Accuses Interference With Its Frequency
The Multimedia group, owners of Joy 99.7MHZ, has written to the National Communications Authority (NCA), following frequency interference complains by its discerning listeners caused by a newly established radio station allegedly owned by lawyer and journalist, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko.
Asaase Radio, located somewhere in Cantonments with broadcasting frequency 99.5MHZ (The voice of our land), since its commencement this year, has been causing a lot of discomfort for the Kokomlemle-based radio station.
Joy FM with frequency 99.7 MHZ, announced this to its “discerning listeners” yesterday, saying the new station which commenced programming on June 14, 2020, interferes with its frequency, forcing management to write to the regulator, NCA.
Interestingly, NCA, which is to look into the problem presented by Joy FM, is headed by veteran broadcaster, Kweku Sakyi-Addo, who himself has landed a job at the new station as a host for a Sunday programme.
The question on the lips of many is, how the team at NCA headed by Mr Sakyi-Addo, who also worked for Joy FM for the best part of the station’s 25 years, as a formidable media organization, is going to adjudicate the issue at hand pointing out what appears to be a case of conflict of interest situation.
A statement sighted by The Herald read “Dear discerning listener, we have received numerous messages of concern about the difficulties you have experienced recently, in turning into your superstation Joy 99.7 FM. This is due to signal interference from a radio station, broadcasting on 99.5 MHz”.
The statement signed by management continued “We have alerted our industry regular, the National Communications Authority (NCA), to this interference.-Management”, the statement concluded. Asaase Radio appears to have come to give stiff competition to existing stations, especially in the national capital Accra.
Many have praised the state-of-the-arts equipment that has been assembled by owners of Asaase Radio.
For now, many especially on social media, have said no station in the country beats the new station in terms of equipment.
But the fear some have expressed is that, even though the station may have the best when it comes to equipment, it may suffer in the industry, as it may not be able to make the necessary impact considering the stiff competition English speaking stations like; Joy FM, Citi FM, Starr FM, Class FM and others bring.
Others, have also raised eyebrows about the decision by the Sakyi-Addo led NCA decision to issue license to a new radio station with a frequency that is very close to that of Joy FM, knowing the problem it is likely to pose for listeners and advertisers.
While some say the grand agenda by people close to power at the Jubilee House is to pay the station back in it own coin for doing certain stories against the administration, citing the Manasseh Azure-led “Militia in the City” documentary, others say it is a well orchestrated plan to back President Akufo-Addo’s second term bid as the electioneering campaign draws nearer.
Some on social media, have even said that, it is a move to call the election in December for the incumbent government.
Others are also worried, why people close to power will be offered the opportunity to open new stations to do the bidding of the government, when the same government, has closed down known opposition media houses such as Radio Gold, Montie FM and Radio ZYX and many others scatted across the country.
One of the first people the station’s Morning Show host Kojo Mensah, hosted on the day the station was launched, was Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu.