Community radio is when local people produce and broadcast their own programs and participate in operating the station. It is community space for people to meet and collaborate. It’s fun, engaging and empowering. Participants find it extraordinarily satisfying, not just to make radio in this unique fashion, but to also help transform community life. It’s the town square of the digital age.
Community radio gives citizens an opportunity to fill the voids left by the consolidation of radio station ownership among a handful of big media corporations. Some types of programming are simply not profitable, yet the people of a community still value them, and without community radio are left simply to yearn for them and mourn their loss.
Radio Free Ukraine will inform, engage, entertain, and empower the citizens of our community. Our programming will meet community needs that are unmet by corporate media. We will explore issues in greater depth and with more respect for diverse perspectives. Radio Free Ukraine will be extraordinarily inclusive and local. We’ll celebrate the best of our community and strive to improve the rest. We will be a voice for justice and a platform for the marginalized.
Community Radio Stations are owned, and driven by the communities they serve. No one can make money from Community Radio. In a community radio station, young and old, with all abilities, backgrounds, and interests, can come together to make a difference to their community. The communities they serve, and the groups and individuals within those communities, gain a voice with which to be heard. They gain diversity in the programming available, and they gain a forum for sharing experience, discovering fresh perspectives, and supporting community activity.