ABS-CBN DWRR-FM (Tambayan 101.9)
City of license Quezon City
Broadcast area Metro Manila
Branding Tambayan 101.9
Slogan Sa'n ka pa!
Ang Dahilan Kung Bakit Ka Nakikinig ng Radyo!

101.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)

101.9-2 FM Hits (HD Radio)
101.9-3 FM Easy Listening Hits (HD Radio)
First air date 1960–1972 as DZYK
1973-1984 as DWWK
1984–1986 as OK 101 BBC Radio 101.9 FM
1986–1987 as Knock Out Radio DWKO FM
1987–1989 as Zoo FM
1989–1996 as Radio Romance
1996–1998 as WRR 101.9 "All The Hits, All the Time"
1998–2005 as WRR 101.9 For Life!
2005–2008 as Alam Mo Na Yan 101.9 For Life!
2008-2009 as Bespren 101.9 For Life!
2009–present as Tambayan 101.9
Format OPM, K-Pop, Foreign Hit Songs
Power 25,000 watts
Callsign meaning DW
Radio Romance (former branding)
Former callsigns DZYK (1960–1972)
DWWK (1973–1984)
DWOK (1984–1986)
DWKO (1986–1987)
DZOO FM (1987–1989)
Owner ABS-CBN Corporation
Sister stations ABS-CBN DZMM Radyo Patrol 630
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live 2
Website http://www.tambayan1019.com/

DWRR-FM, branded as Tambayan 101.9, is the flagship FM station of the ABS–CBN Corporation in the Philippines. It is a 24-hour operating station (except on Mondays where it signs-off at midnight) that plays OPM, Hip-Hop, R&B, K-Pop, J-Pop, and Foreign Hit Songs from the USA, Japan, UK, South Korea, and around the world. Originally founded in 1960 and acquired by ABS-CBN in 1986, it is broadcast live throughout the Philippine archipelago as well as throughout the world via The Filipino Channel (TFC). The studios are located at ABS-CBN Broadcast Center, Sgt. Esguerra Ave., Cor Mo.Ignacia St., Quezon City. Its transmitter is located at the Eugenio Lopez Center, Barangay Sta.Cruz Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City, Province of Rizal.




DZYK-FM is the first FM radio station in the Philippines and sole station of the former CBN (now merged into ABS-CBN) which originally founded in 1960 contains oldies music of the 60s and 70s and in 1967 after merge, ABS-CBN launches another FM station called DZAQ-FM 93.9 and off the air in 1972 with DZYK, later absorbed to the newly-merged giant network ABS-CBN until the station off air by the Marcoses under Martial Law. Manned by eight DJ's, it was popularized to listeners in Metro Manila area even the introduction of The Beatles era to beat. When martial law was declared in 1972, both DZYK-FM, DZXL-AM and ABS-CBN were shut down under strict censorship as the FM station takes over to Roberto Benedicto and changed to DWOK-FM (as OK 101.9) of the Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation originally aired in 1979 (as DWWK, a jazz format radio station). Manned by Jing Magsaysay, Wayne Enage, Ed Picson, Dody Lacuna, Ronnie Malig, Pinky Villarama and Ronnie Quintos. DWOK is an AM-formatted FM station which features news and public service programs even music from the 1950s to the 1970s came from the former DZYK similar to those from AM counterparts. However, DWOK, DWAN and BBC-2 had been dissolved since the government-controlled radio and TV stations were stormed by reformist rebels and it was returned and re-aired to ABS-CBN after the 1986 EDSA Revolution as DWKO.


The fall of the Marcos Regime brought about the return of ABS-CBN. In July 1986, then newly-formed Presidential Commission on Good Governance turned two radio stations, DWWW (under 630 kHz) and DWOK-FM, over to ABS-CBN from Marcos crony Roberto Benedicto. DWOK (the former FM station of Benedicto-owned Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation) was renamed DWKO and resumed broadcasting four months later. Lito Balquiedra Jr., Vice-President for Radio, spearheaded the return of the giant network to the local broadcasting scene. The station's former disc jockey Peter Musngi (then known as Peter Rabbit has worked Knock-Out Radio 101.9 and Zoo FM 101.9) is the network's voice-over from the reopening in 1986 to present. The slogan of the station is "Panalo Ka Talaga!" who voiced by Peter Musngi known as Peter Rabbit during his days in DWKO and DZOO.

The network started recruiting both experienced and new employees and DJ's. Prior to the adoption of masa format, all FM stations are English based with the use of the English language during 1980s and 1990s. After days of careful planning, DWKO was born – the first ever FM radio station with an AM format, carrying the name "Knock-Out Radio 101.9" in October 1986 (a month after the re-airing of ABS-CBN on channel 2) and playing the best hits during that time. Since then, KO-Radio airs Pinoy hits from singers of the 1970s and 1980s such as Rico J. Puno, Yoyoy Villame, APO Hiking Society, and more when it was debuted, even OPM stars like Gary V, Regine Velasquez, Janno Gibbs and Donna Cruz, and Christmas songs are also debuted there. DWKO-FM was re-changed after its broadcast ended on February 28, 1987 as DZOO.


Less than a year later on March 1, 1987 (following The Star Network era), the station reformatted and became known as Zoo FM 101.9 (DZOO-FM) Hayop Talaga! (manned by a group of eight DJ's) which is best known for its diamond logo and a slightly uptrend pop sound led to the introduction of OPM music and disco hits. It was also served as the home of OPM stars like Gary V, Randy Santiago, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and others.Due to its popularity, Zoo FM 101.9 introduced OPM songs both in disco and love which were used after the implementation of Executive Order No. 255 by President Corazon Aquino and made as requested favorites among listeners from morning to evening, because Zoo FM is being competed with other FM stations such as 97.1 WLS-FM, 99.5 RT, Magic 89.9, 89 DMZ, NU 107 and more. But because of a massive competition from the rival DWLS, Zoo FM 101.9's DJ's and staff are decided to end broadcasting having faltered from DWLS's dominant listener ratings (and with GMA-7's TV ratings uprisings) in January 1989. Two years later, DZOO-FM was signed off as it ended its broadcasting on the night of July 31, 1989 (at 11:00 PM), giving DZOO-FM turned to new callsign station, DWRR-FM. Listeners and DJ's bade goodbye to Zoo FM which gave its final broadcast, and with the last song Farewell by Raymond Lauchengco.


On the morning of August 1, 1989 (at 6:00 AM), it reformatted again and this time it became popularly known as "Radio Romance", hence the initials RR, playing all easy-listening love songs, manned by all-female jocks (fewer male jocks are also added). That year also signaled the station's first nationwide reach when 103.1 MHz Baguio simulcasted its signals, ensuring travelers from Manila to as far north as Ilocos Sur, uninterrupted listening of its programs. At the same time, OPM songs are also played on DWRR to produce its weekend OPM program every Sunday.

"Radio Romance" became a title of the movie as well as a theme song of the station composed by Jose Mari Chan during its popularity, On September 30, 1996 Radio Romance finally signed-off due to give way to its station reformat.


On October 1, 1996, WRR regenerated itself into a mainstream pop music station branded WRR 101.9 All the hits, all the time! in response to growing trend of "masa" radio or FM radio for the masses launched by 102.7 Star FM a year earlier. This format plays not only love songs, but also dance and rock hits. In 1998, it changed to WRR 101.9 For Life! giving life to listeners with entertainment.

In 2005, DWRR-FM's on-air personalities had dropped the station call letters (WRR) and would just say "Alam Mo Na 'Yan! 101.9 For Life!" (You Already Know It! 101.9 For Life!) lasting from 2005–2008. In late 2008, the station went another rebrand as "Bespren 101.9 For Life!" (Bestfriend 101.9 For Life!).

The station had its last broadcast under the 101.9 For Life! brand on September 19, 2009 and underwent a transition period playing automated music in preparation for a relaunch of DWRR-FM's new branding on October 1, 2009. However, due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy in Manila, the station rebrand was postponed for almost a month. For the time being, DWRR-FM temporarily went under the name "ABS-CBN 101.9 FM" or Plain "101.9".

The postponed relaunch was set on November 4, 2009. Prior to the announcement of the launch date, the station's DJs began providing live spiels again every top of the hour since October 12. But as part of the ongoing transition, the disc jockeys had limited their use of the neither "Bespren" nor the "For Life!" slogan and no longer mention the format of the station's SMS syntax except the text hotline itself.


On November 4 at 9:12pm, there was a broadcast about the history of DWRR. After that, it relaunched as Tambayan 101.9 (tambayan is the Tagalog word for hangout) starting with the theme song & live debut in A Venue in Makati. Tambayan 101.9 Launched its Video Streaming called Tambayan TV where your favorite jocks are seen live from the booth. In between songs playing, some information plugs were seen(e.g. Tambayan's Slumbook). Just like DZMM Teleradyo, plugs were also aired during commercial gaps. Tambayan TV is aired 24 hours over the Internet

The station was also launched via HD Radio technology.[1]

Air staff


  • Jack Melo
  • Arnold Rei
  • Toni (News)
  • Martin D. (1996–present)
  • China Heart (1997–1998, 1999–present)
  • Cha-Cha
  • Charlie
  • Jasmin
  • Raki
  • Ronald Duck (formely known as "Parechuy" from MOR Cebu)
  • Carlo Santino (from MOR Cebu)
  • Bea (formerly Bonggang Bea of 93.9 iFM)
  • Father E. (Saturdays)


  • Joey Keme
  • Kuya Cesar
  • Helen Vela
  • Johnny Midnight
  • Joey de Leon
  • Ike Lozada
  • Rey Langit
  • Mario Garcia
  • Miguel Lopez
  • Jing Magsaysay
  • Wyngard Tracy
  • Eddie Mercado
  • Mike Lacanilao
  • Helen Vela
  • Mel Tiangco (now with GMA-7)
  • Jay Sonza
  • Ronnie Quintos
  • Kuya Cesar
  • Dodie Lacuna
  • Charlie Little
  • Pinky Villarama
  • Long Tall Howard
  • Peter Rabbit (Current ABS-CBN voice-over)
  • The Unbeatable
  • Big O'Brien
  • Dave Ryan
  • Bob Curry
  • George Boon
  • Jeremiah Junior (now with 99.5RT)
  • Lindy
  • Victoria
  • Amy Godinez
  • Grace Lee (now with GMA-7)
  • Angela
  • Anna Reyes
  • Big Daddy LBJ
  • Bing Palao
  • Bon Vibar
  • Mike Cohen
  • Cathy
  • Clay Clavesilia
  • Emily
  • Gladys Macalino
  • Jerry Bennett
  • Jess Decolongon
  • Maxine
  • Michiko Makinano
  • Mickey
  • Monica
  • Nessie
  • Queenie
  • Bob Cat
  • Bob Ryder
  • Bruce Allan
  • Daniel Razon, a.k.a "Dr. Clark"
  • John Allen
  • Ray Antonio Crisostomo, a.k.a "Johnny Ace"
  • MJ Manlapaz "Mister Jellybean"
  • Nino Alejandro "Downtown Nino Brown"
  • Paul Parado "Ice-T"
  • Raffy Tima
  • Bryan Christian
  • Rick Spade
  • Tom Bone
  • Sam (newscaster)
  • Alex (newscaster)
  • Candy
  • Danny Bravo
  • Don Angelo
  • AJ Brian
  • Don Henry
  • Jim Robin
  • Michael Vincent
  • David Kiss
  • Benny Davis
  • Riki Kwek
  • DJ Geri, a.k.a. "Ms. M"
  • Pretty Trizsha
  • Reggie Valdez
  • Laila Chickadora (now with Radyo5 92.3 News FM)
  • Onse
  • Fiols
  • Ric Rider a.k.a "Daddy Ric Rider"
  • Billie (News)



  • Request Express (Mondays-Fridays)
  • Usapang Tambayan (Mondays-Sundays)
  • Break Mo To (Saturdays)
  • Tambayer, Kanta Tayo (Sundays)
  • Tambayan Top 10 (Saturdays)
  • Ano'ng Meron (Mondays-Saturdays)
  • Gwapo Files & Raki's Inbox (Mondays-Fridays)
  • Tambayong (Mondays-Fridays)
  • Dear Jasmin (Mondays-Fridays)
  • Mahiwagang Aklat Ng Kaalaman (Mondays-Saturdays)
  • Budots Budots (Mondays-Fridays)


  • Debatehan Sa Tambayan
  • Heart to Heart


  • Laughing Trip
  • Laughing Trip with Goin' Bulilit
  • TNX-Tambayan News Xpress (hourly)

(Tambayan TV)

  • Laughing Trip Video Edition
  • Music Videos, Trivia And Lyrics of Songs that is currently played on radio
  • Tambayer Confession (Aired on TTV to replace commercials on the radio)
  • Jack's Tambayan Challenge (Aired on TTV to replace commercials on the radio)
  • Rainy Tips by Jeff (Aired on TTV to replace commercials on the radio)
  • Arnold Rei Today
  • Bea's Top Tambayan Videos


  • 20th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Music Radio Jock for Martin D.
  • 20th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Radio Variety Program for Tambayan Top 10
  • 2011 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) Best Radio Drama (Dear Jasmin)
  • 2011 UP Gandingan Awardee, Best FM Radio Station
  • 2011 UP Gandingan Awardee, Most development-oriented FM program for Martin D. & China Heart
  • 2011 UP Gandingan Awardee, Best Disk Jockeys for China Heart & Charlie
  • 19th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Radio Jock for China Heart
  • 2009 UP Gandingan Awardee, Best FM Radio Station
  • 2009 UP Gandingan Awardee, Best Disk Jock for Martin D.
  • 18th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Comedy Program for Topsilog
  • 17th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Magazine Show Host for Reggie Valdez
  • 16th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Magazine Show for "Heart to Heart".
  • 16th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Radio DJ for Martin D.
  • 14th KBP Golden Dove Awardee, Best Variety Show Host for Laila.
  • 13th KBP Golden Dove Awardee for Outstanding FM Radio Station.
  • 13th KBP Golden Dove Awardee for Texter's Choice FM Station – Luzon
  • 12th KBP Golden Dove Awardee for Best Radio Station.
  • Recognized as the Number 1 Radio Station in Metro Manila based on the 2002 KBP-RRC Survey.
  • Station of the Year in the 2002 Dangal ng Pilipinas-Consumer's Choice Awards.
  • Best Public Service Ad (Pinoy, Ang Galing Mo!) in the 2002 Catholic Mass Media Awards.
  • Best Developmental Information Plug (Halalan '95)
  • Best Comedy Program (Request Express) in the 1997 KBP Golden Dove Awards.

Theme music

  • As Radio Romance 101.9, the theme was popularized by Jose Mari Chan
  • In 1999, the For-Life jingle was launched. This was sung by Jolina Magdangal and Jimmy Bondoc. This also had other shorter versions by various recording artists.
  • A re-hashed version was used from March 8, 2004 to September 18, 2005 by Heart Evangelista and Erik Santos.
  • On September 19, 2005 the station launched a new and hip station jingle courtesy of Vhong Navarro on vocals using the slogan Alam Mo Na 'Yan! in the lyrics.
  • Patti Austin sang a shorter version of the For-Life jingle.
  • On September 1, 2007 the latest 101.9 For Life jingle was launched. This newest station theme was composed by Raimund Marasigan of Sandwich (band) (former drummer of The Eraserheads) and interpreted by Itchyworms and by Yeng Constantino of Pinoy Dream Academy.
  • As Tambayan 101.9, the 1st version jingle was popularized by Skabetche Band and Empoy Marquez.
  • On December 2010 the theme was remixed and sung by the DJs for the station's Christmas 2010 jingle.
  • As of January 2011, The 2nd version of the jingle which is a DJ-like mixed jingle is currently used by the station which was done by the station's resident DJ Martin D.


  • In November 1995, the Radio Romance jingle sung and composed by Mr. Jose Mari Chan was launched. After hearing the jingle, then ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., Vice President for Entertainment, Ms. Charo Santos – Concio decided to produce a movie out of the stations format which features Ariel Rivera, Gelli de Belen, Jolina Magdangal, Rico Yan and Claudine Baretto, under the direction of Jose Javier Reyes for Star Cinema.
  • 101.9 For Life is the first Filipino radio station to broadcast worldwide (Mainland U.S.A., Hawaii, Canada, Australia, parts of Europe, Middle East, Japan, Korea and other parts of Asia) via The Filipino Channel and thru ABS-CBNNow!.
  • "Heart to Heart" is the only program retained from the original WRR program line-up. Its popularity prompted other stations with similar format to create their own versions of the program until March 2011 when Heart to Heart is removed and changed into Dear Jasmin where letters are honored instead of callers. Dear Jasmin also give advices about love and hosted by DJ Jasmin (Mondays-Fridays 11:00am–1:00pm).

ABS-CBN FM Radio Network

MOR, which stands for My Only Radio – For Life!, is ABS-CBN's FM Regional Radio Network.

Further information: MOR stations

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