THE HISTORY :
In 1968, DZNS was just a 1,000 watt weakling, but one of the best at that time. The station is located on the groundfloor of the Archbishop`s Residence in Vigan, with its transmitter more than a kilometer away, opposite of the Vigan Major Seminary. In the early part of 1970, it became an affiliate of the Philippines` largest media outfit : ABS-CBN, it was the radio to beat in Ilocos Sur.
Being affiliated with the country`s biggest network provided a big boost to the fledging radio station in terms of programming and popularity. It had a large audience for its two “ LIVE SHOWS” on Sundays. Its News and Public Affairs programs gave the competition a run for their money. Moreover, the weekly address of the Archbishop was the voice of Hope for the opposition at that time.
But just as it rose to unprecedented heights of fame and glory, DZNS was abruptly down along with the rest of broadcast media. That was the day Martial Law proclaimed on Sept. 21, 1972. Two months later, DZNS was re-opened through a Temporary Permit to Operate. It was the only ABS-CBN radio stations are allowed to broadcast.
This was short lived, however. On March 20, the late Archbishop Juan C. Sison received a telegram from the Undersecretary of Defense, saying "Sorry Monsignor, your application for Permanent Permit to Operate is not granted". On that day DZNS breathed its last.
The Most Rev. Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, DD.In a renewed effort to respond to the need for "community evangelization" and to serve as a media support for the promotions of the aspirations of the rural poor, DZNS was formally re-opened on July 7, 1991. At its re-birth, it articulated its vision of fostering a life of faith, prayer and service, as well as intensifying the Archdiocesan thrust towards community building. The station re-committed itself to the moral, cultural, political, social and economic upliftment of the people through reliable information, public service, educational programs, wholesome entertainment, and above all, in a more focused manner, through the proclamation of the good news. No less than the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia, the Most Rev. Orlando Quevedo, OMI, graciously opened the door and lit the path to the beginnings of responsible broadcasting.
His Eminence JOSE T. CARDINAL SANCHEZ, D.D.On Sept. 7,1991, DZNS was inaugurated by His Eminence Jose Cardinal T. Sachez. DZNS with its sensible and credible mission as a church of the people truly evangelized and evangelizing, upholds its virtue for Responsible Broadcasting of the truth as it leads towards People Empowerment.