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Listeners Welcome Radio LYB Online

 Special By Khadija M. Bello

Few months after its formal launch into the global broadcast environment, Radio LYB is gradually gaining momentum as one of the strong and widely accepted online broadcast media, with rich contents and modest broadcast language of communication, in all the languages of Hausa, English and Arabic on the online channel.

With test broadcast that commenced early January through February, 2024, and which drew few listeners across the globe, the month of March coinciding with the start of the Muslims fasting period of Ramadan, the listenership surges to almost 3 million listeners in the first week of Ramadan.

The surden upsurge in following the Radio LYB programme contents could largely be attributed to the scheduled Tafsir and other Islamic features programmes with special focus on Ramadan teachings, lessons and activities that have far-reaching impact on muslims general conduct and daily life engagements in acts of worship and mutual interaction.

Currently on its schedules, Radio LYB runs Tafsir slots from some Islamic centres and Mosques, as presented by prominent Islamic scholars such as Imam Muhammad Yusuf Adam, Imam Mahmoud Tanko Aliyu Zungur, Sheikh Muhammad Kabir Yakubu Arabi, Sheikh Mahmoud Ibrahim Shira, Malam Sa’idu Hamid Bello, Professor Muhammad Safiyyu Abdulkadir Jahun, Imam Mu’azu Idris Guyaba, Imam Saddam Abubakar, Imam Yusuf Ibrahim Bauchi, Sheikh Muhammad Attahiru Bakoji, as well as recording of both lates Sheikh Ja’afar Mahmoud Adam and Sheikh Abdurrahman Ajlan from Saudi Arabia.

This is apart from other programmes presented by Professor Salisu Shehu, Ustaz Umar Muhammad, as well as a general Ramadan magazine programme, and spicy Ramadan jingles provided by sponsors to reach global audience with information on products and services.

On the streets in Bauchi, some keen listeners approached by this reporter expressed their satisfaction with the contents of the Tafsir, citing quality output and articulate presentation by the scholars.

Ibrahim Mohammed is a listener who confesses that he only listens to Jalalaini mode of  presentation which we only find in local Mosques that maintain old tradition, but now on Radio LYB 3 of such presentation are vailable for listeners, and which is worthy of commendation.

Since the station is 24 hours on air, Mallam Salisu Gwabba says “I can confortably listen to Tafsir programme with deep satisfaction of quality audio througout the night while doing some works that keep me awake.”

An investigation further reveals that, while the online channel is making this steady progress in capturing listenership globally, Radio LYB is poised in unfolding more research-based informative and educative programmes for a more wider global community from the Nigerian perspectives.

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