Following years of trying to set up an FM radio station in Senegal and The Gambia, Alhagie Mustapha Faye, the proprietor of the Libidorr FM radio, has finally launched his Digital FM station, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Faye is also a goodwill Ambassador at large for President Barrow’s administration. He told Freedom Newspaper in a phone conversation on Saturday that his station has started broadcasting. “The long awaited Libidoor FM radio has finally hit the airwaves. Our station transmits beyond the Kombos, Foni, and elsewhere around the country. Thank God, we are finally on the airwaves,” Faye, a Gambian Swedish citizen told me, on Koriteh day.
Faye’s original plan was to launch his radio station in Dakar, Senegal, during Gambia’s liberation struggle, but for some reasons, his plan couldn’t materialized. He returned to The Gambia, following the change of government in December of 2016, where he continued with his quest to set up his own radio station.
“Pa Nderry, this is our radio. You are my brother. I know that you had good heart for me. Nothing can separate us. You are more than welcome to join us on air to discuss issues of national interest. The station had started broadcasting,” Faye said.
Faye later went upstairs to walk around his broadcasting studio. He also sent us pictures of his studio and broadcasting gadgets.
Faye’s station is located somewhere in Brusubi. He had rented a property, where the station is being hosted.
“This radio station is for Gambians. We are going to make sure that the content of our broadcast is civil, responsible and balanced,” he said.
Faye was often called ” the transmitter man” by some section of Gambia’s Facebookers. He earned the name, following his Freedom radio appearances, where he lamented the difficulties he had experienced in trying to set up his station. He was later granted operational license by PURA. His radio station is now fully operational, according to Faye.
“It was not an easy venture. Thank God, we have finally made it. The station is on air. I had to learn how to operate some of the equipment, but I have mastered it now,” Faye remarked.