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WFM 91.7 hits the broadcast waves


History-making radio station (WFM 91.7) hit the broadcast waves live on Monday, November 16, 2015 at exactly 6:00am.

The epoch-making event made the gender-sensitive radio outfit the first radio station for women and the family to broadcast live in Nigeria, perhaps in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

Voices of the station’s highflying OAPs (on-air-personalities) hit listeners in their homes, cars and offices, starting up the week in festive mood.

Listeners were treated to the excitement that is to come when the station’s voices of Abisola Grace Aiyeola, Funmi Jinadu and Bolatito Bez Idakula boomed live on the station’s 91.7 frequency modulation (FM) channel.

The station whose owners and operators, St. Ives Communications seeks to run a specialized radio station with clean, clear signals that has been adjudged the best in the industry. This is more so as WFM 91.7 is reputed to be operating on the very best and latest in broadcast technology. This explains the quality of signals of the station. The station’s broadcast equipment are manufactured by Clyde Broadcast, a Glasgow, Scotland-based world renowned radio broadcast equipment manufacturer.

In less than 24 hours of the commencement of its live transmissions, WFM is already receiving commendations from listeners who are praising the quality and cleanliness of its signals. Bekky Solaate, a resident of Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, disclosed “It is as if they (WFM) are right inside my living room. The signal is so clear. I think the station has a great future.”

Another listener, a lady who simply gave her name as Rebecca, called-in from Sagamu, Ogun state could barely hold back her excitement. “I congratulate your station for this achievement. So we women now have something we can call our own. I thank God for this.” When asked to comment on the stations signals in her location, Rebecca replies: “It’s loud and clear here.” Biola from Lekki and Hakeem from Sagamu commended the clean and clear signals.

Attempts to reach the brains behind the niche radio outfit, Dr. Babatunde Okewale, Chief Medical Director at St. Ives Specialist Hospital, Lagos and veteran broadcast journalist, Toun Okewale Sonaiya, Executive Director at St. Ives Communications and Managing Director of the broadcasting outfit proved abortive as they were said to be busy putting heads together on the launch of the station weeks ahead.

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