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S.A.M.S. Radio 1

News, features and entertainment

Here we are now, entertain us.
Nirvana, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

Active radio station

S.A.M.S. Radio 1 broadcasts a mixture of news, features and entertainment.

S.A.M.S. Radio 1

Radio Stations

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• S.A.M.S. Radio 2

• Saint FM Community Radio

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• Radio St Helena

• Saint FM (2004-2012)

• S.A.M.S. Pure Gold


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• Diplomatic Wireless Station

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• St Helena Radio History

Below: About S.A.M.S. Radio 1 • History • Programmes • Transmission • Contacts • Listen Live • Funding • Regulation • Read More

About S.A.M.S. Radio 1

S.A.M.S. Radio 1 broadcasts a mixture of news, features and entertainment, with live programming between 7am and 7pm every weekday.

Please note: there are pages/groups on Facebook™ and other sources purporting to give news and information about St Helena. Not all of these are reliable and you should use them with caution{1}.


The Government of St Helena issued the following announcement on 7th July 2011:

SHG is planning to set up a new, community owned company, to provide improved media services on St Helena. This not-for-profit company will provide three radio stations, all on the FM Band, and a newspaper. The first radio station will focus on popular and country music with news summaries; the second station will maintain the Radio St Helena brand; and the third station will be dedicated to the BBC World Service.

The new Company will be fully independent of Government and the current St Helena News Media Services organisation will be wound up.

S.A.M.S. Radio 1 was launched on 13th February, 2013, World Radio Day, following over a month of test transmissions, making S.A.M.S. Radio 1 the island’s oldest surviving radio station{2}. The first hosted show was ‘Sunrise’ presented by Ashton Yon and Chloe Terry. Live Internet streaming (via the S.A.M.S. Website) began on 9th April 2013.


S.A.M.S. Radio 1 broadcasts live on most days from 7am to 7pm. At other times uninterrupted music is broadcast. Programming is largely music based with mostly modern music. Voluntary presenters create many of the programmes. News is broadcast during the day on weekdays and at weekends.

International listener quote:

Here in North Carolina, USA, radio does really suck. Your station plays such a wide variety of music that is not available locally to me.

You can see a recent weekly schedule in our Read More section, below.

S.A.M.S. Radio 1 also broadcasts Legislative Council meetings live.


S.A.M.S. Radio 1





Licensed ERP




The Briars





High Knoll Fort

Most of the island




Sunberry, Levelwood

Levelwood; Sandy Bay


Fed from 90.5MHz



Head O’Wain

Blue Hill; Head O’Wain


Fed from 90.5MHz

If you find S.A.M.S. Radio 1 is not received clearly, you might find our guide How to get radio louder, clearer, better helpful.

Transmission of S.A.M.S. Radio 1 is undertaken for S.A.M.S. by Sure, to whom all queries and complaints should be directed.


Location map:
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To reach the South Atlantic Media Services Ltd. (S.A.M.S.) team:

S.A.M.S. Radio 1’s studios are in Castle Gardens, in the building called Garden Hall; the building in the northern corner of the gardens.

S.A.M.S. also operates:

Listen Live

S.A.M.S. R1 Live Streaming Image

You can listen live. There is no charge for this service. Click on the image (left). A link can also be found on the S.A.M.S. Website.


S.A.M.S. Radio 1 is funded by advertising revenue, supplemented by an annual subsidy provided by the Government of St Helena.


Media on St Helena is regulated by the St Helena Media Commission, which is charged with overseeing Media Services delivered in or from St Helena in accordance with the regulatory objectives set out in the Media Standards Ordinance 2011. If you hear or read anything you think should not have been broadcast/published first contact the media outlet concerned. If this does not resolve the matter you can make a complaint to the Media Standards Commission. You can read the ‘Media Code of Practice 2014’.

Read More

Below: Article: Training with Tony Leo • Article: Radio 1 Academy • Weekly Schedule

Article: Training with Tony Leo

Facebook™ posting by S.A.M.S. 22nd March 2019{3}{a}

St Helenian Tony Leo, a BBC-trained radio presenter who used to work at Radio St Helena, has been helping to train our staff at SAMS Radio 1.

As part of this morning’s training, part-time staff member Mic-kail Harris interviewed Tony about his work as a videographer. The training should help improve the sound quality and the quality of our interviews on SAMS Radio 1.

Jeremy Johns interviews Tony Leo
Jeremy Johns interviews Tony Leo

Article: Radio 1 Academy

Published in the St Helena Sentinel 13th April 2017{3}{a}

Radio 1 Academy

Weekly Schedule

Here is an example programme schedule, from November 2017:

S.A.M.S. R1 schedule, May 2017

Laugh at funny S.A.M.S. Radio 1 humour - LOL

{a} South Atlantic Media Services Ltd (SAMS){3}

{1} our Facebook™ page is, of course, safe and reliable!{2} The original Saint FM closed on 21st December 2012. Saint FM Community Radio (the current station) launched on 10th March 2013. So S.A.M.S. Radio 1 is our oldest surviving station.{3} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

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