27 June 2018
Six years since its birth, top radio station Star FM is shining brighter and sounding better.
The radio station that came to life on June 25 at midday on Monday celebrated its sixth anniversary in style.
Celebrating with the theme “Hash tag Sixth Gear” the station broadcasted from Borrowdale Road close to the Race Course and corner Sam Nujoma and Churchill road with a concept of taking radio to the people dubbed “Pop Up Radio.”
Popular radio slots “The Breeze” presented by Mai Judah (Tariro) and Ollah 7 broadcast from Borrowdale road whilst The Crossover (TXO) broadcast by DJ Mox and the 326 Xpress by Phathisani and KVG broadcast from Belgravia.
The concept saw Star FM presenters and staff members interact and mingle with the public and they held their celebrations.
Speaking to Star FM Programming manager, Itai “Iyati Takaendesa she said:
“The six year journey has been phenomenal; we have experienced unprecedented growth and changed the industry completely.
“We are building on a solid base and we are confident of greater exploits in the future.
“Broadcast innovation runs in our blood, the future is definitely looking bright.
“Our emerging onto the scene, partnerships with shows featuring international artists such as P Square, Fally Ipupa, Anthony B, Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo, taking radio to the people nationally, regionally and internationally as well as broadcasting from inside Chikurubi, a weekly show coming out of the UK, Brazil 2014, leading in reporting the Nov 2017 events, just to mention a few have been some of major highlights in our six year journey.”
She added: “It is an absolute honor to partner with leading brands and we undertake to bring the ultimate value they seek.
“We take pride in being the only radio station with a bonafide listener club, represented on every continent.”
Star FM Engineer Weddington Mbozi said the station has changed the radio listenership landscape in the country.
“I remember when we started; it was me, Dambudzo Dzwova, Nichols Masara and Weston Chakonza, the walls that encompass the biggest station in the land and Mr. Deketeke’s vision of a radio station.
“Then came the foreign technical experts with whom we installed the most robust of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) broadcasting equipment which we have been in charge of over the past six years to enable Star FM to keep sounding good all the time
“In the six years that Star FM has changed the radio listenership landscape in this country, the technical department has set up and overseen broadcasts from the heart of affluence in London and South Africa and the most remote parts of our country like Zimuto, Chiwundura and Insiza.
“As a department we have worked tirelessly and made certain that Star FM is available on terrestrial transmission, on its website www.starfm.co.zw and the starfmplus app.
“Just recently the station has expanded its footprint and can now be accessed in Mutoko on 103.5Mhz, Kamativi on 88.4Mhz, Kenmaur on 90.4Mhz and Nyanga on 88.6Mhz.”