Bush Radio 89.5 is a pioneering community radio channel from Cape Town, South Africa. On April 25, 1993, it began as an illegal private station after denying South Africa’s broadcast regulator’s broadcast licenses. But within a few hours, authorities close the station. After that, it received a temporary broadcasting license. It is the first channel that any commercial broadcasting company or government does not own. Finally, in 2002, it got a permanent broadcasting license.
After gaining permanent approval, Zane Ibrahim took it over. It started the transmission of the Cassette Education Trust, the struggle against apartheid at the last stage. But Zane Ibrahim changes its format to a broader community-oriented broadcaster from an anti-apartheid. Its presenters are volunteers and students of the University of the Western Cape. English, Afrikaans, and isiXhosa are transmission languages. The broadcasting frequency is 89.5 MHz on the FM band.
It offers media training, multimedia, and community development programs. It also includes on-air news, current affairs, talk shows, and hit music. The stations cover many issues regarding human rights, basic health care, labor, and LGBTIQ. FM received Prince Claus Awards for the “Urban Heroes” theme in 2000. Its slogan is “The Mother of Community Radio in Africa.” Its transmission can be listening on live streaming via the internet.
Programs of Bush Radio 89.5
The Biker Show, The Morning Cruise, The Salon, The Dank! sh, Sakhisizwe, The Love Booth, Jazz on Bush, The Breakfast Rush, The Flashback, The Wrong Rock Show
Yuzriq Meyer, Botha Kruger, Nigel Vermaas, Mkhuseli Veto, Jasnine Roberts, DJ Hyphen in the mix, Bassie Montewa
Address: 330 Victoria Road, Salt River, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7925
Postal Address: P.O. Box 13290, Mowbray, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7705
Phone: +27 21 448 3277
Fax: +27 21 448 5451
Official Website: www.bushradio.co.za/
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