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2012-06-16 20:28:59
Country: BotswanaListen to radio stations broadcasting from Botswana
City: Gaborone
Address: Private Bag 0060Gaborone, Botswana
FM (MHz): 89.9
Genre: Information
Phone: + 267 365 8000
Language of broadcast: English
Description: Formerly known as Radio Bechuanaland before the country attained its independence, RB 1 is simply called Radio Botswana by most citizens of Botswana.

When Radio Bechuanaland began to transmit in 1965, it was inheriting a one-kilowatt medium wave transmitter from the veterinary department of the out-going colonial government based at Mafeking. The transmitter had been used for communications among veterinary field staff within a 20-mile radius since World War II.

Shortly before independence, three more transmitters were acquired so that Radio Bechuanaland would be able to prepare Batswana during the run-up to independence. Since then, more and better equipment has been made available, and its operation time has increased from a mere one and half-hours to the present 18 hours a day.

Radio Botswana established a newsroom in the early 1970's and the number news bulletins were increased from one to four a day. Today, bulletins are available every hour.

The station is made up of two sections, namely Culture and Entertainment (programmes), and News and Current Affairs. The News and Current Affairs programmes such as Around-the-World-Today, Masa-a-asele/Morning Show, and Tatediso-ya-Dikgang/Newsreel. Newsreel and the Morning Show are mainly composed of local current affairs issues. Around-the-World-Today, on the other hand, features international current affairs.

The Culture and Entertainment Section of RB 1 is responsible for the general programmes and features cultural themes, music and drama. Most of the programmes are designed to educate the public, especially about government programmes, but also to entertain.

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