Four young men who recently graduated from high school have become radio broadcasters in Haromaya district of eastern Hararghe.
Jamal Asee, Usmael Alisho, Zahir Usman and Zakir Abdul-Karim started experimenting in 2002 in an effort to create a mobile phone. They dismantled their radio sets, reassembled and reconnected the parts of the radios on a large hardboard to make a transmitter with enough power to relay broadcasts to a 36-kilometer range.
Their station, “FM-JUUZ” broadcasts social and development issues, HIV/AIDS program and sport news to the local audience. They are recognized and awarded by the Oromia regional government.