Liberia

STAR radio Liberia launches short wave broadcasts

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Lausanne/Monrovia - On Tuesday 12th July 2005, STAR radio Liberia begins short wave broadcasts over Liberia & the Sub region, which are aimed to reach the entire population of Liberia and the neighboring countries. The short wave will initially be for three hours, daily, with morning broadcasts at 0700-0900 UTC (on 9525 kHz) and evening broadcasts at 2100-2200 UTC (on 11965 kHz).

STAR radio was reopened on 25th May 2005 after having been forcibly closed down by the then President Charles Taylor in March 2000. It currently broadcasts for 17 hours a day bringing News, Current Affairs and a variety of Feature programs to the people of Monrovia and its environs. STAR radio is a Liberian not for profit organization, operated in partnership with the Hirondelle Foundation - Media for Peace & Human Dignity, Switzerland.

"From now on people in distant parts of Liberia and elsewhere in the region, until now deprived of accurate and credible information, will be able to hear about the latest political sporting and other socio-economic and cultural developments. They will also be able to send messages and greet each other over the airwaves" said Robin White, the Hirondelle Foundation's Project Director in Monrovia.

Liberia has come out of 15years years of civil war. STAR radio will be a major player in helping with the peace process and reconstruction of the country. FH/DC, 12.07.2005

For contacts at STAR radio in Monrovia, Liberia

Mr. James Morlu, STAR radio Station Manager, +2316.518.572 ,
starradio_liberia@yahoo.com

For contacts at the Hirondelle Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland
Mr. Darcy Christen, +4121.647.28.05 , dchristen@hirondelle.org

Web site: http://www.starradio.org.lr and http://www.hirondelle.org