THOUSANDS of listeners, supporters and well-wishers thronged Kaunda grounds in Gulu municipality yesterday to officially launch Radio Rupiny 95.7FM.
The Vision Group chief executive, Robert Kabushenga, The New Vision Editor-in-Chief, Els de Temmerman, her deputy Barbara Kaija and the editor of the regional papers, Kenneth Oluka, led about 30,000 revellers to open the radioâ€™s operations in the north.
Kaija said the radio was a community-based initiative meant to directly benefit the local population.
She urged the public to use Radio Rupiny as a reliable community-based channel for their opinions, criticisms and ideas.
She said the radio, just like other Vision Group platforms, strives to inform, educate and entertain accurately and openly for a better world.
She said Radio Rupiny belonged to the same family as the Rupiny newspaper, The New Vision, Bukedde and the other sister papers.
Kabushenga said Vision Group was a fast-growing media company aiming at being the leading media in the country through its various papers, radio and TV station. He said Radio Rupiny targets becoming the dominant multimedia in the region.
He asked the local people to make proper use of the radio to develop their region.
Oluka said the launch was a success. â€œWe are grateful, as Vision Group, to all the support our listeners and well-wishers rendered to the company,â€ Oluka said.
Over 30 artistes from the north and Kampala rocked the occasion. By 4:00pm, the crowd had swollen to what the Police estimated to be over 25,000. But more and more people kept flowing into the Kaunda Grounds.
Gulu RDC Walter Ochora said he had not seen such a huge crowd for over 10 years.
â€œI have not seen a crowd like this one in Gulu since the visit of the Pope in 1993,â€ Ochora commented.
30,000 attend launch of Radio Rupiny