Community Radio in India Blog

Broadcasting in India is speedily shifting its profile. Indian radio is currently changing from being a government monopoly to highly-commercialized broadcasting. But this media needs to be democratized too. Privatization and total deregulation will not mean much to the average citizen if radio fails to get a chance to play a vital role in their lives. India has so far clearly given step-motherly treatment to public service, community, educational and development broadcast networks.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Setting up community radio stations in India

This is where you can find the guidelines...
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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Delhi visit...

Had been to the national capital in connection with Manthan Award. The good news is that we managed to put the issue of Community Radio onto the agenda. Was interesting to see senior officials agreeing with the need for it. Perhaps it would make sense to put emergency radio on the agenda too, as a friend rightly suggested. After all, how long can we wait for community radio to happen... on bended knee?

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Good Morning Mansoorpur!

Sunday Times of India carried this half-page story titled 'Good Morning Mansoorpur' in it's today's issue (March 5, 2006). It's subtitle says it all: "In a Bihar village, one man runs a radio station from a repair shop. It's social, entertaining and probably illegal too, Alok Mishra reports."

The photo shows villagers in Mansoorpur listen to the radio station, and Raghav Mahato in front of his repair shop, which is also his FM station.

Couldn't locate the story online. But there were some other interesting links. BBC carried this story some time back, and had it titled The amazing DIY village FM radio station

BBC says: It may well be the only village FM radio station on the Asian sub-continent. It is certainly illegal. The transmission equipment, costing just over $1, may be the cheapest in the world. But the local people definitely love it. On a balmy morning in India's northern state of Bihar, young Raghav Mahato gets ready to fire up his home-grown FM radio station. Thousands of villagers, living in a 20km (12 miles) radius of Raghav's small repair shop and radio station in Mansoorpur village in Vaishali district, tune their $5 radio sets to catch their favourite station.

Even more interesting: For the next 12 hours, Raghav Mahato's outback FM radio station plays films songs and broadcasts public interest messages on HIV and polio, and even snappy local news, including alerts on missing children and the opening of local shops.

After years of begging the authority on bended knee for the legalisation of community radio in India, now perhaps one could only conclude that they'll see sense when 'pirate' radio becomes a reality.

There's the DelhiDoorHai blog which has this interesting comment, with reference to the above story: "I can't resist this post. There is all that possibility it seems to offer, of an underground radio network, freedom from the self-righteousness of All India Radio (and AIR 'Rainbow's' catchy, head-bashingly awful jingle). Raghav FM Mansoorpur 1. Radio for the people it seems to suggest - and certainly by them."

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Good thought... one medium to open up another

Excellent idea, use of one open medium to promote another....
I just got an account for myself yesterday on this site as i believe that through this blog one can podcast if you "manipulate" the template a bit... So hopefully we can have an internet based radio station so instead of blogging and networking through text, we can do so through audio !!!
Have just learnt that you will not be able to make it for Our Media, its a pity because i was looking forward to some interesting discussions on how to take this whole new free and alternative medium of internet forward and how we can use it to our advantage to promote CR....however if this blog picks up in terms of participation, it would be worth the while... Ram

CR blog created...

I'm sitting with Ashish Sen in Voices, and among the many things we discussed was the theme of why community radio is just not happening in India. Can we network better through this group blog? Let's see....