The National, Monday November 11th, 2013
RADIO Southern Highlands’ shortwave service is back on air after an absence of two years, thanks to Mendi-Munihu MP Dei Kewanu.
Kewanu funded the shortwave transmitter to be transported into Southern Highlands from Eastern Highlands last month, and it has been installed by National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) technicians.
Although the radio was seeking financial help over the past two years, no one came to its rescue and people from the province and Hela missed out on the service.
On seeing the importance of radio as a medium for the dissemination of information to the rural population, Kewanu helped out.
Radio Southern Highlands station manager Jacob Mambi thanked Kewanu for the help.
Mambi said after two years, people would be able to access the shortwave by Tuesday.
He said Muruk FM was back on air, which covered areas within the vicinity of Mendi town.
“The station needs more funding to effectively reach out to the rural population. Power disruptions have caused some of the machines to malfunction and the need for a standby generator is vital to save the equipment,” he said.
Meanwhile, the NBC will celebrate its 40th anniversary from Dec 1-6.