New radio group bids to revive Saint FM

Efforts are being made to relaunch Saint FM – as a charity. Founder Mike Olsson, who closed the station on 21 December 2012, will not be a member of the management committee, but will produce the daily news bulletins and provide technical support. He had announced that the closure would be permanent. After Christmas, he […]

Mishievous Mike advertises ‘rival’ for sale – and it’s not a joke

Mike Olsson, who closed his Saint FM radio station on 21 December 2012, has advertised the station for sale – but made it look as if it’s his government-funded rival that’s on the market. But he’s entitled to do just that – because he’s the legal owner of the St Helena Broadcasting Corporation. It’s just that it’s not […]

A present to all readers: the sounds of a St Helena Christmas

Radio St Helena was due to go off air at midnight on Christmas Day after 45 years on air. Hopes that the station’s final hours would be streamed on the internet have not been fulfilled. In the meantime, St Helena Online offers a flavour of the season, as broadcast by the station in 1996.  Christmas in Jamestown: the […]

‘We changed the island’ – Mike halts the heartbeat of St Helena

A candle burned in the crowded studio of Saint FM as the last song played out on St Helena’s best-loved radio station. A few minutes earlier, station founder Mike Olsson told listeners around the world: “I think we changed the island. We have been able to bring more openness and more information to the people.” He […]

Radio station closure puts Christmas messages in doubt

Christmas messages from overseas may go unheard by people on St Helena because of the closure of the island’s only independent radio station, it is feared. Johnny Clingham has recorded 50 personal messages from Saints in the UK, for a programme that was due to be broadcast on Saint FM on Christmas Day. He was part-way through […]

Bulletins go live – before radio switch-on

News bulletins from St Helena’s newest media organisation are now going out on the airwaves – before it has even launched its first radio station. The St Helena Broadcasting Corporation has been publishing audio bulletins on its website since April, but now it has arranged for them to be transmitted on Radio St Helena – the station […]