Springfield, VA — Sawa radio is changing formats to all-news programming starting on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The radio network targeting Iraq and the Levant will increase local news and information content to the region, in addition to simulcasting the key Alhurra Television programs to provide audiences with the most accurate and up-to-date information about the region, the U.S. and the world.
“It is more important than ever for our audience in the Middle East to have access to truthful and objective news—in this new format we will provide that to listeners in their cars, homes, or wherever they listen to the radio,” stated MBN President Dr. Victoria Coates (MBN oversees and manages Sawa Radio). “We are keeping the programs that Sawa listeners have come to count on, but also adding new dynamic, localized shows focusing on economic empowerment, women’s rights, social and political issues, and young adults.”
Sawa can be heard on FM transmitters in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories, with several transmitters broadcasting into Syria and to the Arabic-speaking population of Israel.
The Middle East Broadcasting Networks is a non-profit corporation is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from USAGM. MBN operates Alhurra Television, an Arabic-language television network that broadcasts to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa via satellite, as well as Alhurra-Iraq Television. MBN also operates Sawa, radio and its two dedicated streams, one to Iraq and the other to the Levant. It is available via FM throughout these two areas and provides more than 15 hours of news and information daily on each stream.
Find out more
Contact Deirdre Kline
Director of Communications, Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa