Radio 47 is yet to launch but is already the talk of the town.
The soon-to-be-launched radio station is already giving established stations like Radio Maisha a run for their money after it poached many of their presenters.
Radio 47 will be a Kiswahili station, posing serious competition to other Swahili stations like Radio Citizen, Radio Maisha, Milele FM, and Radio Jambo.
The new station, which is set to kick off next month, has already announced several presenters who will host various shows.
The station’s move to poach presenters from a rival station has left Kenyans concluding that the presenters will receive a higher salary hence the decision to leave an established media like Radio Maisha.
Radio Maisha management should have seen this coming after it announced plans to lay off some of the staff months ago due to a financial crisis.
Radio 47 Presenters
Kenyans are now used to radio presenters hopping from one station to another, and there is nothing wrong with seeking greener pastures.
A similar scenario is playing out for Radio 47.
Below are former Radio Maisha and Milele FM presenters who have already been confirmed as the new station’s employees:
- Bill Miya
- Emmanuel Mwashumbe
- Mbaruk Mwalimu
- Hassan Kauleni
- Beatrice Maganga
- Lydia Oriaso
- Geoffrey Mung’ou
- Sakwa Titus- Mwalimu Wa Dunia
- Eva Mwalili
Emmanuel Mwashumbe will be headlining the morning show, while Billy Miya and Mbaruk Mwalimu will host the evening show.
It has yet to be confirmed, which shows the rest of the presenters will be hosting.
Who Owns Radio 47
Radio 47 is owned by Prof. Simon Gicharu, under the management of his company known as Cape Media Ltd.
The proprietor also owns TV 47, including other radio and TV stations in Rwanda.
Simon Gicharu, a billionaire, is also the founder of Mount Kenya University.
TV 47 is only three years old but has garnered an impressive Kenyan audience.
Radio 47 may follow suit and become a commanding radio station within a short time.
Radio 47 Frequencies
The radio is set to operate from TV 47 head offices in Westlands.
The station will first air in a few towns before rolling out to other towns across all 47 counties.
It will only be a matter of time before the radio penetrates all towns and rural areas.
The station has prioritised coverage in a few towns when it launches, as mentioned below, plus their frequencies:
- Nairobi- 103.0 FM
- Mombasa- 92.9 FM
- Kisumu- 101.2 FM
- Eldoret- 100.9 FM
- Garissa- 89.5 FM
- Webuye- 104.3 FM
- Lamu- 89.5 FM
Radio 47 Social Media Accounts
Radio 47 made its presence known through social media platforms like Facebook, which already has over 6k followers.
The management uses the account to inform new fans about new developments, such as presenters who will be gracing the station and the frequencies they can find.
The radio station also has Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok accounts that interested Kenyans can access here.
Their website is yet to go live as it is still being designed.