Today is World Radio Day! Think radio is old news? Take another listen.
With over 44,000 radio stations worldwide, at least 75% of households in developing countries have access to radio. It bridges communities together, providing a real-time reach between people and across cultures.
In honor of World Radio Day today, we would like to tune you into best radio shows in Africa. So pop in those headphones and tune in:
Canal FM, Angola
Taking pride in its rich history and culture, Angola’s Canal radio station broadcasts news, culture programs and sports in English, French and Portuguese. Offering programs in multiple languages has enabled Canal to become one of the most listened to stations of all Angola. Listen here!
Savane FM, Burkina Faso
With topics like women’s rights issues at the forefront of conversations in Burkina Faso, Savane broadcasts their regular talk show across the capital Ouagadougou. The show is broadcast in the local language, Morri, and reaches 5 million people – one third of the entire population in Burkina Faso. Tune in here.
Nogoum FM, Egypt
Broadcasted throughout Greater Cairo, Nogoum plays popular hits from Egyptians charts along with Western songs remixed with Egyptian beats. Curious to hear more? Check out this song for an idea of the hits played on Nogoum. For more on Nogoum, stream it live.
Star FM, Gambia
For those interested in Afro-Rock fusion, Gambia’s Star FM is the station to beat. Airing the best of local and international rock, Star’s programs are mostly broadcast in English allowing it to cater to a global audience. For more Afro-Rock, listen in now.
Radio Benso, Mali
Catering to the immediate needs of the community, Radio Benso keeps its many local farmers up to date on new techniques in cotton farming while informing them of village events. The best part for the show- the station plays local tunes!
Wazobia FM, Nigeria
Broadcasted in Pidgin English, Wazobia FM is one of the most tuned in stations in Nigeria. With over 250 different tribal groups all speaking their own languages, Pidgeon English is the only language they have in common. It’s no wonder Wazobia is so listened to! Check it out here
Radio Bintumani, Sierra Leone
With at least 5 different tribes living in the Koinadugu district of Sierra Leone, Radio Bintumani brings the communities together to foster cross tribal relations. Acting as a voice for change for the residents, Radio Bintumani helps the tribes work together to overcome shared problems.
Jozi FM, South Africa
Boasting the largest local radio in South Africa, Jozi covers issues most important to its community, voicing concerns over health, agriculture and youth issues. However it makes sure to strike an even balance between radio shows and music, streaming South Africa’s biggest hits. Listen live now
Kumui Kwathu, Zambia
600,000 people tune in daily to one of Zambia’s community radio stations, “Kumuzi Kwathu,” meaning “In our Village.” Kumuzi Kwathu aims to educate its community on safer reproductive health care practices. Since listening to the radio station, midwives in the region have practiced safer child delivery techniques.