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Gurgaon Ki Awaaz starts streaming

By on Aug 27, 2011 in Community Radio | 1 comment

Now, listen to Gurgaon Ki Awaaz sitting anywhere in the Net-enabled world. Our icecast link page is made possible by the collective efforts of Gramvaani and Nomad India Network and the support of the Radiophone project. Click here to listen: http://208.43.81.168:8621

Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Community Radio celebrates three months on air

By on Feb 6, 2010 in Community Radio, Media | 2 comments

On Thursday, February 25, 2010, Gurgaon’s only community radio station celebrates three months of round-the-clock broadcasting to a community that has remained voiceless throughout the transformation of Gurgaon from a sleepy cluster of villages 20 years ago to a much vaunted “Millennium City”. The only civil society-led community radio station in the entire National Capital Region, Gurgaon Ki Awaaz is a platform for and by marginalized community groups in Gurgaon, especially communities living in villages in and around Gurgaon, migrant workers and inner city residents for whom the gloss and glamour of malls and glass-fronted office buildings is simply a testament of the uneven development that has taken place in this town.  Broadcasting in Hindi and Haryanvi, the radio station is run by a team of community reporters, the bulk of whom are from these very target communities within...

Bringing in winds of change through Radio Ga Ga

By on Mar 30, 2009 in Community Radio | 2 comments

So early on in the process of starting a community radio station, it is evident to me the transformation it is capable of bringing into communities and individuals. Here’s a story from “Media For Freedom” that is testimony to the power of CR. Lucknow: 32 years old Kanshiram undergoes a complete transformation as he goes behind the microphone talking to his listeners on the Community Radio (CR). Formerly a bus conductor who used to ferry passengers to and fro from the remote village of Lalitpur, today he works as a radio jockey (RJ) at the newly set up community radio station here. “I can’t believe I am now a RJ broadcasting and anchoring radio programmes. It gives me an immense sense of satisfaction that I am doing something for the society. What makes it even more meaningful is the fact that I get to see the real issues through my work and and also...

Lalit Lokvani gets set to air

By on Jan 11, 2009 in Community Radio | 0 comments

I’ve been hearing about Ideosync’s CR project in Lalitpur for a while now, but a news story finally suggests that they’re close to getting on air. Here’s the full story. Village Community Radio will give voice to people’s issues 10 January, 2009 “Community radio is the real voice of the people, it is a communication service that caters to the interests and needs of a certain area, its culture, craft, cuisine and above all social and development issues,” said Mridul Srivastava, the station director of ‘Lalit Lokvani’. ‘Lalit Lokvani’, is a village community radio planned to be operational in Lalitpur region of Uttar Pradesh state (India). It is a joint initiative of a Sai Jyoti Gramudyog Seva Sansthan (a non-governmental organization) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), situated just 22 km from Lalitpur...

Radio: A companionable presence at the turn of a switch

By on Dec 16, 2008 in Community Radio, Media | 0 comments

According to Elise Nordling, “The primary function of radio is that people want company.” Assuming that to be true, what kind of company do people normally want? Who do you and I like to talk to? To listen to? To someone who speaks our own language, perhaps. To someone who understands our world, and our lives, and the joys and sorrows and challenges that go into living each day. A mirror that we look into, sometimes admiringly, sometimes critically, but a mirror nonetheless. Using that as a basic matrix, we can then build the foundation for a “community radio” which by its very definition must be an even more companionable presence than a wide area channel that talks to many more people. Building a community radio in Gurgaon, one that caters first and foremost to the semi-urban, semi-rural population that lives in villages around the urban residential and industrial sprawl in what is...

The next step

By on Nov 23, 2008 in Community Radio | 0 comments

We’ve taken the next step. Ideosync is going to be TRF’s technical partner in setting up the community radio station, and handhold us at least for the first six months to get us ready for broadcast. Beyond that, we have to find a way to raise funds. We begin work soon on doing the woodwork for the studio and procuring the transmitter and the studio and field equipment. Then Ideosync does two induction workshops (one in each of our target schools) to build a team of students who can be trained in programming. Our community is very spread out – almost splashed out like big large drops. The way out that we are planning is to sound proof a room in each of our target schools (low cost with egg-shell trays and durries on the ground) and let the students use those to record their programs using field recorders like the Zoom H2. Assuming we can even manage to put in a...