S.A.M.S. Radio 1

News, features and entertainment

Here we are now, entertain us.
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Active radio station

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

Location Map samsl

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• S.A.M.S. Radio 2

• SaintFM Community Radio

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• Radio St Helena

• SaintFM (2004-2012)

• S.A.M.S. Pure Gold


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• Diplomatic Wireless Station

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S.A.M.S. Radio 1

Below: About S.A.M.S. Radio 1HistoryProgrammesTransmissionContactsListen LiveFundingRegulationRead 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 many sources on the Internet purporting to give news and information about St Helena. Some of these are not 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 (see below) 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 and receive professional training (see below). 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.






Licensed ERP




S.A.M.S. Radio 1 Studios{3}





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.


Location Map samsl

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 to S.A.M.S. Radio 1 via the Internet. There is no charge for this service. A link can be found on the S.A.M.S. Website. Live Internet streaming began on 9th April 2013.


S.A.M.S. Radio 1 is funded by advertising revenue, supplemented by an annual subsidy provided by the Government of St Helena{4}.


Media on St Helena is regulated by the St Helena Media Commission, which is charged with overseeing Media Services (including radio, TV, newspapers and websites) 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 Commission. You can read the ‘Media Code of Practice 2014’.

Read More

Below: Article: Training with Tony LeoArticle: Radio 1 AcademyWeekly Schedule

Article: Training with Tony Leo

Social Media posting by S.A.M.S. 22nd March 2019{5}{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.

Article: Radio 1 Academy

Published in the St Helena Sentinel 13th April 2017{5}{a}

Weekly Schedule

Here is an example programme schedule, from September 2020:

{a} South Atlantic Media Services Ltd (SAMS){5}

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{1} Our social media feeds are, of course, completely safe and reliable!{2} The island’s first radio station, Radio St Helena, closed on 25th December 2012 and the original SaintFM closed on 21st December 2012. SaintFM Community Radio (the current station) did not launch until 10th March 2013. So S.A.M.S. Radio 1 is our oldest surviving station.{3} Until October 2019: Sure’s site at The Briars.{4} Under an open and transparent agreement which would provide the Government of St Helena with no editorial control.{5} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

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