Smooth Jazz radio 106.7 Dream FM is reported to close shop come July 2011 to make way for Energy FM’s arrival from the 91.5 frequency.
Recently, a new radio station Big Radio occupied the dial point (91.5), which is owned by Manny Luzon of Ultrasonic Broadcasting System, the same company that operates Energy FM and all its sister station across the country.
Legally known as DWET FM, Dream FM is owned by TV5. TV5 also operates News FM 92.3, but the frequency is licensed to Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).
Energy FM Exodus
Rumors have it that Energy FM will take over 106.7 in July. But this, yet, is to be confirmed. No official statement has been made by Ultrasonic Broadcasting System as of this post time, regarding the exact destination of Energy FM.
However, a graphic has been posted on Facebook announcing the major change of the station. The material went “Whuaaaaat? Nagulat? Baket Anong Meron? … Abangan” (What? Shocked? Why, what’s going on? … Watch out!).
The image was posted on a Facebook page named 106.7 Energy FM. It went accessible on June 1, 2011, but was later closed around 5 pm the same day. The creation of the page suggested that Energy FM could be occupying 106.7, although the Facebook page was not confirmed as official. Later, the official 91.5 Energy FM Facebook page was also shut.
Dream FM Fans Don’t Want Energy FM
Followers of Dream FM, after hearing the rumors, expressed their opposition to the format flip, leading to the creation of a Facebook page named “Ibalik ang 106.7 Dream FM at KOOL 106 at itaob ang Energy FM” (Bring Back 106.7 Dream FM and Kool 106 and ditch Energy FM).
In the event that Energy FM broadcasts on 106.7, its implication will be is that Energy FM will no longer be an entity of Ultrasonic Broadcasting System. Or that it might work like TV5 is “franchising” the brand.
TV5 owns the 106.7 license, so bringing in Energy FM would mean that Ultrasonic would have to give it up.
It is to be noted though that TV5 already has a “masa” station – 103.5 Wow FM. And while it is common for networks to have redundantly formatted stations in the same market (example: MBC has Love Radio, Yes FM), what TV5 actually needs right now, in order to be competitive, is a nationwide “pang-masa” FM music station to go with its News FM network. TV5 does not own or operate Wow FM. It is owned by The radio Partners, the owners of Magic, Jam, Wave and RT. (Correction by Paul Mckey Eugenio
email@example.com). Updated June 4, 2011.
Is the entire Energy FM network franchised to or sold to TV5?
105.9, a frequency just vacated by UR 105.9, is also rumored to be the landing dial point of Energy FM. 105.9 is owned by Rajah Broadcasting Network, operator and owner of RJ 100. But if Energy FM is to launch to an even greater heights, then it has to aim and shoot for the stars. TV5 will be a better choice over Rajah Broadcasting Network.
There are several possibilities implicated by Energy FM’s exodus to 106.7.
- TV5 acquires the rights to operate Energy FM to air on 106.7
- TV5 buys all Energy FM stations in the country.
- Or that TV5 and Ultrasonic will be co-operating Energy FM
But whatever the truth is, one thing is certain, that Energy FM will be back.
Where do you think Energy FM will land? 106.7 or 105.9?