Radio One Lebanon was a radio station that served Lebanon, broadcasting on the FM band before it closed down on 1 February 2020 as a result of the Lebanese liquidity crisis.[1] The station was licensed to broadcast all over Lebanon, from studios in Beit Meri. It was one of the many FM stations that launched during the civil war in Lebanon playing international pop music, as well as oldies.

Radio One Lebanon
Broadcast areaLebanon
Frequency105.1 & 105.5 MHz
BrandingRadio One
FormatTop 40
OwnerRaymond Gaspar
First air date
Technical information
ERP25 kW

History edit

Radio One was founded in 1983 by Raymond Gaspar as CEO and Roger Gaspar as program director. The station played international music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Radio One broadcast daytime and nighttime shows, including Breakfast Show with Gavin Ford and Olga, Radio One’s Top 20, Monday Night Love Songs Special, and The Classics, playing listener requests from the 1970s through the 1990s.[citation needed]

Ford died at age 53 on 27 November 2018, after he had been tied up, beaten and fatally strangled inside his Beit Meri home. Two Syrian men were arrested on 28 November after some of Ford's belongings were found in their Beirut apartment.[2] One suspect confessed to Ford's murder and both men having targeted his house beforehand for a robbery attempt.[3] Ford had been an on-air personality for Radio One since 1996.[3]

The station closed down on 1 February 2020 following the Lebanese financial crisis. The radio faced financial difficulties that led to its discontinuing and to stopping the broadcast of its programs.

Air personalities edit

  • Gavin Ford
  • Olga Habre
  • Roy Malakian
  • Randi Stephan

Shows edit

  • Monday night love songs
  • Radio One Classics
  • Remember Yesterday with Kevin
  • The Chillout Lounge with Alan
  • Rockin' on Radio One with Randi

References edit

  1. ^ "Radio One in Lebanon goes silent after 37 years". The National. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  2. ^ Rose, Sunniva (29 November 2018). "Gavin Ford: Two men admit murder of radio host in Lebanon". The National. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Gavin Ford: Two held for Lebanon radio host's murder". BBC. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.