African FM - the web's most popular african orientated online radio station - broadcasting to the motherland and beyond - 24/7 at www.african.fm
It all started back in the early 1990s, long before the internet was a big deal, and certainly before any form of web activity had reached the shores of West Africa. The location was Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. The idea was to bring the first privately run, commercial FM radio station to this beautiful country.
ABC FM 94 was born and was an overnight success, bringing ‘western’ style presenting and production techniques, fast paced, commercial output to over 1.5 million listeners in the western peninsula (and beyond). Training up and employment of some of Sierra Leone’s biggest broadcast names, alongside some seriously gifted new voices ensured that ABC FM 94 was at the top of its game 24/7.
In fact, so successful was this station, so popular were our programmes, so influential was our voice that when Captain Valentine Strasser launched a peaceful coup to topple the government, that instead of declaring his intentions on the government run radio station, he came to ABC FM 94 to announce to the population.
Following a vicious civil war wherein over 1.5 million Sierra Leoneans were displaced to all four corners of the world, often at short notice, the founders of ABC FM 94 decided to launch an online radio station to bring together our Sierra Leonean extended family and provide them with not only a means of communication to their loved ones spread far and wide, but also a voice to be heard and a means to stay in touch with their homeland and it’s amazing entertainment.