Arakozia FM: The voice of rural Afghanistan
Arakozia FM is a radio station broadcasting talk shows, news and entertainment programs to rural and remote areas of Afghanistan. It was launched in 2010 as a project of Moby Group, one of the leading media companies in the country. Arakozia FM aims to provide relevant and reliable information to Pashtun-speaking communities in southern and eastern Afghanistan. In this article, we will look at the history, programs and presenters of Arakozia FM and why many Afghans love it.
History of Arakozia
Arakozia FM was founded by Saad Mohseni, President and CEO of Moby Group, who also founded other popular media companies such as Tolo TV, Lemar TV and Arman FM. Furthermore, Mohseni wanted to create a radio station that would focus on the problems and needs of the rural Afghan population, who often lack access to other sources of information and communication. He also wanted to promote a culture of dialogue, participation and responsibility between citizens and authorities.
Arakozia FM began broadcasting on October 23, 2010 from a studio in Kabul. The name Arakozia means “Land of the Aryans” and refers to the ancient name of the region that today forms southern and eastern Afghanistan. The station’s motto was “Your local resource for what matters to your communities.” It was the first radio station to devote its programming to rural and agricultural issues such as agriculture, irrigation, livestock, health, education, security and governance. It also employed local speakers who spoke in a clear and simple Pashto language, reflecting the culture and values of their listeners.
Arakozia FM has quickly become a trusted source of information and education for millions of Afghans living in rural areas, especially in Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Zabul, Paktika, Paktia, Khost, Ghazni, Logar and Wardak provinces. The channel has received positive feedback and support from its listeners, who have enjoyed its relevant and balanced content. It also faced challenges and threats from rebel groups who opposed its progressive and moderate message. However, Arakozia FM has managed to maintain its independence and integrity while expanding its reach and impact.
Arakozia FM programs
Arakozia FM broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on FM frequency 90.3 MHz in Kabul and other frequencies in other provinces. The station also broadcasts online on its website www.arakozia.fm and various mobile apps. It offers a variety of programming to cater to the various interests and needs of its listeners. Some of the more popular programs are:
- From Khyber Makham – A daily morning show featuring news, weather, traffic, sports, talk and entertainment segments.
- Da Zamong Zhwandun – A daily evening show of news, analysis, debate and listener interaction on current affairs, politics, security and governance.
- Da Pukhtano Qalam – A weekly literary program featuring Pashtun poetry, short stories, books and literary culture.
- By Kisan Helmand – A weekly farmers show with tips, advice and best practices on farming, irrigation, livestock and crops.
- Da Khanda Zar – A weekly comedy show featuring jokes, parodies and satires on social issues.
- From Spogmai Paigham – A weekly women’s program on topics such as health, education, women’s rights and empowerment.
Why ArakoziaFM is Valued by Many Afghans
Arakozia FM 90.3 is more than just a radio station. It is a social program that has benefited millions of Afghans who live in rural and remote locations. The radio delivers trustworthy and up-to-date information to listeners who did not always have access to other forms of information and communication. It encourages individuals and authorities to engage in discourse, involvement, and responsibility. Arakozia has also helped to rural economic development by assisting farmers, dealers, and businesses. Many other radio stations have been inspired by the radio to increase the quality and diversity of their programming.
Arakozia FM is a radio station that represents the voice of rural Afghanistan. It is a radio station that informs, educates and empowers its listeners. It is the favorite radio station of many Afghans.
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