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Kigali’s Radio O opts for Lawo

Kigali’s Radio O opts for Lawo

Kigali’s Radio O opts for Lawo


In Rwanda, a new radio station is emerging on the region's media landscape: Kigali-based Radio O, the on-air institution of the Authentic Church denomination. With its new Lawo RƎLAY solution, Radio O is implementing a technical setup to turn its facilities into a fully equipped radio broadcast centre with an “innovative distributed approach”.

Operating out of a 5,000-person capacity church building, the Authentic Church aims to broadcast the message of its services to listeners across the region through additional programmes. After evaluating all options, the leadership team chose Lawo software and standard PC hardware to build its radio station, working with local system integrator, Mediacity Ads, a Lawo solutions distributor in Rwanda.

“We are excited to be working with Lawo technologies to offer our on-air talents a more flexible and scalable solution that allows them to curate more content, without having to worry about technical inefficiencies”, said Rutabara Jean de Dieu, director of Radio O and TV O. “We noticed the Lawo trend in Kigali among the big players and immediately contacted Mediacity to onboard us. This decision was taken to follow our overall strategy for modernising our broadcast and production workflows and migrating to a purely IP-based solution to be able to do more with less technical clutter.”

Without a central equipment room, this project – the first of its kind in Africa – follows a novel distributed approach, explained Mediacity’s Jesse Kiyingi Maxella, director, and Fred Martin Kiwalabye, IT media systems specialist. “Different buildings will host standard PC technology and conventional IT infrastructure to route signals from an analogue mixing console used at the church's FOH via Lawo's virtual patch bay to Lawo's RƎLAY VRX mixing software. This virtual patch bay provides audio outputs with different sound processing options – all routed via a simple Ethernet cable.”

Kiwalabye continued: “With the RƎLAY Virtual Sound Card and Virtual Patch Bay, we can offer our customers a solution that can be quickly deployed to address new opportunities in digital and outdoor broadcast content while reducing the overall infrastructure cost.”

The Zion Media project administrator, Espoir Furaha, said: “We are excited to work with Mediacity, an industry leader for broadcast, production and workflow integration.”

Evans Mwendwa, aka DJ Spin, head of programming for Radio O and TV O, added: “The new system has made work very easy compared to the analogue setups we had before. The new workflows we established now elevate the quality of our programmes. Working with Lawo is the best decision we have ever made.”

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