Posts Tagged ‘Radio Dialogue’

Making Children’s Radio work

06/05/2010

The group who have been hard at work at Bush Radio from the 26th April 2010

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front but hope you have been to the Zoopy site for some of our videos. For the past two weeks we have been busy with a “Making Children’s Radio” training course at Bush Radio.

As you probably know, Bush Radio has been running a project called the Children’s Radio Education Workshop (CREW) since 1996 and we have drawn on that experience to draw together several radio stations from the region to look at how they do children’s radio, what lessons they have learnt and how we can improve children’s access to media.

The stations involved in the training have been drawn from Namibia (Karas Community Radio), Zimbabwe (Radio Dialogue) and South Africa (Radio KC, Eden FM and Radio 786).

Besides dealing with some of the theory around children’s radio, like legal issues and how children learn, the course also focussed on some of the technical skills needed.

The course ends this Friday (7 May 2010). As part of their training the participants will be going on air on Bush Radio 89.5 FM on from 9am to 12pm. They will present programmes targeted at both adults and children. For some of them it will be the first time they have been on-air and the nerves are beginning to show.

They will showcase their technical skills as well as some of their ideas as to how stations can make children’s issues a priority.

The participants have been divided into three teams and we asked them to write up a short promo as to why you should listen to their hour.

Check it out below and remember to tune into the trainees on 89.5 FM or listen online this Friday the 7th May 2010 from 09h00.

The course was made possible through the support of FES-Media.

Forever young (09h00 – 10h00)

Forever Young: (top L to R), Emmanuel Nkomo (Radio Dialogue), Nomonde Makhubalo (Eden FM), Bottom L to R: Lydia Christians & Thomas Elago; (Karas CR)

Tune into Bush Radio 89.5 FM and enjoy a fun filled and informative hour on the show Forever Young at 09h00 this Friday. Children aged between 9 and 10 talk about how much they love their moms and wish them Happy Mother’s Day.

Winter is also upon us and get tips on how to stay warm and safe.

Hotspot (10h00 – 11h00)

Hotspot: Top: Mercia Thomas (Karas CR), Middle L to R: Gaenor Erasmus (Bush Radio), Zainab Bean (Radio 786), Bottom: Bafane Nicolay Isaak (Karas CR)

Tune in to Bush Radio 89.5 FM between 10 and 11 on Friday to catch the Hotspot as they dig deeper into the effects of alcohol abuse

Kick-off (11h00 – 12h00)

Kick-Off: L to R: Blanche McCarthy (Bush Radio), Cuen Nicolson (Radio KC), Rachel Flink (Radio Atlantis), Rosie Chauke (Radio Dialogue)

Tune into Kick-Off on Bush Radio 89.5 FM this Friday between 11 and 12. We’ll be focussing on our goals in life and our special guest Matthew Booth will share with us how he set and achieved his goals.

We’ll also take the opportunity to give you tips on how you can set and achieve yours.

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Zimbabweans invade the airwaves

26/11/2009

Over the past two weeks five members of Radio Dialogue in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have been interning at Bush Radio’s studios.

This training is a continuation of  Bush Radio and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s (FES) assistance to the development of the community radio sector in Southern Africa.

Rosie Chauke and Thandazani Nkomo checking the local papers

The visit comes after we conducted station based training in Bulawayo. (see story here) The five interns have been placed in different departments in order to enhance the skills they already have.

Radio Dialogue is a community radio station which aims to give people of Bulawayo a voice. At the moment it does not have a broadcasting licence but has managed to engage the people of Bulawayo in its activities.

Bush Radio's Denisia Adams with Radio Dialogue's Munya Gova in studio

The radio station is in touch with the community through recorded broadcasts, road shows and focus group meetings which all aim to give people a platform to air their views on issues affecting them.

Rosie Chauke, a youth coordinator from Radio Dialogue says her duties include working on various projects. “We have activities such as debate camps, drama competitions, talk shows and public speaking competitions for those youth that are still at school,” said Chauke.

Sakhisizwe's Busisiwe Mtabane (front) with Sanele Njini from Bulawayo

Chauke, who was based in the Bush Radio Newsroom, says through this training she expecting to get a better feel for broadcasting.

“It has been my greatest wish to do this and now I have finally got a chance to do this and I’m so excited, though at first I had cold feet and was very nervous,” added Chauke.

She concluded that being in the newsroom is an experience, because at their station she only read the news, whereas at Bush Radio she got to do compiling and conduct interviews.

Emmanuel Nkomo from Radio Dialogue selecting music with the help of Victor J

Thandazani Nkomo who is also based in the Bush Radio Newsroom added; “It’s been a nice experience for me being at Bush Radio. We had an opportunity of going on air. It is a dream we hope to realise in Zimbabwe soon.”

Bush Radio will be conducting follow-up training again in Zimbabwe to see the progress of the interns and to see what they have implemented from their stay at our little station.

Emmanuel (centre) hosted a staff development session on drumming

*The Radio Dialogue interns can be heard on Bush Radio 89.5 FM or online between 09h00 – 16h00 and will conduct a special on-air programme on Friday the 27 November between 14h00 – 16h00.


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