DWRK (96.3 FM), broadcasting as 96.3 Easy Rock, is a music FM radio station of Easy Rock Network owned by Cebu Broadcasting Company (an affiliate of Manila Broadcasting Company) in the Philippines. The station is currently broadcasting from Star…
DWRK (96.3 FM), broadcasting as 96.3 Easy Rock, is a music FM radio station of Easy Rock Network owned by Cebu Broadcasting Company (an affiliate of Manila Broadcasting Company) in the Philippines. The station is currently broadcasting from Star City Complex, Pasay City and its transmitter is located atop the BSA Twin Towers in Mandaluyong City, sharing the same site with 90.7 Love Radio & 101.1 Yes FM. The main format of the station is lite rock music.
ACWS-United Broadcasting Network established RK 96 in 1980, playing Adult Contemporary music. It was headed by Mike Pedero, who established NU 107 in 1987. It competed with 99.5 RT, Magic 89.9, 101.1 Kiss FM, and other AC stations before reformatting in 1988.
The station underwent rebranding and reformat as 96.3 WRocK with a Lite Rock format in 1988. The new format plays also love songs along with its lite rock songs. During the 1990s, it had a copyright infringement with 103.5 K-Lite with its use of the stinger " it's the true light rock" and "light rock with a kick". They also owned Ultravision 25 (now Net 25, owned by Eagle Broadcasting Corporation).
During the 2000s until its acquisition by MBC, it hosted events and played music that inspired a generation up to October 26, 2008 when its DJ's aired the final edition of " Lite Rock Favorites of the Week" with DJs Cherry and Dylan Thomas.
On October 6, 2008, it has been announced that the Elizalde Group of Companies' Manila Broadcasting Company has purchased WRocK from the Hodreal's ACWS-UBN, for PhP229.6 million. Except for the acquisition price, further terms were not disclosed. However, radio guidelines dictate that an entity could declare no more than one station under its direct ownership; hence as MBC is the declared owner of 90.7 Love Radio, it could not be the declared owner of 96.3. As such, the frequency was assigned to MBC affiliate Cebu Broadcasting Company.
On October 26, 2008, WRocK signed off permanently on its frequency, but revived as an online station. After that, MBC scrapped all programs associated with WRocK, and even ACWS-UBN. The new "WRocK" played automated music and some liners from its new DJs. MBC tried its best to maintain DWRK's upscale and niche-market on-air identity and programming format as 96.3 WRocK from October 2008 to May 17, 2009, unlike many other stations which reformatted after being sold. On December 2008, its studios moved to the Star City Complex, Pasay next to its new sister stations.
On May 18, 2009, DWRK rebranded as 96.3 Easy Rock, ending 20 years of broadcasting under the WRocK brand to reflect the change. This was MBC's first venture into class A,B & C market. Furthermore, on June 2012, Easy Rock made a lot of changes on its playlist, to make it quite similar to Love Radio's playlist.