Radio Sawa’s Website Expands To Provide News, Information and Entertainment Round-the-Clock

Washington, D.C., March 3, 2003 – Radio Sawa, the 24-hour-a-day Arabic-language station broadcasting to the Middle East, has expanded its website ( to provide updated news and information round-the-clock.

Newscasts, broadcast twice an hour, are posted on the Radio Sawa website, as well as feature programs such as “Ask the World Now,” a discussion with U.S. policymakers, and “The Free Zone,” a program about democracy. In addition, streaming audio allows listeners to download Radio Sawa.

“The success of Radio Sawa, which ranks as the Number One youth radio station in many Middle Eastern cities, will be greatly enhanced by our new website,” said Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ (BBG) Middle East Committee. “Using the Internet to further connect with our audience is completely consistent with our plan to employ proven, 21st century communications techniques to attract the largest possible audience to our news and information programming.”

Radio Sawa’s Internet site has interactive features that allow people to send their comments and views to the station. The station’s motto is: “You listen to us, We listen to you.”

The BBG is an independent federal agency which supervises all U.S. government-supported non-military international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL); Radio Free Asia (RFA); Radio and TV Mart