Monday, May 21, 2007

Hala FM















At long last, Oman has its first private FM station. Hala FM, broadcasting on 102.7 FM, started test broadcasts earlier this month and will have its launch on May 23th. It's an all Arabic station, but the choices have been quite good. It'd be nice to have a good English music station, but I can understand that it makes more commercial sense to play Arabic music. I hope the other private stations follow now that frequency allocation has (apparently) been sorted.

12 comments:

Amjad said...

At last.. a private radio station!!

I've just turned on the radio and set their frequency. My first impression on them is very good. I hope they play good programs and music.

NiGhTFaCe said...

I have been listening to it the last few days. Not a fan of Arabic music. I am waiting to see if they some interesting programs.

Kay said...

is this the private station owned and run by Sabcio Art?

Jawahir Jewels said...

i hear that there is one owned by sabco art and another one also owned by ohi not sure which this is though....

i agree with muscati i do hope they start one in english ....

doors of oppertunity have opened lets see what happens

Anonymous said...

This is the OHI station, they will be have an English one soon. I don't really care what they play, its just going to be great to be able to turn on the radio and hear music and not moronic interviews with rare mollusc collectors or whatever other suicide -inducing features pass for entertainment on Oman FM

NiGhTFaCe said...

Is it related MBC?! Because their logo is the same as MBC FM, even the font used is the same.

Amjad said...

Don't we have online radio stations?

I guess it would be amazing if we had online radio stations.

Maya said...

its owned by Omah Holding International....

Amjad said...

They said they will have an online broadcast for the station very soon...

I heard that from the lady who presents Ya Hala Muscat program. I'm not sure of the program's name.

muscati said...

Amjad, online FM stations aren't viable in Oman. First of all, our internet speed isn't good enough. Even with my broadband connection I can't listen to streaming radio most days. And even if we had the bandwidth, the fact that our internet isn't unlimited access would mean that you would quickly pile up the gigabytes while listening to online radio increasing your monthly internet bill.

NiGhTFaCe said...

Muscati, ever tried?!http://www.live365.com/index.live


It works fine for me. Our internet connection can be unlimited if you pay O.R 39 :p

Suburban said...

I like it so far. Good tunes.

What I'm really looking forward to is OHI's English station, assuming they are still planning to go ahead with it. than it's good bye Oman FM!!!