Radio One (Lebanon)

Radio One Lebanon was a radio station that served Lebanon, broadcasting on the FM band before it closed down on the 1st of 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
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Broadcast areaLebanon
Frequency105.1, 105.5
BrandingRadio One
Slogan"Hit Music First"
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatTop 40
Ownership
OwnerRaymond Gaspar
History
First air date
1983

HistoryEdit

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 the 1st of 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 personalitiesEdit

  • Gavin Ford
  • Olga Habre
  • Roy Malakian

ShowsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Radio One in Lebanon goes silent after 37 years". The National. 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Gavin Ford: Two held for Lebanon radio host's murder". BBC. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)