Friday, April 16, 2010

Regulate dont ban vernacular radio

Jecktone Odeny listens to a transistor radio in rural Mara Province, Tanzania. He said he prefers Ramogi FM, a luo vernacular station in Kenya to get timely news
I concur with former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano's view that vernacular can unite the country. These stations can foster development in the that niche market populated by the uneducated.

Years ago, my elderly relatives used to tune it to vernacular broadcasting in Kisumu only from Kenya Broadcasting Corparation (KBC). But with the explosion of FM stations, they are now spoilt of choice.

Following the news has now become a ritual a a hitherto untapped market is opened up to the world. Even though some of the stations stand accused of fanning post-election violence, i would rather they were not banned.

Rather, they should be regulated to foster unity and development

Published on Monday March 22, 2010 by The Standard/Kenya

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