DZBB (pronounced DZ-double-B; 594 kHz AM), broadcasting as GMA Super Radyo DZBB 594, is a 24/7 news-talk radio station based in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, aimed at the Mega Manila market. It is the flagship station of the Super Radyo Stations. It is a part of GMA News and Public Affairs, the news division owned by RGMA, a subsidiary of GMA Network.
At present DZBB is considered, and remains to be one of the top stations in the AM band in Metro Manila (#1 in Vehicle Coincidental Survey for AM stations and AGB Nielsen Media Research) and is recognized as one of the most awarded radio stations in the Philippines by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) withdraw until 2003. Rotary Club of Manila, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and other award giving bodies.
DZBB 580/Dobol B 580
DZBB was established on March 1, 1950 by Robert "Uncle Bob" Stewart, in a small office space in Calvo Building, Escolta, Manila with mostly second-hand equipment and an old, surplus radio transmitter. The station was then broadcasting on the frequency of 580 kHz.
Despite the scarcity 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 with trendsetting shows such as Camay Theater of the Air, Lovingly Yours, Helen, Kahapon Lamang, Tawag ng Tanghalan, Newscoop, and Kwentong Kutsero. Some of these shows eventually went to television. DZBB was also the first to air live coverage extended not just to news and public affairs, but also to entertainment and educational programs.
In 1957, DZBB moved to its new and current home at EDSA, Quezon City.
Due to the success of DZBB, Stewart ventured into television on October 29, 1961 as DZBB-TV Channel 7 with the branding of RBS-7 (now known as GMA-7 Manila). The station was seized and closed in September 23, 1972 then President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. Two years later, Channel 7
DZBB 594/Dobol B 594
DZBB and other provincial radio and television stations were eventually sold to the triumvirate of Gilberto Duavit, Sr., Menardo Jimenez and Felipe Gozon. At the same time, DZBB returned to the airwaves under the branding "Dobol B", and was a full service radio station with news, public service and entertainment programming.
When democracy in the Philippines was restored in the People Power Revolution in 1986, other radio and television stations began to air, some with their original owners. The political instability of the country also added to the station's burden, when soldiers stormed into its studios for two days in a part of coup attempt to topple then President Corazon Aquino. At around 6 PM, the Radio Veritas backup transmitter failed and the station went off the air. News and updates about the uprising were now carried on by announcer June Kiethley of DZRJ, renamed to DZBB or Radio Bandido. DZBB's headquarters were kept secret to prevent a repeat of what happened to Radio Veritas.
DZBB 594 kHz Bisig Bayan
The station was known as "Bisig Bayan" from July 17, 1989 to January 3, 1998. Their new identity made the station more popular to radio listeners in Metro Manila. Rafael "Paeng" Yabut, Bobby Guanzon, Lito Villarosa, Rene Jose, Rey Pacheco, Raul Virtudazo, Jimmy Gil, Arman Roque, Rose "Manang Rose" Clores, German Moreno, Inday Badiday, Helen Vela and Pol Caguiat were the personalities of the Bisig Bayan format.
Also in the early 1990s, DZBB extends their operating hours to 24/7 and came out with Kape at Balita, a morning news/commentary/talk show hosted by Bobby Guanzon and then GMA News reporter Jessica Soho.
Super Radyo DZBB 594 kHz
On January 4, 1998, the station was renamed "Super Radyo DZBB 594". Much of their programming focuses on news and current events, and it still simulcasts GMA programs such as 24 Oras and Saksi.
In 2014, DZBB kept its winning streak in Mega Manila as it continued to lead rival stations in ratings, according to data from AGB Nielsen Media Research. DZBB grabbed the lead in Mega Manila in June 2014 and has since sustained leadership in the area.
| Metro Manila|
Super Radyo DZBB 594
FM/AM Radio Stations in Metro/Mega Manila, Philippines
| FM stations|
DWJM 88.3 | DWAV 89.1 | DWTM 89.9 | DZMB 90.7 | DWKY 91.5 | DWFM 92.3 | DWRX 93.1 | DWKC 93.9 | DWLL 94.7 | DZEC-FM 95.5 | DWRK 96.3 | DWLS 97.1 | DWQZ 97.9 | DZFE 98.7 | DWRT 99.5 | DZRJ-FM 100.3 | DWYS 101.1 | DWRR 101.9 | DWSM 102.7 | DWKX 103.5 | DWBR 104.3 | DWBM 105.1 | DWLA 105.9 | DWET 106.7 | DWNU 107.5