Unknown arsonist set ablaze American owned Christian radio station tonight, burning while residents of the ELWA area at the out-sketch of Liberia’s capital Monrovia.
Radio ELWA is a Christian radio station operating from Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. It presently broadcasts on FM 94.5 and SW 4760 kHZ (60 meters), with a transmission power of 1000 watts (1 kilo watt)
Following the massive destruction of the ELWA Radio Station in 1990 as a result of the crisis in Liberia, the management put the pieces back together and rebuild radio station.
Radio ELWA goes back to the vision and challenge of SIM that all may hear the propagation of the tenets of the Christian faith by means of broadcasting. In 1952, the Government of Liberia granted a permit for broadcasting. A frequency was assigned and the call letters “ELWA” (Eternal Love Winning Africa) were designated for what was soon to be Africa’s first Christian radio station. Committed to the challenge, on January 18, 1954, Radio ELWA aired its first program with the hope that millions would be blessed spiritually.
In July 1990, ELWA radio station when the station was silenced due to the civil war in Liberia. In 1992, SIM with its compassionate concern and commitment to reaching the un-reached and helping to mend broken and shattered lives by means of broadcasting, took the challenge to resurrect ELWA Radio.
Unfortunately, however, ELWA Radio was again silenced and, like other institutions, suffered greatly during the renewed fighting in 1996. Following the 1996 crisis, national staff regrouped and purposed to start this ministry. SIM for the second time made a commitment to help rebuild ELWA Radio on the condition that the vision, initiative and management remain on the hands of the nationals.
The radio station broadcast eight hours of English broadcast per day and one and one-half hours of Liberian Language broadcast in Grebo, Kru, Gola, Bassa, Kpelle, Kissi, Dan, Krahn and Loma, is supported almost entirely by local funds. Roughly seventy-five percent of ELWA Radio’s income to date has resulted in charges from public serviceannouncements, requests, donations, and local program producers, and from pastors and churches who sign up for air time to broadcast their programs.
According to eyewitness account the station got engulfed in flames this evening with residents caught in shock and disbelief as the missionary station which had been in Liberia for a very long from the 1940s and is the second time it is burnt down. The government of former President Samuel K Doe torched it in early 1990 when that West African nation was attacked by dissent forces who later launched a full scale war and which killed the President.