OVER 100 aspiring radio presenters and disc jockeys thronged Amakhosi Cultural Centre yesterday to try their luck at Bulawayo’s newly-licensed commercial radio station, Skyz Metro FM.
BY NQOBANI NDLOVU
Skyz Metro FM was holding auditions to recruit presenters ahead of a launch.
The radio’s chief executive officer, Qhubani Moyo, said all was set for the launch which he said would be “soon” noting that shareholders had raised required funding.
“We are holding auditions for DJs and presenters at Amakhosi Cultural Centre,” he said.
“We are ready to start broadcasting, the money is now available in our bank account.”
Moyo was recently quoted saying Skyz Metro FM will be on air beginning August 1.
Skyz Metro FM is one of eight commercial radio stations licenced by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) last month.
The licensing of the radio stations though welcomed by many to break the ZBC monopoly, saw concerns being raised by media organisations who said it did not present any media diversity since the same players linked to the State and Zanu PF had been given licences.
BAZ gave other licences to the state Zimpapers and AB Communications owned by Information Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira, among others.
Mandiwanzira is a Zanu PF MP and his AB Communications company and the State Zimpapers stable were awarded commercial broadcasting licences the previous year.
There have been calls for the regulating authority to free television airwaves to end the monopoly of the State ZBCtv that faces charges of being biased towards the ruling Zanu PF party.