Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Community Radio means involvement

What comes to your mind when you think "Community Radio"?  Is it a bunch of people wanting to have their say?  Maybe you think music (the type will be determined by your preference)?  Perhaps you think - oh that's people wanting to share with their own cultures.  Well, yeah,  all these points are relevant to Community Radio, but it's much more than that.

Community Radio is a platform from which locals can share, impart, and raise the important issues of the community in which they live.  Community radio provides a means to:
  • be a hub for local information and services
  • allow upcoming musicians an opportunity for airplay
  • allow storytellers an avenue to share
  • allow locals to share their stories, issues and events
  • provide a place where people can learn new skills,
  • provide an avenue for people who are interested in this media to learn about the software, hardware and technical side of radio
  • give people an opportunity to try something new (you might just be the next big reporter of the news!)
  • allow community to work as a team
Community radio isn't just a 'good' idea, it's a great idea and it's not something that we should take for granted.  There are rules - they are there to protect people and keep it fair.  In this media you can learn lots of skills, maybe you can help teach new skills.  I've seen people who have never recorded anything now record a weekly program, help with writing and editing their program.

I've seen people who have never interviewed anyone, now out and about chatting with locals about what's important to them.  You see, you'll never know what you can do until you get involved.

Be different - take a walk with community radio and see where it takes you!

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