DWFM (Radyo5 92.3 News FM)
City of license Quezon City
Broadcast area Mega Manila
Branding Radyo5 92.3 News FM
Slogan Hatid sa inyo ng Radyo5
Iwanan mo na ang lumang tunog ng AM! (Say goodbye to the old voice of AM!)
Frequency 92.3 MHz
First air date 1963 (as NBC)
1975 (as DWFM/MRS)
1998 (as Rhythms)
2001 (as Joey)
2007 (as 92.3 xFM)
2009 (as U92)
2010 (as 92.3 News FM)
Format Easy listening (as DWFM/MRS)
Smooth jazz (as Joey/second XFM circa 2008)
Chill-out, Electronica (as the first xFM)
Top 40 (CHR) (as U92)
News and Public affairs, Music, Entertainment, Talk (as News FM)
Power 25,000 watts
Owner Nation Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations 106.7 Energy FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.interAKSYON.com

DWFM or Radyo5 92.3 News FM is the Flagship FM radio station owned by Nation Broadcasting Corporation and operated by TV5 in the Philippines. The station's studios are located at 762 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City and the transmitter is located at Antipolo City.



Previously known as MRS 92.3 - Most Requested Song, Joey @ Rhythms 92.3 and later 923 Joey, the station started broadcasting from pre-martial law under the call letters DWFM.

Nation Broadcasting Corporation was born in 1963 as a result of the vision of one of Philippine radio's pioneers - Abelardo Yabut, Sr. Starting as a one-station affair with its Zamboanga AM station DXYZ and Manila AM station DZAM, NBC grew to a network of 16 AM stations. In the same year, DWFM started broadcasts and it broadcasts old songs.

Manila's third FM station (after DZFX-FM/now DWYS) 101.1 of Makati Broadcasting Network (now owned by Manila Broadcasting Company), and DZYK-FM (now DWRR-FM) 101.9 of Chronicle Broadcasting Network (now ABS-CBN Corporation) DWFM adopted the MRS format - "Most Requested Song" which featured soft pop, ballads, fairly adult contemporary. MRS 92.3 also named as DWFM 92.3 quickly became one of the top rated stations on FM and kept that distinction throughout most of its life, MRS was one of a handful of FM stations in Manila that defined the very popular adult contemporary format for a long time. With the success of DWFM in Manila, NBC also established Cebu's first FM station, DYNC-FM 101.9, in 1975. Within the same year, NBC put up DXFM-FM 101.9 in Davao, the first FM station in Davao and the whole of Mindanao. NBC then progressd into two divisions, NBC AM Network (16 AM stations now owned by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy) and NBC FM-Stereo Network (13 FM stations), NBC is named as the First Radio Satellite network in the Philippines on the 1980s.

The company took on new owners in the mid-90's when the Yabut family divested its shareholdings in the whole network (both FM and AM) to then real estate magnate and Speaker of the House Manny Villar. The station managed to maintain its original format without any changes.

As Joey 92.3/923 Joey

In 1998, NBC was acquired by MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund. With the new owners came a new management team, a new corporate logo and a new sound.

MRS was replaced by "Joey" in 1998. Radio executive Francis Lumen assumed the position of president and CEO bringing with him his previous 10 years of managing the now defunct DWCT Citylite 88.3 (now Jam 88.3). Joey went on to target the higher echelon crowd - mostly embassy officials and deejays who were displaced by the departure of Citylite 88.3 in 2003, with a mix of jazz fusion, pop jazz and crossover sound, with a little more of the European jazz flavor.

Its initial reincarnation came in the form of Joey 92.3 Rhythms - Joey also heralding the re-branding of its FM network using the same female names. The NBC AM Network was also rebranded - Angel Radio (now Sonshine Radio by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy). As well, its official call letters were changed from DWFM to DZRU.

It was also during this period that NBC entered into a joint venture with MTV Asia for an MTV Philippines feed via NBC's UHF Network (Channel 41).

In 2005, the Rhythms tag was dropped in favor of 923 Joey - It's a Groove Thing.

In January 2007, a new management team was brought on board. After 9 years as Joey, the team decided to re-format and reposition the network to meet the challenges of the evolving FM industry. Veteran broadcaster and media executive Raymund Miranda (previously with Real Radio RK96, KY91.5. GMA Network and The Walt Disney Company South East Asia/Korea), radio executive and current GMA-7 voice-over Al Torres (Al W Leader - 99.5RT, RK96, Kiss 101.1 and The Gentle Wind DWSM), along with veteran radio sales executive Amy Victa (RK96, Lite Rock 96.3) joined forces in this next step.

Together with the new team, the butterfly was dropped from the logo and the official call letters were returned to DWFM, the original call letters of the station.


On Easter Sunday, 8 April 2007 at exactly 12:01 am, 92.3 bid goodbye to Joey and surprised avid listeners with a new sound, new station liners and a return to its original call letters. Before playing the very first song under its new format, the station played this liner: "This is xFM. The New Equation for Good Music". From then on, xFM played ambient, chill, down-tempo, electronica, house, lounge, trip-hop and indie music - music more at home in clubs than radio. Interestingly enough, from August 2007 until the end of xFM's first iteration, easy listening tracks, which were a staple during the station's existence as 923 Joey, made its way again to the supposedly electronica-and-indie station's playlist, which led to the scrapping of the groundbreaking format on January 2008. "re-birth" was instituted on February 2008 with the adoption of a very popular Adult Contemporary format "Smooth Jazz", thus reverting it to the same format as it had before (as 923 Joey). 92.3 xFM has been re-branded into XFM 92.3 and adopted the slogans "Light N Up!" and "Light N Up Manila!" xFM 92.3 follows the likes of smooth jazz stations such as KNUA, KTWV and other stations that target the adult listeners. Coupled with R & B and contemporary pop favorites, xFM 92.3 mixes current smooth jazz selections and old memorable jazz favorites. xFM 92.3 has metamorphosed to become a light, vibrant and relaxing station to listen to in Metro Manila.

In its run as a smooth jazz station, xFM used the following slogans:

  • "Stress Free Radio"
  • "Cool, Hip, Light, Smooth and all that Jazz"
  • "Light N Up/Light N Up Manila"

As U92

On October 1, 2009, NBC management discontinued the XFM smooth jazz format after a year and seven months. In its place, a contemporary-hit radio format was fielded identifying itself as U92, with the youth-oriented slogan "Cool To Be U". The station was labeled as a radio affiliate of MTV Philippines. The on-air personalities were a mix of former and current MTV Philippines VJ's, celebrities and career radio people. U92 broadcast from a state-of-the-art studio at Silver City Mall, Frontera Verde Complex, Pasig City.

U92 was manned by a group led by Francis Lumen, president of All Youth Channels (AYC), which ran MTV Philippines. Lumen was a former NBC radio executive and Raven Broadcasting Corporation president.

On September 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM, U92 shut down.

Final personalities

Former programs

  • The Dollhouse
  • Press Play
  • The KC Show (moved to Wave 891 as The KC Show with Kat)
  • Count on U
  • The BrewRATs!( Ramon & Tado now part of Boys Night Out on Magic 89.9)
  • Night Fix
  • Bring The Beat Back
  • The Break
  • Shakedown
  • Shatterday Saturday
  • 5 HELLtop Drive
  • Turbo Time with Mike and Lindy (moved to 106.7 Dream FM)
  • U Are Life
  • The U Know Show
  • Morning Would

As 92.3 News FM

On October 1, 2010, NBC, in partnership with Associated Broadcasting Company/TV5, its affiliate, took over the management of 92.3 FM. Therefore as part of TV5's expansion, the station became 92.3 News FM, the first news/talk station on the FM band. It is a 24-hour radio station except on Holy Week of each year where off-air starts at 12:00am of Maundy Thursday and ends at 4:00am of Easter Sunday.

Last November 8, 2010, it had its debut at 12:30am & its first day of broadcasting began at 4am. The first show aired by the re-branded station was "Andar ng mga Balita" anchored by Martin Andanar. Since February 21, 2011, Radyo5 will also broadcast nationwide through its provincial relay stations on AM and FM.

On February 21, 2011, selected programs of 92.3 News FM began their simulcast on AksyonTV.


  • Neil Ocampo
  • Michelle Orosa
  • Richard Pinlac
  • Maverick Relova
  • Izza Reneva-Cruz
  • Edison Reyes
  • Trish Roque
  • Lito Reyes a.k.a. Shalala
  • Atty. Mel Sta Maria
  • Aida Sy
  • Niña Taduran
  • Chinkee Tan
  • Erika Tapalla
  • Atty. Mike Templo
  • Alex Tinsay
  • Faye Tobias
  • Tsongkibenj
  • Erwin Tulfo
  • Raffy Tulfo
  • Amelyn Veloso
  • Joey Villarama
  • Ariel Villasanta


  • Mariz Amante
  • JV Arcena
  • Ivy Bernardo
  • Zony Esguerra
  • Rey Ferrer
  • Joel Gorospe
  • Allan Lopez
  • Rosel Lopez
  • Tonel Lozano
  • Ruel Otieco
  • Hannibal Talete
  • Tony Tamondong

Current Programs


  • Aksyon (hook-up with TV5 and AksyonTV)
    • Aksyon JournalisMO (hook-up with TV5 and AksyonTV)
    • Aksyon News Update (news bulletin every 30 minutes)
    • Aksyon Sabado/Linggo (hook-up with TV5 and AksyonTV)
  • Andar ng mga Balita (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Balita alas-Singko sa Radyo5 (hook-up with AksyonTV "weekend only")
  • Balitaang Tapat (hook-up with TV5 and AksyonTV)
  • Balitang 60 (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • CNN Konek (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Intensity Singko
  • Sapul sa Singko (hook-up with TV5 and also on AksyonTV and main news only from 5:30 to 6:00 AM)
  • Todo Balita (formerly from DZMM)

Talk and Public Service

  • Punto Asintado! (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Wanted sa Radyo (formerly from DZXL) (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Aksyon Solusyon (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Relasyon (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Cristy Ferminute (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Diretsahan with Cheryl Cosim
  • Iba 'Yung Pinoy
  • Sakto kay Paolo, Sakto (rin) kay Cheri
  • Night Chat
  • Oplan Asenso (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Healing Galing (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Perfect Morning (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Showbiz FM
  • Magbago Tayo (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Todo Bigay! (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Metro Sabado (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Alertado (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Aksyon Sports (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Chink Positive (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Kasindak-Sindak
  • Chillax Radio
  • T3: Kapatid Sagot Kita (hook-up with TV5 and AksyonTV)
  • The Love Idols (hook-up with AksyonTV)
  • Deretsahan


  • Slowdown
  • 80s Sabado
  • 80s Linggo

Former Anchors and Reporters

  • Marlene Alcaide
  • Ryan Ang
  • Andrea Bautista
  • Dindo Flora
  • Jove Francisco
  • Hadji Kaamiño
  • Romel Lopez
  • Jun Loyola
  • Daiana Menezes
  • Roices Naguit-Sibal
  • Fiona Nicolas
  • Amy Perez
  • Amihan Sabilio
  • Ina Zara

Former Programs

  • Seriously Sabado
  • Isyu
  • Hot Seat Sabado
  • Ah, OA!: Amy and Hans on Air
  • ShowbizTo
  • Hip Academy
  • Reporters on Board
  • Help Gate
  • Radyo Singko NegoShow
  • Agri Ako
  • Balita sa Magdamag (replaced by Balita Alas-5 sa Radyo Singko Weekend)
  • Reaksyon
  • Eksper 'To (re-titled as Diretsahan with Cheryl Cosim)
  • Sunday By Heart


Branding Slogan Years Active
MRS 92.3 Most Requested Song 1975–1998
Joey @ Rhythms 92.3 It's a Groove Thing! 1998-April 2005
923 Joey Get Your Groove On! May 2005-April 4, 2007
92.3 XFM The New Equation For Good Music April 8, 2007-June 30, 2008
XFM 92.3 Light N Up!/Light N Up Manila! July 1, 2008-September 30, 2009
U92 Cool to be U October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010
92.3 News FM Iwanan Mo Na ang Lumang Tunog ng AM! November 8, 2010 – present
92.3 News FM Hatid sa inyo ng Radyo5 November 8, 2010 – present

NBC Radio stations in the Philippines

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