Star FM Zimbabwe was the first commercial radio station 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). Star FM's current General Manager is Comfort Mbofana.

Star FM
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Slogan "Sounding good all the time"
  • Harare 89.7MHz
  • Bulawayo 93.1 MHz
First air date June 25, 2012
Language(s) English, Shona, Ndebele
CEO/MD Comfort Mbofana
Owner Zimpapers

The station is known for popular shows such as the 326 Express by KVG & Phatisani.



It was launched on the 25th of June 2012. Admire Taderera was appointed as the General Manager 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 license to broadcast because of its strong ties with the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). Being a subsidiary of Zimpapers, a company which is owned by the 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


Some Articles About Star FM

15 Great Pictures From The Star FM Music Awards Sun Feb 3 2019

Watch: ExQ Scoops Most Awards At Star FM Inaugural Music Awards Sat Feb 2 2019

Star FM Postpones Music Awards To Allow Mtukudzi Mourning Thu Jan 24 2019

See more news on Star FM


  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 Tendai Kamhungira, Tich Mataz faces $126 000 fraud charges, "Daily News", Published:7 Aug 2013,Retrieved:3 February 2015"
  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"