Station mute after losing US$16K transmitter, accessories
Suspected armed robbers wearing masks early Monday ransacked Radio Salem (90.5 MHz) in Bamballa, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County, and made away with the station’s broadcasting equipment and accessories.
The station has gone off the air after losing its equipment leaving listeners inconvenienced and upset, the Daily Observer has learned.
According to reports reaching this paper, it is not yet clear if security officers assigned at the station were on duty at the time of the robbery.
Radio Salem aired its first broadcast in 2012, and covers eight of the 15 counties as well as neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Samuel Farley, the station’s chief executive officer, told our reporter via mobile phone on Monday that the robbery has denied the locals news, and other information on government’s development agenda. He said the station has been very instrumental in providing information, education as well as entertainment to Cape Mountians.
He estimated the cost of the transmitter (1000watts) and other equipment at US$16,000.
According to Farley, without the contributions of community radio stations, rural communities would not get to hear and know of the major activities the Government of Liberia is either planning or embarking on.
“So seeing the equipment being taken away by some unscrupulous individuals is very disheartening. We call on the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the county to quickly intervene in this situation,” he added.
Meanwhile, the county police detachment has launched an investigation into the incident, but no arrest has been made.
Farley is appealing to all well-meaning Cape Mountians and the county’s legislative caucus to make financial contributions to get the station back on the air.