Radio Alinafe to celebrate 10 years on air

Radio Alinafe of the Lilongwe Archdiocese of the Catholic Church, will, on 29th September 2012, cerebrate 10 years of broadcasting.

Established in 1997 as a tool for evangelization, the Radio Station started broadcasting on 14th March, 2002 and this year’s event will mark exactly 10 years since its inception.

According to chairman of the organizing committee for the event, John Mchilikizo, the event will be marked by several activities; among them a thanksgiving mass which will be held at Utatu Woyera Parish in Kawale, and will celebrated Archbishop Tarsizio Ziyaye of Blantyre Archdiocese, who will be the guest of honour at the celebrations.

“We have decided to invite Archibishop Ziyaye because he played a major role during the establishment of the Radio Station when he was Bishop of Lilongwe Diocese,” explained Mchilikizo.

Mchilikizo: There will be thanks giving mass

Mchilikizo also added that apart from the mass, they have also lined up a number of activities such as special radio programmes aimed at publicizing the event.

He said at the moment the station is running a quiz competition and lucky winners will go away with assorted prizes such as T-shirts, Golf Shirts and pieces of the Archdiocesan cloth, popularly known as Tiyendere Limodzi.

“As we are celebrating our 10 years on air, we have thought it wise to involve our listener, hence the various programmes targeting the listener, which we have lined up,” he said.

With 3 permanent workers and 42 volunteers, Radio Alinafe broadcasts news stories and features, documentaries, as well as entertain,

Director of the Radio Station, Fr. Gabriel Jana, said in a separate interview, the radio station belongs to the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe.

“The running of the Radio depends on the Catholic faithful within Lilongwe Archdiocese as it is theirs, therefore, they contribute money which helps in purchasing materials that are required at the station.” he said.

“Radio Alinafe also airs only adverts that do not contradict with the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church,” added Fr. Jana.

In an interview with listeners from Kawale, Catherine Kapito, said the radio is an inspiration to her.

“I am not a Catholic but I listening to the radio Station, I started way back and I enjoy it very much, especially during the time when they are playing songs by different Catholic choirs,” she explained.

Kapito asked management of the Radio station to consider extending broadcast time to at least mid-night so that listeners enjoy its programmes after knocking off work.

Radio Alinafe broadcasts local programmes from 07:00 am to 10:00pm and links up with EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, from 10:00pm to 7:00 the following day, and is on 97.1 and 96.7 mHz FM.

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