Voice of Africa Radio
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Voice of Africa Radio (VOAR) is a London-based FM radio station, founded on 1 January 2000 to correct the exclusion and marginalisation of the African community from the electronic media. Initially, the station operated unlicensed, covering the Greater London area on 107.7 MHz. It attracted a wide range of African businesses that advertised and sponsored most of its programmes. Listeners were mainly the youth, but also various African High Commissioners and Heads of State.
Voice of Africa Radio finally won its bid for a five-year permanent FM licence in London on 16 February 2006, after six years of campaigning, making it the first and only legally licensed African radio station in the UK.
The station went live on 20 August 2007. After experiencing problems with pirate stations operating on the assigned frequency (94.3 MHz), Ofcom proposed changing the station's carrier frequency to 94.0 MHz. The change would also allow an increase in radiated signal strength. This change was implemented on 25 February 2011.
Apart from entertaining listeners with an exciting range of African music spanning the continent of Africa, VOAR also provides several phone–in programmes which discuss issues that are pertinent to Africans at local, national and international level. It is based at 24 Swete Street, Plaistow.
- "Change of Frequency". Voice of Africa Radio. December 2009.
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