On Friday afternoons this Spring, local activist Abdirizak Bihi will host an English language show about the Somali community. Bihi has flippantly named the program "The Somali Radio That Speaks Funny English". While the title is tongue-in-cheek, Bihi's purpose is serious. "I started this show with KFAI Radio to help all of us come together and share culture, music, food, events, and resources, and to break down those little cultural isolations between our communities. So for the next few weeks, months and maybe years, you will be hearing from me, with a beautiful accent."
Scheduling an English language program about the Somali community has been a goal of KFAI's General Manager, Leah Honsky. "Part of our mission is to increase understanding between peoples and communities," Honsky said. "I know our English speaking audience really wants to have a more complete picture of their East African neighbors, and I hope this program will promote that."
"The Somali Radio That Speaks Funny English" will be featured as part of KFAI's Friday @ Noon residency. After this test run, the show will be considered for a permanent slot on the KFAI schedule.