DYRL Abyan Radyo is one of the stations owned by Radio Corporation of the Philippines (RadioCorp)
It was year 1956 when Negros Island was heard on air. Owned and managed by Sammy Palanca, the first radio broadcasting station in the province was built under the Visayan Broadcasting Network. However, in 1963, Sampaguita Broadcasting System took over the station headed by a business tycoon named Ricardo Lopez-Tan. The station then was known as DYRL taking the first two intials of its founder.
Along with DYWX, a station with purely musical format, the two stations were established at Cameroli Avenue which was originally named as Celso Tan Street in honor of the late Celso Tan, the first class hard-hitting commentator of DYRL who was shot in his own home in Sum-ag, Bacolod City.
DYRL, considered as the mother of all broadcasting stations, became the breeding point of the first class radio commentators licensed by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP).
During the Martial Law, station DYRL was temporarily closed and resume its operation in 1978. However, Tan was forced to sell DYWX due to severe illness.
In 1980, DYRL was sold to Radyo Pilipino Corporation and became one of its franchise radio station, emphasizing on public service, news, music, and commentaries.
Powered with 10,000 watts under DX Harris Transmitter, the station reached the province of Negros, Iloilo City, Antique, some parts of Guimaras Island, Masbate, Bantayan Island, Mindanao, Romblon, Palumpon Leyte, Negros Oriental, and Cebu in local broadcast media coverages.
Its folded antenna stands 155 feet and uses Hiligaynon, Filipino, and English as its medium of communication. Station DYRL can be found 1035 KHz in your AM band.
Among its noted commentators were late Celso Tan, Rene Tan, Joe Rosado, Art Ganza, George Tabangcora, Ernesto Lacson Faunlague, Ben Barredo, Daisy Saburdo, and Janette Aritao.
Truly DYRL had stick to its commitment …to inform and serve the community with its balance and varied programs.
Through the years, station DYRL will continue to face challenges to uphold its goals. A symbol of radio broadcasting in the province, responsible in the communication evolution of Metro Bacolod.