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Radio Sawa Launches FM in Benghazi, Libya; Tripoli to Follow

[ 0 ] October 17, 2011 |

Radio Sawa, the U.S. radio network targeting young adults throughout the Middle East, is now broadcasting locally in Benghazi, Libya. A transmitter for Tripoli is expected next…

The Broadcasting Board of Governors has announced that Radio Sawa, a service of Middle Eastern Broadcasting Networks, is broadcasting locally in Benghazi as of October 13, 2011.

Located at 100.0 FM, the new transmitter joins more than 36 others across the Middle East and North Africa in broadcasting a youth-targeted mix of news and information along with popular Western and Arabic music.

The network, which offers localized streams that specifically target populations in The Gulf, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco and elsewhere, reaches more than 15 million listeners each week.

Commando Solo. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

During the Libyan uprising, Radio Sawa and broadcasts from other international broadcasters was available via transmitters aboard Commando Solo, a Hercules EC-130J aircraft specially modified to enable broadcasts in AM, FM, HF, and television.

The BBG plans to launch an FM transmitter in Tripoli pending appropriate conditions and local government approval.

No timetable was yet available for the Tripoli launch or the winding down of Radio Sawa broadcasts via Commando Solo.

Learn more about and listen to Radio Sawa on its website.

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