Category Archives: Radio News

First Filipino FM in Dubai UAE Launched, Tag 91.1 Serves 600K Audience

Tag 91.1
Tag 91.1

The very first and only Filipino FM Radio broadcast station in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has launched. In its, 1 week of broadcast since March 24, 2013, already it’s gaining a lot of feedback not only to its local Filipino audience (around 600,000 plus), mostly OFW and expats, but also to Pinoys worldwide.

Tag 91.1 which is short or a play word on Tagalog is part of the Arab Radio Network.

ARN is part of the Arad Media Group – it is an Dubai, United Arab Emirates, based media company, part of TECOM, the technology and media holdings management arm of Dubai Holding. Founded in March 2005, AMG has a workforce of just under 300 staff across its three Dubai-based offices.

TAg 91.1 is the sister station of Virgina Radio 104.4 and Dubai 92. Visit to tune in.

Top Five Dot FM Domains That Are Not Radio Related

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dot FM (Micronesia)

Dot fm (or .fm) is the official country domain code top-level or (ccTLD) in Micronesia. Also called the Federated States of Micronesia, the state is an archipelago of islets situated in the Pacific Ocean.

Apart from the for name reservations such as ,,, and others, any individual in the planet can get his own .fm website and that is of course with a fee.
The revenue for the payments actually goes to the Micronesia government. Continue reading Top Five Dot FM Domains That Are Not Radio Related

Radio Ratings Firm Arbitron Media Gets Bought By Nielsen

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Nielsen Holdings a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB), an international media and marketing research firm.

Nielsen has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Arbitron for $48 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 26 percent to Arbitron’s closing price on December 17, 2012. Nielsen has a financing commitment for the total transaction amount. The transaction has been approved by the boards of both companies and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory review. Continue reading Radio Ratings Firm Arbitron Media Gets Bought By Nielsen

Top 5 Reasons Why Pandora Is Not Threatened by Apple Internet Radio Service

Pandora booth
Pandora booth (Photo credit: niallkennedy)

Apple’s own internet radio service may be launching in 2013 so how is Pandora reacting to it.

Here are 3 convincing reasons why Pandora won’t be intimated or worried about any new internet services coming up.

1. Pandora is an all-important app made for iPhone, which means Pandora is among the main reasons people love iPhone.
2. Even Microsoft bows down to Pandora. Upon releasing Windows Phone 8 gave away one year free of Pandora One premium.
3. They are ahead of the competitors and would-be. They just released Pandora 4.0.
4. They’ve been to hell and back, since they started in 2005, they’ve faced the giants like Yahoo, AOL, and Microsoft, so anything new even from another giant like Apple, is a piece of cake for them.
5. Pandora is coming up with huge updates very soon.

iHeart Radio, Apple Internet Radio, Xbox Music, and even the upcoming SiriusXM Personalized Radio, whatever comes their way, Pandora is determined to go up and won’t be affected any time soon by these competitors.

Read Pandora CTO Tom Conrad statements, Click here


Netizens React To 99.5dWR-TFM ( Manila) Rebranding, Welcome 99.5 Play FM

Play FM (Not official logo)

99.5dWR-TFM ( Manila) is not reformatting. It is rebranding.

99.5dWR-TFM ( Manila) will still be CHR, Contemporary Hit Radio but will be called Play FM.

Netizens however on social media aren’t happy.

“Since 1985 I had been an avid listener of 99.5dWR-TFM ( Manila) and power 105. 99.5dWR-TFM ( Manila)was called rhythm of the city then. Power 105 was long gone and most FM stations had reformatted to “for life” and kailangan pa bang memorize yan type. Well goodbye local FM stations and say hello to Internet FM.” – Enrique Raguro Janozo, Manila. Continue reading Netizens React To 99.5dWR-TFM ( Manila) Rebranding, Welcome 99.5 Play FM

Love Radio Butuan Blazed By Fanatic Listener

Love Radio Butuan

5 months after the tragic fire that killed 17 people at a three-story garment store, Butuan City is struck again with another blaze, this time the building where a radio station is operating.

Love Radio Butuan City, which operates at the 2nd floor Montalban Building, A.D. Curato Street, 8600 Butuan City was reduced into ashes as social media reports say fire broke out at 8:12 AM, October 4, 2012.

Initial police reports say that arson is the cause of the accident. An obsessed listener, who was found out to be romantically attracted to one of the Love Radio Butuan’s DJs set the station’s studio on fire. Continue reading Love Radio Butuan Blazed By Fanatic Listener

Zayn Malik of One Direction Radio Interview Goes Controversial

Zayn Malik

So this radio station in Canada Hot 89.9 FM scheduled an interview with One Direction’s Zayn Malik.

Well, of course, like most high profile interviews, interviewers are oriented by the handlers on what not and what is right to ask.

Then of course the radio host was like, “okay”.

And then he hears these insane demands from the handler. She gave the interviewer a list of questions that should not be asked. Continue reading Zayn Malik of One Direction Radio Interview Goes Controversial

Listen to DWDU D’Ultimate 105.5 FM Angeles City, New Slogan Launched


The radio industry in the Philippines remains vibrant.

Recently, a new CHR station was launched in Angeles City that covers Central Luzon and some parts of Manila.

DWDU FM first went on the air last August 2012.

A couple of months after its test broadcast, the station is ready for a full operation, with an official website, Facebook page and an official slogan launched. Continue reading Listen to DWDU D’Ultimate 105.5 FM Angeles City, New Slogan Launched

DYHP AM Cebu Wins 3 Excellence Awards


Local AM radio station DYHP of RMN Cebu won in three categories during the first Cebu Media Excellence awards.

Recognized as Radio Broadcaster of the Year was Atty. Ruphil Bañoc, who also happens to be a columnist at Sun.Star SuperBalita tabloid).

The Reporter of the Year went to Astra zina.

While, Aida Tampus and Atty. Allan Piloton from the radio show Dream Ko Kalamboan Mo, got the Feature Story of the Year Award.

The Cebu Media Excellence Awards aims to honor media practitioners who have served the public with truthfulness and have contributed for the common good.

Sirius XM CEO: Music Not Designed To Be Listened To With Commercials

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English: Jordan Harbinger hosting “Game On” On Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was the statement of Mel Karmazin, CEO of Sirius XM.

During the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference earlier this week, Karmazin said traditional radio should do something and invest in technology and programming.

“Ten years ago radio revenue was $20 billion and satellite and Internet radio were zero. Today, radio is a 14-15 billion dollar market, Satellite radio gets $3.4 billion, and Internet radio gets between a half and one billion. In the future, terrestrial radio’s share will go down and satellite and Internet radio will go up.” Continue reading Sirius XM CEO: Music Not Designed To Be Listened To With Commercials