DZBB-AM Super Radyo
Super Radyo DZBB (594 kHz Metro Manila) is the flagship AM station of GMA Network, Inc. in the Philippines. The station's studio is located at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City, while its transmitter is located at Obando, Bulacan. It is a 24-hour operating station except on Mondays where it signs-off at midnight, and except Holy Week of each year where it signs-off at midnight of Maundy Thursday and lasts until 4am of Easter Sunday.
At present, Super Radyo DZBB 594 is considered as one of the top stations in the AM band in Metro Manila and is recognized as one of the most awarded radio stations in the Philippines by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas or KBP.
DZBB was established on March 1, 1950 by Robert "Uncle Bob" Larue Stewart, in a small office space in Calvo Building, Escolta, Manila with mostly second-hand equipment and an old and surplus radio transmitter. Despite of lack of new broadcasting facilities, the station has scored many milestones with its news, senate and congress coverage, breaking news, exclusives, and blow-by-blow accounts of major national events. It also pioneered on trendsetting shows such as Camay Theater of the Air, Lovingly Yours, Helen, Kahapon Lamang, Tawag ng Tanghalan, Newscoop, Kwentong Kutsero and others. Some of these shows eventually went to television. DZBB was also the first to air live coverages extended not just to news and public affairs, but also to entertainment and educational programs and in 1957, DZBB moved to the new and current home at EDSA, Quezon City.
Due to the success of DZBB, Stewart ventured to television on October 29, 1961 as DZBB-TV Channel 7 with the branding RBS-7 (Now known today as GMA-7 Manila). The station seized and closed in September 1972 due to Martial Law regime. 2 years after the regime, Channel 7, DZBB and other provincial radio and television stations were eventually sold to the triumvirate of Duavit, Jimenez and Gozon.
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