Catholic Media Network
(CMN)
FormerlyPhilippine Federation of Catholic Broadcasters (PFCB)
Company typePrivate
IndustryRadio broadcasting
Founded1997
HeadquartersUnit 201 Sunrise Condominium, #226 Ortigas Ave., North Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines
Key people
Fr. Francis Lucas (President)
OwnerCatholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
Websitewww.catholicmedianetwork.com

Catholic Media Network, also known as CMN, is a Catholic radio network in the Philippines.[1] CMN serves as the broadcasting arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.[2]

History

CMN was known as the Philippine Federation of Catholic Broadcasters (PFCB), a radio network founded through the efforts of Fr. James Reuter, SJ and Fr. George Dion, OMI in 1966.[3] The radio network was owned and operated by different Catholic broadcast media corporations.[1]

In 1997, the name was changed to the Catholic Media Network to suit the network's mission and also the new slogan "The Spirit of The Philippines".

In October 2017, the House of Representatives threatened not to renew the 25-year franchise of the CBCP's broadcast radio operations (including some of the CMN member stations), citing criticism on the Duterte administration over war on drugs. However, CMN's de facto flagship station DZRV, was not part of it as it is operated by CBCP's affiliate Global Broadcasting System, which its franchise was already renewed by the Aquino administration a year earlier.

Eventually, in July 2019, CBCP broadcast franchise was renewed for 25 years after its respective bill was lapsed into law as President Rodrigo Duterte did not signed it within the period set by the Constitution.[4]

Content

CMN content varies depending on the station from which it is being broadcast. Stations broadcast news, sports, radio drama, and other programs. As a network, CMN's mission statement is to use community-based broadcasting to promote New Evangelization and human development.[1] Content is anti-abortion, catholic, and community oriented.[1]

Stations

CMN has 54 radio stations across the Philippines and its broadcasts reach 11 regions and 35 provinces. It is the largest broadcaster in the Philippines, in terms of total number of stations and transmitting power per station.[1][5][6]

Most of its stations are operated by their respective dioceses either through CBCP or their dioceses' own media arms. These stations, along with its diocesan licensees and affiliates, form the network chain and these individual stations credit their promotions as "members of" and not "owned by" CMN.

AM stations

CMN's AM stations are grouped as Radyo Totoo, with the exception of DWAL in Batangas. Several provincial stations have their own local branding other than Radyo Totoo.

Branding Callsign Frequency Power Location Owner
Veritas 846[a] DZRV 846 kHz 50 kW Mega Manila Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila
Radyo Totoo Abra DZPA 873 kHz 5 kW Bangued Abra Community Broadcasting Corporation
Radyo Totoo Laoag DZEA 909 kHz 10 kW Laoag Roman Catholic Diocese of Laoag
Radyo Totoo Vigan DZNS 963 kHz 5 kW Vigan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
Radyo Totoo Baguio DZWT 540 kHz 10 kW Baguio Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation
Radyo Totoo Alaminos DZWM 864 kHz 10 kW Alaminos Alaminos Community Broadcasting Corporation
Radyo Veritas Nueva Vizcaya[a] DWRV 1233 kHz 10 kW Bayombong Roman Catholic Diocese of Bayombong
Radyo Totoo Mindoro DZVT 1395 kHz 5 kW San Jose Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro
Radyo Veritas Legazpi DWBS 1008 kHz 10 kW Legaspi Diocesan Multi-Media Services, Inc.
Radio Fuerza DYRF 1215 kHz 10 kW Cebu Word Broadcasting Corporation
Radyo Diwa DYDW 531 kHz 5 kW Tacloban
DYVW DYVW 1386 kHz 10 kW Borongan Voice of the Word Media Network
Ang Dios Gugma Radio DYDA 1053 kHz 10 kW Iloilo City Ang Dios Gugma Catholic Ministries
Radyo Totoo Antique DYKA 801 kHz 10 kW San Jose Kauswagan Broadcasting Corporation
Radyo Veritas Bacolod DYAF 1143 kHz 10 kW Bacolod Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod
DYDM DYDM 1548 kHz 5 kW Maasin Roman Catholic Diocese of Maasin
Radyo Verdadero Zamboanga DXVP 1467 kHz 10 kW Zamboanga Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zamboanga
Heart of Mary DXHM 549 kHz 10 kW Mati Roman Catholic Diocese of Mati
Radyo Totoo Malaybalay DXDB 594 kHz 5 kW Malaybalay Roman Catholic Diocese of Malaybalay
Radyo Kampana DXDD 657 kHz 10 kW Ozamiz Dan-ag sa Dakbayan Broadcasting Network
Radyo Magbalantay DXSN 1017 kHz 5 kW Surigao Silangan Broadcasting Corporation
Radyo Bida Cotabato DXMS 882 kHz 10 kW Cotabato Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation
Radyo Bida Kidapawan DXND 747 kHz 5 kW Kidapawan
Radyo Bida Koronadal DXOM 963 kHz 5 kW Koronadal
Radyo Totoo General Santos DXCP 585 kHz 10 kW General Santos South Cotabato Communications Corporation
Radyo Totoo Jolo DXMM 927 kHz 5 kW Jolo Sulu Tawi-Tawi Broadcasting Foundation
Radyo Totoo Tawi-Tawi DXGD 549 kHz 5 kW Bongao

FM stations

CMN's FM stations are grouped as Spirit FM. Prior to 1997, these stations had their unique local branding. Majority of these stations carry a hybrid of masa & religious formats while some carry their own music formats (whether religious, Top 40 or country) and even a few function as an overflow station of their AM sister. Similar to its sister AM network, a few stations still operate under their own local branding other than Spirit FM.

Branding Callsign Frequency Power Location Owner
Spirit FM Abra DWWM 96.9 MHz 5 kW Bangued Abra Community Broadcasting Corporation
Spirit FM Alaminos DWTJ 99.3 MHz 20 kW Alaminos Alaminos Community Broadcasting Corporation
99.9 Country DZWR 99.9 MHz 10 kW Baguio Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation
Manaoag Dominican Radio 102.7 MHz 500 W Manaoag Manaoag Dominican Broadcasting
Spirit FM Bayombong[a] DZRV 90.1 MHz 5 kW Bayombong Roman Catholic Diocese of Bayombong
Bright FM DWBL 91.9 MHz 1 kW San Fernando Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando
Radio Maria DZRM 99.7 MHz 10 kW Tarlac City Radio Maria Philippines Network
DZRD 101.5 MHz 5 kW Tuguegarao
DZRC 102.1 MHz 5 kW Santiago
DWCX 95.9 MHz 5 kW Olongapo
Spirit FM Baler DZJO 101.7 MHz 5 kW Baler Roman Catholic Territorial Prelature of Infanta
Spirit FM Infanta DWJO 92.7 MHz 1 kW Infanta
Spirit FM Occidental Mindoro DZVT 93.7 MHz 5 kW San Jose Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro
Spirit FM Calapan DZSB 104.1 MHz 10 kW Calapan Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan
Spirit FM Gumaca DWDG 91.7 MHz 1 kW Gumaca Roman Catholic Diocese of Gumaca
Spirit FM Lucena DWVM 103.9 MHz 10 kW Lucena Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucena
Spirit FM Batangas DWAM 99.1 MHz 5 kW Batangas Radyo Bayanihan System
Radyo Totoo Batangas DWAL 95.9 MHz 1.5 kW
Radio Caritas Mariae[a] DWRV 98.3 MHz 5 kW Naga Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cáceres
Spirit FM Legazpi DWCZ 94.7 MHz 5 kW Legazpi Diocesan Multi-Media Services, Inc.
Spirit FM Sorsogon DZGN 102.3 MHz 10 kW Sorsogon City Good News Sorsogon Foundation
Spirit FM Masbate DZIM 98.3 MHz 5 kW Masbate City Roman Catholic Diocese of Masbate
XFM Iloilo[b] DYOZ 100.7 MHz 10 kW Iloilo Ang Dios Gugma Ministries
Spirit FM Calinog[a] DYMI 94.7 MHz 5 kW Calinog Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro
Spirit FM Antique DYKA 94.1 MHz 5 kW San Jose Kauswagan Broadcasting Corporation
Spirit FM Roxas DYCW 88.1 MHz 5 kW Roxas City Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Capiz
Power 89.1 Cebu DYDW 89.1 MHz 10 kW Cebu City Word Broadcasting Corporation
Power 90.3 Ormoc DYAJ 90.3 MHz 5 kW Ormoc
Spirit FM Davao DXGN 89.9 MHz 10 kW Davao City Davao Verbum Dei Media Foundation, Inc.
Cool Radio DXDD 100.7 MHz 5 kW Ozamiz Dan-ag sa Dakbayan Broadcasting Network
Marian Radio DXFO 103.9 MHz 10 kW Cagayan de Oro Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
Spirit FM Mati DXDV 97.5 MHz 5 kW Mati Roman Catholic Diocese of Mati
Happy FM Cotabato DXOL 92.7 MHz 5 kW Cotabato City Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation
Happy FM Koronadal DXOM 91.7 MHz 5 kW Koronadal
Happy FM Kidapawan DXDM 88.7 MHz 5 kW Kidapawan
  1. ^ a b c d e Owned by Global Broadcasting System.
  2. ^ Operated by Yes2Health Advertising.

CMN Radio

Main article: CMN Radio

Notable diocesan/regional licensees and affiliates

International affiliations

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Official Website of The Catholic Media Network". Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2007.
  2. ^ KBP Members (see Mabuhay Broadcasting System profile) Accessed on July 10, 2019
  3. ^ Kismadi, Gloria C. (November 15, 2017). "A Brief Biography". In Aquino, Cherry Castro (ed.). Remembering James B. Reuter, SJ. Mandaluyong: Anvil Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9786214201150. Retrieved July 3, 2023.
  4. ^ "TV5, CBCP franchise extension bills lapse into law —Malacañang │ GMA News Online".
  5. ^ "NTC AM Radio Stations via FOI website" (PDF). foi.gov.ph. August 23, 2022.
  6. ^ "NTC FM Stations (as of June 2022) via FOI website" (PDF). foi.gov.ph. February 14, 2023.