By Manyang Mayom
January 26, 2010 (RUMBEK) — Good News Radio went on air Monday evening, testing its signal for three continuous hours. Broadcasting on 89-FM, the station that is part of Sudan Catholic Radio Network, a community-based radio owned by the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek. The station is in Rumbek town, on Wulu Road.
Fr. Don Bosco Ochieng, the director of Good News Radio affirmed that Sudan Catholic Radio Network (SCRN) has now established six stations in Southern Sudan. The station in Rumbek is called “Good News Radio,” which in the Dinka language is "Radio Thong Path".
The other Catholic stations in Sudan are Bakhita Radio in Juba, Voice of Peace in Gidel in Nuba mountains, Voice of Love in Malakal, Radio Emmanuel in Torit, and Easter FM in Yei.
The Bishop of Rumbek, currently in Rome for a meeting, has congratulated all those who have worked hard to realize this remarkable event in the history of the diocese. In his message to the Good News Radio director, Bishop Caesar Mazzolari said that the radio station will strive to remind listeners daily of God being always there in our lives through its programs.
Stressing on the importance of content, the bishop said, “The Good News Radio will call us with its voice to come to the wisdom of letting what happens each day deliver a significant and constructive impact on our lives and on our world.” The bishop added that the radio is intended to make events significant and not a boring routine broadcast that does not touch our lives.
Furthermore, director of Sudan Catholic Radio Network, Sr. Paola Moggi thanked the bishop, the technicians, Fr. Don Bosco and all who have assisted Radio Good News to begin broadcasting. Meanwhile, Good News Radio Director Fr. Don Bosco Ochieng thanks all those who have helped in one way or another to realize this dream.
Lakes state, the capital of Rumbek will now have two radio stations – Rumbek FM-98 station is the state government-owned radio which fell under intensive censorship. Neither Good News Radio FM-89 nor Radio FM-98 have comprehensive coverage of the coming elections and referendum.
In December 2009, Bakhita Radio in Juba came under threats from security forces as a group of about 20 presumed Central Equatoria State South Sudan Police Service personnel stormed into the premises of Bakhita Radio and beat one of the staff. They came in full riot gear and handcuffs, entering without specified reason through a gap in the fence and attacking a female member of the staff. The gate had been locked. When challenged, the unidentified group of police accused the woman of insulting them and called her names. One of the policemen took a shovel from the garden and said to her as she lay covered in dirt, “this will be your graveyard.” The directress was prevented from calling the archbishop to report the incident.