THE Gulu-based Radio Rupiny FM station has started testing its signals in northern Uganda. The radio, another product of the Vision Group, operates on 95.7 FM and broadcasts for the Luo-speaking communities.
and David Labeja
THE Gulu-based Radio Rupiny FM station has started testing its signals in northern Uganda.
The radio, another product of the Vision Group, operates on 95.7 FM and broadcasts for the Luo-speaking communities.
The opening of Radio Rupiny brings to five the number of radio stations owned by the Vision Group.
The other four are Kampala-based Vision Voice, Bukedde Fama, Radio West in Mbarara and Etop Radio in Soroti.
Radio Rupiny went on air at 3:00pm, playing local artiste Opio Twongwenoâ€™s song Oketo kenye kene.
Amuru district internal security officer Herbert Ogwal, who was listening from Labongo-gali in Amuru, praised the quality of the signal.
â€œThis is good news. I hope Radio Rupiny will bring development. Rupiny newspaper has been doing well, I hope the Radio does better,â€ Ogwal said.
The radio programmes manager, Monica Okot, described it as a peopleâ€™s radio.
Radio Rupiny will test its signal for at least two weeks, and start programming in early December. Retired Northern Uganda diocese bishop Mcleod Baker Ochola was among the first guests on the radio.
The New Visionâ€™s deputy editor-in-chief, Barbara Kaija, said Rupiny was a common manâ€™s radio, adding that it would be a platform for Ugandans to express their views.
Kaija described as baseless allegations that the radio would be used as a campaign tool for the NRM Government in 2011 elections.
â€œThe New Vision is free from political interference. We got the best people in the market and the editors shall conduct their work professionally,â€ Kaija said.
The New Vision is the only media organization listed on the Ugandan stock market and owned by over 2,000 Ugandans who hold shares, representing 47%.
Vision Group's Rupiny FM hits airwaves