ZAMBIA: Yatsani Community Radio Station
The History of Yatsani Community Radio Station:
In 1995, following the holding of the Synod for Africa, the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) wanted a National radio station. As a way of implementing this idea, Lusaka Archdiocese, in 1997, decided to have a radio station of its own. Applications to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for a transmission's licence were made in 1997 and a licence was granted in December 1998.
After the licence was granted, seminars were conducted to prepare the people for broadcasting.
Aims and Objectives of Yatsani Radio Station
The aim of Yatsani Radio is to be an effective instrument of unity and evangelisation within the Archdiocese of Lusaka. Yatsani Radio achieves its aims and objectives by pursuing several intermediate objectives such as:
a) Broadcasting programmes whose religious and moral content which are in accordance with the teachings of the gospel and the Catholic Church.
b) Maximum participation of the local Church in all aspects.
c) All transmissions are directed towards increasing community harmony, unity and peace.
d) Special emphasis in programming is given to themes that help and support the poor, the marginalized and voiceless members of the local community.
e) Unity is fostered by the use of local languages and English in programming.
f) While recognising that some areas of programme concern will be, of their nature political as well as religious, there is no involvement of Yatsani Radio in Party Politics.
As a Community Radio Station its first goal is to address all issues affecting the community. Among these are issues poverty specially bordering around food.