Bombo Radyo Philippines is one of the largest radio networks in the Philippines spanning across 21 major provinces. It is a conglomeration of three smaller radio networks: Newsounds Broadcasting Network, Inc. (NBN), Mindanao licensee; Consolidated Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS), Visayas licensee; and People's Broadcasting Service, Inc. (PBS), Luzon licensee. It is composed of 21 Bombo Radyo stations and 16 Star FM stations across the Philippines. Bombo Radyo is owned and managed by the Florete Group of Companies which also manages banking and pawnshop operations.

Bombo Radyo Philippines AM division, although not yet having a station in the capital city of Manila (but maintaining a Newscenter In Makati), is by far consistently strong in ratings particularly in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

The Bombo Radyo brand has been closely associated with fearless commentaries and controversial exposes against prominent and powerful Filipino politicians, thus making it popular among the masses.[2]

As Bombo, the Spanish language name for a drum, serves as the name of the station, it is no surprise that a bass drum serves as the network logo.

History

Its flagship station, Bombo Radyo Iloilo, based in Iloilo City was founded in July 6, 1966, from the start, the station's studios are located inside the Florete Building in Mapa Street, until it was relocated in the Bombo Radyo Broadcast Center alongside Luna Street in Lapaz District, the station has been enjoying the prestige honor of consistently being the number one radio station since its inception during the 1970s.

DYFM is then part of the Northern Broadcasting Corporation. Don Marcelino, the grand old man of Bombo Radyo was accepted a joint venture agreement between him and former Ilocos Sur governor Arthur Villanueva, enabling the station to begin its broadcasts.

From humble beginnings and starting with small amount of employees, until the Florete Group acquired the operations of NBC with 10 stations and 2 affiliates in the whole archipelago. It also entered an management alliance together with CBS, NBN and PBS.

In 1976, Dr. Rogelio Florete, through the advice of his mother Doña Salome Florete, has started to helmed the day-by-day operations of Bombo Radyo. In the same year, the network launched DYRF 99.5 FM (now known as Star FM Iloilo). From then on, the network continue to grow until they acquired DWXB 102.7 FM from Universal Broadcasting Network in 1987 and became 102.7 WSM The Gentle Wind (now known as Star FM Manila).

Bombo Radyo stations

BrandingCall-SignFrequencyPower (kW)Location
Bombo Radyo BaguioDZWX-AM1035 kHz10 kWBaguio
Bombo Radyo LaoagDZVR-AM711 kHz5 kWLaoag
Bombo Radyo ViganDZVV-AM603 kHz5 kWVigan
Bombo Radyo La UnionDZSO-AM720 kHz5 kWSan Fernando, La Union
Bombo Radyo DagupanDZWN-AM1125 kHz10 kWDagupan
Bombo Radyo TuguegaraoDZGR-AM891 kHz10 kWTuguegarao
Bombo Radyo CauayanDZNC-AM801 kHz10 kWCauayan
Bombo Radyo Daet**DZVX-AM1269 kHz5 kWDaet, Camarines Norte
Bombo Radyo NagaDZNG-AM1044 kHz10 kWNaga
Bombo Radyo LegaspiDZLG-AM927 kHz5 kWLegaspi
Bombo Radyo Iloilo*DYFM-AM837 kHz10 kWIloilo
Bombo Radyo BacolodDYWB-AM630 kHz10 kWBacolod
Bombo Radyo KaliboDYIN-AM1107 kHz5 kWKalibo, Aklan
Bombo Radyo RoxasDYOW-AM900 kHz5 kWRoxas
Bombo Radyo CebuDYMF-AM963 kHz10 kWCebu
Bombo Radyo TaclobanDYTX-FM95.1 MHz10 kWTacloban
Bombo Radyo ButuanDXBR-AM981 kHz10 kWButuan
Bombo Radyo DavaoDXMF-AM576 kHz10 kWDavao
Bombo Radyo General SantosDXES-AM801 kHz5 kWGeneral Santos
Bombo Radyo KoronadalDXMC-AM1026 kHz5 kWKoronadal
Bombo Radyo Cagayan de OroDXIF-AM765 kHz10 kWCagayan de Oro
  • *Flagship Station
  • **Off-Air.

Star FM

Bombo Radyo's FM network group, popularly known as Star FM, is equally as strong as its sister AM network group. Its flagship station based in Manila, even with the existence of a substantial number of FM stations operating and stiff competition from both ABS-CBN's, TV5's and GMA Network's own networks as well as from large radio networks (MBC's Love Radio and Yes FM, and RMN's iFM), is the number one radio station in Metro Manila. The network's strongest market segment is with the provincial or rural people currently residing in Manila helped by its strong brand name in the provinces. Prior to 1994, Bombo Radyo managed its FM stations locally with each individual unique brand name. However this has all been changed in April 1994 when the network officially re-branded all 15 FM stations to carry the brand name Star FM and now share the same vision and objective. The re-branding proved to be successful as Star FM now enjoys strong ratings all across the country. On occasion, Star FM stations are tapped to do news gathering, especially when covering local and national elections or when severe weather (such as typhoons) or disasters strike an affected area.[3]

Star FM stations

BrandingCall-SignFrequencyPower (kW)Location
102.7 Star FM ManilaDWSM-FM102.7 MHz25 kWMetro Manila
89.5 Star FM BaguioDWIM-FM89.5 MHz10 kWBaguio
100.7 Star FM DagupanDWHY-FM100.7 MHz10 kWDagupan
93.3 Star FM Tuguegarao*DWIC-FM93.3 MHz10 kWTuguegarao
96.1 Star FM Cauayan*DWIT-FM96.1 MHz10 kWCauayan
103.7 Star FM RoxasDYRX-FM103.7 MHz5 kWRoxas
99.5 Star FM IloiloDYRF-FM99.5 MHz10 kWIloilo
95.9 Star FM BacolodDYIF-FM95.9 MHz10 kWBacolod
95.5 Star FM CebuDYMX-FM95.5 MHz25 kWCebu
93.9 Star FM ZamboangaDXCB-FM93.9 MHz10 kWZamboanga
93.3 Star FM DipologDXFB-FM93.3 MHz5 kWDipolog
90.3 Star FM Cagayan De Oro*DXEQ-FM90.3 MHz10 kWCagayan De Oro
96.3 Star FM DavaoDXFX-FM96.3 MHz10 kWDavao
100.7 Star FM General Santos*DXEF-FM100.7 MHz10 kWGeneral Santos
91.1 Star FM Koronadal*DXFC-FM91.1 MHz5 kWKoronadal
93.7 Star FM Cotabato**DXFD-FM93.7 MHz5 kWCotabato
  • *Off-Air.
  • **Star FM General Santos merged with Star FM Koronadal as "Star FM Cotabato."