Local Metal Radio Station … When? How?
Jul 22nd 2009 Patrick Saad What do you think?

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In an attempt to support thousands of people who are asking for a Metal Radio Station in Lebanon, I would like everyone to know about these Facebook groups which support this idea. I know that these kind of petitions may be one of the “all talk/no action” type of movements, but still we gotta start somewhere right?

If anyone knows what’s keeping this from happening, and suggests the steps to make it happen (legally), let him/her share ideas with us all, so we can have some starting point in the manner, other than some online groups.

Looking at some of the discussions on these sites, I noticed some serious ideas and proposals to solve the problem at hand:

Serouj Mamoulian wrote on January 14, 2008 at 6:11pm

How about we do some lebanese woodstock…Where we can make some money and start the station… some very huge concert…where all lebanese bands can play…

Sako TristMoon wrote on January 17, 2008 at 4:24am

For my opinion… you cant get a good advertisement in Lebanon for the radio station… why dont we just buy a line from Cyprus if there is a metal radio station…

Bassem Deaibess wrote on January 20, 2008 at 2:37pm

The problem is that the license for airing is around 9 million LBP per year, with a 20 million registration in the government AND there are no available licenses since the air is ALL taken not even one spot is available.

Rami Sakr wrote on January 21, 2008 at 4:16am

Well for once in my life I’ve been tuning on the radio only to find enno there are some empty frequencies that could be taken… so this is not a problem so far..
As in for the money, well…I’m pretty much sure local companies would pay a lot for such project.
Sponsors and dealers would help us out in this by just knowing enno at least a good number of Listeners would be available this way they would generously provide us and donate us with the least what we need to get it starting.

Bassem Deaibess wrote ton January 23, 2008 at 1:50pm

My dear friend, WHY is this so hard to get? There ARE not vacant channels.

You will need to rent the wave/channel from the Lebanese Government. When you go there they will tell you there are no vacant channels. If you don’t believe me then go to the Ministry and ask.

Bassem Deaibess wrote on January 22, 2008 at 6:55pm

What I suggest on the other hand, is to try and incorporate Rock and Metal shows on the stations that already exist… An example is what is happening with Mix FM… This was originally a dance and DJ oriented station, now it plays few Alternative and mainstream “Metal” if you want. Because the number of listeners are augmenting, and because this is what the new generation listens to. So I suggest we can work on talking to Radio One and NRG, and the rest of the foreign music stations.

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  • Walid

    I think a radio station is more expensive that it would give back to the metal community.

    A better idea (and a better use of the money) would be to work on bigger, better local events. Maybe even get a GOOD international band to perform in Lebanon.

  • Scorp

    Well the only radio station broadcasting metal is NRJ , through the only show “The darkwave show ”

    Every wednseday at 9 pm .

    To have a metal radiostation sure will be costy but is possible through local and maybe international support …

    Check the XM radio technologie … its already available everywhere … Thousands of radio channels … Full of metal music … but a bit costy !

  • SerJ

    how much costy are we talkin about ?!

  • scorp

    google xm radio …

  • Walid

    Cool but to listen to a given XM Radio station, you need a new EXTREMELY costy radio receiver. The ones you have in your car or home do not receive transmission from satellites.

    I still can’t see why we need to work so hard on having a metal station, we have a lot of things MUCH more important to fix before thinking about a luxury such as a radio station.

    We are working on an event (Kaoteon, still waiting confirmation from the other bands) and we are trying, for once, to bleed (if that’s what it takes) to provide THE best sound we could. mish 2aret 7ake, but if the fans are annoyed by the bad sound, imagine how much FUCKED the band is usually getting at the stage, trying to figure out what the fuck is happening and handling endless noise for an hour while trying not to do a mistake with the playing.

    I suppose getting decent sound, better lights, better treatment from the government, and legalizing metal music in lebanon is a priority but radio stations are by far a luxury and nothing more.

    We should be allowed to sell and buy CDs, merchandise, and metal related items without the government arresting us for doing so.