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The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) is Nigeria’s publicly-funded radio broadcaster.

Their subsidiaries include;

The Voice of Nigeria international service

Radio Nigeria domestic network.
In this clip, Philips Robinson Adefioye takes you on a tour of Radio Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria in Lagos, introducing staff behind the scenes and discussing various aspects of the FRCN operation.

Radio Nigeria is part of the FRCN’s mediumwave service. In 2007, FRCN began introducing FM transmitters in some locations, and plans to upgrade and modernise its shortwave and medium wave transmitters in the near future.

In another posting about KASS FM Kenya – Julius Lamaon, the CEO, responds to criticisms that Kalenjin callers to the station made Incendiary comments that stirred the violence following the 2007 Kenyan elections. Some have called this controversial style of broadcasting – “Hate Radio”.

Although radio clearly has a responsibility to ensure a fair and balanced output – targeting Kass and other stations for the bloody aftermath of the elections seems to be a way of deflecting attention away from the real causes of the issue – years of ineffectual government and corruption amongst politicians.

I asked Julius about this sensitive issue in order to give some balance to the debate – which has “accused” several Kenyan stations without any real evidence being produced. It’s worth noting that following the elections Kass invited representatives from other Kenyan tribes to share their views on-air in talk shows designed to encourage unity.

Kass FM in Kenya not only broadcast on traditional FM radio frequencies across Kenya…. The station can also be heard locally and across the world online.

In this clip – the online content manager for the station discusses how the internet is becoming increasingly important to Kass FM’s output – and revenue stream – as well as how they are utilsing web technologies like facebook and youtube etc.

Visit the station online at:

Kass FM broadcasts in the Kalenjin language – and reaches an audience of about 4.5 million listeners across Kenya daily.

Kass Lene Emet is the station’s breakfast show – and in this clip, the presenter Joshua arap Sang discusses programme content, as well as audience interaction and Kenyan radio in general.

The station broadcasts in the following regions; Nairobi and its environs including Machakos, Thika, Kiambu and Limuru – in the Rift Valley, which includes Nakuru, Eldoret, Kitale, Baringo, Kapenguria, Timboroa, Gilgill, Naivasha, Bomet, Litein and Kericho – in coastal regions of Kenya including Mombasa, Malindi, Mtwapa, Changamwe, Ukunda and Kilifi – and also in parts of Western Kenya and Nyanza which include Kakamega, Kisumu and Kisii. The station also broadcasts across the world online…

Visit Kass FM online at;

Funke-Treasure Durodola is a radio presenter at Metro FM, Lagos, Nigeria. In this clip she discusses the diversity of Nigerian radio, gender equality in presenting staff, training issues and the enduring popularity of radio in everyday life – amongst other things.

Metro FM is one of the 5 nationwide stations run by the FRCN (Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria) acrosss Nigeria. The network’s mission is to be;

“An impartial, credible, proactive broadcast medium in the forefront of Nigeria’s national development, unity and progress”

Their vision is:

“To create and maintain a broadcast outfit that will serve as a model in Nigeria and Africa in terms of standards, professionalism and character.”

Their mandate is:

“To uplift the people and unite the nation.”

Elizabeth Njoroge is the host of the “Smooth Classics” radio programme on Kenya’s Capital Radio, based in Nairobi. In this audio slideshow she discusses the success of her radio show and how she utilises online technologies to interact with her audience.

Elizabeth’s excellent programme is the country’s only specialist classical music show – and it is rapidly gaining popularity – especially with younger listeners. Other topics covered in this clip include; the commercialisation of radio in Kenya, educational radio, and the use of local content to increase listenership.

You can join her Facebook group “Crazy for Classics” which is dedicated to classical music in Kenya.

Pamoja Radio99.9 FM is a community radio station formed in 2007 to empower youth of Kibera and its surrounding area through education and information. In this clip, station founder and manager Adam Hussein, along with key staff, talk about the goals of Pamoja, the support of USAID and it’s training policies.

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Magenta is an excellent training institution which teaches a wide range of practical media skills across both radio and television.

I recently met with the manager (July 2010) – and talked to her about the media landscape in Kenya – and the remaining importance of radio in the country. In the audio slideshow attached to this post you can see some of the radio students in action – and find out more about media training in Kenya.

The Magenta Training Institute can be found in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.

This interview was recorded with Austeen Elewodalu, Assistant Director of News at “Voice of Nigeria” (VON) – which is the official international broadcasting station of Nigeria.

Founded in 1961, the Voice of Nigeria began life as the External Service of the then Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (now Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria). In this clip Austeen talks about various VON news policies and the importance of providing a truely African “voice” – for not only the Nigerian dispora – but for all countries across the continent.

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This is another post examing the important role of student radio in Africa. In this clip Professor Ralph Akinfeleye from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, dicusses student station Unilag 103.1 FM, their Mass Communication course, and the influence of Government in the evolution of Nigerian Broadcasting.

This interview was recorded in July 2010 and features members of the Mass Communications teaching staff – as well as members of Radio Unilag 103.1 FM – which was the first University Radio Station in Nigeria. There’s also a short section taken from an on-air interview with yours truly…

(How exciting!)

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