Sunday, February 03, 2013

MN.09.01.1997. Radio Kudirat Nigeria

This archive recording is slightly damaged in parts (the tape backing is peeling causing some high frequency cross-talk in parts). But the programme contains an interesting interview at the start of Radio Kudirat. This was a Nigerian clandestine radio station which operated via the World Radio Network in London.

Initially launched as Radio Democrat International, Radio Kudirat was run by a London-based group called UDFN that opposed the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha in Nigeria. The programs were well funded by Worldview Rights, a media NGO, and used commercial airtime on South African transmitters. In 1999, after broadcasting for 3 years, it closed down.

Articles have appeared subsequently explaining that the station was set up after the Nigerian military annulled the election in June 1993. We also interview the boss of Talk Radio, a shortlived station on 1395 kHz that operated out of the Radio Netherlands building. We look at why Danish Radio has stopped broadcasting in English.

Check out this episode!
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