DWET-FM

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DWET (106.7 Energy FM)
Energy FM New Logo.jpg
City Pasig City
Broadcast area Mega Manila, surrounding areas
Branding 106.7 Energy FM
Slogan Hi Pangga!
Huwag mong sabihing radyo, sabihin mo Energy! (You don't say radio, say it Energy!)
Frequency 106.7 MHz (FM stereo)
First air date February 21, 1992 – March 31, 1999, April 1, 2002 – July 31, 2004 (as Kool 106)
April 4, 1999 – April 15, 2001 (as 106.7 Kool)
April 16, 2001 – March 31, 2002 (as Rio 106.7)
August 1 – September 26, 2004 (as ABC Radio on 106.7)
September 27, 2004 – June 30, 2011 (as Dream FM)
July 1, 2011 (as Energy FM)
Format Contemporary MOR, OPM, Christian music, Religious
Power 25,000 watts
ERP 75,000 watts
Class C, D, E
Callsign meaning Edward Tan (former president of ABC 5, deceased)
Former callsigns DZTM-AM and DZMT-AM (1960-1972)
As Energy FM:
DWKY (2003-2011)
Former frequencies As Energy FM:
91.5 MHz (2003-2011)
Owner Ultrasonic Broadcasting System
Webcast 106.7 Energy FM on Ustream
Listen Live via eRadioPortal
Website www.energyfm.com.ph

DWET (106.7 FM), branded as 106.7 Energy FM, is a 24-hour radio station owned by Ultrasonic Broadcasting System. Its studios, offices & transmitter are located at Unit D-1, 15th floor, Strata 2000 Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City in the Philippines.

History[edit]

The first Kool 106 (1992–1999)[edit]

When Kool 106 first went on-air on February 21, 1992 (together with ABC 5) with radio veteran George Mercado (George Boone) at the helm, its format was Hot Adult Contemporary, playing a mix of Top 40 hits and music from the 70s and 80s, alongside back then. In 1995, when Marc Gorospe assumed the Station Manager post, Kool 106 flipped into mainstream CHR.

106.7 Kool (1999–2001)[edit]

Between March 1999 to April 2001 it became 106.7 Kool, that plays mostly foreign song especially R&B with a very few OPM hits. In April 2001, the station went off the air for one month and completely changed its format.

Rio 106.7 (2001-2002)[edit]

It became known as Ritmo Latino Rio 106.7, the first radio station in the country that played Latin music.

The second Kool 106 (2002–2004)[edit]

In April 2002, Kool 106 resurrected as a masa station with its format playing mainstream pop and OPM music. During the relaunch, Kool 106 and ABC-5 teamed up to produce a 30-minute interactive music show called "Kool on Kam", originally aired as a hookup with Kool 106 where the jocks can now be seen on TV with music videos. Kool on Kam moved to a primetime slot and increased to 1 hour without the radio hookup where the jocks interviews with its featured celebrity of the week and the show launched its segments. Kool on Kam lasted for a year and a half. The station also has its first ever countdown separated where the top 10 OPM songs and top 10 foreign songs are aired at noontime and 6pm respectively on Sundays. Kool 106 has also developed its "By Request" program aired weekdays 9pm-12mn and Sundays where listeners can call and ask for their requested song. Kool 106 as a masa station lasted for 2 years and made their final broadcast on July 31, 2004 as they bid farewell to give thanks to their loyal listeners for the past 12 years, and by August 1, 2004, DWET-FM has been rebranded temporarily as "ABC Radio on 106.7".

On August 1, 2004, DWET-FM was temporarily rebranded as ABC Radio on 106.7, as part of its transition. It stunted by playing a mix of classic hits, smooth jazz (which was also played by Dream FM) and orchestra.

106.7 Dream FM (2004–2011)[edit]

Dream FM logo

On September 2004, 11 months after Tonyboy Cojuangco took over the management of ABC, 106.7 FM was reformatted as Dream FM with a Smooth AC format. The station aired in a smooth jazz format added up with R&B, Soul, Bossa Nova and House.

After PLDT's media subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. acquired TV5 from the Cojuangco group and Malaysia-based broadcaster Media Prima Berhad in 2010, Dream FM and its affiliate stations in other parts of the country remained under the Cojuangco management led by former ABC stockholder Anton Lagdameo. It became collectively known as the Dream FM Network, with TV5 as its licensee until June 2011. On the other hand, MediaQuest manages Radyo5 92.3 News FM, owned by Nation Broadcasting Corporation.

Dream FM signed off on June 30, 2011 after seven years, with "Till We Meet Again" by Eric Benét as its swansong. This left 105.1 Crossover as Manila's only smooth jazz station.

106.7 Energy FM (2011–present)[edit]

Throughout the last week of June, plugs were aired on 106.7 FM with the statement "Si Pangga, Dreaming!", where the slogan of Energy FM Pangga and Dream FM's name is used. It later resulted to the station being sold to UBSI, a broadcast entity managed by the SYSU Group of Companies (who also owns local distribution of several food and seasoning product brands). The said purchase was done after 91.5 FM's key personality Manny Luzon parted ways with UBSI. Cojuanco and the SYSU Group went to a transitory partnership until Ultrasonic gains full control of the station.

Energy FM, who used to air on 91.5 FM, transferred to 106.7 FM on July 1, 2011. At that time its station's transmitter facilities shifted from TV5 Studio Complex in Novaliches, Quezon City to Strata 2000 Building in Pasig City; at the same time, broadcast was also expanded to 24-hour operations. Its programs and DJs premiered on July 4.[1][2] Kenji (Mark Bayquen) is the only Dream FM DJ who joined the Energy FM staff.

Energy FM was the 1st station to promote K-Pop in the Philippines, through its radio segment called KPOP Sarap. Initially an hourly segment of Ray Mambo's Radioactive Countdown, it expanded into a 2-hour segment. After Mambo left the station, it became a fully fledged KPOP-program. However, it eventually got removed in 2017 to give way for the 24-hour Pinoy Playbor OPM music block on Saturdays.

On March 17, 2014, the station launched its new tagline, Ang Sarap! Ang Sharap!, inspired by photo sharing site Instagram. The new imaging, however, resulted to a different approach in its programming. Part of the big consequence was that most of the station's veteran jocks (except Mr. Fu) were dismissed including Cathy G and DJ Mac; followed by hiring new jocks from other masa stations. Marketing Consultant Joee "Brother Joe" Guilas aimed the station to serve its listeners with a new menu of fun and entertainment, which was never heard on radio before.[3] The tagline was later reverted to the current one as the former proved to be unfamiliar with its listeners.

On March 20, 2017, major changes occurred at the station as former 90.7 Love Radio DJ John Gemperle, who was known on the air as Papa Jack, joined the station as Papa J, which later changed to Papa Jackson (using the suffix -son to his former Papa Jack monicker) a month later. Later, Mr. Fu left the station and transferred to 91.5 Win Radio (. On May 8, 2017, former Yes FM 101.1 (now 101.1 Yes The Best) and Tag 91.1 DJ Mark Jimel Gales, known by many as Chico Loco, also joined the station as Kuya Chico.

SAVED Radio (2011–2017)[edit]

Energy FM was the first home station of Saved Radio which plays Christian music of praise and worship. Produced by Becca Music Inc., a Christian multimedia company founded by UBSI's chair Rebecca Sy, it first aired on February 6, 2011 (while Energy FM was still on 91.5 FM) as a Sunday evening program titled Saved on Energy FM and was initially aired between 9pm to 12mn. When the show transferred to DWET, it expanded into a four-hour radio show, then expanded to six hours a few months after. By 2014, Becca Music renamed the show as SAVED Radio on Energy FM, along with a refreshed lineup of programs for each hour including its known portion entitled "The Worship Hour". In mid-2015, SAVED Radio expanded its airtime to 18 hours on Sundays and introducing new programs with radio jocks hired separately from the Energy FM roster. Gaining positive feedback from its listeners, SAVED Radio finally became full-time a few weeks later, when it occupied the remaining Sunday airtime of Energy FM's programming. However, it continues to operate as a blocktime show on Energy FM and not as a separate broadcaster. Also, despite its expansion in Manila, SAVED Radio remained to be a late-night Sunday show on Energy FM's provincial stations.

On December 24, 2017, through Saved Radio's Facebook page, Becca Music announced that Saved Radio would temporarily leave the FM radio band after December 31. No other details were revealed except for its upcoming return by 2018, yet the outcome of the FM relaunch is still unknown. As a compromise, though, Becca Music sets up an exclusive daily online streaming service on the Saved Radio website to allow loyal listeners of the program to continue listening on contemporary Christian music. By New Year's Day 2018, Saved Radio converted into an online radio service; while the Energy FM reoccupied the network's Sunday lineup; the first after two years (though, it continues to inform listeners on Saved Radio's online streaming promos).

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