Masvingo – The Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) campus radio station is almost set to broadcast and will be used to deliver mass lectures among many other educational radio broadcasts, GZU information officer Anderson Chipatiso has said.
The station is the first ever campus radio station to be owned by a university in the country.
The institution recently confirmed that it has finished installing the digital equipment of the campus radio station and now waits for licence issuing to commence the services.
Chipatiso told Mail and Telegraph News that the radio station will give a communication link to all campuses and mass lectures will be delivered on air as well.
“GZU is operating under a multi-campus system and this radio station will be the link between the campuses with lecturers taking advantage of the radio to deliver mass lectures to students in various campuses.
“The surrounding community is also set to immensely benefit from this innovative project as lecturers from various schools and faculties will give critical lessons on issues that may directly help the communities for example Agriculture, Health and Legal matters among others. Thus this radio station will be the ideal medium of communication that educates, informs and entertains,” Chipatiso said.
“As Great Zimbabwe University we are happy to be pioneering the concept of a campus radio station in Zimbabwe. There is no precedent of a campus radio in the institutions of higher education in Zimbabwe and as such Great Zimbabwe University will be the first to have a campus radio which will be accessible not only to its students but to the greater community of Masvingo,” he said.
The station will be giving practical lessons to the students doing media studies at Great Zimbabwe University so as to produce best broadcasting journalists as well as marketing the institution’s brand.
“Our students doing media and communication studies will benefit a great deal from the radio station which will provide hands-on skills training. The major aim of establishing this campus radio is to come up with professional journalists and presenters who will be able to leave the University and fit well in the commercial, community and public radio broadcasting sector. As the government moves to license more radio stations, graduates from GZU will be well primed for absorption by the new radio stations due to the practical experience they will acquire from the Campus Radio Station.
“Once the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe invites applications for new non-commercial radio stations, GZU will be the first to submit its application,” he added.
Masvingo currently has one commercial radio station, Hevoi FM, which is owned by legislator and businessman Supa Mandiwanzira’s AB Communications.