5 Best Radio Stations In Ibadan
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One of the best form of entertainment is the radio. People love gist, news and music, and these are what the best radio stations in Ibadan has on offer.
Ibadan city has continued to experience a revolution in radio entertainment as new stations continue to spring up at every corner of the metropolis. About 17 radio stations, both government owned and private, are now in full operations. Out of them all, the 5 below have successfully endeared Ibadan to their hearts.
The Best Radio Stations In Ibadan
1. Jamz FM, 100.1
Jamz FM was launched in 2016 by Mr. Femi Sowoolu, an ace and legendary broadcaster, media giant and a voice-over expert who has done several top notch jingles for big multinational companies.
Jamz FM is located at Plot 2,Deacon Olufemi Quadri Street, Felele Layout, off Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It is an all-encompassing radio station that embraces today’s youths and trending issues. The transmission is 24 hours daily with interesting radio programs that always keep its listeners glued to their radio sets and phones. Yes! Phones because, according to the CEO, they have decided to give their audience a real programme they could participate and call in to contribute.
Most of the programs on Jamz FM are in English but they have a multi-dialect lunchtime program they air everyday called ‘Abula Junction’. ‘Naija Jamz’ is a one hour music program dedicated to Nigerian up and coming musicians where their tracks are promoted for free.
Gospel Jamz and fascinating lunch hour show also hold everyday. A special program dedicated to late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s music tagged ‘Kulabubito’ also air once every week to keep the memory of the iconic musician fresh. There are also some Yoruba programs usually aired in the evening time. But if you want a station that plays best of music, Jamz is the place to be because “every song is a jam,” says the CEO.
2. Inspiration FM 100.5
This is a radio station that has been seen as the ‘best family radio’ because of the numerous programs that promote family values and unity, such as ‘Sharing life issues’ anchored by Richard Ekpo (from Monday to Friday at 7pm-8pm) and the Yoruba version anchored by Apostle Taiwo Alade Tekobo (Saturdays and Sundays at 7pm-8pm). Other programs of such nature abound both in English and Yoruba languages.
Located at 7, Osuntokun Avenue, Bodija, Inspiration FM (abbreviated as ‘ifm 100.5’) is spearheaded by Soni Irabor, a Nollywood icon and a seasoned broadcaster in Nigeria. It has been in Lagos but the Ibadan branch was launched in 2015 and they transmit from 5am to 12am.
They are on all social media platforms including Facebook Live Streaming. They have won several awards and truly, they are inspiring.
3. Splash FM 105.5
‘The Integrity Station’ was launched in 2007, Splash FM is reputed to be the first private radio station in the city of Ibadan. It was established by Chief Adebayo Akande (Ekerin Olubadan), a business tycoon and media heavyweight who also created a twin radio station called Lagelu FM. It was formerly situated at Premier Hotel, Mokola before being relocated to White House, Felele.
Splash FM is a station that integrated both old and young together in their enriching programs in English, Yoruba and pidgin languages. Their presenters are dedicated and are fluent in both indigenous and English dialects. The station transmits from 5:00am to 1:00am from Monday to Friday then 5:00am to 3:00am on weekends.
Splash FM works in partnership with ICPC to organize an annual marathon tournament tagged ‘The Integrity Marathon’ every March where the winner goes home with N1m and above. Another notable annual program attributed to Splash FM is the yearly lecture that always commemorates the CEO’s birthday in July.
Splash FM has won many awards, the most popular one being the ‘Most Listened To Radio Station In The Western Nigeria’. From morning to midnight, daily programs never stop buzzing.
4. Fresh FM 105.9 Ibadan
You can’t have a complete Ibadan life without listening to Fresh FM. Founded by the gospel juju music and media baron, Dr. Joel Olayinka Ayefele (FON), Fresh FM started as an internet station and was operated online for seven years before obtaining license from NBC in 2015 to start real radio operation. Fresh FM is located at Music house, Challenge area of Ibadan.
Fresh FM has spread its horizon outside Nigeria and the presenters can transmit their individual programs in any part of the world at anytime on their schedules. One of their giant stride accomplishment was the approval they obtained in 2016 to cover the USA presidential election which saw the success of Donald Trump as the president. They were the only Nigerian radio station to achieve this feat.
Transmitting from 5:00am to 12:00am, most of the programs aired at the station are in Yoruba language. Some of its beloved programs include ‘Let’s talk about it’ by the CEO himself and Olusegun Bamidele, drive time show with Rolake Bello (a former OAP from The beat fm), ‘Mind your language’ by Adedotun Adeniyi and ‘Confession time’ hosted by Adedotun Amosun (Soul). Others are ‘Political Arena’ by Isaac Brown, Morning show by Tope Edwards and Yoruba news programs both morning and afternoon, ‘koko inu iwe iroyin’ (news headlines) and ‘o gb’enu tan’ (too complex to talk about) respectively.
5. The Beat 97.9 Ibadan
The beat 97.9 FM was born out of passion for quality programming in Ibadan. It was a branch from The beat 99.9 FM in Lagos. It was opened in 2013 and has since then been a darling to Ibadan urban environs. Although the station hosts only English programs, Ibadan love the sophistication it has brought to the face of media.
Morning beats, News headlines, Lunch Time show, Drive time show and Night time show are the major programs while gospel beats holds on Sunday morning. Apart from radio programs, The beat also dole out cash prizes, movie and show tickets and other captivating gifts to their ardent listeners from time to time.