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98.4 Capital FM

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Frequency  98.4 MHz
Website  www.capitalfm.co.ke
Broadcast area  Nairobi
Format  Contemporary
Owner  Chris Kirubi
98.4 Capital FM httpslh6googleusercontentcomBkJHFaPWOIAAA
First air date  1996 repeater = 93.0 Western Kenya 98.5 Nakuru 98.4 Mombasa 98.5 Nyeri 103.9 Meru
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98.4 Capital FM (other variations of the name include Capital FM and Capital FM Kenya) is a Kenyan urban music radio station.

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Location

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).

Background

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.

Ownership

It is owned by businessman Chris Kirubi, one of the wealthiest individuals in Kenya.

Presenters

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
  • Eve D'Souza
  • Gaetano Kagwa – Ugandan personality who gained fame due to his participation in the Big Brother Africa competition
  • Nini Wacera
  • Italia Masiero
  • 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 (CDM)

    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.

    References

    98.4 Capital FM Wikipedia


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