Le­banon’s Ra­dio One goes silent af­ter nearly three decades

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: Pop­u­lar broad­caster Ra­dio One has re­port­edly shut down, Le­banese me­dia out­lets re­ported Sun­day.

No of­fi­cial state­ment has, so far, been re­leased by man­age­ment and it was not im­me­di­ately clear whether the ra­dio sta­tion had be­come the lat­est vic­tim of the eco­nomic cri­sis grip­ping Le­banon.

“RIP #ra­dioone #ra­dioonele­banon. To­day, I lost my best car ra­dio friend. 28 years of non- stop mu­sic and mem­o­ries gone in the air,” said tele­vi­sion show host and jour­nal­ist Zaven Kouy­oumd­jian, via Twit­ter.

Me­dia in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing print, TV and ra­dio – have strug­gled fi­nan­cially in re­cent months.

Some or­ga­ni­za­tions have shed em­ploy­ees and cut salaries, while oth­ers have closed down al­to­gether.

Talk show host Rima Njeim said that the sta­tion had man­aged to stay open through wars.

“It is of­fi­cially the worst cri­sis,” she tweeted.

Ra­dio One, one of Le­banon’s oldest FM sta­tions, was founded in 1983 by Ray­mond Gas­par to play in­ter­na­tional mu­sic around the clock, seven days a week.

The sta­tion aired shows day and night, in­clud­ing Mon­day Night Love Songs Spe­cial and the Break­fast Show fea­tur­ing Gavin Ford and Olga.

Ford, who had been with the sta­tion since 1996 and was a beloved na­tional per­son­al­ity, was mur­dered at the age of 53 in Novem­ber 2018, an event that sent shock­waves through the coun­try.

Ford was the sec­ond Bri­tish cit­i­zen to be mur­dered in Le­banon within a span of 12 months.

The body of diplo­mat Rebecca Dykes was found on the side of a road on Dec. 16, 2017, show­ing signs of sex­ual as­sault. – The Daily Star

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