However, it became inexcusable that they had to move to Osun State to establish the State’s owned media outfits. The officers who came to Osun were made of experienced journalists, professional broadcasters, seasoned administrators and tested engineers who could make much out of nothing.
The movement was not too comfortable. Some of the workers attributed the nerve-racking evacuation to the sour relationship which suddenly developed between the governments of Osun and Oyo States at that time. Some blamed the upsetting mass-departure on the variance which developed between the departing workers and the new management of BCOS.
The movement of OSBC officers from Oyo State to Osun State was done in batches. The Management team took the first leap. The aim was to find conducive working atmosphere for the rest to settle and display their inventiveness. That decision was not realistic. Hence, key officers were subjected to traveling from Ibadan (about eighty- two kilometers) to Osogbo on daily basis. It was a phenomenal task.
To get the needed voice started, the management team dealt with the threat of exasperation that had begun to confront workers who were coming from the capital city of Oyo State on daily basis.
A greater percentage of the workers at that time were in catch-22. That is, a situation from which it was impossible to extricate themselves because of built-in illogical rules and regulations. For instance, they were uneasily moved from an accommodation to another:
- They spent a week in a building belonging to the former State Hospital, Idi Seke, Osogbo.
- They nested in Presidential Hotel, old Ikirun Road, Kola-balogun, Osogbo.
- A reformatory home was transformed to satisfy the yearnings of programme department;
- They even sought solace in a three storey edifice called Kings Square beside Ota-Efun, Osogbo before those in the core operation units were moved to Ile-ife.
This flux and lack of permanent administrative headquarters at the on-set did not assist the new Corporation’s file system ofadministration. The idea played negative role on Corporate planning as well as programme implementation.
Although the management and staff started in an un-embellish way. They however had some luck. How?
- The most senior and experienced staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (the General Manager and Directors) were from Osun State.
- Transmitters were equally distributed. Television transmitter was in Ibokun, Obokun Local Government of the State. Radio had its transmitters scattered around towns like Iree, Ile-Ife, Osu and Iwo in Boripe, Ife Central, Atakunmosa and Iwo Local Government Areas of Osun State
- They had privileged information that some States would be created prior to their departure from the old Oyo State. This was when the Secretary to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under General Babangida was featured on a BCOS programme tagged Saturday Special.
The information gave the high ranking officers of Osun indigenes serving in BCOS the opportunity to plan ahead. Although the Secretary did not mention the names of the State that would be created while featuring on Saturday Special, the officers formed a committee to come to Osogbo and look for a suitable location that could suit the constitution of a befitting broadcasting village.
Prior to the departure of the Committee to Osogbo from Ibadan, it was certain that Osogbo would be the Capital City of the new Osun State. This phenomenon made the first General Manager, Chief John Fademi, suggest Oke Baale. His suggestion was born out of the fact that this area of Osogbo is very close to Ibokun where a transmitter of BCOS TV had been cited. The proposition met stern opposition before it was accepted.
The First Radio Station
While feasibility work was taken the desired shape at the Oke Baale area of the capital city of Osun State, OSBC directorate mandated its administration department to resettle engineers and line workers in TRANS HOTEL, Ile-Ife. At Oke Itase, Ile-Ife, OSBC engineers assembled some domestic equipment of the inherited 5 kilowatt transmitters of F.M. Booster Station of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS). The skills of engineers who received professional training in pure and applied sciences were combined with that of craftsperson and sub-professionals to apply scientific and engineering skills to technical problems met on ground.
The engineering staffs designed circuits to perform specific tasks such as amplifying electronic signals as well as demodulating radio signals to recover the information needed for an impressive broadcasting station.
Through their ingenuity and hard work, Radio Osun commenced transmission at Ile-Ife on the 25 th of November, 1991 following the directive of the then Military Administrator of Osun State, Col. Leo Segun Ajiborisha While Administrative Headquarters remained at Osogbo. The station’s signal on 89.5 Megahertz covered Osun and neighboring States.