Mass media in Kenya includes more than 91 FM stations, more than 64 free-to-view TV stations, and an unconfirmed number of print newspapers and magazines. Publications mainly use English as their primary language of communication, with some media houses employing Swahili. Vernacular or community-based languages are commonly used in broadcast media; mostly radio. List Of All Radio Stations In Kenya
Kenya‘s state-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts in both English and Swahili plus various vernacular languages. Royal Media services are the largest private national broadcaster with countrywide coverage. It also broadcasts in both English and Swahili plus various vernacular languages. A dozen private radio and television stations have ranges that are limited to the Nairobi area.
The media in Kenya is regulated by a statutory body called the Media Council of Kenya. The Media Council of Kenya is an independent national institution established by the Media Act, 2007 as the leading institution in the regulation of media and the conduct and discipline of journalists. It is mandated to register and accredit journalists, register media establishments, handle complaints from the public and create and publish yearly media audits on Media Freedom in Kenya among other things. During accreditation, the journalists agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Practice of Journalism in Kenya, which was created by media practitioners and stakeholders with the view of making Journalism in Kenya a more professional and respectable field. The media is also regulated by the Kenya Film Classification Board, a State Corporation under the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) which is mandated by the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 Laws of Kenya to regulate the creation, possession, broadcasting, exhibition, and distribution of films in Kenya.
KBC, Citizen FM, Kiss FM (pop), Classic FM (classics), Capital FM (rock and pop), Easy FM (R&B), Metro FM(Reggae), X FM(Rock), Homeboyz Radio(Hip-hop and R&B) are the popular radio stations in Kenya in terms of listeners and coverage. Several established private radio stations broadcast in local vernacular languages, including Kameme FM, Gukena FM, Coro FM and Inooro FM(Kikuyu), Metro East FM (Hindi), Chamgei FM, Kass FM and Rehema Radio (Kalenjin), Lake Victoria (Luo), Mulembe FM (Luhya), Mbaitu FM (Kamba), Star FM (Somali).
It can be challenging to determine how many radio stations in Kenya are operational in the country since new radio stations crop up every now and then. Over the years, Kenya has remained the center of East Africa where most of the businesses and economic activities are conducted in the region. As a result, the number of radio stations in Kenya is skyrocketing to meet the high demand for quick and reliable means of communication. This comes after the attainment of the freedom of expression and the airwaves in the 1990s. Like in most other countries, Kenyans enjoy listening to the radio for entertainment news and talk show conversations that allow them to continue with their normal activities. This guide provides a list of the most popular radio stations in Kenya and their frequencies to let you find your favorite radio station. Nonetheless, here is a summary list of the commonly known radio stations in Kenya and their frequencies and locations.
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