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D.C. Celebrates Government Radio Station’s First Anniversary

The Bowser administration recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of DC Radio (96.3 HD4), the city government’s first radio station.

The anniversary comes during “202Creates Month,” a celebration of the District’s vibrant multibillion-dollar arts and creative industry.

The anniversary celebration was held Sept. 19 at Local 16 Restaurant in Northwest, with performances by Raheem DeVaughn, Maysa, Wayne Bruce and Spur of the Moment, William “Smooth” Wardlaw, go-go artist Frank “Scooby” Sirius, Levi Stevens and DC Radio artists Carolyn Malachi, Wanya, Alfred Duncan of Mambo Sauce, DJ John Avery and others.

“Over the last year, we have grown DC Radio and DCRadio.gov into an essential outlet that services the District with creative original programming, news and emergency updates, arts, music and entertainment,” said Angie M. Gates, director of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment. “DC Radio gives D.C. residents additional resources for our open and transparent government and its digital platform gives us national reach.”

While the launch of the DC Radio Network, the official radio station of the DC government, marked a milestone for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration, the addition of DC Radio expands the media distribution platform of the District to complement its existing DCN, DCC and DKN Television Networks and its film, music and entertainment division.

“Over the course of the past year, DC Radio has made its mark on our government and our airwaves,” Bowser said. “From highlighting city services, resources, and employees to spreading the word about statehood, DC Radio 96.3 HD4 is keeping Washingtonians informed and entertained. This 202Creates, we are proud to celebrate a successful first year at DC’s first government radio station.”

One of only two full-power, city-owned radio stations, DC Radio is managed by the District’s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) in partnership with WHUR Radio. The station features programming on government resources, news, emergency updates, community affairs, education, current events, arts, music and entertainment.

In addition to the launch event, other 202Creates official events this month will include:

Sept. 26-28: WeDC Fest

Sept. 28: 202Creates Month closing event

Sept. 29: DC Rec Day; Art All Night; Barrack Row Fall Festival

Sept. 29-30: Fiesta DC.

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