Keep it up, Radio Tamale Sports
Football is the world’s favorite sport enjoyed by millions of people around globe. It is one of the few remaining straws that bind people and continues to enjoy monopoly as the most famous game ever invented; a monopoly that’s sure to see eternity. But you know, football owes its supremacy and grandeur to technology. The advent of technology and its subsequent marriage with football became the vehicle that delivered the game to all destinations with outright success.
The electronic media comprising television, radio, etc, and print media are an integral part of why all this fuss about the beautiful game. Radio, perhaps the most easily accessible of all these has a special place in the football coverage space. It is the friend of the lower class fan and the device that keeps him abreast with happenings in the world of football.
In Tamale, the capital city of the northern region of Ghana, there’s a swarm of radio stations making the airwaves abuzz with everything football. However, I doff my hat for Radio Tamale 91.7mhz for a truly novelty and unique style of football broadcast. I have been a monitor of radio sports broadcasts in the region for some time and have come to follow programs of the said station, due to some innovations.
Radio Tamale’s sports department, headed by coach Mohammed Nurudeen Sham-una, have made local content their stock in trade. Currently, Ghana Football’s Normalization Comittee, NC has rolled out a National Women’s Premier League that’s in session. Radio Tamale Sports is covering this tournament really well, with detailed attention paid to the two Tamale-based clubs, Northern Ladies FC and Pearlpia Ladies FC.
Head of sports Sham(his affectionate name), his able lieutenants Mumuni Abdul Mumin and Musah Abdul Rahim(Ramzy) and others update their website(radiotamale.com) with scorelines, team news, match reports, etc, and share the links on various social media. The sports team seems to have an unshaken resolve to do the job and do it well.
Indeed, and here comes what I mean by a novelty practice by the station, I’ve for the first time, started reading and listening to transfer gossips and confirmed player transfers in Women’s Football in Tamale. Until the famous(or infamous) Number 12 by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, there were bits of this in lower divisions football for men. To do this in local women’s club football is a huge leap in promotion.
As if that’s not enough, I’ve read writeups about clubs(men’s and women’s) approaching coaches to manage them. I mean, these are stuff we’ve grown to associate with European football. But the narrative is changing – Radio Tamale Sports is bridging the gap, no matter how slowly and lowly it may be. Our corner is being brightened by a ray of hope that is set to conquer darkness in due time.
So today, a young girl who plays for Bagabaga Ladies FC(the club I support) or Dahinsheli Ladies FC or FC Savannah or Tamale Super Ladies knows that she does so under consistent media coverage, with articles to spring up when she switches clubs or goes on a great run of form. This is a motivating factor to keep the player in focus, and set her on a formal professional career pathway. At this stage, she can’t ask for more.
With all this, is it not striking to learn that Radio Tamale is barely two years old, and has already won an award? At the recent Northern Radio Awards held at Ganaa Hotel, they won the Radio Station Of The Year 2018 Award. Although it’s down to their overall performance across board, there’s no denying that their strides in promoting sports has played a crucial part.
In the past couple of weeks, it has been from coverage to coverage. They were principal coverers of the recent BANUMA Women’s Top 4 Tournament at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium annex, a tourney won by national star Mukarama Abdulai’s Northern Ladies FC. They also covered the Sports For Hygiene and Water football tournament at Kasalgu, the climax of the U-10 Soccer Tournament at Sagnarigu, the Sports For Peace In Dagbang Soccer Match at Savelugu, Gandu Stars’ 10th Anniversary Competition near Katariga, and are set to cover the Sports For Peace In Dagbang Match at Mion on Saturday March 23, 2018. They’ve become a hot cake in the northern region thanks to their track record.
If you can, join the Radio Tamale train and get the experience;
Wake Up Sports – Monday to Friday(6:30am-7:00am)
Sports Drive – Monday to Friday(2:00pm-2:15pm)
Sports Debate(bugum bieni!) – Wednesday(10pm-12am)
Top Sports – Saturday(10am-12pm)
Sports Centre – Sunday(8am-11am)
Only Wake Up Sports comes in English, all others are in Dagbanli.
Football development is not only putting logistics and human resources in place, transmitting information is just as important and Radio Tamale 91.7mhz is doing it with aplomb!
Yours in the beautiful game