National Radio 2AP has been serving Samoa since 1947 as the first public broadcasting station established in Samoa’s history. In 2008 2AP came under the responsibility of MCIT. The Government of Samoa sees National Radio 2AP as “The Voice of the Nation,” it is the key source for information on emergency warnings, official messages and a platform from which to promote Samoan culture and tradition. It also promotes sports by providing live broadcasts and provides live coverage of national events such as the Teuila Festival and Independence celebrations.
The official station for emergency warnings before, during and after natural disasters. The station works in a close relationship with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to ensure live and prerecorded messages are broadcast. National Radio 2AP aims to raise awareness of natural disasters, raise awareness of trainings and drills and broadcast up to date reports, enabling Samoan’s to become well educated and informed on natural disasters.
Voice of the Nation
Radio National 2AP is educational, entertaining and informative radio with programs that focus on culture and nation building. Keeping Samoan culture alive, the “Voice of the Nation,” has programs such as, “You and your Culture,” using talk back radio to discuss traditional ways of conducting cultural events such as marriages and the bestowment of chiefly titles, and opening the floor to the public to express their views. Other cultural traditions such as music, folklore and Oratory language and the meanings of specific cultural metaphors live on through 2AP.
2AP works in association with Government Ministries to promote awareness of Government policies. The Ministry of Health uses outreach programs to promote its healthy lifestyle policies, this includes Jazzercise being broadcast to the villages in the mornings.