First Commercial Radio For and By Women in the Middle East

nisaa-fm.jpgNISAA FM , the first independent and commercial radio station in the Middle East catering to women and run by a highly professional team of women, started broadcasting live on 20 June 2010 on FM at 96.0 to audiences in the Palestinian West Bank, as well as globally from

Through its radio broadcasts in Arabic and its Arabic and English web sites, NISAA FM informs, inspires and entertains women of all ages and social contexts across the Palestinian Territories and beyond. Blending news, interviews and stories with entertainment and music, NISAA FM offers a diversified program range aimed to connect, enrich and empower its audiences.

“We are adding a new dimension to the radio environment in Palestine”, said Maysoun Odeh Gangat, director of NISAA FM. “NISAA FM motivates women through success stories and interaction, while at the same time creating employment, particularly for women. We also plan to introduce training on broadcasting techniques and journalism to enhance women’s professional participation in the field of information and communication.”

 “We believe there is a high demand for a communication platform that will focus on women while involving both men and women in discussions about their experiences and ambitions,” added Yann Borgstedt, founder of the Smiling Children Foundation, NISAA FM’s principal partner.

“Our goal is to make NISAA FM the best radio in its genre, fully independent and financially sustainable, within three years. We are convinced of its relevance and of its potential for further growth and are proud to accompany this pioneer project in its first steps.”

The first two programs that went live on NISAA FM were the Breakfast and Drive Shows hosted by Nisreen Awwad and Halla Bazzar. Nisreen and Halla engage their audiences in interactive discussions by presenting inspirational stories, interviewing exceptional studio guests and presenting information and favorite Arabic and International songs.

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