Star FM

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Star FM
1 STAR FM Logo.jpg
Slogan "Sounding good all the time"
  • Harare 89.7MHz
  • Bulawayo 93.1 MHz
First air date June 25, 2012 (2012-06-25)
Language(s) English, Shona, Ndebele
CEO/MD Darlick Marandure
Owner Zimpapers

Star FM Zimbabwe was the first commercial radio station to be launched in Zimbabwe. It is owned by the Zimbabwe Newspapers (Zimpapers), the station was launched in 2012, becoming the first private owned station and subsequently breaking the 30 year monopoly of airwaves by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).


It was launched on the 25 of June 2012. Admire Taderera was appointed as the General Manger of the station. Darlick Marandure was the head of the Information Technology Department and Piwai Dzuda was the Marketing Manager. Star FM broadcasts on 89.7 and 93.1 Megahertz in Harare and Bulawayo respectively. It has a 24-hour programming schedule and its studios are located along Simon Mazorodze Road in Harare.

Partisan allegations

It was allegedly reported that the station was awarded a licence to broadcast because of it strong ties with the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). Being a subsidiary of Zimpapers, a company which is owned by government and which publishes newspapers that are deemed partisan or pro-ZANU PF, the station's independence is reportedly undermined. As a result, the station is allegedly not a 'private' in essence but partisan.[1]

When the station was launched, George Charamba reportedly stated that the station was to be guided by issues of 'national interest' encompassing issues to do with the liberation struggle, (the Second Chimurenga) which brought forth the independence of the country in its operations. This dented expectations that the station would provide information alternative to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's content.[2]

Presenters and DJs

The Station in Turmoil?

In 2013, Tichafa Augustine Matambanadzo who was the station's Programme Manager was accused of swindling the station more than US$125 000. An internal audit was conducted and it was discovered that some money which was meant for the station was diverted by Matambanadzo.[3] It was also revealed that Matambanadzo misrepresented some clients that he was an agent of the station working for Hamtech Investments and Onesay Investments.[3] Matambanadzo was subsequently relieved of his duties. He was however reinstated in November 2014 on the basis that he was among those people eye marked by Zimpapers with the capability to stir the station in accordance with the expectations of Zimpapers.[4]

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In August 2014, Admire Taderera who was the General Manager of the station was forced to go on leave as it was cited by the Zimpapers board that he was incompetent.[5] It was reported that under the tutelage of Taderera, the station was failing to make high retains and or proceeds.

Moreover, some of the DJs from the station also contributed in denigrating the station's reputation. DJ Skywalker has been accused of failing to take care of his 8 wives and numerous children.[3] DJ Munya Mlimo was implicated in a murder case in May 2013.[6]

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  1. Agencies, Pro-Mugabe radio station launched in Zimbabwe, 'Nehanda Radio', Published:, Retrieved: 30 Apr 2014
  2. Njabulo Ncube, MISA Zimbabwe Statement on Zimpapers' Talk Radio's Star FM Launch, 'MISA', Published: 2 Jul 2012, Retrieved: 30 Apr 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Tendai Kamhungira, Tich Mataz faces $126 000 fraud charges, "Daily News", Published:7 Aug 2013,Retrieved:3 February 2015" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "TENDAI" defined multiple times with different content
  4. Mataz back on air: Radio legend returns to Star FM, "Chronicle", Published:20 Nov 2014,Retrieved:3 February 2015"
  5. Andrew Kunambura, Crisis At StarFM Radio Station, "The Financial Gazette", Published:22 Aug 2014,Retrieved:4 February 2015"
  6. Helen Kadirire, DJ Munya sent to prison, "Daily News", Published:23 May 2013,Retrieved:4 February 2015"