Radio Stations in Nigeria are currently winning the hearts of many Nigerians and are in various States of the federation. Some popular radio programmes these stations offer might be cool in Lagos but are not even present in Abuja or Port Harcourt or vice versa. This had made ranking Nigeria radio stations very difficult.
Not withstanding, we can attempt to list out the top 10 radio stations in Nigeria in no particular order based on popularity and quality of radio programmes they produce. Also included in this article is the frequency of the radio stations in States that the radios are present.
In no particular order, below is a list of top 10 best radio stations in Nigeria currently and their various frequencies
1. COOL FM
Cool FM is unarguably one of the best radio stations in Nigeria. This radio station is focused on music, entertainment gist, sports, games, national news and topical issues, interviews and other entertaining programmes. It is owned by Lebanese business man, Amin Moussalli, who is also the owner of two other radio stations on the list.
Cool FM is present in 4 States as Cool FM 96.9 Lagos, Cool FM 95.9 Port Harcourt, Cool FM 96.9 Abuja and Cool FM 96.9 Kano. Popular and controversial OAP Ifedapo Oyerinde, popularly referred to as Freeze is one of the presenters of this station. Cool FM also also operates Cool TV and Internet Radio.
2. BEAT FM
This is the popular Nigeria radio station for the youth, as close to 80 percent of their audience are youth. Beat FM is the first radio station not only in Nigeria but in Africa that got verified on Twitter. That was a great achievement on their side. This radio station focus on producing programmes that cut across music and entertainment as well as informational programmes. It broadcast in English language and operates in Lagos and Ibadan.
The Lagos State broadcast at frequency 99.9 MHz (Beat 99.9 FM) while the Ibadan own Beat 97.9 FM broadcast at frequency 97.9 MHz. Popular OAP of this radio station includes Toolz, Gbemi, Douglas Jekan and Dami. BEAT FM also owns Beat TV and runs an Internet radio service.
3. WAZOBIA FM
Wazobia FM was the first radio station in Nigeria that produced programs in Pidgin English. It came at a time when no other radio station was Pidgin English inclined which made it win the heart of many Nigerians especially the less educated ones. Wazobia FM is owned by the Owner of Cool FM.
The FM station has a branch in Lagos known as Wazobia 95.1 FM, broadcasting at frequency 95.1 MHz, the one in Abuja is known as Wazobia 99.5 FM, broadcasting at frequency 99.5 MHz, the one in Port Harcourt is Wazobia 94.1 FM broadcasting at frequency 94.1 MHz and lastly the one in Kano, Wazobia 95.1 FM broadcasting at frequency 95.1 MHz. The station also has an Internet radio service and they also have a TV station known as Wazobia TV. On air personalities in Wazobia includes Yaw and Lolo.
4. RHYTHM FM
Rhythm FM is another popular radio station in Nigeria and can be said to be a music oriented radio station as it airs a variety of music genres ranging from R&B and Hip hop with a mix of culture and style. This Nigerian radio station is popular and is owned by Silverbird Group. OAP Toke Makinwa is one of the popular on air personalities of this station.
Rhythm FM in Lagos broadcast at frequency 93.7 MHz, in Abuja, it broadcast at 94.7 MHz, in Port Harcourt, it broadcast at 93.7 MHz, in Akwa, it broadcast at 95.7 MHz and in Plateau, it broadcast at 93.7 MHz.
5. BRILA FM
Brila FM is the first and only sport radio station in Nigeria. It was founded on October 1, 2002 and since it introduction, it had walked it way to be one of the most loved radio station in terms of sport news and analysis. It has 4 subsidiaries under it umbrella which are Brila FM Abuja, broadcasting at frequency 88.9 MHz. The others being Brila FM Lagos, Brila FM Onitsha and Brila FM Kaduna, broadcasting at the same frequency.
6. RAYPOWER FM
Under the DAAR Communication Plc, Raypower FM became the first independent broadcasting station in Nigeria. Owned by the Owner of African Independent Television (AIT). This radio station has presence in about 18 States and in Abuja. It is an Afrobeats and urban contemporary station that all add a mix of news and other glueing programmes to keep their listeners tuned.
7. Nigeria Info FM 99.3
If you are looking for the best radio station in Nigeria that isn’t bias in their news coverage and has won the heart of many Nigerians, then it is Nigeria Info 99.3. This Nigeria radio station also has entertaining programmes, news, e.t.c that keeps their listeners glued especially their popular Morning crossfire with Onome Igugu and Tolulope Adeleru.
Other popular Nigeria radio stations based in Lagos include:
8. Inspiration FM 92.3
9. Bond FM 92.9
10. Urban96 FM, Lagos 96. 9
11. Classic FM 97.3
12. Soundcity FM, Lagos 98.5