It may be old-fashioned, but radio – ubiquitous, affordable, accessible, and hyper-local – is still the world’s most widely-consumed communication medium.
To celebrate World Radio Day, we listen back to three captivating stories. In a series, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent Mike Thomson featured Internews partners from very different parts of the world, joined together by their dedication to serving local audiences with news and information that can’t be found elsewhere.
Sediqa Sherzai, station manager at Radio Roshani in Kunduz, Afghanistan, spoke about the station’s coverage of women’s rights issues and the challenges she faces as a woman running a radio station in Afghanistan. “We’ve received many threats but we haven’t backed down.”
In a camp for displaced people in South Sudan, radio travels by motorbike. Boda Boda Talk Talk takes news and information about food supplies, health, and security issues directly to people. “Everybody starts running to hear the radios.”
In the Central African Republic, Radio Lego Ti la Ouaka — The “Voice of Ouaka” plays an important role in promoting peace in a region with a history of conflict. “…the community told us not to be afraid, that they would even negotiate with the attackers to let them know that the radio was a public good and was important for this community. So, we feel supported.”
We’re grateful to support and work with these dedicated radio pioneers, each working to bring needed news, information, and entertainment to their communities.
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. — UNESCO