Radio Sidama – Sidama Educational Radio on 954 kHz

March 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm 8 comments

In Ethiopia, Radio Sidama – Sidama Educational Radio was set up with Irish overseas aid in late 1990’s. It is located in the town of Yirgalem, near Awassa. Operating on mediumwave 954 kHz with Gates 2.5 kW transmitter. On weekdays mainly educational programs for schools, during weekends other educational programs. Languages used are Amharic, Sidamo and English. Approximate operating hours are:  M-F 0500-1400, SS 0400-1500 UT. During daytime there might be some breaks in the schedule. The postal address is

Radio Sidama
c/o Furra College
PO Box 69
Yirgalem – Sidama

Furra College is also known as Furra Institute of Development Studies (FIDS).

(Jari Savolainen, Finland via dxld yg)


Entry filed under: Africa, Medium Wave.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tekola  |  October 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Sidama radio prgram is very interesting if used properly.

    • 2. Galfato Wonago  |  July 2, 2010 at 5:01 am

      The radio program could be used for distance education along with other distance education delivery methods. If the program is still active, I would love to participate in it.

      • 3. cheru  |  January 31, 2011 at 10:00 am

        it is true for every one to participate in it if every thing is going likely.but the truth is the institution is just…………… please! try to make it some thing what is some thing modernized

  • 4. Messele Yetie  |  December 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Sidama radio is one of the media which is not well supporte by the government.I do not know why this happens.Our radio officials and management shoul do their best so as to improve a brodcast quality,coverge and other issues rather than simply brodcasting educational programmes.
    Maganu Maassiro’nena Jawaattenkella…

  • 5. tesfaye kebede  |  January 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    sidama radio is one of local radio which gives day to day information to its people by the native language that is SIDAAMU AFOO . I appreciate you for your comment !but try to find the donoures who will work in partiner ship aproach to support our people. who is SIDAMA !!

  • 6. Addisu  |  November 30, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    It is the only radio for the Sidama native speaker which are more than 4 million people in South Ethiopia. Because of the restrictive media policy and political motivation there is no Sidama FM at all. It is so sad!

  • 7. TEKOLA TADELE  |  December 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Sidama radio is the only media of communication by local language of which more than 4 million native speakers & others enjoy. But it is not enough to such mass population to have single means of having assess to media. It is better to work hard to have national & international assess of media for these mammoth people.

  • 8. kinde bekele  |  June 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    it is okay existence of sidama radio , think not as it come to today as you heard and apply!


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