Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
MUTARE’S one and only commercial radio station Diamond FM’s stock continues to rise after they were awarded the prestigious Vocational Services Award by the Rotary Club of Mutare at a ceremony held in the city last Friday. The sought-after radio station was awarded for its exceptional services it has done for the community which go beyond the normal call of duty.
The radio station’s manager, Leander “Leekay” Kandiero, received the gong on behalf of the station. He paid tribute to listeners, the station’s presenters and producers and management for the overwhelming support that has made the radio a force to reckon with within two years of its launch.
“I would like to thank the people who make up Diamond FM including the print side of The Manica Post and largely the group itself for making the radio what it is. From our surveys, we realised that listeners are supporting us. It is imperative to appreciate the support we have received from the division and most importantly the listeners. I am humbled by the recognition. It is humbling for a radio station that is two years old to be recognised for the work we are doing in the community,” he said.
Rotary Club of Mutare president Mr Gabriel Manyoka, through the club’s past assistant district governor, Mr Job Torindo, said: “The award is meant to honour someone or a group of people who would have excelled beyond in serving the community. Diamond FM came just when we were trying to resuscitate the steam radio at Mutare Provincial Hospital which was meant to entertain patients at the hospital. The radio has assisted communities. They have gone far in addressing social issues that affect people on a daily basis.”
The radio station has endeared itself with local listeners by holding outdoor broadcasts in entertainment and business centres, churches as well as hosting family fun days in Mutare’s Central Business District. The OB facility has also played a critical role in championing social and health issues where the station through its presenters partners organisations in health and social uprightness and lead by example as an entity which has a social responsibility obligation.
Interestingly, Kandiero, a veteran producer, came out second in the Young Manager of the Year Category at the Megafest Northern Region Awards held recently in Harare. He described the recognition as a pleasant surprise. The awards seeks to honour men, women and organisations who have made strides in projecting a positive picture as well as the true story of the Zimbabwean industry through their works.
“Leaders like you in our country now play a pivotal role in the development of Zimbabwe. Through their entrepreneurial skills, professionalism and competencies, they are contributing to the economic growth of the country,” said Megafest Holdings in a statement.