One of the challenges in addressing systemic poverty and inequality is the limitation of not being able to be everywhere. Radio, however, enables community-led outreach and programming to extend right into the privacy of people’s homes or into their commutes and travels, to build hope and promote a better way of living that audiences can choose to tune into at will.
Radio can also be a powerful voice for reducing discrimination against minorities as well as persons living with disabilities and other marginalized groups. That’s why World Hope is launching a national faith-based radio station called ‘Radio Fry Fry’ in the center of Sierra Leone, with hubspots in the provincial areas so that hard-to-reach communities can have direct face-to-face contact with the radio station.
The ‘Radio Fry Fry’ brand is very unique in its context as it resonates and depicts its local meaning of ‘togetherness, authenticity, affordability and accessibility. The brand acknowledges diversity and caters indiscriminately to people of all walks of life regardless of gender, social strata, age, and religious orientation.
The station will provide content and airtime for commercial programming in order to be sustainable and utilize Gender Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM). The station will also serve as a regional resource for reaching the rural communities and several surrounding cities with important information and messaging related to anti-human trafficking or gender-based violence, health and hygiene, diversity and inclusion, and more.
According to the United Nations, radio is “a low-cost medium specifically suited to reaching remote communities and vulnerable people, offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. It also plays a crucial role in emergency communication and disaster relief.”
- Increased hope within rural communities
- Community and social impact content that is local, relevant, and inclusive to Sierra Leoneans
- A safe listening platform for all to listen, watch, emotionally connect, and learn through others’ experiences.
- Gender equity and opportunities for women and girls to contribute more to radio discourse/ in the media.
- Radio Fry Fry becomes completely self-sufficient and independent
Sources of Revenue
The sources of revenue for the station may include, but not be limited to:
- Airtime for paid live broadcast and Public Relations packages with businesses, local artists, and governmental bodies
- Advertisement slots for jingles, brand placement and mentions, sponsorships, and social media
- Production of pre-recorded content such as programs, jingle, documentaries, promotional videos, skits, and dramas
- Visual paid live streaming on our webpage and social media platforms
- Partnerships in exchange of services such as barter system, sponsorships, revenue share etc
- Promotional programs paid for by NGOs
It is expected that in the second and third years of operations, revenue from advertising, donations, and paid programming will increase by a substantial amount each year while expenditures remain relatively constant. By the end of year three, the Station should be primarily self-sustaining.
How It Works
Radio Fry Fry is owned by World Hope Social Ventures (WHSV), a US-based investment affiliate of World Hope International. WHSV funds commercial operations that contribute to social and economic wellbeing in several countries around the world.
Programming is managed by a General Manager and the station’s headquarters is in Freetown and there will be four regional studios in Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Kono to start and with plans of expansion in the second year of operations.
A symbol of unity and faith-based development, it will be set up as a sustainable community radio station that promotes diversity, inclusion, and peace. It will build hope by producing and airing content that brings people together, embraces every person as a valued creation of God and encourages non-judgmental attitude against our differences; giving listeners the opportunity to be heard and to share experiences.
Radio Fry Fry is a faith-based radio station with the objective of bringing people together and a vision of being the most valued listening partner. Its mission? Transforming lives, restoring hope, and serving every community through storytelling and sharing real-life experiences. It aims to do this as a trusted listening partner that strives to not only listen but advocate for social equity and transforming lives through engaging and empowering content.
81 percent of Sierra Leoneans have access to a radio and 47 percent listen daily, with Fry Fry’s message airing into a majority Muslim context and extending to rural regions that would otherwise be challenging to reach.
Radio Fry Fry also bridges the gender gap that exists in other media modalities within Sierra leone and allows both men and women to equally access radio communication. In a society where women are not encouraged to address important daily issues they face, Fry Fry provides a safe outlet to bring voice to these challenges.
Radio Fry Fry provides a platform to reach people regardless of gender, race, religion, political alliance, and income level. Fry Fry’s message focuses on empowerment, safety, celebrating diversity, and overcoming marginalization. The goal is to unite people through compassion, listening, storytelling, and more. Fry Fry’s content strategy focuses predominantly on 50 percent music, 30 percent commercial for revenue generation, and 20 percent for in-house production/content.