When Douglas Mbambo broadcast those words at 06h00 on the morning of 11 October 1999, they proclaimed the launch of the independent voice of the Rivercity in Upington, Northern Cape.
It was the start of a success story that continues to write a new chapter every year.
The name “Riverside” was arrived at after the public was invited to submit name proposals for the radio station, and “Riverside” was adopted. Similar process was followed for the logo. Teemaneng Community Radio in Kimberley hosted the first training for the station.
Charles Mchizwa who was involved in the management of the station at the time. Responded by saying that, he was not knowledgeable about technical issues and did not know how to handle the matter. This was the first chapter of the Upington Community Radio Forum (Radio Riverside) book. It has nearly been a decade now and Radio Riverside continues writing the book chapter by chapter every year.
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