Fri, 23 Feb 2018
Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is a community?

A community is a group of people living in the same place or having particular characteristics or interests in common. A community is not just a group of people bounded by a geographical links, such as a village, settlement or district, but also includes those brought together by interests, lifestyle, religion, hobby, interest, etc

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2. What is a community radio?

A community radio is a radio service offering a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest.

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3. What is the difference between a community radio and a public or commercial radio?

The essential feature of commercial radio stations is that they have to make a profit for the owner(s) or shareholders.  They may have additional aims, but a commercial radio station has to follow the same basic principles as any other company.   The term Public Radio covers a wide variety of differing arrangements in different countries.   But the common feature is that the basic funding comes from government, usually combined with citizens paying licence fees.  Public radio stations may also supplement their income through advertising.  However, unlike Commercial Radio, Public Radio stations are not primarily motivated or driven by profit. A community radio is community owned, non profit making and serves a particular geographic communities and communities of interest. Community stations are set up to serve a particular interest group – in this case the workersatone particular tin mine in Bolivia.  Community Radio serves a specific community; it can be a geographical community, or a community of interest.  Or, as in the case of Miners Voice Radio, it could be a mixture of both. In Zimbabwe a geographical community would include any of our cities, or towns, or districts, or growth centres.  You could even have a Community Radio station for one particular suburb, as in Radio Alex in Alexandria township, Johannesburg (South Africa). A community of interest could include a particular minority language group, or women’s groups, or farmers as in Radio Nkayi, or youth as in Y-StarFM Bulawayo, or a church group as in Radio Chiedza Harare.

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4. How are community radios sustained?

Funding comes invarious forms. These can include public funding via grants, subscriptions, charities, community contributions etc.

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5. Who owns a community radio?

The community owns the community radio collectively.

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6. What are the benefits of a community radio?

They are several benefits. Community radios are strategic tools for development. It goes without saying that community radio is perfectly designed to be able to deal with issues which affect communities from time to time. Radio remains the most loved, celebrated and preferred communication medium reaching the widest audience across the globe.

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7. Why do you think the Broadcasting Authority has never invited applications for community radio licences?

 Only you can answer that.

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