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DZRJ (Radyo Bandido)
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City Makati
Broadcast area Mega Manila and surrounding areas
Frequency 810 kHz (HD Radio)
BrandingDZRJ 810 AM Radyo Bandido
Slogan Ito ang boses mo! (This is your voice!)
Language(s) Filipino, English
Format News, Public Affairs, Talk
Affiliations BBC World Service, Voice of America
Owner Rajah Broadcasting Network, Inc.
RJ 100.3 FM, RJDigiTV
First air date
Former frequencies
770 kHz (1963-1978)
Call sign meaning
Ramon Jacinto
Technical information
Licensing authority
Power 50,000 watts
Webcast Listen/Watch via Facebook Live
Radyo Bandido TV
Broadcast area Philippines
NetworkDZRJ 810 AM Radyo Bandido
Affiliates RJ DigiTV
HeadquartersVentures I Bldg., Makati Ave. cor. Gen. Luna St., Makati;
Language(s) Filipino, English
Picture format 480i 4:3 (SDTV)
Owner Rajah Broadcasting Network
Sister channelsRJ Rock TV
LaunchedSeptember 16, 2019 (test broadcast)
October 15, 2019 (soft launch)
February 13, 2020 (official launch)
Digital terrestrial television Channel 29.3
SkyCable Channel 224 (Digital)
Streaming media
YouTube Watch Live

DZRJ (810 AM) Radyo Bandido is a radio station owned by the Rajah Broadcasting Network. Its studio is located at the 2nd Floor, Ventures Building 1, General Luna St. cor. Makati Ave., Poblacion, Makati, while its transmitter is located along KM 21, Quirino Highway, Brgy. Pasong Putik, Novaliches, Quezon City.



1963 - 1986: Boss Radio

In 1963, the 17-year-old Ramon "RJ" Jacinto started operating the station in the backyard of his house together with his classmates from Ateneo. Originally broadcast on the frequency of 770 kHz, it carried the tagline, "DzRJ: Boss Radio", which later evolved into "DzRJ, The Rock of Manila" as it hosted a daily show called "Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm" (later shortened to "Pinoy Rock"), which was conceived by DzRJ's original station manager, Alan Austria ("Double-A") and its program director, Emil Quinto ("Charlie Brown"). DzRJ's radio personalities, the "Bossmen", then the "RockJocks", became celebrities in Manila's counterculture. [1] [2]

Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm

The daily Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm radio show, which was hosted by Bob Lopez-Pozas ("Bob Magoo") and, later, by Dante David ("Howlin' Dave"), featured the early vinyl releases of pioneering Filipino rock groups such as RJ and the Riots', the Juan Dela Cruz Band and Anakbayan, as well as submissions (on cassette tapes) of recordings from Manila's unsigned bands and independent artists. The earliest contributions were from groups such as Maria Cafra ("Kamusta Mga Kaibigan"/"How Are You, Friends?"), Petrified Anthem ("Drinking Wine"), Destiny ("A Taste Of Honey"), and the nascent Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society.

A mobile recording studio was set up by Alan Austria in 1974, using the station's 4-track tape recorder and mixing board, for "live-in-the-booth" recordings to facilitate the entries of contestants for one of its sponsors, RC Cola and its First National Battle of the Bands (produced by RC Cola's then COO, Cesare Syjuco). More than 200 new songs were said to have been recorded for the Pinoy Rock 'n' Rhythm show, and these entries were aired in succession through many weeks, as the participating bands worked their way into the elimination rounds. These demos paved the way for recording artists such as Florante, Heber Bartolome of Banyuhay, Johnny Alegre of Hourglass, Bob Aves of Destiny, and many others, who thrived prominently in the Philippine record industry during later years.

DzRJ's premises, the J&T Building, was the site for rock concerts which were organized by the station; first on the building's roofdeck, and later in its open-air parking lot. The emergence of Pinoy Rock as a popular musical genre was the springboard for artists to emerge commercially, as their key recordings reached a wide listening public. The best examples of such artists and their hits are the Juan Dela Cruz Band ("Himig Natin"), Sampaguita ("Bonggahan"), Mike Hanopol ("Laki Sa Layaw"), and even Eddie Munji III ("Pinoy Jazz") and, of course, DZRJ's very own RJ Jacinto ("Muli"). [3]

The Rock 'n' Roll Machine

DzRJ was also known for a cross-genre, album-oriented midnight show, called The Rock 'n' Roll Machine, hosted by Hoagy Pardo ("Cousin Hoagy'"), which provided late night listeners with entire sides of advance copies of LPs from the United States and the United Kingdom. Its early morning program opened to a rousing drumbeat from a Ventures song with a pre-recorded tape cartridge of Howlin' Dave announcing "Gising na, RJ na!" ("Wake up, it's RJ time!"). It also aired the packaged US chart show, Casey Kasem's American Top 40 . [4]

New frequency assignment

In November 1978, DZRJ-AM moved to the current frequency of 810 kHz, in response to the frequency adjustments, owing to the adoption of the current 9 kHz spacing on AM radio stations in the Philippines implemented by the Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975, replacing the NARBA mandated 10 kHz AM radio spacing plan which was used from 1922 up to that time.

1986 - 2010: The first iteration of Radyo Bandido

At the height of the People Power Revolution in late February 1986 that ousted President Ferdinand Marcos, newscaster June Keithley and Fr. James Reuter, S.J. commandeered the DZRJ station, which they renamed Radyo Bandido (Outlaw Radio). This was after the facilities and transmitter of Keithley's home network, the Church-owned Radio Veritas, were shut down by the Marcos-loyal Armed Forces of the Philippines. Radyo Bandido broadcasts opened with former President Ramón Magsaysay's political jingle Mambo Magsaysay (composed by Raúl Manglapus), because it was also the theme music of the disabled Radio Veritas and thus enabled Keithley to clandestinely identify herself to listening protesters. For her role in providing both information and morale to protesters during the Revolution, Keithley was awarded the Medal of the Legion of Honor by President Cory Aquino after the fall of the Marcos regime. [5]

To honour the station's key role in the 1986 Revolution, DZRJ AM was officially rebranded Radyo Bandido (Outlaw Radio), and switching to a public service format. Meanwhile, the music format revived on FM as RJ 100.3, then later, RJ Underground Radio 105.9 (now 105.9 Neo Retro), as well as their flagship TV network RJ DigiTV. DZRJ is known for some veteran broadcasters such as Johnny Midnight and Art Borjal. Since 2004, it began airing news from the BBC World Service and the Voice of America. The PBA Games on Radio was moved to DZRJ-AM from DZSR in 2009. UAAP on Radio started on DZRJ-AM in 2010. Of note as well is DZRJ-AM's role during EDSA II in 2001 which removed President Joseph Estrada. [6]

2010 - 2015: The Voice of the Philippines

With Radyo Bandido's popularity waning during the recent years, the management decided to launch a unique brand in June 2010. On July 19, it upgraded its transmitter facilities to 50,000 watts. Radyo Bandido signed off for the last time on August 22.

On August 25, 2010, DZRJ launched its English-language broadcasts under the branding The Voice of the Philippines as a test broadcast, with its official launch on October 4, 2010. [7] DZRJ is the only English-language AM station in Mega Manila. Its format consisted of news in English from the Philippine Star , the Voice of America and the BBC World Service, Lifestyle, Sports and Public Service. In September 2015, the same time the station launched the newest morning show The New Bandidos.

On June 7, 2016, Greco Belgica joined DZRJ and launched his program #GrecoLive. It was a widely accepted public service program that caters to overseas Filipino Workers and local issues. CJ Santos co-hosted #GrecoLive as Jack Logan.

2015 - 2017: 8TriMedia era

On October 4, 2015, 8TriMedia, a media firm owned by rice trader Jojo Soliman and veteran radio broadcaster Kaye Dacer (formerly from DZMM), transferred its programs and time-sharing operation from DWBL 1242 AM. With the transfer of operations, 8TriMedia programs started broadcasting via TeleRadyo format exclusively for Cablelink subscribers, which it can be seen on Channel 7 as 8TriTV.

Initially, 8TriMedia occupied the 9 am to 7 pm airtime of DZRJ. By November 2016, it occupied the full 21-hour airtime on weekdays, keeping the overnight hook-up of the BBC World Service and original DZRJ programs (especially on weekends) intact.

8TriMedia made use of the Radyo Bandido brand until late 2016. Despite being brokered by 8TriMedia, DZRJ still retained the Voice of the Philippines brand when airing its own programs.

In November 2017, 8TriMedia's original studio in Seneca Plaza Bldg., Quezon City was damaged due to flooding brought by Tropical Storm Salome (Haikui). This prompted 8TriMedia's programs and personalities to utilize DZRJ's original studio at the Ventures Building in Makati, until a new studio for 8TriMedia was reconstructed.

In December 2017, DZRJ-AM cancelled its agreement from blocktimer 8TriMedia.

During its tenure, Daniel Castro provided voice-overs for station ID's, program teasers, and other on-air elements aired on the station.

2017 - present: Relaunch of Radyo Bandido

Following the end of agreement, most of the programs and radio personalities from 8TriMedia had been now integrated to DZRJ's programming. With that development, DZRJ brought back its legendary Radyo Bandido brand. [8]

Radyo Bandido TV

Since June 6, 2018, some programs of Radyo Bandido began airing on "TeleRadyo" format through RJdigiTV after its affiliate 2nd Avenue ended its free TV broadcast and its blocktime agreement with Solar Entertainment Corporation has expired. There are plans though to make a separate "TeleRadyo" sub-channel on RJdigiTV for the station. On September 16, 2019, DZRJ 810 TeleRadyo began its initial test broadcast on RJdigiTV sub-channel, and it is also available via SkyCable Channel 224 in Metro Manila.

On October 15, 2019, the same standalone channel was formally launched as DZRJ 810 RadioVision, reverting its cable and digital channel assignment on channel 29.03. Alongside this, DZRJ 810 AM unveiled its new content and were announced to be added to the program line-up of DZRJ 810 AM and DZRJ 810 RadioVision.

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