The radio yet to go live began with testing the machines with live coverage of the AUUS Inter University Games hosted by Ndejje University Main Campus on December 16 – 21, 2017.
Ndejje University is however still in talks with the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) and Signet, the sole distributor of digital waves to secure the radio frequency operation and broadcasting license.
Application for radio operation was already delivered to the UCC requesting for 1 kilowatt power transmitter which covers 100km radius – Kampala to Nakasongola.
“Coverage will however depend on UCC. But that initial coverage will be good for a start,” said Engineer David Ssemambo Jackson, the project consultant.
Information from reliable sources from the country’s licensing authority has however indicated positive response for the university media project.
Ndejje University last year purchased the state-of-the-art radio equipment from Japan and now boasts of the best radio studios among Ugandan universities.
Mr. Ssemambo said the project which started last year had three phases of development. “We started with studio partitioning, sound proofing and laying the studio equipment. It’s now Phase two of securing the license to be followed soon by going full blast broadcast,” he said.
The radio station was initially earmarked to equip and train the university’s mass communication students. The project goals have however expanded to include commercial broadcasts to be able to sustain the radio operations.
“We have planned this project to sustain itself through securing advertisements. We urge corporate companies, government agencies and individuals to come on board once the radio kicks off,” said Dr. Najjuma Mbooge Saida, the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences.
She said Ndejje University Radio will also join government efforts in sensitising the community and promotion of the country’s development programs targeting livelihood improvement.