Over a year after it shifted back to the adult contemporary easy listening format due to its audience’s demand, 979 Home Radio kicked off a successful 24th year anniversary special on October 1, 2018 in Pasig City.
After its successful launch in October 1994, the station did not only cater to the music taste of Filipinos in Manila, but nationwide. Currently, Home Radio has 8 stations, including Manila, Cebu, General Santos, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, Naga, Legazpi and Iloilo.
“Home Radio has had a long journey. Marami na tayong phases na pinagdaanan. We’ve been easy listening. Naging masa, then naging millenials, and we went back to easy listening,” said President Randy Cabangon.
“I’m ecstatic that we’re back to easy listening,” Mr. Cabangon said, recalling how the adult contemporary format helped the station gained popularity among listeners since it was established 24 years ago.
Currently, Home Radio is among the Top 12 radio stations in Metro Manila based on the latest ranking by Kantar Media.
In April 2018, the station was recognized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, for its public service segment “Think Before You Post” that aimed to combat cyberbullying and the proliferation of fake news.
Home Radio supports OPM
In lieu of its 24th year anniversary, several rising stars in the OPM indusrty also came to perform live on Home Radio’s very first On-Air mini concert.
All the way from The X Factor UK, Elysa V took the microphone and left everyone stunned as she showed off her skills and sang Shanti Dope’s “Nadarang.”
Fatima Laguerras, Chloe Redondo and Mikko Estrada, three of the strongest contenders from The Voice Teens Philippines also shone brightest as they sang their rendition of Sarah Geronimo’s “Kilometro.”
Acoustic star Sabrina was also present in the celebration as she serenaded everyone with her guitar and calming voice.
The AM/FM band was also part of the roster of performers along with CINCO, Raymond Mabute, Michael Diamse and Jace Roque
“I would like to congratulate the new singers. They reminded me one thing when I was young,” said Mr. Edgard Cabangon, Chairman of the ALC Group of Companies.
The chairman also expressed his gratefulness to the young artists, adding Home Radio’s door will always be open to support OPM.
‘Feels Good To Be Home’
Home Radio concluded its celebration with “feel good” music, featuring the mixes of its guest DJ Sonny Santos.
Currently, Home Radio has four shows: Morning Melodies with Braggy and Alex, the only talk show of the station, goes on air from 7:00 am- 9:00 am on weekdays;
Emotions in Motion, which plays the best of the 80s and 90s love songs, happen from 9:00 am- 12:00pm on weekdays.
The station’s drive time show “Totally 80s” is a sure way to fire things up, as it features upbeat music from the 80s.
Lastly, Sunday All Day Classics which features the best of the 70s and 80s, happens from 6:00 AM-12:00 AM on weekends.