FM feat for SA’s first Islamic online radio station

2015-09-21 10:02
Radio Mubarak station manager Faradh Patel with his crew at their new radio booth in Bombay Road.

Radio Mubarak station manager Faradh Patel with his crew at their new radio booth in Bombay Road. (Ian Carbutt)

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SOUTH Africa’s first Islamic online radio station, Radio Mubarak, added another notch to their feats when they began broadcasting on FM frequency last week.

The station’s crew was heard for the first time on 89.2 FM last Thursday, broadcasting from their hand-built studio.

Radio Mubarak is the first Islamic online radio station to broadcast from Pietermaritzburg. The station is the brainchild of ­media personality, compere, and ­lifestyle and fashion correspondent Faradh Patel, who also hosts Radio Mubarak’sMorning Drive Show.

“Although we still maintain that we are first and foremost an online radio station, broadcasting from the FM frequency is a big step for us,” said Patel.

The interactive radio station features local, national and international contributors. News and interviews, traffic and weather updates and Naaths (praise poetry) and Anasheeds (songs) provide the station’s listeners with a wide variety of content.

Radio Mubarak received a four-month FM licence and will broadcast on 89.2 FM for the next four months with a short break before returning to FM.

Pietermaritzburg-born Patel, who attended Woodlands Secondary School, joined Lotus FM while doing his BA degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Lotus FM was excellent grounding as there is such a great balance between commercial ethos and community involvement, and it gave me a taste of the world of media,” he said.

Patel then moved to Gauteng, where he pursued his dream of becoming an actor, appearing in the M-Net soapie Egoli as Naveen ­Moodley.

He appeared in various adverts on TV, radio and in print and in a Russian television series, before joining the marketing team at Sun International.

Patel has also worked on the launch of Saffron TV, the Sunday Times Food Show and the Sunday Times Literary Awards.

Patel hopes that a variety of listeners, irrespective of their faith and beliefs, will tune in. “We are a non-denominational radio station. Although Muslim-based, we cater for everybody,” he said

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