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10th Anniversary of Ogaal Radio, 88.9FM

Brief History of Ogaal Radio


As the Somali-Canadian population grew in size in the early 2000s, the need for a community voice that meets the news and entertainment needs of the ever expanding community clearly became apparent.


To fill such an important media void at the broadcasting level, Ogaal Radio, 88.9FM was founded 10 years ago and has since become the leading Voice for Somali-Canadians and the Global Somali Community. Today, we are proud to announce that the award winning Ogaal Radio has achieved the important milestone of being the largest Somali language Radio Show in Canada.


In recognition of his contributions to the Somali-Canadian community and the Canadian media scene at large, Anchor Hassan “Karate” was presented with the prestigious National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a colourful awards ceremony held at Seneca College in late November 2009.


Broadcast live every Sundays 10:00pm – Midnight on CIRV Radio (88.9FM), Ogaal Radio   reaches over 150,000 listeners in Toronto, the GTA and across Southern Ontario while millions around the world tune-in over the internet


Brought to you by Anchor Hassan “Karate,” and an impressive team of radio presenters in Canada, USA, Africa and across the World, Ogaal Radio continues to serve its listenership through a diverse range of programming including news, commentary, debates, interviews, arts and culture, sports, entertainment and many more.


Diversity and inclusion is a cornerstone of Ogaal Radio’s, cutting-edge, progressive programming. It gives voice to Somali youth and women and other marginalized sectors of society who bring and present their articulate viewpoints to the public. Empowering the youth and women and providing the Global Somali community with a forum to express their views and opinion would remain a central feature in Ogaal’s overall programming.


Ogaal Radio will continue to do what it does best:

  • To inform, engage, entertain and empower its target listenership through original programming including news analysis, commentary, interviews and interactive on air discussion with and between listeners.


  • Provide a forum for extensive cultural, musical and artistic expressions along with socially progressive ideas which arise from communities who are socially, politically and economically disadvantaged and whose access to media is limited


  • Encourage communication, solidarity and cooperation among its diverse audience members.


  • Provide a progressive voice for the socially disadvantaged including women and youth and other marginalized sectors of society whose views and artistic expressions are not represented in the mainstream media.


Ogaal Radio will also continue to proudly showcase the Somali-Canadian cultural heritage and its contributions to Canada so as to enrich the Canadian multi-cultural landscape while at the same time, provide programming and information that will allow community members integrate more effectively in the wider Canadian society.

Finally, the management and staff members of Ogaal Radio would like to extend our heart-felt thanks to the Somali-Canadian community, Somali-Canadian businesses and our dedicated listeners for your continued support. Without you, we would not be where we are today. We invite you to celebrate the festivities marking the 10th anniversary of Ogaal Radio.

Thank you all and have a great time.