Government radio station 2AP switches to FM mode

Radio 2AP is back on air after four months, and has switched to the FM channel. 

A soft launch was held last Wednesday to celebrate the milestone for the workers and the local radio station.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said the radio station will strive to have a broader audience and move beyond their traditional listeners such as the elderly.

"We want to have a broader audience because what we had before were just elders who listen to our radio which is good too but we aim to have more people listening to our radio station so we saw a solution and we took it," he said. 

“This was through the rebuilding and upgrading of this pole. The pole is obviously years old and it has come to the point where it is dangerous for the people around it so we decided that it needs to be rebuilt and upgraded."

Now that they have stepped into the FM channel that is famous around Samoa, Afamasaga said it is also another goal of the Government to move with the times and upgrade their systems. 

“We all know that the FM Channel is the one that the youth and many other people mostly listen to, so that is why the Government has decided that with the upgrading, it would be better to switch to FM for a broader target,” he said.

He added the funding assistance is from Australia and the project started around the end of last year.

In his speech, Project Manager Chris Shrodea from Australia said they were excited to help the Government reach a broader audience.

“We saw a solution and we took advantage and we’ve very proud to present Radio 2AP to the nation of Samoa through FM,” he said.

The celebration was a soft launch and the colleagues of 2AP were excited to celebrate their success. Media people were also invited to the celebration.

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