Radio Lebanon was one of the first Arab radio stations to exist. Established under the French mandate in 1938, the radio was known back then as “Radio Orient.” It was based at the Grand Serail, the government’s headquarters today. In April of 1946, the French handed Radio Lebanon to the Lebanese State and it was placed under the administration of the Ministry of News and Tourism (Ministry of Tourism today) as the only licensed station.
When the civil war erupted in Lebanon in 1975 and tore through its communities for fifteen years, Radio Lebanon rose to the responsibility of uniting all Lebanese, remaining true to its identity as a radio for all of Lebanon. But the war took its toll on the radio as well.
Today, Lebanon has moved past the aching memories of the war and rebuilt itself as the beacon of culture and art it has always been. Radio Lebanon as well has risen like a phoenix and rejuvenated itself. The computerised digital world is also one that radio is stepping into, with plans to stream online and join social media.