98.4 Capital FM (other variations of the name include Capital FM and Capital FM Kenya) is a Kenyan urban music radio station.
Its offices are situated on the 19th floor of Lonrho House, along Standard Street in the central business district of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. The coordinates of the radio station are:1°17'06.0"S, 36°49'22.0"E (Latitude:-1.285013; Longitude:36.822767).
Established in 1996, Capital FM plays a mixture of rap,hip hop, RnB, rock, neo soul, new jack swing, jazz, techno, dance and Kenyan music.
Capital FM now caters to Mombasa, Western Kenya, as well as the international community, via its new website. It was the second FM station to be opened after 101.9 Metro FM shortly after the liberalisation of Kenyan airwaves, and although several other FM stations have continued to crop up, catering to all tastes, 98.4 Capital FM continues to be a popular station especially among the middle-class and upper-class markets. The presenters play a mixture of hip hop, rock, neo soul, new jack swing, world music, jazz, techno and dance music.
When President Barack Obama visited Kenya in July 2015, he gave an exclusive one-on-one interview on 98.4 Capital FM, one of the only two one-on-one radio interviews that he gave during that visit.
It is owned by businessman Chris Kirubi, one of the wealthiest individuals in Kenya.
Many of Kenya's biggest radio presenters all began at Capital FM – which has earned it the slogan – the home of nurturing radio talent. These include:Phil Matthews – head of The Radio Academy
Sean Cardovillis – now working at Nation Media Group
Jimmi Gathu – lead breakfast TV presenter at K24
Caroline Mutoko – Marketing Manager at Kiss FM
Zain Verjee – Anchor now with CNN
Jo Thoenes – breakfast presenter in the UK
Patricia Amira – of the Patricia show at KBC
Alex Belfield – a radio DJ from the UK
Fareed Khimani – Director at Nusu-Nusu Productions Limited, Executive Producer of MNET's Mashriki Mix Magazine show, and a radio presenter at 105.5 FM, Nairobi
Seanice Kacungira – a businesswoman in Kampala, Uganda
Gaetano Kagwa – Ugandan personality who gained fame due to his participation in the Big Brother Africa competition
Preety aka Herpreet Jaswal
Disk jockey Dr. Vey, Nairobi, Kenya
Fareed Khimani and Seanice Kacungira hosted a mornin show from 2006 until 2009, which had a wide audience with high ratings.
Capital Digital Media is a section within the Capital FM company that deals with online and digital media presence. This includes digital sales and advertising, web development, video production and social media strategy.