LEADING LADIES: From left - Lesley Konee and Priscilla Baffour of the Weekend City Show
FOR THE past four years, the Allied Broadcasting Network TV (ABN TV) channel has been making a name for itself by providing fantastically-varied television programmes primarily geared towards the African and Caribbean communities. As the most-watched black channel in the UK, which can be found on Sky TV channel 235), ABN TV’s reputation precedes it. However, it hasn’t just stuck to television.
Almost a year old, ABN Radio UK has been making waves in the digital radio arena. Marketing itself as ‘London’s Afropolitan Radio,’ ABN Radio UK, like its TV counterpart, offers content for African and Caribbean communities and non-African listeners alike.
Throughout the week, ABN Radio UK navigates listeners through the top news headlines, the latest releases in Afrobeats, Gospel, Highlife, Hiplife, Afrohouse and so much more. With an incredible variety of shows, listeners can find a soundtrack to their life.
REGAL: Presenter Queen Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I
From 6-10am, Monday to Friday, listeners are in the capable hands of Kwame Oppong Yeboah, Queen Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I and Claire Fox, the team who host the London City Show (LCS). A morning drive-time show, LCS features news analysis and discerning conversation on UK, Africa and Ghana’s politics, economy and social cultural development.
EARLY RISER: Presenter Kwame Oppong Yeboah
Bringing together great music, great chat and great vibes, presenter Afua Adom hosts Metropolitan Mix, from Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm. The show is a mid-morning magazine show with news, health, lifestyle, sports and more. Adom masterfully mixes great music with engaging conversation.
THREE TIMES A CHARM: Presenter Afua Adom, centre, with X-Factor stars Reggie and Bollie
The Cosmopolitan Drive is hosted by Nancy Adusei and promises to 'drive listeners all the way home’ from 3-7pm, Monday to Friday with a mix of top-rated Afrobeats hits, entertainment, gossip and featured guests. As well as this, get your news and travel information as Adusei concentrates on 'driving you all the way home’.
IN THE DRIVING SEAT: Presenter Nancy Adusei
Listeners can continue with their ABN obsession throughout the weekend, starting with Bed Talk. On at 9pm each Friday night, presenter and project manager by day Adwoa Armah-Appiah takes listeners through all manner of topics related to sex, love and marriage during the two-hour show, as she tries to "help people have the best relationships they can."
ABN Radio UK kicks off Saturday mornings with the Weekend City Show. A fantastic two-hour show on from 8-10am featuring a round-up of the most interesting stories of the week, "banging tunes" and hilarious chat for your Saturday morning relaxation which is brought to listeners by hosts Priscilla Baffour, Lesley Konee and Barbara Bemah-Howard.
Following this, presenter Bright Awuku-Boateng, who goes by the name ‘Enkay,’ hosts Hear Me Out, a fun-filled, educative show co-hosted by students Grace Yaa Tabiri and Jessica Awuku which is on every Saturday from 10am-12pm.
BRIGHT AND SUNNY: Presenter Bright 'Enkay' Awuku-Boateng, far right, with co-hosts Grace (far left) and Jessica
The rest of the weekend is dedicated to Gospel programming. Executive Producer Daniel Dadson hosts Gospel Connect, a ‘contemporary gospel entertainment show.’ Not just satisfied with bringing you all your gospel needs, Gospel Connect intersperses interviews and news discussions with uplifting Gospel and Christian music.
CONNECTOR: Presenter Daniel Dadson
The final programme on the ABN Radio UK bill is the Afropolitan Gospel Show hosted by Charles Koranteng, also known as ‘Uncle Charles.’ Marketed as a Gospel show "to kick start your Sunday morning", you can hear Uncle Charles from 7-10am.
The Afro Gospel Show blends a mix of eclectic African-flavoured Gospel music, dedications, competitions, interviews and testimonies.
As if all that wasn’t enough, ABN Radio UK has expanded to include ABN Radio Ghana, a new channel launched in November 2016, which is already heading towards the level of fame ABN Radio UK has achieved in such a short space of time. ABN Radio Ghana’s morning show is syndicated from Ghana’s number one radio station, Adom 106.3FM, the drive time programme plays all the hit Ghanaian Highlife and Hiplife tracks.
You can listen to ABN Radio UK on DAB across London, via the TuneIn mobile app or online. ABN Radio UK can also be found across on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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