It has only been broadcasting on the internet for three weeks, but the new online radio station opened in UK seems to have been welcomed by many Malawians in diaspora, especially those in UK. The station named Radio 247 MALAWI joins the long list of Malawian radios now streaming online.
Radio 247 Malawi is the brainchild of Glasgow based Malawian entrepreneur James Mbali.
In their official statement, signed by Dj Noriega Bee, the radio has been positioned for the niche market of Malawians in diaspora.
“Our slogan is bringing Malawians together, and this represents what we want to do, bringing the community of Malawians in diaspora together through this medium. Their target audience is Malawians who have been away from home for some time and especially living in in UK, USA, RSA and Republic of Ireland.”
“We have received a lot of support, the Malawi Embassy in UK has welcomed our station” said Mbali .
In another statement, Malawi Association UK (Mauk) president Clement Chunga also welcomed the opening of the station highlighting that it is always good for Malawians to be doing something that will benefit their community.
The radio will focus on updates on what Diasporas are doing; broadcasting live events they are doing as well as playing a lot of music by Malawi artists.
The is also geared on working with Malawian music artists on finding ways on how they can come and perform in UK, RSA and Ireland.
So far the Radio 247 Malawi can be listened to on http://www.247malawi.com/ and those with smartphones can download the Tunein app where upon searching for the radio, they will be able to listen to it. The station will also be looking at ways on whether we can get a frequency so that what we broadcast can be listened to easily in Malawi. They are also geared at opening a Music TV station in Malawi soon.
Radio 247 Malawi also wants to be at the fore front of social responsibility by mobilising Diasporas to donate and help charities that help Malawi. Other Djs at the station are, Amos “Amophi” Phiri, Tia the Don and Teonas.