulacan. After the transfer, the 10 kW transmitting power finally doubled to 20 kW.

One year after the move, in June 2013, and after years of working through several backroom issues, DZFE's broadcast became available outside the Greater Metro Manila area through online streaming. In September 2013, DZFE expanded its schedule to a 21-hour-a-day daily broadcast, the longest schedule DZFE has maintained in its history.

Since July 2017, DZFE has been available as an audio simulcast via Cignal TV Channel 314.

HD Radio operations

At present, 98.7 DZFE is also test broadcast via digital HD Radio via the HD1 channel. The HD2 channel carries a simulcast of sister AM station DZAS.

The HD3 channel carries Now XD, a Christian music-formatted digital HD Radio and internet station owned by FEBC. Prior to Now XD, FEBC launched a similar Christian music block under the title Now Radio, which used to be aired from 10PM to midnight in the early 2000s.

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