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TZ Radio merged with Zimbabwe's Power FM to broadcast online.

by Byo24
05 Jan 2011 at 00:24hrs | Views
ONLINE radio station TZ Radio has merged with Zimbabwe's Power FM to broadcast online.

The venture, which is yet to be completed, will see programmes produced in Zimbabwe broadcast online at TZRadio.co.uk and programmes produced by the jocks at TZ Radio broadcast in Zimbabwe.

"The merger is aimed at reaching out to Zimbabweans who have been starved of entertainment online," said Itayi Garande, one of the founders of the online radio station.

He added: "We are trying to bring the flavour that we lost when Radio 3, which was a premier urban radio station in Zimbabwe in the 1980s-late 90s.

"I grew up listening to old time greats like Josh Makawa, Hilton Mambo, Kimble Rogers, Fungai Marange, John Matinde, Peter Johns, Tich Mataz and others.

"TZ Radio is trying to bring back those memories and give a bit more. We will be playing online the old radio programmes from the greats and introducing new ones as well. The general feel will be the ol' skool vibe."

The merger took almost a year to negotiate.

It also comes at a time when the like of Kudzi Marudza and Tich Mataz have rejoined Power FM in Zimbabwe, to give it an edge over other radio stations in the country.

TZ Radio made headlines in 2007-2009 with its old skool flavour and cutting edge jingles and professional presentations.

The Zimbabwe online radio scene is filled with half-baked inexperienced jocks, so TZ Radio is trying to present a professional alternative.

Some of the presenters on the online radio station are Zimbabwe's well known club DJ of the 80s-90s, Zed "The President", veteran Radio 3 jocks Kelvin "Soul Supreme" Sifelani, George Munetsi, Hosea "Hitman" Singende, Chaka Dee and Rumbie Moyo.

"We will regain our premium place in online broadcasting," said Garande.

"We had created a following of about 2,000 radio listeners in two years when we decided to take sometime out and rebrand.

"This time we are here to claim our place and show the world what talent Zimbabwe has."

The station relaunched on New Year,s Eve on a new interactive website with programmes from the likes of Tich Mataz and Witness Matema.

Source - Byo24

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