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Voice of America Goes 'Up Front' With African Listeners

New show for young adults explores lifestyle trends

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2007 – Beginning today, millions of young adults in Africa can tune in for candid discussions about issues affecting them on Up Front, Voice of America's (VOA) newest radio show.

"Young adults in Africa are eager to learn about what's going on socially, professionally, and politically with their counterparts around the world, and we're happy to provide that platform," said VOA's English to Africa Service Chief Sonya Laurence Green. "This show is fast-paced and fun to listen to, and the topics covered provide real food for thought."

Today's premiere Up Front show examines the issue of self-image. Hosts Jackson Mvunganyi at VOA headquarters in Washington D.C., and Nadia Samie at Bush Radio studios in Cape Town, South Africa, will lead listeners through a range of topics in the coming weeks, including a look at hip hop culture, successful young entrepreneurs, role models, and how people form their social circles.

The lively, high-energy show features on-the-street opinion spots, interviews with Africans living both within and outside the continent, cultural briefs, health and career segments, and the latest music and artists from the United States and Africa. The weekly, 30-minute magazine show airs on Wednesdays from 1730-1800 UTC (5:30 p.m.West Africa; 6:30 p.m. West/Central Africa; 7:30 p.m. Southern Africa; 8:30 p.m. East/Horn of Africa).

For more information about Up Front and a complete listing of English to Africa programs, visit our website at VOA's English to Africa Service broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to Anglophone Africa through shortwave, television, the Internet, and a growing list of more than 40 affiliates, as well as seven dedicated VOA 24-hour FM stations.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail