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Radio Free Liberia Consoles Bodioh Siapoe Family

-Releases Funeral Arrangements, plans Teleconference

Philadelphia, PA, December 16, 2011:  The Managing Director of Radio Free Liberia has received with deepest sympathy news of the death of its Founder and Executive Producer, Comrade Bodioh Wisseh Siapoe which sad event occurred on Saturday, December 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado after a protracted illness.

According to a release issued here today and signed by the Station Manager Kai G. Wleh, the management of Radio Free Liberia said during this unbearable moment, the station wishes to extend sincere condolences to the widow, Mrs. Rose T. Saipoe, and members of the bereaved family for this excruciating loss.

The release said that senior management officials of Radio Free Liberia have contacted and conveyed the station’s commiseration to Mrs. Siapoe, his children and siblings in which the leadership of the station assured them that they genuinely share this period of excruciating grief.  “We would also like to reaffirm to Mrs. Siapoe and the entire Siapoe family that they have a friend in us,” the release emphasized.

The release pointed out that the station assured the bereaved family that Radio Free Liberia will continue to stand by them, as the leadership of the station has done since the illness of our Executive Director in giving “our beloved colleague a dignified burial.”  Indeed, on his passing, the release asserted that Comrade Bodioh Siapoe leaves a vacuum in our midst and profoundly bleeds our hearts.  Bodioh, as he is affectionately called, was the thrust of Radio Free Liberia whose replacement was be exceedingly difficult, the release noted.

Radio Free Liberia recognizes Comrade Siapoe as an unwavering supporter and advocate of social justice, equality and popular democracy.  As our Executive Director, Comrade Siapoe distinguished himself as an unchallenged patriot whose commitment to the love of our homeland, Liberia, and the empowerment of its people to ensure socio-economic development, reconciliation and unity is unmeasured.

The release said that Comrade Bodio Siapoe though his devotion to freedom of speech taught us that the media is not only under obligation to inform, entertain and educate the public but has an untiring commitment to honor and protect the truth even if reporting the truth put us at odds with the most powerful and wealthy in our society, which he called “speaking to power.”
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements over the remains of Comrade Bodioh Wisseh Siapoe as communicated to the management of Radio free Liberia by the widow, Mrs. Rose T. Siapoe are as follows:

Memorial Service
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2011
Time: 2:15 P.M.
Venue: Calvary Baptist Church
             6500 East Girald Avenue,
             Denver, CO 80224
Contact Tel: 303-757-8421 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            303-757-8421      end_of_the_skype_highlighting  

Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Venue: Mount Olident Cemetery
             12801 West 44th Avenue
             Wheatridge, CO 80033
Contact Tel: 303-424-7785 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            303-424-7785      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

As we prepare to pay our final respect to our dear brother, comrade, colleague, and Executive Director, Radio Freed Liberia will hold a teleconference on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at
9:00 P.M Easter Time, Teleconference Access - Dial: 559-546-1000, Conference Code: 374014, the release concluded.  

Kai G. Wleh
Station Manager
Radio Free Liberia
Tel: 267-584-1936

Marcus G. W. Pyne
Member of the Board of Directors
Radio Free Liberia
Tel: 240-893-2948

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