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A Short History of LM Radio

  The first radio station in Lourenco Marques began broadcasting on 18th March 1933 but suspended transmissions for a while in 1934 due to shortage of money. A South African, G J McHarry became involved, and in 1935 Radio Clube de Moçambique was launched, broadcasting mostly in English. In 1947, Colonel Richard L Meyer who prior to World War II was General Manager of the International Broadcasting Company of London, together with John Davenport formed Davenport and Meyer and took over the management of Lourenco Marques Radio. The station recruited David Davies to run the station and he together with another announcer David Gordon, were the first two announcers on the new commercial station. In 1948 LM Radio moved into a new purpose built 4-storey building which became known as the "Radio Palace". The station started producing variety shows in front of live audiences. "Anything Goes" hosted by Peter Merrill and recorded in 1948 at the 20th Century Theatre in Johannesburg was one of the first South African radio variety shows. In the late 1950s the station underwent a major format change to cater for the younger generation who were not being catered for in South Africa by the state owned SABC. LM Radio as it was popularly known, was world renowned for its Top Twenty chart show and played a major role in promoting South African Artists and their music. LM Radio lost much of its sparkle when it was taken over by the SABC in 1972. On 7th September 1974 the station was occupied during a bloody uprising in Lourenco Marques and the administration of the station was taken over by the Frelimo army. On 12th October 1975, following Moçambican independance in June of that year, LM Radio facilities were nationalised and the station closed down bringing an era to an end. It was replaced in South Africa by Radio 5.


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