Radio Univers, (105.7 FM) is a campus based radio station at the University of Ghana and is a semi-autonomous unit of the Public Affairs Directorate of the University.
It is was established in 1994 and has lived up to its role as a radio station that promotes student journalism.
In 1993, the Dean of Students, Professor Kwesi Yankah, in consultation with the Vice Chancellor, Professor George Benneh, and the Executive Committee of the SRC, proposed the setting up of a campus Radio Station and subsequently applied to the Ghana Frequency Registration and Control Board for authorization.
The station was first given the frequency 99.7 FM and it started operating in 1994.
The University demonstrated its commitment to the Station and procured new sets of transmission equipment, at the cost of approximately $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars). But then, certain occurrences led to its temporary halt in transmission.
The station upon re-emergence was given the frequency of 105.7 FM by the National Communications Authority which it currently uses.
In line with the new image and frequency came a new set of equipment and a change of name from Voice of Legon to “Radio Univers”. The adoption of this peculiar spelling of Univers (without a final “e”) was to maintain its distinctive identity.
Then in 2006 the Station Manager Dr. Abubakari Sidick Ahmed on his own initiative submitted a proposal through the Management Board of the Station Chaired by Professor Yankah to UNESCO for technical support through its IPDC programme. The proposal was accepted and UNESCO procured a 500Watts stereo transmitter with accessories, an exciter, and eight bay antennae system at an estimated cost of $100,000.
By 2007 the Station Manager again through targeted fundraising drive got some donors to procure an 80-meter fully galvanized industrial tower at the cost of about $80,000 for the Station, which has since become the property of the University.
While the day-to-day management is still handled by a Station Manager, there is a Management Board, made up of selected members of the university community.
Majority of the the shows that air on the station’s frequency are run , hosted and produced by the students of the premier university.
The station is not only a means to reach the university community with important developmental and educational messages, but is also used as a training facility for students interested in media relations and communications.