Radio station serves as a link to Colorado immigrants

Radio station is first Ethiopian station in U.S.
Posted at 6:18 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 20:59:40-04

AURORA, Colo. -- Inside a small studio in an Aurora Public Schools administration building, the sounds of Africa are broadcast across metro Denver.

Radio station KETO 93.9 is the first Ethiopian radio station in the United States.  It’s a dream come true for founder Endale Getahun.

"As soon as I get on the air and people asking, it's very overwhelming, so that's why they call it the American Dream,” said Getahun.

The station is on-the-air in the afternoon and at night.

You'll hear music and discussions -- in languages from Eastern Africa, as well as German -- part of the effort to be a town hall for the entire immigrant community.

“It will serve the larger immigrant community that does not have the voice," he said. “This will be a little bit of bridge to reach those immigrants in local grass root community."

The station is a community effort, put together using donations and grants.

A relevant effort, considering about 150 different languages are spoken in Aurora Public Schools.

“Mentoring young people in different ways, it gives them a broad way of reaching and to be built," he said. “Aurora is one of the very diverse communities and we're very excited to have this radio station in this community as well."