TWR was founded in 1954 by Dr Paul Freed as a non-profit missionary radio network aimed at reaching people through the preaching and teaching of God's Word, using available mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. He was an American evangelist whose heart was intent on reaching people of North Africa and Southern Europe. So Voice of Tangiers (later Trans World Radio) actually started work in Africa in Morocco in 1954. In 1974, shortwave transmissions started from Manzini, Swaziland to Malawi. TWR started operating in Malawi in 1985 and was officially registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act in 1986. In 1989, we opened studios and a national office in Area 3, Lilongwe. Up to the year 2000, all TWR Malawi transmissions were on shortwave from Manzini Swaziland in Chichewa, English and Chitumbuka languages. Now it is fully operational on FM in Malawi broadcasting from Area 3 in Lilongwe. TWR Malawi has a valid broadcast licence with Malawi Communications regulatory Authority (MACRA)
on Broadcast Licence no. 00318
TWR ON FM
On December 16, 2000 TWR Malawi FM went on air with initial coverage to Blantyre and the surrounding area. TWR was given permission to extend the FM network and by June 2003 the network was heard in central Malawi loud and clear for 24-hours everyday.
In order to complete the national FM expansion, a decision was made to move the broadcast center from Blantyre to Lilongwe. On 16th August 2004, the signal successfully originated fromt the Lilongwe studios of TWR thereby extending the FM signal further north.
Over the years, TWR Malawi has been reducing its supply of programmes to Swaziland. You now have a 24-hour opportunity to listen to locally generated broadcasts in Chichewa, English Chiyao and Chitumbuka.
TWR Malawi boasts of a range and mix of proclamative, journalistic and artistic programmes. Its strength is in the production and presentation of programmes and news.