Radio Namobuddha : For Social Inclusion and Peace in Societies

December 17, 2009

 

Tuning Radio Namobuddha

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.

Background

        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.

Programe producer Saraswoti Srestha engaging at the studio.

       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.

Objectives

      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.

    Solar panel of Radio Namobuddha supported by Freevoice Netherland and Community radio support centre.

Organization

       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.

Programme

       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.

Programme co-ordinator Bhakta Syantan with community volunteer from Uk.

Key Programs :

  • News
  • Interviews
  • Talk shows and interactions
  • Dramas
  • Radio talk
  • Radio Magazines
  • Live broadcast
  • Field reports

Support

      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.

Income sources

  • Membership
  • Advertisments
  • Projects
  • Grant and supports
  • Sponsored programs
  • Partnership with DDC/VDCs /Municipalities and local NGOs

Marketing

       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.

A village women listening Radio namobuddha at Moode, remote area of Shindhupalchowk district.

      For further details or any information, please email us at radionamobuddha@gmail.com and visit http://www.radionamobuddha.wordpress.com. You can contact us at the following address.

Radio Namobuddha

Dhulikhel, Kavre, GPO Box 04Dhulikhel, Nepal,

Phone: (977-011-490618 , Fax: (977-011-490619

email : radionamobuddha@gmail.com

Radio Namobuddha Receiving award !!!

September 29, 2009
Congratulation !!!

Congratulation !!!

Radio Namobuddha receiving the ‘T P sharma srijanshil rastriya patrakarita puraskar’ by information and communication sminister Shankar pokhrel at IT park Panuti Kavre. The award is funded by journalist T P sharma and organised by Federation of  Nepali journalists (FNJ).

Cover Area of Radio Namobuddha

September 14, 2009

Radio Namobuddha

Radio Namobuddha can be listened clearly in Kavrepalanchowk, Sindhupalchowk, Ramechhap and Dolkha district though the targeted community and geography is Kavrepalanchowk. The radio has been planning to extend it’s three different sub-stations in order to facilitate it’s impact and access to the local community of Kavrepalanchowk.Situated 1750 m. above the sea-level, radio Namobuddha can be listened even in Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Birgunj.

Radio Namobuddha In The Community

July 22, 2009
Programme Co-ordinator Mr. Bhakta Syantan recording a programme based on Community development at Binda Basini lower-Secondary School in Chandeni Mandan village, while A group of Austraian Voluntear is working.

Programme Co-ordinator Mr. Bhakta Syantan recording a programme based on Community development at Binda Basini lower-Secondary School in Chandeni Mandan village, while A group of Austraian Voluntear was working.

 

A group of Students welcoming the Radio namobuddha's Team at Binda Basini Lower-Secondary School in Chandeni Village.

A group of Students welcoming the Radio namobuddha's Team at Binda Basini Lower-Secondary School in Chandeni Village.

Bhimsen K.C.,Chairperson of The Pabson Kavre, giving speech at a discussion programme on Education based radio programme at Dhulikhel, Kavre.

Bhimsen K.C.,Chairperson of The Pabson Kavre, giving speech at a discussion programme on Education based radio programme at Dhulikhel, Kavre.

Principals are listening speech on the discussion programme.

Principals of various school from kavre, are listening speech on the discussion programme.

A glimpse of Radio Namobuddha

July 22, 2009

Radio Namobuddha, the first community radio launched in Kavrepalanchowk district, conducted by the non-profitable social organization Jugal Association Nepal (JAN) had received the broadcasting

Head Station of Radio Namobuddha situated at Kavre V.D.C.-7 Devisthan Danda, Kavrepalanchowk.

Head Station of Radio Namobuddha situated at Kavre V.D.C.-7 Devisthan Danda, Kavrepalanchowk.

permission on 2063 Ashoj 12 from the Ministry of Information and Communication, Nepal. Started with the experimental broadcasting since 2064 Ashoj 7, Radio Namobuddha had begun its regular broadcasting from 2064 Ashoj 12. The main broadcasting station of this radio is located at Devisthan Danda of Kavre VDC. Ward no. 7 of Kavrepalanchowk district.

Recording studio and its branch office is situated at the bus park of Dhulikhel Municipality. Radio station with the capacity of 100 Watt is regularly broadcasting its programs for 13 hours a day, every morning from 5 am. till 11 am. and every evening from 3 pm. till 10 pm. on FM.106.7 MHz. With a determination of transforming a narrow traditional conception by increasing the level of awareness with respect to education, health, agriculture, local development , environment  , human rights, ethnic empowerment, social inclusion including other., radio Namobuddha is  producing and presenting it’s programs ‘on-air’.

Sattellite Receiver's of Radio Namobuddha.

Sattellite Receiver's of Radio Namobuddha.

Radio has been set up and conducted with the money, collected from the expansion of membership; life-long members, patron members, and general members and also by organizing Deusi Bhailo program. The formation of life long member is still continuous; hence, radio Namobuddha wants to extend itself as a community’s own radio. Presently, there are 5 patron members, 35 life long members, and 105 general members in radio Namobuddha.

Ownership of Radio

Radio Namobuddha is conducted and supported by the non-profitable social organization Jugal Association Nepal (JAN). It has been established with the initiative and common endeavor of some local youth who hold the common sentiment towards Community welfare and service.” Let’s Do Something For Community” along with this main slogan, radio Namobuddha tends to work in the field of communication, education, health, environment, human rights, women, youth, children including other. A very inclusive nature of Executive Committee with a balanced participation of various profession, trade, region, ethnicity and gender has been organized for its proper operation. An Advisory Committee representing civil society, prominent personality of different profession, organization based on different types of community Users group, community organization (including traditional /modern organization of Adivashi/Janajati, Women and Dalit) has been arranged for the appropriate management of radio.

Hording board of Radio Namobuddha at the branch station in Dhulikhel Bus park.

Hording board of Radio Namobuddha at the branch station in Dhulikhel Bus park.

“Radio Support Group” and “Fan Clubs” are organized to make the radio participatory. Specifically, all kinds of community based agencies, local forms/organization, clubs and schools are included. Radio Namobuddha, being non-profitable, their income will be financed in community service activities through Jugal association Nepal (JAN)

Programs Policy

Programme presenter Saraswoti Shrestha and Anuta Shrestha are producing child programme 'Usha Kiran'.

Programme presenter Saraswoti Shrestha and Anuta Shrestha are producing child programme 'Usha Kiran'.

The radio will stay away from political, religious, and communal interest, representing a multitude of different groups of interest. The Executive Committee has decided it’s internal code of conduct in order to meet the goal of disseminating balanced, fact-based and reliable information and materials beneficial for all kinds of community. All the radio activities will be implemented on the basis of its internal code of conduct.

View from the production room.

View from the production room.

Radio Namobuddha attempts to develop its own way. On the basis of the language spoken in the radio –impact area and the total number of the speakers, the radio has a policy to inclusively provide equal opportunity to all. The radio has a policy of motivating the programs in local dialects including Tamang, Newar, Danuwar, Magar, Thami, Sherpa, Majhi, Yolmo, Jirel, Pahari, Sunuwar, and Hayu proportionately on the basis of total population. The free air-time will be provided to any community who wants to run the program in their own dialect.

Radio-impact area

Bagmati_districtsRadio Namobuddha can be listened clearly in Kavrepalanchowk, Sindhupalchowk, Ramechhap and Dolkha district though the targeted community and geography is Kavrepalanchowk. The radio has been planning to extend it’s three different sub-stations in order to facilitate it’s impact and access to the local community of Kavrepalanchowk.Situated 1750 m. above the sea-level, radio Namobuddha can be listened even in Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Birgunj.

Inclusive programs

On the basis of the language spoken in radio-impact area and the total number of speakers, the radio has a policy to inclusively provide equal opportunity to all. Presently, radio is presenting programs in Tamang, Newar, Danuwar, Thami, Sherpa, Majhi, Yolmo and Jiral language,giving more emphasis and priority to informative, educational and motivational program than a mere entertainment material. All the programs broadcasted in mother tongue are being conducted in collaboration with local community and indigenous organization for which the radio has been providing free “air-time”.

Recording Studio in branch office.

Recording Studio in branch office.

Contact:

 

Radio Namobuddha FM 106.7 mhz,  Kavre v.d.c, Ward No-7, Devisthan Danda, Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal. P.O.Box No. 04, Dhulikhel. Phone: 011-490618, Fax: 011-490619, Email: radionamobuddha@gmail.com

Background of Community Radio

July 22, 2009

Community Radios have been proved useful worldwide for the empowerment and development of the community. Community radios have been playing a motivational role in community by broadcasting informative, educational and entertainment programs.

In Nepal, only after the political change of 2046 BS. the concept of community radio took a concrete form. These types of radio, with strong determination and commitment to serve the community welfare, development, awareness, and empowerment rather than profit and business, are gradually becoming a constitutive part of local community and their life.

Means of communication introduced and operated by the state are still entangled in the centralized and one-way communication process, never being able to address the voice of local and marginalized group. Hence, the voice of local and marginalized community remains unheard and overlooked, never reached the mainstream of the state.

Nepal is a conglomeration of diverse community, religion, and languages. Multi-lingual, multi- caste/ethnic, multi -religions and multi- cultural social structure is the fundamental feature of Nepal in a true sense. But, unfortunately, this fact isn’t being reflected in the major media outlets of the state. Their materials, structure and ownership always remained monopolistic and centralized, which can be proved fatal to the conflict-sensitivity of the community. New Nepal must be peaceful, prosperous and mutually inclusive where all the marginalized ethnic/caste, gender and religion along with their self-determination and self identity will be embodied into the mainstream of the state.

Radio Namobuddha is the first community radio in the Kavrepalanchowk and the surrounding districts. This radio serves an array of different communities of interest and provides common platform to represent everyone’s voice on the basis of two- way communication process of community radio. This is a crucial companion for the enhancement of the community empowerment and development. Radio Namobuddha can be listened easily in Kavrepalanchowk and its surrounding districts Dolkha, Ramechhap, Sindhupalchowk, Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Rasuwa, Dhading, and Nuwakot including Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

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