Voice of America’s popular French and English language news and music programs will air 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the Central African Republic’s capital city, Bangui, with the launch of VOA’s new station 101.7 FM.
Central African Republic President Francois Bozize, who is scheduled to take part in an official July 4th opening ceremony with U.S. Ambassador Lawrence Wohlers, called the new FM station, “proof of good relations between the U.S. and CAR.”
In an exclusive interview with VOA that is to be broadcast Monday, President Bozize said, “I think it is an honor for Central African Republic to be the recipient of this particular show of confidence in our present government with the establishment of this VOA FM station in Bangui.”
VOA FM 101.7 will carry a mix of French and English language programs produced in Washington, including Daybreak Africa, Africa News Tonight, African Music Mix, Aujourd’hui L’Afrique Centrale and Le Monde Aujourd’hui–Edition pour L’Afrique Centrale. Other popular VOA French programs include Washington Forum, L’Amérique et Vous, and Antenne Libre.
VOA Executive Editor and Acting Director Steve Redisch said the opening of the new station “marks another important step in providing broader VOA coverage to sub-Saharan Africa.” The station is similar to 7 others VOA operates in Africa and will reach residents in Bangui and the surrounding areas.
Voice of America worked closely with the U.S. Embassy in Bangui, which helped facilitate the installation of the new station. The VOA and U.S. Embassy teams that worked on the project are holding a “town hall” style meeting to discuss the new station and parts of the town hall will be broadcast on Monday.
VOA’s French-to-Africa Service has been on the air since 1960. Each week, it broadcasts more than 22-hours on radio and 30-minutes on television to Francophone sub-Saharan countries. The service also has an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and mobile. For more information, visit www.VOANews.com/French or www.lavoixdelamerique.com.