Liberia: Sasstown Gets FM Radio Station

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The Liberia media project has completed a new radio station in Sasstown, in Grand Kru County. Voice of Sasstown - FM 95, according to a statement, covers an area exceeding 70 km radius and has especially been heard in Barclayville and Grandcess in Grand Kru, as well as King Williams Town and Greenville, Sinoe County and other northern parts of Grand Kru.

Voice of Sasstown - FM 95 is part of a programme by the Liberia media project to enhance communication for peace building across the country, and is the fourth of eight stations being established in various parts of the country. Three other stations, Peace FM (Grand Gedeh) and Radio Gee and Voice of Webbo (River Gee) were also established. Additionally four stations will be set in north and central Liberia within the coming month.

According to an MOU, the Liberia Media Project/International Alert will provide "all electronic gadgetry and optional equipment, all technical services related to the installation of the stations, and as well provide the appropriate start up training and services to turn over ownership of the stations to the communities, who shall manage the programs through a multi stakeholder Board of Trustees..."

Alongside the installation, the Liberia Media Project hosted a week-long on-site installation training course for 20 persons, including 5 females, who have volunteered to work with the new station. The Liberia Media Project is a program of the UK- peace building and conflict resolution charity, International Alert, which has chosen the media as its entry point in Liberian communities.

The Analyst