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DWFO (87.5 FM1)
CityQuezon City
Broadcast areaMetro Manila, and surrounding areas
Nationwide (planning stage)
Branding87.5 FM1
SloganYour Hit Music Nation!
Forever Young!
The First Frequency on the Philippine FM Band
Frequency87.5 MHz[1]
First air dateNovember 1, 2017 (test broadcast)
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
Power1,000 watts
ERP5,000 watts
ClassA, B and C
Callsign meaningFM One
OwnerPhilippine Broadcasting Service
Sister stationsRP1 738, RP2 918, 104.3 FM2, RP Worldwide
Webcast87.5 FM1 LIVE Audio
87.5 FM1 (via PBS website)

DWFO (87.5 FM), broadcasting as FM1, is a radio station in the Metro Manila area, offering with a Top 40 format. This station is owned and operated by the government of the Philippines through the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) under the Presidential Communications Group. Its studios and transmitter are located at the 4th Floor, Philippine Information Agency Building, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. It operates daily from 5:00 am to 12:00 mn. FM1 is currently on a low-powered test broadcast.

The station is expected to launch by the end of 2017 or by early 2018.[citation needed]

History[edit | edit source]

Prior history[edit | edit source]

Prior to the PBS's acquisition, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to reserve the said frequency for local campuses (including Angelicum College, where they own the said frequency under the call letters DWAC-FM) due to multiple reports that some others will use the latter frequency for commercial purposes.[2] Also, a few religious and community groups operated the frequency with a low-powered signal enough to cover its main target area.

Acquisition by PBS[edit | edit source]

Radio veteran Rizal "Bong" Aportadera, Jr. (Sonny B) was appointed by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar as the Director General of PBS in July 2016. A month later, Carlo Villo (Carlo José) was then appointed by Aportadera as the agency's Deputy Director and head of the new FM division. Villo serves as the program director for FM1, as well as its sister station 104.3 FM2.

In an official statement by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, the PBS acquired the 87.5 MHz frequency and was later approved by the NTC.[1][3][4]

On November 1, 2017, at 1:00am, FM1 began its test broadcast. A few days later, the station's DJs identified the frequency under the call sign DWFO, though the call sign assignments are still pending approval from the NTC.

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