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Koch FM…

I love the story behind the founding of this community radio station. It was started by a woman named Helen Wanjiku who grew up in Korogocho, but was able to leave and get her education when an aunt helped her out financially. She returned to Korogocho and started this station as a way of giving people in that neighborhood a voice. Bravo to her!

The entire workforce at this station is made up of volunteers. They haven’t started making money yet, but they’ve received a grant from the George Soros foundation. Bravo to him! This radio station {I think it’s really a movement} has been getting a lot of international press (good for them) and I am sure more money is going to start pouring in. Additionally, the founder has talked about trying to attract advertising dollars as a way of sprucing up their revenue as well as doing other things like selling t-shirts with the radio’s logo on them.

Here is the link to the PBS program that featured the radio station on it’s show Koch FM on PBS Television.

To be honest, I’d much rather listen to a station like this than listen to stations like capitalfm and kissfm with all their British uppity fakeness (isn’t that “Britishness” played out?)

I need to find the founders contact info because this is a project that Kenyans in the diaspora would absolutely love to support.

oh..and another thing. I realized they hadn’t registered the domain name Kochfm.com, so I did for them. I found a kochfm.net, but it has stuff in French on it and I’m not sure who owns it. I also found a kochfm.blogspot.com. but, but…you gotta the straight up name dude! Anyway, if they ever need to use the name to develop a website in the future they should get in touch with via email and I’ll gladly give it to them.

They do need a website though. Anyone willing to help them out with that? {pro bono?}. I mean, if Dick “popeye” Morris can work for Odinga “pro bono”, surely, you’ll be willing to help out your fellow kenyans?

7 comments for “Koch FM…

  1. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Men koch fm is a blessing and the most interesting thing to start with.I think its a step ahead in development and by 2030 we’ll be some where ,a good long story to tell.Bravo Koch!

    Kevin Onyango (Kevolution) Glory sec

  2. Anonymous
    February 28, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I saw the story on NOW on PBS as well and remember that besides advertising space they wanted to sell t-shirts to raise revenue. I’d like to buy several. I’d also like to refer Helen Wanjiku and Francis Ngira to the The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The goal of the Legatum Center is the promotion of bottom-up entrepreneurship in developing countries. I believe Ms. Wanjiku and Mr. Ngira and others at KOCH-FM would be excellent candidates for the Center’s fellowships. There’s more info at http://www.lcde.org/

    hi guys
    Keep the fire burning.with every vision there is always a provision and a solution.

  3. Helo helen inspired me am i also want to put up a community based radio station in kabete(kikuyu)there are so many isues that the community wants to talk about the youths are also suffering to and need a platform how can i find help
    November 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Kochfm.net was put up by one of our friends..

  4. clayton
    November 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    hi guys
    Keep the fire burning.with every vision there is always a provision and a solution.

  5. Dan
    April 12, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    :smile: When where can I buy some Koch FM t-shirts?

    d.thibby@verizon.net

  6. Susan Grossberg
    March 8, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I saw the story on NOW on PBS as well and remember that besides advertising space they wanted to sell t-shirts to raise revenue. I’d like to buy several. I’d also like to refer Helen Wanjiku and Francis Ngira to the The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The goal of the Legatum Center is the promotion of bottom-up entrepreneurship in developing countries. I believe Ms. Wanjiku and Mr. Ngira and others at KOCH-FM would be excellent candidates for the Center’s fellowships. There’s more info at http://www.lcde.org/

    I would appreciate it if someone got back to me at Grossberg@aa-attorneys.com about purchasing those t-shirts!! And I could definitely put you in touch with individuals who could help you build a website, and others who might sponsor the cost. Thank you.

    Susan Grossberg

  7. Otieno Wandei
    December 13, 2007 at 2:08 am

    Hi in regards to KochFM and registration, you will realize that we are a relatively small outfit and we rely on the people we have and as such we have not reached a point where we can register the domain name..Actually what is the procedure and does it cost anything?

    Kochfm.net was put up by one of our friends..

    Oti

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