U.S. Embassy Inaugurates Community Radio Station in Bousso (Loug-Chari)

Partial view of the radio station and 50-meter radio tower that were the subject of a January 24-25 inauguration ceremony attended by an Embassy team headed by DCM Whitaker. Photo: Les McBride.
Partial view of the radio station and 50-meter radio tower that were the subject of a January 24-25 inauguration ceremony attended by an Embassy team headed by DCM Whitaker. Photo: Les McBride.

Another community radio station was officially added to the Chadian media landscape with the January 25 inauguration of Radio Meguedem (name of a local pond) in the town of Bousso located 300 km south of N’Djamena on the east bank of the Chari River.  DCM Eric Whitaker, accompanied by USAID Country Program Manager Les McBride and U.S. Marine Corps Security Guard Corporal Jonathan Hall, traveled to Bousso January 24-25 to participate in this transformative event for a community which previously had not had access to FM radio broadcasts.  Costs for equipment, tower construction and training of radio station staff were covered by an Embassy project funded by the State Department’ Bureau of African Affairs.  In comments he delivered at the opening ceremony, DCM Whitaker encouraged women of the community to seize the opportunity to make their voices heard over the radio waves of this community asset.   The Embassy team was hosted during its overnight stay by the Bousso Sultan and was privileged to witness traditional dances that were organized in its honor.  DCM Whitaker also took advantage of this visit to deliver a set of books assembled by the Embassy Public Affairs Service to the high school and local authorities.