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Community Radio: The Voice of the Community!

Where I grew up in France there is no such thing as community radio. It is one of my goals someday to start a community radio that is volunteered powered and listener supported.

I have been volunteering for community radio in the US for 4 years now and have felt so empowered with the learning process but also the ability to have my concerns discussed on the radio, that I decided to further my education and join a master's program in multimedia journalism.

Community radio is a place where you can learn to engineer, host and produce news and public affairs programing for free. Armed with these new skills, you then have the opportunity to raise awareness about important issues, expose injustices and communicate with people in urban and rural areas who might not have the same access to information that you have.

Radio cheap and powerful. It is reaching millions already and can raise more. It is an outlet for young and old, men and women. It is a way to promote culture, entertain, raise awareness, educate, communicate, and unite the community.
I am attaching a guide created by UNESCO on how to start a radio station in your area.

Happy broadcasting!



libudsuroy's picture

Hi, Delphine: Thanks for this

Hi, Delphine:
Thanks for this resource.There are many initiatives similar to this in Mindanao, particularly in the conflict zones that are transformed into peace zones/ fronts, which were put up with the help of UNESCO. But sustaining the machinery (esp power source) and the staff have been found to be financially burdensome. Besides, commercial radio is extremely pervasive in our country. In our project, "Women Making Airwaves for Peace" we taught skills for community radio but some of the participants came from mainstream radio who needed the conflict transformation, gender-sensitivity and gender-fair language aspects of the skills training. cscabrido has also written about community radio in Nepal and I am just amazed at how modern it can get and yet still be responsive to the information and educational needs of agricultural or fishing communities. Web-based radio, however, might probably be a more financially feasible possibility now in Mindanao.Or podcasts.

libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Mulheres Republicanas de Mozambique's picture

Cummunity Radios

" There is no such a thing as Community Radio " I would love to show you some Videos that show how and why community Radio Stations are being miss used in Mozambique Political Community leaders and few influencial people, in name of the Government. Through community Radio and existing Community television children and the people are being manipulated against women in Politics. International Social Science Students, Doctors saint Fronteras, International Citizens representing many Christian and Islamit Churchs living in that country are eye witness to horrific facts regarding the fact, but do you think they worry to Report? If they do perhaps this is the time to ask, Why do things like that happen and nobody intervein?

Community radios in Mozambique are used to accuse people of something they do not know anything about, and to undermine true facts on serious cases in name of the Government .

II would like to participate with a new version of Community Television in rural areas. We do have some in Mozambique, but they are considered to be very dangerous for the people, because they only show unrelevant news for the Communities, but relevant for Donors to continue supporting the Radio or TV Sations and not the Comunities as a Wole.

UWA/ United women of Africa. SADAC - Mozambique

delphine criscenzo's picture

Thank you for the

Thank you for the perspective.
I would love to see videos that explain the misuse of Community Radio by political leaders.
It is a shame that such a great resource is being misappropriated.
Again, thanks for sharing what is happening in Mozambique.
Do send links to the videos!

Delphine Criscenzo

And it is one of the easiest means of reaching the geographically dispersed population in the tiny islands separated by the ocean.
Through a research I conducted recently, it was found that more elderly populations listens to the radio. and more people in the rural areas compared to the urban areas listened to the radio. As such, we need to fuse community radio with social media like twitter and Facebook so as to reach a wider audience.

Keep up the great work. World Pulse is truly an amazing platform.



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