The project for establishing the Bauchi Radio Corporation commenced in the early months of 1977, by the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC. From then, the state government also developed interest and worked in collaboration with the NBC to nurture the station.
By December that year all necessary installations of basic equipment for transmission were successfully put in place. Test transmission was however delayed until 18th February, 1978, while full transmission commenced two days later, on 20th February, 1978. Expanding to be the fourth largest broadcasting outfit in the country, after NTA, FRCN, and AIT.
At the time of inception, Mr Herbert O. Uneagbu, who was then the state controller NBC, headed the station until the time of the transfer of the station to Bauchi State government. Shortly, in July, 1979, late Malam Adamu Muhammad Misau, as the first indigenous Officer from the state was appointed to head the pioneer management team as the first General Manager.
The station in 1977 started under the name NBC, then in 1979 the name Bauchi Broadcasting Corporation NBC, was adopted to replace the NBC. This change of name lasted for only 6 years, because the current name of Bauchi Radio Corporation, BRC was finally assumed to replace the Bauchi Broadcasting Corporation [BBC].
Interestingly, Bauchi Radio Corporation was the first to run an FM Radio Channel in the entire Northern part of the country in the early 1980s.
Like all other older radio stations in the country, BRC has its own share of experiences and developmental challenges, especially when measured against the background of mixed approaches by different governments in the state in handling issues of information management and dissemination. However, under a current strong management the corporation is transforming at a supersonic speed.
With the current digitization drive in the country, the present BRC management under Alhaji Chindo Waziri, a visionary administrator to the core, a perfectionist and a professional broadcaster par excellence , is going through a breakthrough transformation period, just to remain one of the leading broadcast institutions in the country.
The ability of the BRC to further enrich its Programmes contents, also strengthened its broadcast services and widened its areas of grass roots coverage, especially with the location of rural-based FM Radio Stations in communities across the terrains of the State, to give the corporation competitive edge in the North-East geopolitical zone to attract more partnership and collaboration with international broadcast organizations such as BBC, VOA and DW Radio.
The BRC Website www.brcradiobauchi.com is an additional information outlet from Bauchi State that provides latest information on issues and events coming out from the state. It also serves as link to other opportunities related to general information on general development aspects in the State and beyond.
As the fourth leading broadcast outfit, with ever increasing number of staff and demand for quality service delivery, BRC management is committed to staff training and retraining.
And with the pioneering leadership in grass roots- based radio broadcasting by the administration of former governor of Bauchi State Malam [Dr] Isa Yuguda fnim, fnipr, [Matawallen Bauchi}, BRC has received a tremendous boost of further widening its reception and and an added responsibility of providing the bulk of pioneer staff and Management focus for the for the new FM Radio Stations in establishment of 10 rural based FM Radio Stations in the country, which broadcast for 14 hours daily in different languages to the grassroots audience, taking into cognizance Developmental aspects from a rural perspective.
The BRC, broadcasting mainly in English and Hausa, also presents some well as raising the consciousness of the people towards their civic rights and obligations as responsible citizens of this great nation.
Programmes in other widely spoking languages in the region on its main channels, and not less than 10 other local languages on the smaller FM radio stations. It also maintains its lead in areas of socio political mobilization, promotion of peace, tolerance and understanding among the diverse ethnic population of the state and its neighbouring States, as well as raising the consciousness of the people towards their civic rights and obligations as responsible citizens of this great nation.
BRC has seven main directorates of General Administration and Human Resources, Finance and Account, Programme services, News and Current Affairs, Commercial services, Engineering and Technical Services, and Community Radio Affairs. These directorates are divided into units and sections for operational and administrative conveniences.
BRC Main, Substation and Grassroots FM Stations:
1. BRC MW/AM
2. BRC 2 FM
3. BRC FM Azare
4. BRC FM Alkaleri
5. BRC FM Bununu
6. BRC FM Gamawa
7. BRC FM Ganjuwa
8. BRC FM Jama’are
9. BRC FM Kirfi
10. BRC FM Misau
11. BRC FM Ningi
12. BRC FM Toro
13. BRC FM Zaki
From the Managing Director
On Assumption of leadership of this broadcast institution, I was under great challenge and commitment from the Executive Governor, Bauchi State, His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, Kauran Bauchi, to make BRC one of the best Radio stations in the country. This of course, is in terms of quality service delivery and in projecting the good image of the state.
Indeed, from October, 2022, when I accepted that challenge and a promise to deliver, We have been able to promote the state government in its stride to transform Bauchi State through the Broadcast Media of 12 channels, BRC 2 FM, BRC FM Azare and the 10 Grassroots FM stations.
We were able to adopt the spirit of accommodation, collective leadership, quest for excellence and industry to serve as agent of change for the betterment and functionality of the system.
Furthermore, we strove to inspire and guided the management in the pursuit of greater productivity, enhancement of professionalism and embracing effective team work, ensured by proper co-ordination of tasks in the execution of my duties as Chief Executive to ensure success.
We were further able to mobilize the entire staff behind my vision and goal of re-engineeering the Corporation from a decayed institution to the fourth largest broadcast Media in the country with Thirteen 13 Radio Channels having listenership in eighteen (18) states of the federation, some parts of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
The strategic partnership we built with my staff, enabled the promotion of institutional capacity through the reconnection of loyal listeners to our channels as must, listen to, mediums unlike what prevailed in the past.
In consideration of the strategic importance of the media in the society, we tried to accomplish those ideals capable of unifying the society.
Our principal focus was to achieve attitudinal change in the staff to continually serve our stakeholders as kings on the premises of productivity, efficiency, effectiveness and development of competence in them to discharge their responsibilities with patriotism and sincere love love of the tasks they are assigned.
We have thus far, being able to mobilize the citizenry to think and act along the path charted by the government and, but in specific terms and summary, we have been able to record the following as part of the fulfilment of our committement to the service:
Designed BRC Radio Website and Mobile App
Live Streaming on TuneIn, Radio Garden, Radio Gallery, MyTuner, OnlineRadioBox, Simple Radio, LiveOnlineRadio and many other Online Radio Directories.
Enrichment of Programmes content
Sustained of 10 FM [Grassroots] Radio Stations
SMS service for efficient listeners participation
Media partnership [DW Radio, BBC Media Action, VOA, Local media organizations]
HFCC registration/ country representation
Expanding Commercial outreach
Robust staff training and efficient personnel management
Turn around maintenance of technical facilities
With these and more, we have been able to totally repacked and repositioned the Bauchi Radio Corporation to a believable brand through leadership by example.
We have also succeeded in reorienting the workforce, reforming their work ethics, addressing the challenges of institutional limitations, fixed the infrastructure and restore the listeners’ confidence in the BRC as the voice of the society.
We will continue to be propelled by the ambition to excel in leading Bauchi Radio Corporation to be the best in the country.
Alhaji Chindo Waziri