Adom FM on Tuesday launched its 10th anniversary celebration under the theme Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ10 Years of Inspirational Broadcasting and Community ServiceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢,
From a humble beginning as Groove FM at Kuku Hill, Osu, Adom FM has carved a niche for itself as a dependable local radio station, which is part of the Multimedia Group brand of companies.
The launch of the anniversary on Tuesday February 23, 2010, marked the beginning of celebrations which will involve torch bearing sessions involving all Adom FMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 22 affiliate stations across Ghana and beyond.
Other activities include floats, road shows, Adom praise at 10, ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s debate, sporting activities which will be climaxed with a soccer match between two of the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top clubs.
The anniversary was formally launched by Rev Hansel Frimpong (World Miracle Church International).
Other personalities and well-wishers who congregated at the launching ground included; Rev Herbert Anim Oppong, Elvis Aryeh of the National Media Commission, Mike Gizo, former minister for tourism, now Chief of Agomeda and the chairman of Adom FM Listeners Board among others.
Speaking at the launch, Klaus Vonbackustein, Chief Operations Officer of Adom FM recounted the journey of Adom FM to its current graceful success, but said it has not been an easy journey. He said 10 years in the life of any institution is worth celebrating and AdomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own has been a magnificent milestone.
Klaus recounted that, Ã¢â‚¬Å“ten years ago, the format of using Akan solely for programming was considered a complete waste of resources. Many people dismissed the prospects of investing in a radio business that targeted the mass market. Then, many others concluded that locating the business in Tema outside the nerve centre of political and commercial activities of the national capital was ill-conceived.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He said if a roll-call of the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best presenters is made, sure names in that list will include; Abeiku Santana, Wofa Sekyere Popro Boateng, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, Ekuorba Gyasi, Afia Pokuaa,Kofi Asare Brako among others.
Adoms programs; Adom Kasiebo, Dwaso Nsem, Adom Sports, Ofie Kwanso, Adom Top 40 Countdown and Odo Ahomaso, Kluas said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“have become the benchmarks for industry assessment.Ã¢â‚¬Â
There were congratulatory messages from media and political personalities notable among them were Bright Blew, General Secretary of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Hon Mike Gizo, former minister for tourism, now Chief of Agomeda and the chairman of Adom FM Listeners Board.
Other personalities included Elvis Aryeh, general manager of Daily Graphic and the representative of Kabral Blay Amihere, Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Nii Adjei Osonae Kraku, Chief of Tema and many others.
As the chairman of Adom Listeners Board, Hon Mike Gizo said he sees a generation of young fire brands in the media landscape of the country. As an avid listener he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wake up with Adom and sleeps with Adom.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Bright Blewu who also also tags himself as a friend of the station congratulated the station for its numerous achievements. He urged the station to use its programming such as Ã¢â‚¬ËœEdwuma Pa yeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to impact positively in the lives of its listeners and also the station should Ã¢â‚¬Å“work hard and earn more.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The key note address was delivered by Elvis Aryeh who read Kabral Blay AmihereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speech. He said the media has paved the way for Ghana to become a beacon on of Africa. He urged Adom FM to focus on politics and issues that can impact positively into the lives of its inhabitants especially the station being situated in an industrial hub of the country.
He urged that what is said on the airways should promote peace not war. Mr Elvis hoped that Adom FM and its staff will be counted as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpatriots of the landÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
The chairman for the occasion, Rev Herbert Anim Oppong also urged Adom FMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s staff to work to either improve on their standard or at worse maintain it. He called for GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blessings for the station and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s staff.
Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu