15 May 2018

Samoa's first FM radio broadcaster dies

6:32 am on 15 May 2018
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Samoa's well-known businessman and first FM radio broadcaster, Maposua Rudolf Keil, has died.

Maposua was the first to establish a commercial privately owned radio station, introducing the FM frequency in Samoa in the 1990s.

This followed a decision by the then Prime Minister, Tofilau Eti Alesana, to amend the broadcasting act to open the airwaves to radio stations other than the government's 2AP.

Last month, Radio Polynesia, which is owned by Maposua and his family, bought the commercial TV3 station in a joint venture with a local business partner.