On February 13, Bangladesh will observe the 5th World Radio Day: Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster

on Monday, 01 February 2016 20:22. Posted in News from the region

WRDlogoEnred for web5th World Radio Day 2016 is going to be observed in local and national level in Bangladesh on 13 February 2016. In the mean while, all radio station like Public Service Broadcasting, Private Broadcasting and Community Broadcasting are preparing for celebrating the day for the 5th time in Bangladesh.The theme for this fifth edition is Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster.

In this occasion, Public Service Broadcasting, Private Broadcasting and Community Broadcasting initiators will arrange a Colorful Rally, Seminar, Cultural Program and Antic Radio Set Exhibition at local and national level. Representative from media, practitioners, civil society members, administration and delegates from different level of the society will be invited in the event. Besides, 12 Bangladesh Betar (Radio) regional stations, 14 Private FM radio stations and 16 Community Radio stations in outside Dhaka will organize colourful rally and seminar on the occasion.


Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has started advocacy process on observing the World Radio Day in Bangladesh on 13 February in collaboration with Public Service Broadcasting, Commercial broadcasting & Community Broadcasting at local and national level. As a result World Radio Day Observation National Committee was formed to observe the day locally & nationally by Ministry of Information, People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Source: Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

On February 13, AMARC celebrates the vital role of community radio on the occasion of World Radio Day

on Friday, 29 January 2016 17:23. Posted in Events

WRDlogoENblue for webFebruary 13 is World Radio Day (WRD), a celebration of community radio as a medium of primary importance. This Day aims to promote gender equality on the air, access to information, the development of independent media, the safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

For this fifth edition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and all the partners in the public, commercial and community media, invite you to celebrate and emphasize the importance of radio around the theme "Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster".

This is an opportunity to enhance and promote community radio as a privileged tool for communication and access to information for people in emergency and disaster situations.

To feed the discussions during this day, five key themes were identified:
  1. Radio saves lives
  2. Freedom of expression and journalists' safety should be disaster-proof
  3. Radio has social impact and provides access to information. People's right to information should be protected.
  4. Radio frequencies should be protected in times of emergency.
  5. Radio empowers vulnerable people.
This day of celebration is also an opportunity to remember why we love community radio, to highlight the unique power of this medium to bring people together and toshare this with the entire world.

With this in mind, AMARC invites you to share:

  • information regarding the events you are planning for this day
  • audio programs related to the key themes mentioned above
Please send your information or programs via We Transfer at: secretariat@si.amarc.org. In your message, please include your name, the radio that broadcasts your production, your country, the title of your production, a brief description of the topic discussed, the logo of your radio and attach, if possible, pictures to illustrate your production. This information will be used to promote your productions on websites and social networks.

AMARC will give international visibility to all events and productions. Some programmes could be selected for the special broadcast of UNESCO.

Throughout the day on February 13, use the hashtags #WRD_AMARC, #WorldRadioDay and #RadioSavesLives to identify your posts on social networks. You can also follow the activities on Twitter and Facebook.

On February 13, let's celebrate community radio together! Join us! Thank you for your participation!

Stories from the soils: a collection of 80 stories produced by journalists and producers of the AMARC network

on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 21:28. Posted in Events

IYS lbanner enFrom March to December 2015, through a partnership between the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Office for Corporate Communication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), journalists and producers of the AMARC network received logistical and financial support to produce stories on topics related to the International Year of Soils.

These productions from around the world contribute to the enrichment of knowledge and sensitize the population on soil-related issues. From loss of fertility to erosion, organic agriculture to monocultures, permaculture to soil composition, climate change and deforestation, various topics were discussed in several languages.

A total of 80 stories are available for streaming and download on the websites of AMARC and FAO. These stories can also be re-broadcast on community radios of the AMARC network.

Students exposed to community radio

on Monday, 18 January 2016 19:08. Posted in News from the region

MattersIndia RadioLuit community radioSome 100 varsity students and faculty in northeast India had an exposure programme on the impact of community radio on the local populace.

Prof Kandarpa Das, Founder-Director of Community Radio Luit Guwahati addressed the faculty and students of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) School of Social Sciences at Azara campus on Community Radio, January 11, 2016.

Prof Das insisted that “Community Radio is a powerful medium to give voice to the voiceless.”

Programmes are planned and designed to ensure maximum participation of the community members, he added.

Radio Luit’s activists regularly visit the surrounding villages to meet people from various vocations. Views and opinions from the community members are gathered on regular intervals regarding quality of transmission and their suggestions for new innovative programmes.

Programmes are broadcast in such a way that listeners become eager to listen to their own voice.

School children and their teachers are engaged regularly in production of variety programmes especially the most participating programme Mukoli Sora (Open Forum), where maximum participation of the community members is ensured.

After explaining in detail the various aspects of starting a community radio in the context of an educational institution Prof. Das encouraged both faculty and students to exploit the medium of community radio and come up with program of social relevance to the community.

The students and faculty had a vibrant inter-active session when they clarified various doubts regarding the medium and programming for it.

The ADBU Mass communication department students prepared and broadcast seven radio programs last November with Radio Luit.

Source: Matters India

Picture: © Matters India