July 4, 2006

PROJECTS: Radio Station Targets Slum Residents (KENYA)

Kenya: Radio Station Targets Slum Residents

Allan Kisia - Nairobi

From outside, it looks like any other transit goods container, or storage for the popular mitumba (second-hand) clothes.

But inside the nondescript structure is the studio of the country's first slum radio station. The container houses equipment and machines of newly launched 101.5 Koch FM, a private radio station owned by youth from the Korogocho slum in Nairobi.

With a range of only 5 kilometres, the station has been successfully tested and is expected to go on air in two weeks' time once the Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) gives the go- ahead. The station, launched on June 24, will broadcast in Kiswahili and English in Korogocho and the surrounding areas.

Currently, it has nine male and female presenters who all grew up in the slum. The youth will run the station on voluntary basis.

Raphael Obonyo, a manager with Koch Youth Club, came up with the radio station idea to caution young people against crime and to provide entertainment.

FULL ARTICLE AT http://allafrica.com/stories/200607031125.html

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