DZBB (594 kHz Metro Manila) “Super Radyo” is the flagship AM station of GMA Network in the Philippines. The station’s studio is located at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City, while its transmitter is located at Obando, Bulacan.
At present, DZBB is considered as one of the top stations in the AM band in Metro Manila and is recognized as one of the most awarded radio stations in the Philippines.
DZBB was established on June 14, 1950 by Robert “Uncle Bob” Stewart, in a small office space in Calvo Building, Escolta, Manila with mostly second-hand equipment and an old radio transmitter. Despite of lack of new broadcasting facilities, the station has scored many milestones with its news breaking coverage, exclusives, and blow-by-blow accounts of major national events. It also pioneered on trendsetting shows such as Camay Theater of the Air, Tawag ng Tanghalan, Newscoop, Kwentong Kutsero and others. Some of these shows eventually went to television. DZBB was also the first to air live coverages extended not just to news and public affairs, but also to entertainment and educational programs.
Due to the success of DZBB, Bob Stewart ventured to television on October 29, 1961 as DZBB-TV Channel 7 (Now known today as GMA-7 Manila). Channel 7, DZBB and other provincial radio and television stations were eventually sold to the triumvirate of Gilberto Duavit, Sr., Menardo Jimenez and Felipe Gozon in the 1970s.
The station was known as “Radyo Bisig Bayan” during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their new identity made the station more popular to radio listeners in Metro Manila. Rafael “Paeng” Yabut, Bobby Guanzon, Lito Villarosa, Rene Jose and Rey Pacheco were among DZBB’s roster of news/commentary program hosts. Jimmy Gil, Arman Roque and “Manang Rose” Clores handled public service shows, while German Moreno, Inday Badiday and Helen Vela hosted music/personality programs.
It was also in the early 1990s when DZBB came out with “Kape at Balita”, a morning news/commentary/talk show hosted by Bobby Guanzon and GMA News reporter Jessica Soho. Shown simultaneously on GMA television, it was one of the first TV-radio simulcast programs in the country, with Guanzon anchoring the show from the DZBB studio, and Soho hosting from the GMA TV news studio.
In 1999, the station was renamed “Super Radyo” and much of their programming focuses on news and current events.
DZBB’s programmes are mostly news, current issues, and news analysis. Their morning radio shows were anchored mostly by news anchors and personalities from television.
The station also has a newscast entitled “Super Balita”, four times during the day; morning, noon (both aired nationwide on all Super Radyo stations in the Philippines), afternoon and late night. They also simulcast news and public affairs programs of GMA Network such as 24 Oras, the network’s primetime news program.
Broadcast area: Metro Manila
Branding: Super Radyo DZBB
Frequency: 594 kHz
First air date: June 14, 1950
Power: 50,000 watts
Callsign meaning: DZ Bisig Bayan (former branding)
or DZ BoB Stewart (former owner)
Owner: GMA Network