Broadcast area:Metro Manila
Slogan:Una Sa Balita, Una Sa Public Service(First in news, First in Public service)
Frequency: 630 kHz
First air date: July 22, 1986
Format: News and Public Affairs
Power: 50,000 watts
Callsign meaning: DZ Malayang Mamamayan
(former branding) Former callsigns DZXL
Owner: ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais-Trenta (630 kHz Metro Manila) is the flagship AM station of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation in the Philippines. The station’s studio is located at the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center in Quezon City, while its transmitter is located at Obando, Bulacan. The station manager is Angelo Palmones and the station operates 24 hours a day.
At present, DZMM 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.
DZMM is also simulcast via The Filipino Channel and also has a television channel on SkyCable named DZMM TeleRadyo where the studio and hosts of its programs can be seen by its listeners and viewers.
The fall of the Marcos Regime brought about the return of ABS-CBN. In July 1986, then newly-formed Presidential Commission on Good Government turned two radio stations, DZWW and DZRR, back to ABS-CBN. DZWW was renamed DZMM and resumes broadcasting. Lito Balquierda Jr., Vice-President for Radio, spearheaded the return of the giant network to the local broadcasting scene.
The network started recruiting both experienced and new employees. Their studios were initially located at Chronicle Building in Pasig (Where Benpress Corporation is currently located). After days of careful planning, DZMM was born, carrying the tagline “Ang Himpilan ng Malayang Mamamayan” (Station of the free citizen) on July 22, 1986.
Dely Magpayo was the first ever anchor to grace the airwaves of the station with her program Dear Tiya Dely, followed by other broadcast icons like Jun Ricafrente, Rene Jose, and Noli de Castro, as well as late greats Ernie Baron and Kuya Cesar.
Also, Knowledge Power, the first ever full-length program of the station was launched. It was also the country’s first-ever scholastic program on AM radio.
As it was in the past, DZMM held on the tradition of the stalwart ABS-CBN Radyo Patrol (field reporters) of the ’60s and early ’70s to further develop the station’s capabilities in serving the public. Mr. Jun Ricafrente, one of the original members of the team, started training new recruits. The first to be hired were Claude Vitug, Emil Recometa, Lito Villarosa and Neil Ocampo.
In October 1986, the station was transferred to its current studios in the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center in Quezon City.
In 1987, the first ever tandem on local AM radio was introduced. Mel Tiangco and Jay Sonza were the host of Mel & Jay and immediately became a hit to the listeners and lasted for couple of years. It was also in the same year when DZMM build a remarkable roster of radio talents, including Ted Failon, Korina Sanchez, Frankie Evangelista and Neil Ocampo.
It was also in this year when military insurgents took over the station. However, this did not stop DZMM from delivering news to the public, the booth was moved to then undisclosed location and immediately resumed broadcasting.
Ted Failon joined DZMM’s roster of broadcasters in 1990 and had a program with the station entitled Gising Pilipinas.
In 1991, Aksyon Ngayon, the first ever program on AM radio devoted solely to public service was created. First anchored by Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon, Aksyon Ngayon immediately soared to the top of the ratings list. Because of the thousands of less-fortunate Kapamilyas flocking the station asking help from Aksyon Ngayon, the executives decided to create the DZMM Public Service Center, the first ever separate office exclusively created for public service by a local AM station. Currently, Aksyon Ngayon is being anchored by Mayor Alfredo Lim and Kaye Dacer.
On November 5, 1993, DZMM launched Pulis, Pulis Kung Umaksiyon, Mabilis. The program was first anchored by broadcast icons, Kabayan Noli de Castro, Jay Sonza, and Mel Tiangco. It was created to keep the public informed on the activities of the Philippine National Police. It also became a venue for comments and grievances of the listening public on issues concerning the law enforcers.
In 1995, DZMM won the KBP Golden Dove awards for the Best AM Radio Station. It was also on the same year when DZMM produced the award-winning Radio Documentary, Ang Kasaysayan ng Radyo sa Pilipinas – the first ever radio special that won three major awards from three celebrated award-giving bodies. The documentary was conferred with the Lorenzo Ruiz award by the CMMA, Best Radio Program Promoting the Culture and the Arts by KBP, and Best Radio Program by the Golden Pearl Award.
DZMM once again was declared Best AM Radio Station by the KBP Golden Dove Awards in 1996. In November 5, Jeep ni Erap was formally launched on DZMM. The then vice-president Joseph Estrada himself anchored the program that tackled issues concerning the masses.
Also, in 1996, DZMM became the first local AM station to be made available in the World Wide Web with its inclusion in the ABS-CBN website. All programs of the stations are broadcast live and can be enjoyed by all Filipinos around the world via The Filipino Channel (TFC).
In 1998, from Himpilan ng Malayang Mamamayan, DZMM, under the leadership of then Vice-President for Radio Network Division Kabayan Noli de Castro, was re-launched as DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 with a much stronger and bolder battle cry, “Una sa Balita, Una sa Public Service”.
DZMM ranked first among all AM radio stations in 1998. For the fourth year in a row, it won the KBP Golden Dove Award for Best AM Radio Station. In its continuing effort to help our less-fortunate Kapamilyas, DZMM staged the first ever OPLAN MM or Malusog at Malakas na Mamamayan. This event was first held at Sta. Cruz, Manila where 1500 residents were given medical and dental care. In June 11, DZMM aired its centennial special titled, Ang Media at ang Kasarinlan.
In September 14, 1998, ABS-CBN Sky Patrol, the first ever news chopper in the country, was launched. Anchored by Ricky Velasco, Sky Patrol changed the way of delivering and gathering news. ABS-CBN Sky Patrol is the news chopper of DZMM, ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN News Channel.
The station’s Iwas Dagdag-Bawas and Oplan MM ‘98 campaigns were cited as Outstanding Public Service Messages by the prestigious AdBoard Araw Values Awards 1998, besting more than 100 entries from different advertising companies and broadcast networks.
In February 2001, the last episodes of ‘Kabayan (Kapangyarihan ng Mamamayan, Balita at Talakayan) aired. At the time, it was DZMM’s top-rating radio program anchored by Noli de Castro. The show had to end its run in order to allow de Castro to run for the Senate.
Also in 2001, DZMM celebrated its 15th anniversary of broadcasting on-air with its richly deserved tagline, “Una sa Balita, Una sa Public Service”. It was also on the same year when the station tapped the power of text messaging with DZMM TxtPatrol. This technology enabled the listeners to voice out their concerns faster and easier.
DZMM’s trademark drama theatre aired weekday afternoons, changing the way people perceived radio drama. The drama theatre featured the real life-stories of DZMM anchors like Bro. Jun Banaag, Joey Galvez, Sen. Alfredo Lim, and other personalities. It was also on the same year when Sports Talk was launched. This jam-packed sports-oriented program won CMMA’s Best Sports Program on its first year of airing.
In 2005, listeners’ first heard the DZMM theme. It was composed by Jessie Lasaten, with words of Bing Palao, Robert Labayen, and Peter Musngi (now ABS-CBN’s Vice President for Radio), and sang by Reuben Laurente, a former member of the music group The Company.
On February 7, 2006, SikaPinoy was conferred with the Anvil Award of Merit by the celebrated Anvil Awards of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP).
It was also in 2006 when DZMM celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Araneta Coliseum with a bang- dubbed as Happy 20 DZMM. The theme of DZMM was given a different twist with the Megastar- Sharon Cuneta singing the anthem.
In 2007, DZMM continued to be the most awarded radio station in the Philippines after reaping awards from the different award-giving bodies in the country and even abroad.
In October 25, 2007, DZMM won three awards in the 29th Catholic Mass Media Awards. It included Best News Program for Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Onse Y Medya, Best Radio Drama for Maala-ala Mo Kaya sa DZMM and Best Business Program for Radyo Negosyo.
DZMM is proud to won in the Best News for Radio in the 2007 Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes held in Tehran. Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Onse Y Medya bested more than 50 entries worldwide including Hong Kong’s RTHK, China’s RTPRC/CNR, and Singapore’s MediaCorp Radio.
Bago Yan Ah, the science-based program hosted by Angelo Palmones during Saturdays at 4pm is also a finalist in the 2007 ABU Prizes for the Best Infotainment category.
DZMM top the 16th KBP Golden Dove Awards held in Clark, Pampanga in November 16, 2007. The station won 10 awards, especially the Best AM Station for the year. Other awards include; Best Radio Variety Program for Todo-todo Walang Preno, Best Radio Program for Maala-ala Mo Kaya, Best Radio Public Service Program for Radyo Negosyo, and Best Science and Technology Program for Bago Yan ‘Ah.
Armel Fernandez won the KBP Award for Best Radio Field Reporter, Ariel Ureta for Best Radio Variety Program Host, Korina Sanchez for Best Radio Public Affairs Program Host and Angelo Palmones for Best Science and Technology Journalist.
The stations plug for Martial Law had also won the Golden Dove for Best Public Service Announcement.
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Manila honored DZMM as the Radio Station of the Year for its balanced news and quality programming.
On December 11, 2007 , six DZMM anchors had been conferred with the Anak TV Seal as Most Admired Male and Female Personalities. They include Julius Babao, Ted Failon, Korina Sanchez, Christine Bersola, Karen Davila and Bernadette Sembrano.
The 3rd Jose G. Burgos Jr. Awards for Biotech Journalism had given Angelo Palmones, DZMM station manager a special citation during the awarding ceremonies at the Balai Kalinaw in University of the Philippines Diliman on November 29, 2007.
The Biotechnology for Life Media and Advocacy Resource Center (BMARC) recognized Palmones for his outstanding and consistent commitment in popularizing biotechnology.
DZMM had also reaped two awards in the 2007 PopDev Media Awards held at the Traders Hotel, Pasay City in December. PAKSA’s “Populasyon Sa Pilipinas Paano Ito Makokontrol,” won the Best Radio Production for Broadcast Category, while TJ Correa’s (DZMM Researcher) special report, “Populasyong Mabilis ang Paglobo, Ano nga ba ang Benepisyo at Sakripisyo?” had been a runner-up.
The PopDev Awards pays accolade to tri-media practitioners who have made and produced special reports about population and development. It is undertaken by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee and the United Nations Population Fund through its 6th Country Programme.
DZMM started the year with a bang after bagging all the awards for AM radio category in the Second Gandingan 2008: UPLB Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards held on January 19, 2008 at the DL Umali Auditorium in UP Los Baños in Laguna.
DZMM received the Best AM Station and the special award for being the Most Development- Oriented Radio Station in the country.
Tambalang Failon at Sanchez was hailed as the Best AM Program and Korina Sanchez as the Best AM Announcer.
Gandingan 2008 is conducted by the UP Community Broadcasters’ Society in UPLB..
DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 recently bagged the silver prize in the prestigious New York Festivals for Radio Broadcasting. The awards night took place last June 19 at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. ABS-CBN’s radio station won in the Breaking News Story category (Longform) for its special coverage of the Manila hostage drama
DZMM as proclaimed Radio Station of the Year and its Station Manager Angelo Palmones won Broadcast Journalist of the Year for Radio. The Rotary Club of Manila presented the awards in a luncheon ceremony at the Manila Polo Club last July 31