Bongani Ndlovu, Showbiz Correspondent
ZIMPAPERS radio station Star FM was last week honoured as the Media Organisation of the year at the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) held in the United Kingdom.
At the colourful ceremony held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, Star FM won ahead of ZiFM, Daily News, The Herald and NewsDay. Jah Prayzah was named as the International Music Artist of the year with up-and-coming comedian – Ofishal Xavier winning the People’s Choice award.
Zimpapers public relations and corporate affairs manager Beatrice Tonhodzayi said the award showed the far reaching benefits of the ‘Radio to the people’ project they embarked on last year.
“Radio to the people is bearing fruit as Star FM has become the most popular radio station in the country and even in the Diaspora. We now have a global audience due to our live stream broadcasts,” said Tonhodzayi.
Meanwhile, Zimpapers second radio station, Diamond FM, which broadcasts from Mutare for that community, will finally launch on Friday.
“The ZAA award has come at a time when Zimpapers is proud to announce that Diamond FM will be launched on Friday.”
The Minister of Information Media and Broadcasting Services, Chris Mushowe, will be the guest of honour. Entertainment will be provided by Mutare musicians Lexxo, Juicer, Mpostori, Dboi and Spaxx.
“People are invited to the Manica Post building on Friday where they’ll be able to meet Diamond FM radio personalities such as Tinashe “T Nash” Ziloli, Charlene Mataure, Dylan “Deler” Naye, Washington Mhando, Christopher “Mutape” Siduna, Barbra “Tear Drop” Zengeza and Prudence “Prudy” Gwatiringa at the launch,” Tonhodzayi said.
Diamond FM, which is located at the Manicaland Post building, is available on 103.8FM (within a 40KM radius of Mutare). Those outside Mutare can tune in by downloading the Diamond FM Zim mobile application from the Google App store.