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Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM is 19 years on Nigerian air wave

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Dr. Larry Izamoje

It is 19 years this Monday 23 August since Nigeria’s premier sports radio station got into the country’s air wave.

Brain child of charismatic sports journalist and entrepreneur, Dr. Larry Izamoje, the station began test transmission on 23 August 2002 before officially hitting the air wave on 1 October of the same year.

Since then, the station has expanded its operations, opening sister stations in Abuja, Kaduna and Onitsha.

It got into international limelight as it was appointed as one of the three lead broadcast partners by Optima Sports Management during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The station focuses primarily on sports updates and analysis.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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