First phase (2012-2014)

96.1 FM

Mwanedu Radio (Mwanedu FM 96.1) transmits from Vuria Hills in Taita Taveta County in the Coastal region of Kenya. It was established in 2000 and originally broadcasted all content in the Kitaita language. Following the post elections violence of 2007/2008, Kiswahili was introduced as a way of building peace and harmonious coexistence. Kiswahili is now the main content language. The station reaches a population of around 560,000 listeners. Its programmes mostly focus on community empowerment, agriculture, good governance, better livelihoods, and culture of the Taita community.

The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Mwanedu Radio’s coverage area:

Health

  1. Access to health care services
  2. HIV/Aids
  3. Malaria
  4. Nutrition

Agriculture

  1. Horticulture
  2. Poor farming practices
  3. Insufficient rainfall

Land Issues

  1. No title deeds
  2. Conflicts
  3. Boundaries

“People are tuning in to the station to get to know how they can move forward from where they are”, says George Mwamodo as he describes the amazing opportunities that radio offers to people. Listen below to the audios created by the station and discover what makes radio Mwanedu FM a tool for cross-border trade and international relations and how World Radio Day can provide a unique platform for local radios to share their experiences and improve the quality of radio programming:

Audio 1: interview with Radio Mwanedu's station manager on World Radio Day 2013 
Audio 2: presentation of Radio Mwanedu

 

Resources and further information

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Contact info

P.O Box 129-60602 Kianjai
Kenya

Website

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