A dozen Ghanaian broadcasting stalwarts will gather in one place today, September 21, for a type of reunion on one of Ghana’s oldest radio stations, Radio Gold 90.5.
Today’s return to the station, which has been credited with developing some of the best broadcasters, has been nicknamed “The Homecoming,” and is likely to be a one-time broadcast of some heavyweights who once worked with the ‘Power Station.’
A flier announcing the reunion mentioned 15 people who were anticipated to appear on today’s program.
Among them are Peace FM’s Kwame Sefa Kayi, Tamale Central Member of Parliament James Agyenim Boateng, Alhassan Suhuyini, Kwasi Okyere Darko, KOD; Fiifi Banson, and Mikki Osei Berko.
Koo Fori, BBMenson, Kofi Abotchie, Omanhene Kwabena Asante, Patrice Amegashie, Wofa K, Darryl Ambrose Nmah, Mohammed Alhassan, and Okyeame Badwenba are among the others.
The station, which was labeled pro-National Democratic Congress, NDC, ran into trouble in 2019 when it was shut down by the National Communications Authority (NCA) due to regulatory violations.
In March of this year, Radio Gold announced that it was back on the airwaves after the NCA removed the closure, which affected a number of stations around the country.
In a Facebook post announcing their restart in March, the station stated that they were on a sort of test run to allow the National Communications Authority (NCA) to undertake a field test.
“We are currently #OnAir to allow the regulator to conduct field tests.” This is not your usual test transmission. “Many thanks for your support,” the post said.
The NCA explained its decision to close Radio Gold by stating that the radio station was closed because it lacked the necessary authorization to operate, which was in accordance with Regulation 65 (1) of the Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011, L. I. 1991, which states that “a person shall not use a radio frequency without authorization from the Authority.”
The NCA, on the other hand, granted Radio Gold a license to operate after it requested a renewal of its expired FM Radio broadcasting license.
“At a Board meeting held on October 11th, 2021, the Governing Board of the National Communications Authority (NCA) approved the grant of a total of One Hundred and Thirty-Three (133) FM radio broadcasting authorizations, which include new applications from entities whose FM radio stations were closed down following the 2017 FM Audit as well as existing stations who applied for renewal of their expired FM Radio broadcasting authorizations,” the NCA said in a statement.