After KBC Channel 1 TV, Kenyans are set to be treated to new programmes and fresh news content as the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) re-brands its flagship radio stations in what has been another major re-launch on Tuesday.

With the revamped stations, the public service broadcaster’s Radio Programmes Manager Michael Mumo assured listeners of the English Service and Radio Taifa that a new line-up of programmes will only serve to thrill them. He said the change is specifically aimed at fulfilling audience expectation.

“Our news will be shorter and delivered with a new set of jingles which also applies across all our other programmes,” Said Mr Mumo.

And with the multiplication of radio stations bringing with it some cut throat competition, Mumo disclosed that the two KBC stations will henceforth stream live broadcasts as well as generate podcasts to listeners across the world, as part of plans to stay ahead of the pack.

“Listeners can expect better engagement on social media with live streaming of our key shows and podcasts.  The two stations are upping their game to effectively compete with our rivals,” The radio manager noted.

“The two stations, among other KBC brands will be available online and on the KBC app so that listeners can tune in from anywhere around the globe,” he added.

The New KBC English Service

On Saturday, radio listeners can catch up with ‘The Books Café’ from 1.15 pm to 2:00 pm while ‘Sports Arena’ will run from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 

The popular ‘Saturday Night show’ with the legendary John Karani makes a come-back from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm followed by ‘Late Date’ from 11pm to 12am.

The ‘Breakfast Club’ which has now been double-headed will be hosted by Chiko Lawi and Shiko.

A new show, ‘Easy Sunday’ has been introduced and will hit the airwaves every Sunday afternoon. The programme will be hosted by Sam Madoka.

Rhumba lovers on the KBC English Service can expect to follow to an extended version of ‘Bridge Over Congo’ on Sundays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

In the latest changes, the all-time favourite Sundowner show gets an extra hour and will now run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Sunday.

Fusion & Jazz will run from 9.10 pm to 11:00 pm on Sundays.

The New Radio Taifa

On the other hand, Radio Taifa now boasts over 20 new program properties that include Matukio ya Taifa, a 15-minute current affairs programme, running at 7:20 am and 7:20 pm every day of the week to complement News.

Maktaba, in the meantime, will be a 3-minute variety episode of the ‘best from our archives’ in our 67 years of broadcasting to be transmitted Mondays to Fridays at 9:50 pm and repeated at 2:50 pm. These episodes will also be hosted by the Paukwa Pakawa Saturday team.

Usiku Sacco: This will be a 12:00 am to 5:00 am live transmission of the best from our vernaculars drawn from all our stations and Safari ya Bibilia on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Je Wajua? is a 3-minute dispatch on the uniqueness of living and non-living creatures, people and events least known and will be aired Mondays– Fridays 1:18 pm and repeated 8:55 pm among a wide array of other programmes.

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