Radio Namobuddha: A Community Radio Station
Change is the only constant factor of life. But you need a forum lead the change in the society. And what better than joining Radio Namobuddha for social transformation in Kavre district and other its coverage area. Once you are into the role of the change catalyst, you will recognize what is true and exclusive. After joining to Radio Namobuddha, you will be able to know the real ageless change process that takes place in the civilization.
So, join us in Radio Namobuddha FM 106.7 MHz and you will become part of the dynamics of social change. A group of young students and part time journalists have started Radio Namobuddha during difficult period of arm conflict in Nepal. Now the radio is experienced and responsible in providing relevant information to the community of its coverage area of Kavre and some parts of adjoining districts. In Radio Namobuddha, traditional values thrive alongside modern hullabaloo and have never forgotten its responsibility of representing the communities from remote areas of the Kavre and other adjoining districts. This is why Radio Namobuddha has now become a synonym of a community FM station.
Established in 12 Ashoj 2063, Radio Namobuddha is the first community broadcasting station in Kavre covering even some parts of adjoin districts. After the successful launch of Radio Station, some more stations have been established with a commercial purpose. But Radio Namobuddha has always remained as the leading community radio station in Kavre district. With Jugal Association Nepal (JAN) at the helm of the affair (as the parent organization), Radio Namobuddha concentrates more on news, views and brainstorming sessions. But entertainment too is given an equal importance.
As an organization working closely with the community, Radio Namobuddha increases participation of communities in the debate of important day-to-day issues that affect their lives. It also serves as a forum to examine the merits and demerits of ongoing development efforts and approaches.
With the community on top of the mind, Radio Namobuddha primarily focuses on issues that directly affect them and serving the public interest, undoubtedly, is the main objective of the station.
Hence, Radio Namobuddha aims to,
- Set standards for community interest broadcasting in its coverage area by programming to address the information needs of all sections of the audience.
- Produce a cadre of journalists sensitized in community and public interest broadcasting and provide them with a forum to sharpen their skills.
- Establish Radio Namobuddha as leading organization of Kavre district in development media by working to build an institution through in-house capacity for training, programming and management.
- Contribute towards socio-economic development efforts by providing necessary information to communities’ in various parts of the district and coverage area.
- Facilitate democratization and pluralism by increasing people’s access to information and continuously advocating for human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights.
Through run on an ad-hoc basis earlier, Radio Namobuddha has developed into an institution with experience in running a community interest radio station. More than 22 experienced professionals are presently working under a competent leadership. With in-house training and training provided by national and international experts, the program producers at Radio Namobuddha are regarded as one of the best in the business.
As mentioned above, Radio Namobuddha focuses more on serving the community interest. Therefore, most of the programs are meant to be responsible towards the communities of its coverage area.
With the station being run by journalists themselves, the programs too are related more to news and events but entertainment gets the equal importance. But unlike other commercial stations, Radio Namobuddha plays the music that is of class and is soothing.
The day at Radio Namobuddha begins as early as five in the morning with soothing Buddhist chanting and ends with the latest pop music. With the on-spot reporting, interviews, round up of daily news and BBC Nepali Programme. The morning edition of Radio Namobuddha is best suited to those who matter on what’s happening in Nepal, Kavre, Sindhupalchowk and around the globe. Radio Namobuddha has joined hands with BBC Nepali Service for half an hour every evening satellite channel Community Information Network (CIN ) of Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB).
The afternoon programs mainly focuses on urban young people and The evening programs from 5 pm to 9 pm primarily focuses on education, agriculture, health and various issues of social development and awareness. The night programs fucuses on entertainment and light subjects but are presented with equal responsibility and enthusiasm. For those who have been addicted to the programs of Radio Namobuddha, we are operational for the whole day on Saturdays.
Key Programs :
- Talk shows and interactions
- Radio talk
- Radio Magazines
- Live broadcast
- Field reports
With Radio Namobuddha already taking off, JAN (Jugal Associate Nepal) is now working on developing 15 constituency level tele-centers in Kavre district, as community multimedia centers (CMC) and the centers generating local news and knowledge necessary for a community radio station. Radio Namobuddha has already trained 15 Village level journalists from 15 village development commitee of Kavre and they have started to work as news stringers.
- Grant and supports
- Sponsored programs
- Partnership with DDC/VDCs /Municipalities and local NGOs
From the very beginning, Radio Namobuddha is set up as a non-profit making radio station. Therefore we are operating from our income along with some one time support from donors. Our sources of income so far are advertisements and sponsorships. As the programs in Radio Namobuddha represent communities, from vegetable growers to the decision maker at local bodies, advertising in Radio Namobuddha will be highly beneficial with your message reaching thousands of listeners in Kavre, Sindhupalchowk and adjoining districts.
Dhulikhel, Kavre, GPO Box 04, Dhulikhel, Nepal,
Phone: (977-011-490618 , Fax: (977-011-490619
email : firstname.lastname@example.org