Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development plans to air its revamped radio station for the first time tomorrow, 17 February. Boasting a diverse programming slate, QF Radio will now broadcast a range of English and Arabic shows through two dedicated channels.
"We are incredibly proud of the success of QF Radio since its inauguration, and we hope this special occasion provides us with even more opportunities for greater engagement with our listeners,” saidMr Saad SalehAl-Hudaifi, Media Center Manager at Qatar Foundation.
“Since it first launched, the radio has been keen to involve the community, especially by increasing youth participation in the station’s programmes. We are striving to provide our listeners with a platform to discuss the things that matter to them and impact their daily lives,” explained Al-Hudaifi.
The QF Radio team, which has grown tremendously since the station’s inauguration two years ago, is committed to actively engage all members of the public.To help the station meet this ambitious agenda, Qatar Foundation has also recently unveiled a state-of-the-art media centre.
"The rapid development witnessed by QF Radio in such a short period has urged us to keep up and ensure we maintain this pace as we continue to grow. Our new media centre will accelerate our ability to meet our long-term goals,” Al-Hudaifi continued.
Unparalleled in the region, the facility is equipped with the latest technologies and even rivals some of the most advanced radio stations globally. Its sophisticated studios, for example, offer online portals and phone applications for listeners to view live video streaming of their favourite programmes and talk shows.
QF Radio is also training its staff members and radio broadcasters to ensure they understand how to operate the centre’s new equipment. This will arm them with a broad set of skills in radio broadcasting and ensure full capacity of the studio is utilised.
Shows on innovation, technology, sport and current events will be amongst some of the new airings showcased tomorrow. All of these programmes are produced in-house, making each broadcast unique and tailored for different audiences. By continually improving the station’s material, the team is creating radio content meaningful to the community.
"A key focus for the design of the media centre is to ensure the equipment is user-friendly. We believe this new approach will widen our audience base in Qatar, in addition to our audiences in 81 other countries,” explained Mr Nasser Al Naimi, Head of QF Radio. “The name of the Foundation is well-known around the world, and the station’s expansion has built upon this reputation.”
QF Radio has made tremendous advancements since its induction. During this year’s Qatar National Day celebrations, for example, the radio broadcastlive for a continuous 15 hours. Additionally, during the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Doha earlier this winter, it hosted a diverse suite of programmes. The series successfully attracted a new wave of listeners from all corners of the globe who were in town for the two-week event.
Through the ‘Find Your Frequency’ advertising campaign, the station’s new shows promise to attract more listeners. Qatar Foundation Radio will broadcast its programmes in Arabic on 93.7 FM and English on 91.7 FM, in addition to the station’s website and phone applications.