First HD FM Station in the Philippines

Radio Mindanao Network has announced the commencement of HD Radio™ Multicast broadcasting in the Philippines, using a Nautel HD Radio FM transmitter. Station iFM 93.9 DWKC in Manila became the first commercial station in the country to broadcast with HD Radio technology as a limited test in 2006. This month, the station added another first when they expanded to full power broadcasting three digital audio channels in its current single frequency, using HD Radio multicasting capabilities, in addition to their traditional analog signal.


DWKC is operating their facility in hybrid mode, using their existing 35kW transmitter for the analog signal and a new Nautel 1kW HD Radio transmitter for the digital signal. The system includes Nautel’s M50 digital exciter as well as Importer and Exporter. Design and installation was provided by Broadcast World Philippines, one of the country’s most respected and experienced system integrators.


Three channels of digital programming are being broadcast by RMN in their HD Radio multicast operation. “We are excited and proud to be the first broadcaster in the Philippines to offer this advanced technology to our listeners,” said Engr. Charley S. Canoy, Vice-President for Engineering of RMN. “Our HD Radio multicast gives RMN listeners even more choices in radio entertainment and information. We look forward to incorporating this technology throughout our network in the coming months and years.”



“Radio Mindanao Network has a long and honored position in the Philippines of leading the industry, and Nautel is pleased to be part of their landmark achievement,” said Peter Conlon, President and CEO of Nautel Ltd. “We look forward to working with RMN in the future as they continue the advancement of broadcast technology in their country.”


“The leadership demonstrated by Radio Mindanao Network in their adoption of HD Radio multicasting is a boost not only for digital radio, but for the broadcasting business in the Philippines, Asia and around the world,” said Perry Priestley, Director, International Broadcast Business Development at iBiquity Digital Corporation. “Creative, dedicated broadcasters who are investing in revolutionary technology are good for continued healthy growth of HD Radio broadcasting and the radio industry in general.”


The Radio Mindanao Network was founded by Henry R. Canoy in 1952. The group, which will celebrate its 55th anniversary on-air in August 2007, owns and operates more than 50 AM, FM and TV stations throughout the Philippines.


From RadioView.Net

10 thoughts on “First HD FM Station in the Philippines”

  1. I have been waiting for HD radio to be accepted by the Filipinos. That means RMN can now broadcast its pro-masa I-FM and at the same time revive the old WKC format that made them famous during the 1980s. To RMN I say hats off to you guys for making this change for the better. Now I have to find out which appliance dealer sells HD radio sets locally. That would be a nice one to catch, kahit isang network lang ang gumagana nitong technolohiya sa ngayon.


  2. the single most important gadget ever invented in the 20 century is the cellphone. it did replaced and made these things obsolote: walkman, film camera, mp3 players(some believed iPods will be obsolete in the near future), well not in the Philippines,


  3. hello,
    good day..
    i am very much interested with hd tv…
    but hd radio? i mean, what is good about it…
    what’s the difference between an ordinary radio?



  4. Hello… uhm… I’m lost… I lost all my bookmarks and I can’t seem to find the post where I bookmarked before. My comment is about the request for Pre-iFM, Live It Up! Jingle… ahehehe… sorry… 🙂


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